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A Few Good Books

March 1st, 2017

This winter I’ve been reading a ton of books, partly it’s because I’ve been flying back and forth to Ohio quite a bit. I’m also making a concerted effort to read a lot of the books on my must read list.

Most recently, I read ‘The Sounds of Gravel‘, a memoir by a woman who escaped a polygamist group in Mexico when she was a teenager. It was heartbreaking, and so captivating I read it in two sittings. I’ll definitely be loaning it out to friends, in fact I already have a few people on the borrowing list. I’ve moved on to ‘Come, Tell Me How You Live: An Archeological Memoir‘ by Agatha Christie, which I decided to read after finishing ‘The Woman on the Orient Express‘, a historical fiction based on Agatha Christie’s life after her divorce from her first husband.

Have you read any good books recently?

5 Comments to “A Few Good Books”
  1. Misti on March 1, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Yes, I’ve been rebooting my reading again after taking a pause in December and early January. Have you read Melissa Coleman’s memoir, This Life is in Your Hands? I really enjoyed it, though it was heartbreaking too.

    I’m waiting in line for Lincoln in the Bardo as an audiobook because people are raving about it!

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  2. kristin @ going country on March 2, 2017 at 6:50 am

    “The Summer Before the War,” by Helen Simonson, who also wrote “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.” Both were excellent, though I slightly preferred “The Summer Before the War.” Also, “Meat Eater” and “American Buffalo” by Steven Rinella.

    Agatha Christie’s autobiography is one of my favorite books.

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    • Susy on March 6, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      Sounds like one I’ll have to put on my list!

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  3. Nebraska Dave on March 2, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Susy, I’ve become interested in Nebraska writers of the past. Willa Cather was a some what famous writer from Nebraska and wrote a trilogy about a family pioneering in the early days of Nebraska Statehood. I’m finished with the first book “O’Pioneer” and am starting the second book called “The Lark”. It’s a little more interesting when towns that I’m familiar with are in the books. I’ve become hooked on the eBook version of books. I order them from Amazon and use the Amazon reader with a Chrome Book as the digital reader. The thing I like about eBooks is that the font can be made larger for my tired old eyes to better read. I expect that with the coming summer months that I’ll not be reading as much as during the Winter months.

    I spent a good part of the day working on Garden structure today. Half of the spring platform is finally in place and about half of a new raised bed has been lined with rocks. It was a good day but I can really tell that I haven’t been doing much muscle work over the Winter.

    Have a great reading day.

    Nebraska Dave
    Urban Farmer
    Nebraska, USA

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  4. Jaye Whitney on March 4, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Hi Susy, yes, I’ve been reading a lot over the (mild) winter we’ve had here in North Texas, that’s probably my favorite thing about winter!

    I’ve added these three to my reading list as they all sound intriguing!

    When Amazon came out with Kindle Unlimited, I tried the 30 day free trial, signed up permanently, and have not been disappointed. It allows me access to books that I may never be exposed to otherwise along with different genres and authors, in that I may spend money on them if I’m not familiar. Obviously, KU is a monthly expense, but at the cost of perhaps one or two books.

    Along with Nebraska Dave above, I find reading on my Kindle a kinder experience for my eyes :), but will certainly read a hand held book as well!

    I’ve been reading thrillers over the winter and found Lars Kempler’s The Hypnotist very good and I took a leap of faith with sci-fi and surprised myself by enjoying immensely Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris.

    Happy reading all!

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