My find for this week is the lovely surprise I found in the mailbox: my daughter’s wedding invitation. I wanted to take a photograph of it, and I just happened to set it down by a picture of her when she was about two. Now my little girl is all grown up and getting married. Yes, I’m excited!
My Random 5
I just love lining up books to read. Do you? Need some suggestions? For my random 5 this week, here’s a list of 5 books I’ve read lately that I’d highly recommend.
Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth
This last book in the trilogy that’s become a TV show, this concludes the true story of Jenny Lee’s nursing adventures in London’s dockyards during the 1950s. The drama follows the same stories. Surprisingly, the reality was usually more bleak. Who knew the producers were adding happy endings to soften the starkness of the life of the poor? This book tells what became of the people Jenny worked with. And we learn about Jenny’s career in music. It nicely fills out the TV episodes.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
This opened my eyes to the history of the value our culture places on extroverts. The shift from a Culture of Character to a Culture of Personality happened just about a 100 years ago. If you’re an introvert like me, you’ll see yourself in a new light.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
If you’re a word person, you will love this book. Young Leisel, growing up in Germany in the chaos of World War II, doesn’t know how to read. Her foster father teaches her, and her books become her lifeline, her way of understanding life. The movie is excellent, the book even richer.
Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
This murder mystery, set in Montreal and a small village, is really three stories in one. The author weaves them together and comes up with a novel with plenty of suspense, idyllic settings, and eccentric people (just like all of us, eh?!). This is the best kind of relaxing reading, in my book.
Sycamore Row by John Grisham
This one goes back to right after Grisham’s first book, A Time to Kill. What I loved about this one is that the story meanders along, kind of like the sleepy Southern town it’s set in. I began to wonder if the mystery would be solved, ever. Then in the last 20 pages or so, it clicks into place. Aha! It all made sense.
So how about you? What are you reading this year? What books should I add to my lineup?