November 13, 2017 @ 8:41 am | Filed under:

My morning view is changing. From the reading chair in my studio I look out upon my backyard neighbor’s roof, and my next-door neighbors’ trees. This photo was taken on October 25th or 26th. Two weeks later, the trees on the right and the ones behind that chimney are bare. The robins that hopped in and out of that big magnolia on the left all day long seem to have moved to warmer quarters. I was surprised by how long they stuck around!

I worked a lot this weekend, so this morning I feel like I could use…a weekend. šŸ˜‰ Instead, we have a full day in store: an audiology appointment for S, and then some lesson time with Huck and Rilla, and then I have another issue of The Arrow to wrap up.

But I feel like the major task I want to accomplish today is deciding what book to read. My option paralysis has hit again, something awful. I’ve read about twenty beginnings since the last book I finished. It’s maddening. I think what I’m wanting at the moment is a book both absorbing and stirring, with humor and local dramas…like Guernsey Literary Society or Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Maybe I’ll just reread The Blue Castle for the four thousandth time while I make up my mind on something new.

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  1. Penny says:

    Guernsey is amazing. Have you read Code Name Verity? Do you like mysteries? Maisie Dobbs is nice and complicated with excellent characters.

    oh gosh. I should leave you alone now. šŸ™‚ Plus, I need to find out what that Bernadette book is…

  2. Kathryn says:

    Not quite what you are asking for, but I have a couple of recommendations. I think you would enjoy The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. It is the first book in a light fantasy series in which the heroine is a librarian from a rather unusual library. The fourth volume is about to be published and is on my Christmas wishlist. The other suggestion is The Lark by E. Nesbit, which I stumbled across recently. Again light and slightly quirky – very much E. Nesbit style, but written for adults not children.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I’m on the third Flavia book and really enjoying every second. They make commutes bearable. I just love that character.

  4. Mamalion says:

    How about The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper? I’m listening to it right now, so can’t speak to the ending, but I’m enjoying it. I read both Guernsey and Bernadette and loved them both.

    • Mamalion says:

      Oooh, also Susan Wittig Albert’s Beatrix Potter Cottage Tale series. They’re fluffy, and don’t require much concentration. A wee bit farfetched, but still a pleasant read (listen).

  5. Sheila says:

    I loved Where’d You Go, Bernadette? so much – I felt as though something had changed wildly in my reading universe when I read that. I gave my mum Guernsey and she loved it so much she won’t lend it out, so I’ve tried to find another novel in that same vein but nothing has struck the same chord with her.

    I’m right now reading through Liane Moriarty’s oeuvre. Have you read anything by her? Just finished Truly Madly Guilty. She was the one who wrote Big Little Lies, which I haven’t yet read but have seen the series (which is awesome). She’s fun – funny, interesting, witty.

  6. Penelope says:

    Ah, I’m reading lots of nonfiction lately šŸ™‚ currently finishing up Chickens in the Road: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor, by Suzanne McMinn, recounting her years establishing (with her three teens in tow) a wee farm in West Virginia. I’m enjoying this immensely.

    {{hugs}} and prayers my friend

  7. sarah says:

    The Blue Castle! Such a favourite of mine. I’ve just finished reading Briar Rose by Jane Yolen, which wouldn’t be cheerful enough for you right now but it was an excellent read. Also have been dipping into To Say Nothing of the Dog, for the seventh or so time. I recently tried Touch and The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North – not my style, but you might like them as they’re fabulously written. And my bedtime read is the old beloved The Silver Sun by Nancy Springer, a beautiful fantasy novel whose cover finally fell off yesterday, after thirty years of use, and had to be taped back on.