take me away please

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Reading takes us away from home, 
but more important, 
it finds homes for us everywhere. 

Hazel Rochman

Thursday is book delivery day at our village library. yesterday I picked up this week's stash, most I'd ordered myself through theNova Scotia library system's online catalogue (which is absolutely fantastic !) and a few I picked up from the "new book" shelf. I've been really craving a big, sweeping story. A fat, heavy, many page novel to take me away to some other world, other lives. Isn't that what summer reading is supposed to be all about. I'd like something gripping - a real page turner please. Suggestions welcome !


  1. Good Morning Susan
    from the northern end of Vancouver Island. Some of my favourite books this summer...Little Bee, And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini...really lived up to its PR, Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kinsolver is one I will read again, The Bishops Man, Why Men Lie and The Long Stretch by Linden McIntyre.
    Thank you for putting a Mary Oliver quote here on your blog one day..I have requested all her books through our online library catalogue and now plan on buing them for my bedside library! I start my mornings with coffee and your writings here!

  2. thank you Debra ! I LOVE Mary Oliver and would like to gradually own all her books to put by my bedside also - she speaks a language I don't hear often enough and one that gives me great comfort. I just had Flight Behaviour from the library but didn't have a chance to get to it. I'll order it again

    My top two recent favourites are Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (loved it !) and State of Wonder by Anne Patchett & two older favourites A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry and Not Wanted On the Voyage by Timothy Findley.

    thanks again for leaving a comment xo Susan & Gang

  3. Greetings, dear friend...
    Miss Betty has the sweetest, innocent look about her... She is a lovely addition to the gang.

    Regarding books, I was recently introduced to Louise Perry's Inspector Gamache/Three Pines mystery series. Could NOT put them down and read them (all eight) one right after the other! If you've not read them, I believe you will enjoy them..

    I am also a fan of Laurie R King's books, the Mary Russell series especially. Thirdly, I have really enjoyed Diana Gabeldon's Outlander books and am anxiously awaiting the next installment, expected early next year. I mostly listened to them in my car. The woman who reads them (performs them) is amazing.

    I will be curious to know if you already have enjoyed these authors.... And if not, whether you like any of them nearly as much as I do.

    Staying inside a lot lately as we experience the earliest and perhaps longest heat wave I ever remember.

    Best to you all,

  4. With Mom's work history she is a Nevada Barr mystery fan. Also a tennis obsessive player + follower, so she just received the hot off the press-- The Outsider: A Memoir (Jimmy Connors) from our library. Quick reads by Nora Roberts. What do you think about Alistair MacLeod?
    Happy reading ::woof ~moose (who is heading out on the trail, return 7/28)

  5. Thank you dear Kathie & Gang for all the great suggestions and the hearty Miss Betty welcome ! We have 5 outside cats (aside from our three family members - Bleet, Oliver & Virgil) there are 3 rather motley Tom's - Bruce, Jim & Al (all feral or abandoned long ago and skittish the three of them) + 2 females that we have had spayed who have homes but on the sketchy side - especially Betty (who has pretty much moved her things over to 29 Black Street). She follows Miss D & I down onto the boardwalk each morning and trails along behind finally stopping at what she considers is her limit and patiently waits until we return to run along beside us all the way home. She is dear and deserves a break. xo S + Gang

  6. thanks Moose (& Mom ) and very Happy Trails ! dos

  7. That's quite the stack of books. Wish I read more than I do.

  8. I agree with a commenter above, Little Bee was a great read! I also LOVED The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Ooh! Just thought: I just devoured The Birth House by Ami McKay, AND it's set in Nova Scotia!

  9. Oh, happy, happy birthday to you!
    The portraits are just wonderful... I know what you mean about having photos of oneself that you actually like. (Very rare)

    Here's to another successful year.... And many more!

    Kathie and her critters

  10. Happy Birthday! I've enjoyed your blog for a long time, but I've never commented before. I think birthdays are a fine time, as well as a discussion of books!

    I love McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street series. Just finished The Woman Upstairs, which was very thought-provoking. A new "discovery" is Willa Cather. I somehow managed to never have read her in high school or college, but she's such a treat. I started with the lesser-known Song of the Lark and then Lucy Gayheart. As for Anne Patchett, I fell under the spell of Bel Canto and look forward to reading more of her novels.
    Regards from Queens, NYC!


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