Way back in October - I posted a picture on Instagram (i have no idea how y'all get your instagram pics into blog posts and visa versa) of book covers that I wanted to remember because they looked interesting. Mary (IdleFancy) commented and said to read the Kristan Higgins books - she said read them all! So I did. I read all of The Blue Heron series - out of order! - and really enjoyed them.
I read a few other books in there as well. Gotta tell you - I like my reading to be an escape. I especially enjoy a story where I feel like I can relate to the characters or they have enough depth that you feel like you know them. I don't want my reading to be heavy or feel like I need to struggle to get through a book. Since JB gifted me a nook for Christmas several years ago - there are weekends when I knit and read - because I can balance a book (Nook) on my knee and turn pages while still being able to knit. It's a good thing.
Then in January - I ran out of books in my reader library that really grabbed my attention. So I reached out to Mary and asked her what she would recommend. She sent a long, lovely detailed email back with several book and author recommendations.
Mary had recently read Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. So - I bought it, downloaded it and read it in a weekend ! I did work on knitting a cardigan at the same time. It was a great book and I really enjoyed it.
The only downside - in my personal opinion - to e-books is that they are expensive. And you can't loan them to friends. Because I loved this book so much I want to read the rest of them, even though I read them out of order. SEP says they stand alone, but she's made a family tree in case you want to read them in order anyway. But - because of all of those factors - I actually walked over to the public library on my lunch one day last week and got a library card! Free books will soon be mine!!
After finishing Call Me Irresistible, I opened all i ever wanted by Kristan Higgins and loved it! Even on days I can sit on the bus - I was reading.
I have long wanted to find a book club, the opportunity to read and discuss books and characters with people who like the same type books. There is a book club at my office - but they read how to personal growth books - not my style. Sharing emails with Mary about books was a lovely - finding out we liked the same types of books and can get so involved in the stories. I started wondering if it would be possible to have a 'virtual' book club with the gals who sew (and anyone else) who might be interested. The problem is - how would we have discussions?
So - tell me, are you a reader? Do you like to read this type of book? Do you have any ideas on making a virtual book club work? And would you be willing to play along?