Summer Reading

Buck and I are about to head out to explore Brevard (in Transylvania County, no less!) and Hendersonville, but I wanted to mention two terrific recent reads and one that had me up early making a start:

The first is Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild. I read this with sleepless eyes burning. Finally, at the last, when I threw the Kindle down on the bed here in Maggie Valley at 2:30 a.m., I told Buck (yes, he was reading some other book) “finishing my novel, this is my Pacific Coast Trail.” He didn’t know what I was talking about, but could tell I was passionate about it. Every time I think, “This is too hard. I can’t do it,” I’ll see Cheryl on the trail, especially her feet.

Next is Rosellen Brown’s novel, Before and After. A friend called me to ask me to read this book. I had never heard of Rosellen Brown. Whew. That’s all I have time to say right now. Couldn’t put it down.

I had pre-ordered  the new book by historian/biographer/journalist David Maraniss, Barack Obama The Story. It arrived on my Kindle sometime after midnight. I started reading about 6:00 a.m.  Hate to put it down, but there’s exploring to be done.

What are you reading these days?

5 thoughts on “Summer Reading

  1. That is true about Wild, it makes you not care when you get a paper cut because you know Strayed could barely walk when she was wearing those too-small boots. OUCH!


  2. Love knowing what you’re reading, Beth. Put them both on my list. I just finished Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home by Lynn Freed. It reads like a memoir, but I think she’d call it a collection of essays.


    1. Wonderful to hear from you, Verna. I have two more wonderful ones for you that I’m currently reading: one is When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams and the other is A Year of Dangerous Writing by Barbara Abercrombie (recommended by Elizabeth Aquino on her blog).


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