Monday, December 31, 2007

My Year in Books

Looking through my list of books read in 2007, I had grand thoughts of posting a detailed review of my reading year--best book, favorite book, worst book, laugh out loud book...all the various categories that lend themselves to these year-end reading retrospectives. Oh, this was the wait, this one; ah, but what about this one? Impossible!

Scrolling down the titles, I remember the pleasure that each book brought to me at the time. Some books jumped into my hands with a defiant, "Read me now!" Others sat, patiently waiting for me to notice them. Did I enjoy some more than others? Definitely. Did some books make me just want to crawl inside them and soak up the texture of the words? Oh, my, yes. Did some books leave me wanting more? Sure did!

So, no ranking best to worst or categorizing fiction to non-fiction. No enumeration of pages read--just wonderful recollections of words, phrases, ideas, and images that made up my 2007 reading year. That, and the affirmation that I was true to my steadfast reading goal: To read what I want to read when I want to read it.

Bring on 2008 and the reading pleasures waiting just the other side of midnight.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Fruitcake Weather

That November "leafless birdless coming of winter morning" has passed, but no holiday season is complete without having read again Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory. From the happy exclamation of fruitcake weather to the final hurrying flight of kites toward heaven, this story brings out all the varying emotions of a holiday season...loved ones, dreams, memories, gifts of the season, treasures and more.

If you have never gifted yourself with a reading of this classic, please set aside some time for yourself, make a cup of your favorite heart warming beverage, and follow this link as the fireplace commences its seasonal roar.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

A Cover That Beckons

Don't know about anyone else, but this dish lover is going to have a hard time not buying this book for the cover alone!

A January 2008 Book Sense Pick