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What I’m Reading This Summer

Hello Dear Followers,

I usually don’t announce books in advance like this and I am not done with “The Help” just yet, but I have to admit seeing the constant mention of “summer reading lists” in bookstores and on various social media sites, made me nostalgic for the days before Borders and Barnes & Noble were my escapes, when I’d be one of the first kids signing up at the library for the summer reading program.  I couldn’t wait!

So here are three books I will be reading this summer –

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1. “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch. A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them.  And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want to as our legacy. Mr. Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it was his last, since he was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Why I picked this:  Because it has been my experience that books like these, however  as short as they are (this one is 206 pages), they are filled with excellent advice about life and this reminds me of my favorite book “The Five People You Meet In Heaven” by Mitch Albom. Mr. Albom’s book left such a deep impact on my life, it saved me from myself during some of the darkest moments of my life.  I imagine this book will do the same.

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2. “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  It is January 1946, London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject.  Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’d never met, a native of Guernsey, the British Island once occupied by the Nazis. He’d come across her name on the flyleaf of a secondhand volume by Charles Lamb.  Perhaps she could tell him where he might more books by this author. As Juliet and her new coorespondent exchange letters, she is drawn into the world of this man and his friends, all members of Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a unique book club formed in a unique, spur-of-the-moment way: as an alibi to protect its members from arrest by the Germans.

Why I picked this:  Letters, books and history. All of which I just love. I feel the art of letter writing is lost in the maze of social media and e-mail. There isn’t romance in correspondence anymore, letter writing was personal, romantic, and passionate.  I love books, if I could spend my time in a cafe  drinking fabulous coffee and reading all day escaping the world around me, I’d be happy.  History especially the time in which this book takes place has always fascinated me, I love learning about World War II and shortly after the war.

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3. “The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks.  In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for each other seems to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. A loner from a violent and infamous local family, Dawson believed his love for Amanda promised an escape from the darker destiny laid out for him. A golden girl from a well-to-do family with plans to attend Duke University, Amanda saw something in Dawson that spoke to her own rebellious and passionate heart. But as summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

Why I picked this –  I just love Nicholas Sparks, he is a wonderful writer. He grabs you from the first page and never lets you go and when it is over.  Then you are left craving more. That is a good writer.

(Since I fell behind with “The Help” I will be making up my June book with one of these three books and “The Help” will be considered my May book.  )

Make sure you share with me what you are reading this summer on here or on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Okay! Until next time… Happy Summer Reading!

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Two of the Best Storytellers

Hello Dear Followers,

Tonight’s post won’t be about “Pride and Prejudice” (still need to finish it this week)  it will be about two influential storytellers I’ve grown up with that have brought me both joy and laughter in my life.

The first storyteller is not a book author, but a comedienne, she wrote her own autobiography, but her story telling came in the form of a classic television sitcom each week that brought laughter to the masses.

The other storyteller is a book author of children’s books, she is loved by generations of young girls and the telling of her life story led to a series of wonderful books and later a television series.

This weekend for my birthday two good friends gave me two books on each of these storytellers commemorating who they were and what they brought to those who loved them.

Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball, the star of many sitcoms including “I Love Lucy” and “The Lucy Show” among others brought much laughter to my life. I have watched each “I Love Lucy” episode more than once and own the complete DVD set the series.  She played the part of a housewife to Ricky Ricardo played by real life husband Desi Arnaz.  This show was on for six seasons during the 1950s and her talent continues to influence new generations of people.  Sayings like “Oh Ricky”… and “Ewww” where she  scrunches her face is priceless among many others.

About two years ago, I had the pleasure, the absolute pleasure to meet her daughter Lucie Arnaz, I have to admit I was beside myself, in the hour or so I was in her presence I couldn’t help but tell her how much I adored her parents and what meant to me to meet her, the daughter of a famous television couple like Lucy and Desi.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of  the “The Little House” series was a series I could read over and over again, especially “The Long Winter” and “These Happy Golden Years” I loved those two the most. I read them numerous times through out my childhood, I am not sure whether it was my being such a romantic ( I couldn’t wait for her to fall in love with Almanzo Wilder) or my love of history but she was such a wonderful writer.  If I could I would have loved to have met this woman in person, I would have loved to talk to her about her books. She made the trials and tribulations of childhood more worthwhile. I recommend everyone read this series.

Until next time…

 

 

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