And said to yourself “Wow what a good book?”
A few years ago I read Lois Lowry’s Messenger the third in her Quartet series and thought what a good writer. This made me think of other pleasant surprises.
• Rules For Old Men Waiting by Peter Pouncey is a story about an elderly professor who gets snowed in on Cape Cod and begins a long delayed history of WWI. A fine example of a story within a story.
• Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury starts with a description of a summer day that conjures up the smell of newly mown grass and kids outside playing.
• Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried is considered one of the definitive novels about the Vietnam War. Beautifully descriptive words.
• The Storied life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is poignant, happy and sad. This story of a bookseller and his adopted daughter is a celebration of books and reading.
• Death Comes For The Archbishop by Willa Cather was a title on my must read list. If you’ve been to Santa Fe and know some of its history – you’ll recognize the areas Cather talks about.
This year there are two books that come to mind.
• Flight Patterns by Karen White is a story about sisters who have become estranged because of a family tragedy and are now being pulled back together. What makes this book memorable is how well the characters are written. You like a character at one moment and not the next – just like real life.
• On The Wings Of Heroes by Richard Peck is set in small town Illinois during WWII. This YA book follows the war through the eyes of a young boy. It’s a serious subject but has definite chuckles at the same time.
What was your memorable surprise – a good story, a beautiful description or just plain old good words?
Thanks to you, LisaB., my already long "to read" list just got a lot longer! Some surprising reads for me:
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. In short, this historical fiction story combined the low-class with the genteel, an extramarital affair, an accidental murder, and a moral crisis. I kept thinking uh oh..uh oh.. what will they do now?
Gillespie and I by Jane Harris. Recommended to me by a colleague who says in her review better than I ever could "Harris creates a wonderful character in Harriet and then unravels her like an old sweater, brilliantly leaving the reader with no idea what has quite happened and no idea quite what is real. The writing is hypnotic..."