August reading will be a continuation of mostly rereading favorite books. I don't know about you but I absolutely love rereading books, they become a part of my very existence that way. When those I care for are also enjoying a book then they become a part of a shared vocabulary. Both my daughter and a good friend talk about preparing an "everlasting meal" and I know exactly what they are talking about.
Speaking of which, I'm still rereading An Everlasting Meal, savoring a chapter at a time. I really do need to read it at the beginning of every season for it is like reading it all over again each time. I get fresh ideas on using and extending fresh food.
You may notice the latest issue of Bella Grace is still in the stack. It is also being slowly savored throughout the summer. I find it quite relaxing as well as providing great creating inspiration.
I cheated a little and read Jan Karon's Come Rain or Come Shine about a week ago but only as it had to be returned to the library. I hadn't wanted to purchase it, even after coming out in paperback earlier this year, due to the mixed reviews on Amazon. Some Mitford fans loved it and others didn't care for it at all.
Okay, here is my review of the book. I agree with a lot of readers that the first few chapters were awful. Some wondered if Jan Karon actually wrote them. They were choppy and hard to read. I have never enjoyed pages upon pages of dialog and when you add a mountain dialect to the mix... not easy reading.
I almost let the negative reviews get to me after slugging through the first chapters but I'm so glad I kept reading. It was very enjoyable. Yes, as in her last book I think she tried to shoehorn too many characters in it but it does catch us up on everybody. Some people didn't care about it because it was mostly about Dooley and Lace... but it is the book about their wedding.
Anyone who has planned a wedding will enjoy reading about Dooley and Lace's wedding and all the misadventures which occur. I ended up enjoying the book very much. Sometimes good enough is... good enough and while it is not as perfect as her earlier books, it is good.
I'm beginning to reread Christy now, which is one of my all time favorite books. It was the first novel I ever read three times in as many years... back in the days when I read a lot more nonfiction than fiction.
I loved Catherine Marshall's writing, including her nonfiction books. If you ever get a chance to see the old movie of A Man Called Peter, it will make you cry. I knew the story as I'd read her book but the ending still brought out the box of tissues. How we need a man of God like him as a Chaplain in Congress today. But I digress.
I also liked the TV series, even though at first it took me awhile to get used to Kellie Martin as Christy since I had previously known her on a different TV show. Tyne Daly is wonderful as Miss Alice.
I'll chat more about the other books next time. There will probably be a different stack, including those I didn't talk about here and additional books being considered.
Talked about in this post...*
An Everlasting Meal... here.
Come Rain or Come Shine... here.
A Man Called Peter (the movie)... here. One of my favorite movies.
Christy (the TV series based on the book)... here. Great family viewing!
Bella Grace Issue 8... here. This link will take you to the publishers website. Currently all Amazon links are far above the price you can get it for here.
*Most links to Amazon.com are Associate links. I thank you. :)