After reading on vacation, my urge to read continues. I go in phases. I won’t read for months, and then I can’t stop. I heard someone say recently that they were trying to read 10 novels over the summer. And when I thought about it, it seemed totally doable and enjoyable. Scott watched the Tour de France this month and I basically have been reading by his side. I have several books under my belt already. Why not? Vacation reading marked three. And I just knocked out a few more.
The Rosie Project was one of the most enjoyable books I have read in awhile. I laughed. I was intrigued. I didn’t know how it would end. Don, the main character, is a genetics professor at a university in Australia and though he doesn’t acknowledge or even seem to know so, he appears to be somewhere on the autism spectrum. And he engages in a project to find a wife. It is delightful. And I am glad to know that there are talks of it becoming a movie AND there is a sequel that just came out. Put this on your list. You will love it.
Next up for me was a second reading of To Kill a Mockingbird, perhaps with the rest of the world anticipating the Go Set The Watchman release. I will admit, I did not remember the story, but enjoyed the reread immensely. In reading the book, it was easy for me to see why it won a Pulitzer Prize and is such a classic. Not only is the story so compelling and excruciating, but Scout tells the story is such a perfect child perspective. It is one of the few books I have read that compelled me to write down a few lines for remembering later. Its high acclaim is deserved.
My sixth book of the summer was one that caused me the most angst. The Nightingale is the beautiful story of two sisters living in France during World War II. While reading it, I kept making the obvious statement to Scott that, “the Nazis were really awful.” He looked at me like, “are you just now deciding this?” Anyway, the story starts in present day, with a woman remembering back to her days living in France during the war. Then the book bounces to the story of the sisters, who each act as war heroes in their own unique ways. It is not until the end of the book that you understand who the present day storyteller is. I cried, but was so pleased with its ending. I had a hard time putting the book down, but when I was not reading, I found myself worrying about the sisters. The characters are lovable and the story is incredible