I am a voracious reader. I don't think I could make it in life if I didn't have a book to read. Every once in a while I will post reviews of books I have read recently. I am part of a Monthly Book Club and I highly recommend being a part of one if you are not. I rate books on a 5 star scale with 5 being the highest.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
This book came along at just the right time for me. I am a creative person. I am a photographer, painter, writer, and just about any other creative title you want to add. The act of creating anything is a mystery. Where does that creativity come from? How is it cultivated? Is creativity a separate entity in itself? Or is it something within us? Elizabeth Gilbert tackles these questions in this book. She uses stories from her own life and her own creative processes as a writer to explain to us the act of creating. I have read this book twice now and will probably do so again.
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
We read this book in my monthly book club. It is the story of the battle of Masada in 70 CE between 900 Jews and the Roman armies. The story is told from the perspectives of four women. It is a very detailed and in-depth book. It took me a while to get through it. I enjoyed reading about the lives of the different women and about the battle at Masada but the re-telling of the story from four perspectives was not told differently enough for me to not get monotonous. It is a nice read but only once for me.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
I cannot praise this story enough. I absolutely loved reading it.
The Nightingale is the story of two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, during World War II. What I love so much about this story is that the sisters are French. The author gives us a view of French life during that time. We so often, here in America, are only given that perspective.
This novel is historical fiction and therefore has quite a bit of historical facts in it. And yet it doesn't weigh down the story. It only makes it stronger.
Dispatches from Pluto by Richard Grant
Richard Grant is an award-winning travel author. On a whim, he and his girlfriend move to an old plantation house in Pluto, Mississippi from Lower Manhattan in New York City. The stories he has written are the views of an outsider here in this place we call the Delta. I have read it twice and I loved it. It's fun to read the thoughts and reactions of people who have never lived here when confronted with the things we call "normal".
The author is a journalist and tells the stories just how he sees them. I found it refreshing to read through the eyes of an Englishmen who now live sin Jackson.
Read it. It's fun and eye-opening.