Once upon a time I had a journal titled “What I read”. I had aspirations to keep a list of all the books I read for the year (2005). It lasted for about 3 months. Here’s my shot at keeping the spirit of that journal alive.
The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
I have generally considered myself a well read person. Then I hear mention of someone who is a bestselling author, with no idea who that person is. Joan Didion is the latest for me on this list. I heard about her when Blue Nights was released, and was struck at what tragedy she had lived through. I was inspired by her courage to write it all down and share it with the world. I can only hope to someday have this same courage. I decided to start with The Year of Magical Thinking, which documents her journey through the first year after her husband’s death.
The way she has written this book, you feel the confusion and pain she lived with for the first year. She shares beautiful memories of their life together, intertwined with the illogical belief that she could have changed the outcome. This book is a heart wrenching portrait of what it was like to lose the person who had come to define her life. Being a wife that is scared of losing her husband, it was not an easy read for me.
I am looking forward to reading Blue Nights, and will be adding her other books to my reading list.
11/22/63 – Stephen King
What if the assassination of JFK in 1963 had never happened? What if you could step back into time and stop Lee Harvey Oswald? Mr. King just might have your answer.
I’m a fan of Stephen King and was excited to read this book when it was released earlier this year. He also stated in an interview, he had this book in mind soon after the assassination took place. Sitting on a book idea for 30 plus years? Had to be good. And it was. The main character Jake is a great guy, and you’re rooting for him against all odds the entire time.
The biggest problem with my copy of this book were the missing and extra pages. I got about 200 pages from the end, and found 33 pages missing. I texted my husband and said “I literally don’t know what to do”; I’ve never had a book where pages were missing. I went to Barnes and Noble, sat in the café, and read the missing pages. Towards the end of the book, I had a different set of 33 pages repeat on me. It’s all kinda funny, but don’t ask to borrow my copy unless you want to do all this work too.
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
Ms. Morgenstern was one of the authors at last year’s Southern Festival of Books. I missed her panel for some reason, but have wanted to read The Night Circus since then. Who wouldn’t want to read a love story placed in a circus that only happens at night?
It was delightful. Set in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. Her detailed descriptions gave you a sense of being in the middle of everything. A love story so powerful, it affects everything around it. And a good dose of magic brings it all together.
I have piles of books around the house, all begging me to stop and jump in. Next on my list are:
The Odds – Stewart O’Nan
Love, Lucy – Lucille Ball
Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’Easter – Lisa Patton
Her fearful Symmetry – Audrey Niffenegger