Book Lovers Day
Sunday, August 12, 2018
This week for the Aspire and Inspire teamAugust 9 was Book Lovers Day - Book Lovers Day encourages you to find a place in the shade to relax with a good book. Book reading is a great hobby. It's an important one, too. Employers look for it on resumes. Reading is educational, informative, and relaxing. It makes us both smarter, and happier people. Do you like to read? Do you have a favorite author? What book or books have you read lately?
I just finished reading a great book, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, that FLORIDASUN recommended to me. I didn't realize that it had won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction until after I had read the book. Looking at the reviews on GoodReads it seems as though it's one of those novels that you either hate or love. I really enjoyed the book and thought Donna Tartt did a great job developing the characters, describing the surroundings and she had me wanting to read more all the way until the end. I've never read any of her previous works but I have a feeling that I will be reading them at some point in time. I will say, though, that I've never heard of another author endorsing or praising someone else's work. I was intrigued, I suppose you could say, that Stephen King really praised this novel.
Another book I recently read is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It's a very unusual book and you can't necessarily lump it into one category or put it into one genre. It's actually a mix of several genres, the Outlander series has elements of historical fiction, romance, adventure and science fiction/fantasy. I had heard a lot about this book and the other books that are in this series but I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy it. I did enjoy it and started reading the 2nd book but before I could finish the book my loan from the library ended and there are many other people who are wanting to read it too so I couldn't check it back out again. I know they've made a television series from it on Showtime but I don't have Showtime and to be honest I'm not sure if I'd want to see it. I read The Game of Thrones books that George R R Martin wrote (but didn't finish) and saw how HBO took a lot of liberties with producing the shows so I'm not anxious to see the television shows of the Outlander novels. Still, what I've read of the books I've really enjoyed. I think Diana Gabaldon is going to be one of my favorite authors.
A book I read not long ago that Amazon recommended to me is Tuckers Way by David Johnson. It's a series of books and right now I'm reading the 2nd book An Unexpected Frost. The funny thing about this series of books is that I can see Kathy Bates as Tucker and Laura Dern as her neighbor. After living in a very poor part of rural Missouri for 12 years I can understand the characters better now than I probably could have before.
As soon as the 2nd book in the Outlander series, Dragonfly in Amber, is available I will finish reading it.