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Friday, July 26, 2019

A Peek in Jan's Book Bag!

Nearly every year for the past decade or two, I have written a column about what books various family members take on vacation.  Because that’s what our family does:  we go on vacation but we each bring a pile of books to read, depending on our interests.  When our daughter joins us she brings books about natural history, the flora and fauna of the area we’re visiting.  My husband reads history.  I read whatever.

My book bag is now a Kindle, which means I have a whole personal library at my fingertips. 

I love it!

Here’s a peek in my current book bag, if I had a book bag.

First, a friend suggested I should read “Chronicles of a Radical Hag (With Recipes)” by Lorna Landvik.  Some reviewers mention the political commentary in the book as problematic, but I’ve read  a few pages and haven’t reached anything that makes my conservative blood boil.  This book tells about the life of a small town newspaper columnist as shown in 50 years of two to three columns per week.

A family member has been touched by cancer, so I downloaded “Beating Melanoma,” by Steven Q.Wang, published by Johns Hopkins Press. This is a very down-to earth, practical guide, readable and also available in a print edition through MnLink.

I need a spiritual pick-me-up, so I chose to read   “Putting Joy into Practice: Seven Ways to lift your Spirit from the Early Church.”   I’m just at the beginning, so the jury is still out on this one.

I read the Book of the Ancestor series by Mark Lawrence, “Red Sister,” “Grey Sister,” and “Holy Sister.”  This fantasy series was an easy, quick read, and I enjoyed it and its setting in an order of militant nuns.

I’ve been re-reading the Amish Country mysteries by P.L.Gaus, a series I enjoy because Mr. Gaus creates his world and captures his characters so deftly. Books such as “The Names of our Tears” and “The Whiskers of the Lion” are simply a pleasure.

 Since I also love Mercedes Lackey, I’ve been catching up in some of her titles I’ve missed, including “From a High Tower.” It’s interesting to see what happens when an Elemental Air Master reminiscent of Rapunzel joins Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show.  

If you can suspend your disbelief, this is a  fun read.

Because the library book club read this book, I started “A Gentleman in Moscow,” by Amor Towles.  This is a witty book about a gentleman who lives under house arrest in extreme comfort in a grand hotel.  If I had to be under house arrest, that’s the place for me.

If my theory that you can learn a lot about a person by what they read is correct, what conclusion can you form about me?  I would say that I’m curious about everything, read a variety books, and am very thankful for our freedom to read.  See you at the library!