Friday, February 16, 2018
Bookish Nostalgia - February 2018
Welcome to Bookish Nostalgia for February 2018. I've kept records of books I read for over 25 years and I enjoy looking back through my reading journals to see what I was reading 5, 10, 15, and 20 years ago. Let's see what I remember about what I was reading in those years:
February 1998 - The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas was a very interesting book. The time period is the 1930's. The setting is Kansas during the Depression. There's a women's quilting group that gets together to sew and gossip and improve their minds. One member decides to solve a mystery and eventually the whole group gets involved with unexpected results - really unexpected. This book was maybe the second book written by this author. I liked it very much!
February 2003 - In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming is the 1st book in the author's series set in upstate New York. The main characters are Reverend Clare Fergusson and Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne. This series now includes 7 more books and I'm hoping that Julia will complete another for us, her fans. It's been my wish to go back and reread the books that I've sampled already and then continue with the ones I haven't read. Clare and Russ take a bit of time to get used to each other and become friends. It's complicated because he is married and she is an Episcopal priest. She's also a military veteran - helicopter pilot. The weather and location play a big part in this first story. It's a good one!
February 2008 - The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick - I read this book when I was still working at the library. It was just a wonderful book and so very unique. The combination of illustrations and narrative was fascinating and it got passed around from staff member to staff member very quickly. The wonderful thing about it was that it won the Caldecott Medal, which is given for children's picture books. This book is over 500 pages and it's not exactly a picture book or a graphic novel or a novel. It's unique. Selznick wrote and illustrated it and there has been a movie made since.
February 2013 - The Distant Hours by Kate Morton - This was the first Morton book that I read. It includes a castle and a mystery and sisters that have secrets. It's a bit Gothic. A long book telling the story of Edie who comes to the area to learn about her mother's experience living there as a child who was evacuated during the war. After reading this book, I knew that Kate Morton would be an author I'd try again.
And so we end this month's Bookish Nostalgia. Have you read any of these books or authors? Hope you'll join me again next month to see what March books I remember from my journals.