We got off to a great start this weekend. This morning, we woke up and lazed around a bit, and then got on the bikes and headed for the library about twelve miles away from the house. It’s been a long time since I went to a regular public library. I’ve been in school for the past 8 years or so (just counting college work), leaving me with little need to go to a library other than the school’s. In my quest to read more books this summer, I checked three out. I couldn’t get any more because the we had to fit them in the bike bag, but they should keep me plenty busy. I checked out Seaside by Terri Blackstock, the first Mitford book by Jan Karon, and Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, all recommended to me in my blog comments a couple of months ago. Seaside is just a 120 page novella. We sat in the library and read for a little while, so I finished half of it before we even checked it out. We stopped at Sonic on the way home and ate lunch, then got home and I read the rest of it, after a much needed shower.
It was a quick & easy, enjoyable read. It is written by a Christian author, recommended to me by my friend Em. None of the author’s series were available, so I started with this novella. Faith is an integral part of it, and while that can sometimes be overkill and laid on too thick, this book only felt like that once or twice. Mostly, it was just a story about two sisters and their mother. But, it’s also not a deep and challenging read, so not for everyone. The ease of it made for a good summer read and a nice break from the concentration I have to put into Pride and Prejudice (which I’m also reading right now).
I’m eager to get to the other books, but first I’m going to check the mail and see "there is a movie waiting at home" because our Netflix movies should have been here yesterday. With any luck the rest of the afternoon will be spent resting on the couch and watching movies. Then tonight I’m meeting some girl friends for a girl’s night out. Sounds like the making of a great weekend.
Seaside by Terri Backstock was a good read.
I read Pride and Prejudice last month, and really enjoyed it. It took much longer to get through because of the old-fashioned writing style, but it was certainly worth the time it took. My husband and I had watched the new movie, and it made me want to read the book to see what else was in the story. Glad to hear you’re trying the Jan Karon books. They are one of my favorite series, along with the Narnia books. Enjoy!
Bel Canto was WONDERFUL. I know exactly where I was when I read it. It was April, 2003 and we were in Kona, Hawaii for a triathlon. I couldn’t put it down and it kept me in the shade where I needed to be so that the sun wouldn’t deplete my energy before the race. You will love it. Lil’ bit of a slow start but then it’s great. Good job on biking to the library.
You have a library card too????????
How have you been? I miss your cute smile and fun times