Thursday, October 16, 2014

Early Autumn Reading

I need to begin by saying I did not make this wonderful little quiltlet to the left. I found the picture on a tutorial at Don't Call Me Betsy and thought it would be the perfect illustration for a book report post. I think it might be fun to make a little bookshelf quiltlet, but can't imagine when I'd get to it!

Autumn usually sparks an interest in reading books that are somewhat more substantial than "summer reading" or "beach books" (not that I ever sit on the beach and read). This year has not been an exception, and I'd like to share two wonderful reads.

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas came to me as an Amazon recommendation. I read the little blurbs about it and promptly put it on the reserve list at the local library. Two or three months later, when we were getting ready for a weekend in Cape May, I was still approximately forty-first on the library list so I went out and bought it. In hardback. I've not regretted it. It's a wonderful novel about Eileen, who grows up with hopes and dreams about a better life for herself and her family. She's achievement oriented, but not in a bad way at all. She falls in love with a man who is easily satisfied, prefers the status quo, and has no grand ambitions. The story is about how they mediate what is important to each, and they honor their "in sickness and in health" vows. I loved this book and was glad I had bought it so I could share it with my sister and my husband.

The Banks of Certain Rivers by Jon Harrison came to me through Bookbub, and I read it on the Kindle. A true page turner, it is the story of Neil, a teacher and coach, whose wife  is in a persistent vegetative state as the result of a tragic accident. Neil raises their son on his own, supports his chronically ill mother-in-law, and eventually moves on to a relationship with another woman. Early in the book while out for a run, he breaks up a fight between students, and this leads to an untenable situation for this nice man. I read this book way too fast because the various plot strands were all compelling and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next.


Janet O. said...

That is a great little quilt using the selvedges as book titles.
The first book intrigues me--I love books about people working out relationships.
The second book sounds like the kind that leaves knots in my stomach, and I would have to be having a "smooth sailing" period in my life to be able to enjoy it. : )

Barbara Anne said...

Love the little quilt, too! We have so many bookcases full of books that I might have trouble finding somewhere to hang one like this.

I enjoyed your book reviews and plan to read "We Are Not Ourselves". Thank you!

It's a sunny, chilly day here and I'm machine quilting 4 small placemats for use on one of those tall dining tables. These have a colorful TOT fabric on one side and the Nevermore fabric on the reverse. Am about to do the last of the four. Yippee! All will need a border on the TOT side, so hope to fold that into binding. Fingers crossed!


Ray said...

I also loved The Banks of Certain Rivers!

jirons42 said...

Thanks for the recommendations. My libarary did not have the Jon Harrison book so I have recommended it for purchase. I love that I can do that on-line. Let's see what happens. In the meantime I will enjoy the other book when my number comes up. I am 50 on a wait list for 11 copies of the book.

Laura said...

Thanks so much for the recommendations, I've added them to my Goodreads to read list! I'm catching up on blog posts from the past week and this is perfect timing as just last night I was lamenting the lack of a new good book!