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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I need someone to read to me while I rest......

Or it seems like I will never ever get through all the books I would like to read. I am working on "A Vintage Affair". Into the first 30 pages and I am liking this book. I was looking for a copy of the cover to show you and I found an earlier version. Actually I like this covershot even better than the current one. It is a story of fashion, friendship, regret and redemption. About a girl named Phoebe who quit her textiles job at Sotheby's to open a Vintage Clothing shoppe. Then there was "Water for Elephants". Another well written book for the sentimental heart. It too is a love story, mystery, drama, comedy and historical novel all rolled into one. "The Mermaid Chair" was another one that I flipped through the pages pretty quickly on. This story deals with the restlessness of a middle-aged woman who "should" be happy, but is not. Stifled by her conventional marriage, estranged from her mentally unbalanced mother and haunted by her father's death, she travels to the dreaded South Carolina barrier island of her childhood to confront her mother's bizarre behavior, and while she is there, she falls in love with a monk at the island monastery. (Hmmmmm)She is also the same author who wrote "The LIfe of Bees" which I liked. (Book definitely better than the movie - but I love the kitchen scene of all the girls singing together while they are cooking)In this book you meet Lilly, a young white girl who faces the realization that racism makes no sense, as she runs away from home and moves in with 3 black sisters amidst the beginnings of the days when black people were finally allowed to register as voters. Its really interesting to walk through this era from the point of view of Lily.I remember reading a book that found me utterring... "great story" while holding my heart. "What Remains" is a Memoir of Fate, Friendship and Love”. The story of a best friendship between Caroline Kennedy and Carole Radziwill. What do I have that is still waiting to be read? There is a stack on my nite stand that looks like this...
Reviews say: The Italian Lover is a beautiful meditation on love and the enigmatic relationship that exists between art and romance, and how cinema can act as a looking glass so that the past is laid over the future and the future is laid over the past. Blending the otherworldly beauty of his exotic setting, the author steeps his novel in Italian history, literature and culture; the story reads almost like a magical travelogue to the beautiful city of Florence.

We'll Always Have Paris is part auto-biography in telling the tale of how the author came from Australia and then LA to end up living in Paris. This part blends easily with telling tales of the history of Paris, the great places to hang out in Paris, and the way of life in Paris.
" The Flirt" Not sure how this one will go but I liked this author's other book...... "Elegance". So I will give it a try too.
Let me know what your fav's are... so I can see how high the stack will go before it topples over.

Ya know, Christmas is very near and I always remember that my dad would buy each of us some books especially picked out for each of our interests. He always went just a couple of days before Christmas because he would come home with the special bags. I think that's where my love for books and magazines started. Maybe that's why I keep buying them with the thought that one day I will have nothing to do but relax and read a good book. I've done it - but not often enough as testiment to the stacks of books and magazines piling up around me. Maybe reading and writing has been replaced by laptops and blogging?
Time is always there. It's just been re-arranged with the wrong priorities in first place. Perhaps.

I found this quote on books..... I like it.

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.

~Anna Quindlen, "Enough Bookshelves," New York Times, 7 August 1991


Claudie said...

I've read some of your list, one being The bee keepers daughter, Water for Elephants, which I've read twice now. We were just talking about books weren't we? I'm not sure I will mail the 2 I told you about since you have so many to read? I will keep them for next summer when YOU WILL have time to sit around by the river and read while I run around mixing you a great Cosmo : )
Randy and Colt are on their way home. It's pancakes tonight a la Claudie.
I have Xmas music in the background today, for once. I wasn't ready till I saw the white stuff on the ground this morning.
Oh and I watched Oprah today. I want to thank YOU for the incredible friendship that we have.
Love You
Love Me

wendy said...

Hey Julie.......just so you know who I am, I am one of CLAUDIE's gals who she invited to her summer extraveganza.

I LOVE BOOKS. I don't know why I don't make more time for myself to read. I have hundreds on my "to read" list. I can't die until I read them all........which is cool cause that means I will live a LONG TIME.
I too have read The Mermaid Chair, Bee Keepers Daughter, and Water for Elephants.
books are amazing.

have a wonderful glorious Christmas.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I'm a big reader, too, Julie, and since I've been in bed, I've been working on a large biography of Winston Churchill. What a dramatic life he had!

Hoping that you are enjoying the Christmas season and that you will have a wonderful new year.

Miss you...


Sheila :-)

Deborah said...

Hey Julie. I just finished reading "Water for Elephants" yesterday. I agree with you that it was very good. Are you on Face book? I would love to add you if you are. It is easier for me to keep up with people there than on the blogs.