Welcome to Bookish Nostalgia for June 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:
June 1998 - Summer Sisters by Judy Blume - It's a funny thing - I never read a Judy Blume book until I read this one 20 years ago. And it's still the only one I've ever read. I remember liking this story of two friends, first in the teen years and then as adults. I don't remember a whole lot else. Have thought about rereading it, but I probably won't. There are a lot more 'summer' books like this to explore these days. Are you a Judy Blume fan?
June 2003 - Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik - I've read several books by Lorna Landvik and had to miss a book conference many years ago where she appeared. Had two friends who did get to meet her. Anyway, as you might be able to tell, this is a book about a group of friends who live in a neighborhood - 5 of them - and their years together. The ups and downs and happy and sad. Isn't that cover great? I really should reread this one. Have you read any books by Lorna Landvik?
June 2008 - I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron - This is a short little book of essays by the very funny and snarky Nora Ephron. The titles are things like 'Blind as a Bat' and 'I Hate My Purse' and, of course, the one about the neck. I'm pretty sure I've also listened to this book as a reread, narrated by the author. Not all the essays are hilarious, but some are. I do know that since I've lost quite a bit of a weight, I feel 'bad' about my neck! It has more wrinkles and 'stuff' than it used to. Ha! A little book for women of 'a certain age'. I'm definitely going to reread this one soon.
June 2013 - Search the Shadows by Barbara Michaels - Reading Search the Shadows in 2013 - well, definitely a reread. This is one of my favorite books by an author that I've loved since I was about 15. As I've shared before, Barbara Mertz (Michaels/Elizabeth Peters) held a PhD from the Oriental Institute in Chicago, which she acquired in 1952. She was an Egyptologist first and then an author. That Chicago school features in this book. Haskell Maloney is an orphan who tries to find out more about her mother, a student at the Institute in her younger days. Haskell has discovered that she is a carrier for Tay-Sachs, a genetic disease that would be unlikely from an Irish-Catholic father and a Pennsylvania Dutch mother. Full of dark secrets, this is from the period where Michaels moved away from her earlier 'ghost' stories into romantic suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed my reread.
And so we end this month's Bookish Nostalgia. Have you read any of these books? Hope you'll join me again next month to see what July books I remember from my journals.