First up on the subject of books, I'm very happy to say that I've just reopened my little shop, with signed copies of all of my books. I really love being able to send those out into the world, knowing the names of the people who will read them - it makes the experience all the more real and rich for me. And well, it makes me want to write another one, I have to say! So I thank you for your support there. (Right now, I'm just shipping to the US, but hope to sort out an easy international rhythm soon. I'll let you know.)
Beyond that, I wanted to talk books with you! We've dipped our toes into the book conversation in recent posts and corresponding comments, but oh, I can't resist the opportunity to go a bit deeper. About a year ago we did this, and I told you of my love affair with audiobooks, and most especially....my love affair with my wireless headset (I have this one). It's true love, friends. True love. I listen to books while I'm doing dishes, folding laundry, making dinner, going to bed, definitely knitting and sewing, and oh so many other moments of my days it fits into just perfectly. It's really changed my 'reading' habits in such a positive way.
And then there are times when a real book calls. On an airplane, in the waiting room, when I don't want to be disconnected from my loves in the same room, at the beach when I want to hear the sounds of the ocean and so on and so forth. And then there are all those wonderful books that just aren't on audio, or that really are meant to be read in hand, lingered over, and savored on the paper pages.
Since we last chatted books, some of my favorites (a mix of fiction and non-fiction) have been...(with asterisks marking those I not just enjoyed, but really, really love).
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (a re-read, that I loved just as much the second time around)
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott
**Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Not THat Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
**All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Mary Coin by Marisa SIlver
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
Masterminds & Wingmen by Rosalind Wiseman
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman
My Notorious Life by Kate Manning
**The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffebaugh
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
**The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Annie Barrows
**People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
And now, the part I love most of all.....do tell! What have you loved reading of late?