Book of the Month

 

     Hi readers! It's time for the new Book of the Month. I'm really enjoying having an excuse to read a new book every month. I decided to make January's selection special and exciting, what with it being a new year and all. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton is intriguing based on the cover alone. I know the saying "don't judge a book by it's cover" and it's true, you should never pick a book because you like it's cover. However, there is nothing wrong with letting the cover be one of the deciding factors. I mean, moon phases. I can't not love something if it features moon phases.

     The Luminaries summary in itself sounds like nothing I've ever read. I've always loved astrology and mythology, but have only read factual guides, never novels based on the zodiacs themselves. This book looks like it will be one of a kind, and I can't wait to get started with it! It's a long one (848 pages), so if it takes longer than a month to get through, don't sweat it. From the reviews I've read though, I have a feeling this book will fly. The review/discussion will be posted at the end of the month, so let's get to reading!

To Read a Classic

     Hello all! I'm not sure what it is, but there is just something about fall that really gets me into the reading mood! It's probably the combination of the cooler weather and the less busy schedule in fall, but I have no issue with it. One of my favorite things to do when it gets chilly is have a quiet weekend at Lake of the Ozarks, sitting on the screened in porch with a warm blanket and a classic novel. Of course, a hot cup of coffee is a given as well. I define a classic book as one that is at least 20 years old and that has some sort of notoriety along with it. They're usually enticing to read because of what you've heard about them, no? The one drawback I find to "classic" books is that some can be a little boring or hard to read. As a kid, it was challenging to find older books I liked because I was too distracted with Harry Potter to look on my own. At some point, my mom actually started suggesting ones that she liked and for awhile I would only read those! The first one I have a memory of her suggesting is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. When I think of "classic" as far as books go, that one immediately pops into my head. Some of my other favorites are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, and Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. Happy Reading!