Current Books

Books I am reading – yes I said books. Are there many more people out there that read three or more books at one time? I am always listening to a book on tape, have a book by my bed to read, and also right now a book I am only reading when sitting in the airport or on the plane.

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver is a book I’ve just finished and it was great. This is the first book I have read by this author and I am delighted to know that she has many more out there.

From the publisher: Barbara Kingsolver’s fifth novel is a hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature, and of nature itself. It weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives amid the mountains and farms of southern Appalachia. Over the course of one humid summer, this novel’s intriguing protagonists face disparate predicaments but find connections to one another and to the flora and fauna with which they necessarily share a place.

My listening book is A Clash of Kings, by George R. R. Martin which is the second book in the Song of Ice and Fire series.  I’m questioning my decision to listen to this series of books.  I love listening to them, it’s a great narrator, but since I’m always doing something else at the same time I’m not paying close enough attention to all that is happening.  But on the bright side, I’ll be able to listen to them again in a few of years and it will be all new to me again!

From the publisher: A Clash of Kings transports us into a magnificent, forgotten land of revelry and revenge, wizardry and warfare. It is a tale in which maidens cavort with madmen, brother plots against brother, and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside.

My airport book is The Innocents Abroad, by Mark Twain.  Delightful, and by limiting the amount of time I spend reading this to just some time in airports I get to spread out the pleasure!

From the publishers: In 1867, Mark Twain and a group fellow-Americans toured Europe and the Holy Land, aboard a retired Civil War ship known as Quaker City. Throughout the journey, Twain kept a written record of his experiences. The Innocents Abroad is both a travelogue and a critique of clashing cultures but more importantly, it is an entertaining and insightful work written by one of the great masters of American prose.

I purchased this book in the gift shop of the Mark Twain Museum in Hannibal, Missouri while teaching for the Hickory Stick Quilt Shop and their Hometown Stitches event.

A wonderful town to visit for history, literature, and quilt enthusiasts alike.


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