Snow has cancelled our monthly book club today but that doesn’t mean I won’t take some time to reflect on reading and the books I am enjoying. I thought that perhaps you might be somewhere where the snow has changed your plans a bit and you have a minute to enjoy a virtual book club moment in Blog Form. So, Welcome!
A friend and I both report that we enjoyed The Christmas Thief by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark. A fun, easy read mixing mystery and humor. Mystery is something neither of us tend to read, so this was a fun and simple introduction. I admit I had read it before and wondered of course, if the rest of the group were enjoying it. Have you ever done that? Recommended a book to someone and then been on pins and needles waiting for their response once it was read? A book you loved with characters you enjoyed might just annoy another reader. Oh, the pressure of being the one who makes the selection!
Our next selection is The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry. The back cover says, “In a rural Kentucky river town, “Old Jack” Beechum, a retired farmer, sees his life again through the shades of one burnished day in September 1952. Bringing the earthiness of America’s past to mind, “The Memory of Old Jack” conveys the truth and integrity of the land and the people who live from it. Through the eyes of one man can be seen the values Americans strive to recapture as we arrive at the next century. I am looking forward to reading this American tale.
I also thought I’d share what I’ve been reading. First off, I read Belles on Their Toes by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. It was a companion to Cheaper by the Dozen by the same authors. This family and their stories are fascinating. Published in 1950, the family antics are even more interesting as you recognize the signs of the times.
I am currently reading The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer. A group of Christian friends and I are reading this book and plan to discuss it soon. I must admit that this book was recommended to me by a friend a few years ago and it has sat on my shelf waiting for me to open it. Once I opened it I recognized that this is not a book to take lightly. It is rather convicting at times and may need to be taken in and absorbed in small parts. I am excited to hear which chapters struck a nerve with my friends. This group of friends are not a book club, but we are just a group that gets together for some “godly gabbing.” This is only the second book we’ve done. (The first one was my all time favorite, Loving God with All Your Mind by my “friend” Elizabeth George. I don’t know her but I quote her so often that people think I do!)
I am also 308 pages into Jan Karon’s 511 page Mitford book, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good. A gift I received last year for Christmas. I can’t tell you how happy I am to get reacquainted with these Mitford folks. Love, Love, Love them! And, Father Tim gives some great quotes and scriptures that are entertaining and informative. Like I have called it before, “Fluff with Stuff.” Really enjoying this read.
Well, my tea has gotten cold and book club is ending. I’m glad you’ve joined me here for a bit so I could reflect. Now it is time for me to switch a load of laundry and read a few more chapters! Til next time!