I’ll take a little break from sewing posts to throw some summer reading recommendations out there for anyone looking for a good read. The good news is that I think I’m going to be getting back to my sewing machine. Unfortunately, I won’t get to quilt until next week, but I want to churn out some household sewing tonight. The real estate agent arrived yesterday, and he took all the interior photos; he just needs some sunshine to take exterior photos, and the house should be on the market by next Tuesday. Last month, the house a few doors down sold in two days — 2 days! This little moving adventure has the potential to advance quickly. For now, I’m super indebted to Mark for swooping in on Sunday to help me tackle yard work cleanup, my friends Danielle, Kristen, and Becca who gave the downstairs and some of upstairs a really thorough cleaning on Monday night, and my mom for coming in to rescue me on Tuesday when it was apparent that the house was NOT going to be ready by Wednesday morning if I didn’t get help. The house is so clean right now, I feel like I’m living in a bed and breakfast instead of my own home.
Anyway, on to a few good reads.
First, I recently finished reading The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo. This book has very little to do with Hemingway — thankfully. Instead, it’s the story of a woman who accompanied her husband to Kosovo the year after their Civil War ended; she stumbled across an opportunity to teach English. The book is essentially the journal that she kept while she was there, and the stories about the relationships that she built with her students are beautiful and thought-provoking. If you’re looking for a good non-fiction read, I recommend this one.
Next, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a book I finished up some time ago. The novel explores what it was like to be Japanese and living on the West Coast of the United States during World War II. I never knew much about internment camps and how the war affected daily life in the United States, so the book was intriguing even just from that standpoint, but on top of it the character’s experiences were beautifully written.
The Art of Racing in the Rain is written from a dog’s perspective as he tries to care for his family. Have your tissues ready. I think that about sums up that book.
I’m giving you links to buy the books used at Better World Books; I love their online store since a portion of the profits go towards supporting literacy efforts worldwide. Plus, the sales that they run are ridiculously good. Right now if you buy 4 used books during the Memorial Day sale, you get 30% off. It’s entirely fathomable that you could get 4 books for less than $15. Now, me, on the other hand…. I will resist the urge to buy any books right now because the horror of what it’s going to be like to move all the books that I already own is sinking in. I even skipped Lancaster’s most amazing, ridiculously cool, stay there for hours and hours and hours book sale this week due to this realization. Someone enjoy some books for me. And, if you have any book recommendations, pass them along. I need some good audiobooks to carry me through quilting this summer.