Let’s talk books! Then & now

Recently, some friends and I were talking books, what we are currently reading, and then some of our favourite reads over time.  

For the favourite reads, it was what jumped out for us at this moment in time.  Perhaps not surprisingly, we remembered some of the same books, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Corrie ten Boon’s The Hiding Place, and Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto.  And another of mine, The House of Spirits, by Isabel Allende.  In another recent conversation a friend and I both remembered reading Five Smooth Stones by Ann Fairbairn.

I love talking and sharing about books, as well as reading them, and of course such a conversation often takes me later, to a search where I can find out more about an author, or to decide to read another one of their books, such as I just did with  Ann Patchett’s Truth and Beauty. 

As for reading now, I just wrapped up Colson Whitehead’s, the Nickel Boys.  It was on my to be read list for a while because knew it would be haunting.  I can see why it won a Pulitzer, amazing writing, based on a true story of a reform school for boys in Florida.  His book The Underground Railroad is another favourite of mine. 

And yes, I am one of those readers who often has three or four books on the go at the same time.  So, I am also listening to Barbara Kingsolver’s Demon Copperhead.  

As for non-fiction, I am reading Elise Loehnen’s On Our Best Behavior: The Seven Deadly Sins And The Price Women Pay To Be Good.  Such a fresh take on women’s issues.   

If you are hooked on the Enneagram, like me, check out Suzanne Stabile’s The Journey Toward Wholeness: Enneagram Wisdom for Stress, Balance, and Transformation.  

Maybe there’s something in here that sparks your interest.  And of course, I’d love to hear about your favourites over time. Just send me a message here.

And I just have to add, that with such a passion for reading, I am grateful for our local library, being able to place a hold, listen on Libby and get some books in larger print!