My Thursday things always include books

It’s Thursday already, the weekend’s coming!three, booksI have just finished another book, upping me to nine for the year. This one was Wherever there is Light, by Peter Golden. The cover copy says it is, “…a sweeping, panoramic tale of twentieth-century America, chronicling the decades-long love affair between a Jewish immigrant and the granddaughter of a slave.” And that’s true. But it’s more. It details much of life in the U.S. and Paris through World War II, the struggles of a young black woman finding her creative voice, and a young Jewish man finding himself. The narrative describing Kendall learning to be a photographer was fascinating. Julian, running from his past, was heartbreaking. I really enjoyed it. Be forewarned, though, there is quite a bit of sex and language in this one, so if that offends, steer clear.

 

ThursdayI also read The Art of Persistence, by Michal Stawicki. This book takes just a few short hours to read and is a great reminder if you need a little help being consistent in your goals. I have a hard time doing the small things that add up to big things. It’s far easier, to my mind, to tackle big jobs all at once, or as a friend of mine has kindly reminded me, “…to go at it like you’re killing snakes.” So it was helpful to me to remember that all the seemingly insignificant things we do day-to-day add up. I’m learning, slowly but surely.

 

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I am still listening to Amelia Peabody #2, but haven’t gotten far since I haven’t been in the workroom much. I’m hoping to make amends there in the next few days. I do enjoy these books, though. Amelia sounds like such a prig, and the narrator, Barbara Rosenblat, has the perfect voice and inflection to play that up. I can’t help but laugh. There are at least twenty in this series available on Audible. I’m not sure I will ever make it through all of them, but they are fun nonetheless. No-stress listening can be a good friend.

 

Next up are San Miguel, by T.C. Boyle (whose work I think I’ve read before, although I can’t recall a title), and Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman. These are the last two of the three I bought from Alabama Booksmith a few weeks back. (Wherever there is Light was the first.) These three have been on top of my TBR pile on my nightstand for weeks. It will be good to whittle the pile down…so I can add more books to it.

Following close behind are Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles (the same author as A Gentleman in Moscow), and Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett.

Another that I will be watching for is The Women in the Castle, due out in March on Audible.

I could easily share a very The fact is, there are just too many books to read in a lifetime. Nonetheless, I’ll continue to do my part.

Tomorrow I’ll tell you about the blocks I’m working on. I think you’re going to like them!

What are you reading this week?

 

 

  • Claudette

    WOW!!! That’s a lot of reading! I started Trueluck Summer by Susan Gabriel several weeks ago. The story of a 12-year old white girl who becomes friends with a black boy in Charleston in 1962. They conspire to go to Columbia to take the Confederate flag down from the top of the Capitol dome. I was 11 in 1962 and somewhat aware of segregation, but I don’t remember it being the same in Texas as it was in the Deep South. So far, the book is a good reminder of what was.

    • “…a good reminder of what was.” Yes. That was my thought with “Wherever there is Light.” I didn’t live where racism was quite so overt, but it was definitely alive. I am, to this day, stunned and sickened by it.

      Your book sounds good…I’ll have to go look it up!

    • “…a good reminder of what was.” Yes. That was my thought with “Wherever there is Light.” I didn’t live where racism was quite so overt, but it was definitely alive. I am, to this day, stunned and sickened by it.

      Your book sounds good…I’ll have to go look it up!

  • Joy Mainemer

    I am reading The Golden One by Elizabeth Peters. This is the third time through the series, first as they were being published, second a few years ago and now it is great company in the tub with a glass of wine.

    • I have a long way to go to get to that one, Joy! But her books are very entertaining. I can see how you could read them more than once, they are so rich in language and imagery…and funny, to boot!

    • I have a long way to go to get to that one, Joy! But her books are very entertaining. I can see how you could read them more than once, they are so rich in language and imagery…and funny, to boot!

  • joannewortman

    I just finished the Perfect Son. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QJ1V5XK/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

    Free on kindle if you have amazon prime. A coming of age story interwoven with love, loss, reconciliation, new beginnings-it was a very engaging read for me. Initially the main character is a sandwich generation woman (like me!) balancing long distance eldercare with the needs of a son in high school with multiple neurological diagnoses. Gradually, the focus shifts to the strained relationship between son and father. I won’t spoil it by giving more details. I was hoping it would end a bit differently, but the resolution did seem just right.

    • Thank you for the heads-up! I’ve added it to my Kindle. It looks interesting.

    • Thank you for the heads-up! I’ve added it to my Kindle. It looks interesting.