Loaned to me by Holly.
This memoir explores one woman’s challenge to herself to read a book a day in order to slow herself down enough to experience the grief of losing her oldest sister to cancer. It is full of quotes and insights and personal sharings. All kinds of goodness and touching moments that usually provoke me to tears. And it did; I had moist eyes a few times.
I cannot think of anything bad to say about this book; it was fine. She writes beautifully, I agreed with most everything she shared, the book delivers what it says it will. But it didn’t quite stir my soul to sing to the high heavens as I was expecting. I mean, come on! It’s a book about books and reading!
I did add a few more books to my tbr:
In the Land of the Living by Austin Ratner
Man in the Dark by Paul Auster
Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago
Edith Wharton’s The Touchstone
The Quincunx by Charles Palliser
Alice Hoffman’s The Third Angel
The Open Door by Elizabeth Macguire (and also anything by Constance Fenimore Woolson)
and The Assault by Harry Mulisch
Why these were the only books that I tagged, I really am not sure. She does mention books from the year but also books from her childhood and other influential writing she shared with her sister.
I really enjoyed her chapter on the vulnerability of loaning AND accepting books from friends. I’m curious about her next book: Signed, Sealed, Delivered expected in April of 2014. Not too surprising, since I love writing letters.