Friday, September 28, 2018
Bookish Nostalgia - September 2018
Welcome to Bookish Nostalgia for September 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:
September 1998 - Dove in the Window by Earlene Fowler - I loved the 15-book mystery series that Earlene Fowler wrote from the years 1994-2011. The Benni Harper books, set in San Celina, California, and all named for quilt patterns. Dove in the Window is the 5th book. I was fortunate enough to get to see Earlene at an author event a few years ago in Arizona. And I was happy to tell her how much I had loved her books. Wish she was still writing them.
September 2003 - Distant Shores by Kristin Hannah - This author is one that has come to great acclaim in recent years with her books The Nightingale and The Great Alone. I haven't read either of those, though they are on my massive TBR. I read many of her books back 15+ years ago and Distant Shores is one that I enjoyed very much. She has a way of telling about women and their lives that is very comforting.
September 2008 - Counting On Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop - I'm finding that many of the books I read in 2008 are ones suggested to me by my co-workers at the library during that year. I was working with several younger people who were getting their MLS degrees and they kept suggesting books for me to try. Counting On Grace is by an author that you might know better as the author of The Castle in the Attic. In 1910, Grace goes to work with her mother in the textile mill to be a 'doffer' for her mother's loom. This job is best done by right-handed individuals and Grace is left-handed - there are mistakes. The story tells of the early days of outrage about children working at such a young age. It's a really, really good juvenile fiction tale.
September 2013 - The Stand by Stephen King - Last book I'll mention today is one of my favorite books ever, ever. I first read The Stand when it was originally published in 1978. I was in my senior year of college and I can still remember how it gripped me. Good vs. evil - told in a very different way from what I had read before. In 2013, I listened to it for the first time. Again, I loved it. I've been meaning to read it again at some point because I put it on my Classics list. I though that 2018 would be the year, but I'll probably push it back to 2019. Have you read The Stand? Yes, it's long and it's very good.
And so we end this month's Bookish Nostalgia. Hope you'll join me again next month to see what October books I remember from my journals.