I’ve been a bookworm since day 1. Proof:
So what has been on my Kindle or in my bag this summer?
I started with Kristin Lavransdatter, which was a thousand stunning pages of Norway, family, religion, war, and drama. What else can you ask for out of literature? The scale of the book is enormous, the setting in medieval Norway is meticulously done, the plot is compelling, and the writing is simple and lyrical. I loved the translation I read, since Nobel Prize-winning author Sigrid Undset wrote it in Norwegian. So obviously I read it in translation. Stunning book. If you have a week of vacation you can spend veg-ed out and reading like I did in Florida, you would not regret picking up Kristin. Unless you aren’t looking for long, beautiful books. I know some of you guys are just looking for beach reads. Sometimes I am, too. I’m planning to pick up The Vacationers and Beautiful Ruins later this summer, which I’ve been seeing everywhere on the beach read lists. And maybe, like, Divergent.
I also finally finished Yours In Truth, a book about Ben Bradlee, the illustrious editor of the Washington Post. It had everything you might ever want from a Washington, DC, insider book. JFK, Watergate, snarky memos and letters, power tension, intrigue, Georgetown mansions, and parties. Parties galore. Bradlee had a front row seat to the changing world of DC and media in the 20th century, and Himmelman had front row access to Bradlee, his family, his files, and most of his colleagues and friends. It took me a while of reading in fits and spurts to read this spring and summer, but ultimately, I enjoyed it.
Most recently, I finished Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I found it to be a quick, heart-wrenching read. A lot of the YA novels that feature teenagers dealing with adult issues also turn the teens into adults. One of the best parts of this book for me was that all the teenage characters have teenage insecurities, reactions, and solutions to their problems, for better or for worse. John Green also succeeded in this in The Fault In Our Stars. Yes, these are all preternaturally wise kids, but they are still kids. Kids dealing with everything from abuse (Eleanor) to cancer (Hazel and Augustus) to racism and gender stereotypes (Park). Big themes and deep issues, but they are coming to them with coping mechanisms and understanding that I believed were the coping mechanisms and understanding of high school students. Been feeding my soul with The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton and the new Flannery O’Connor Prayer Journal. And I always read my spiritual stuff in real paper. Send your recommendations my way — I need ’em. All I want to do the summer is to continue to devour devour devour books. Also you can now follow on Bloglovin’ if you so choose! Follow my blog with Bloglovin