Did you read any good books in 2016? When I pick up a book, I usually know within the first 10 pages if it’s going to take hold and keep my attention. And, if it does take hold, then I’m in it until the end, meaning I go deaf, dumb and blind to the world until I’ve devoured every page.
Because of my need to completely submerge myself into the pages of a book, I don’t read as often as I’d like to simply because nothing else gets done. Even so, I managed to read several books this year, three of which really made me sit up and take notice.
Grandma Gatewood’s Walk
I read Grandma Gatewood’s Walk in maybe a minute. Okay, a day. Her story took hold of me like no other and did not let me go. Not only did she just start walking the Appalachian Trail on a whim, her remarkable story of personal survival was beyond words. You have to read it to learn for yourself just how incredible this woman was. Read this book, you can thank me later.
If you’ve been with us for a while, no doubt you are well-aware of my
obsession unrequited love affair with Julia Child. It’s quite possible that I may be one of the few who are fascinated with her life but do not own a copy of her infamous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Nope, I’m completely in love with and inspired by the person herself, Julia. What made her tick? She was a woman before her time and the biography, Dearie, tells her story from beginning to end, just the way I like it.
Are you a fan of Mitch Albom? Please tell me you are. I believe I have his full collection on my bookshelf. It’s not often I say that, but he has such a gift with words I find it difficult not to own his books – real books – not the Kindle editions. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is perhaps his best, or at the very least one of my favorites. It’s a tale woven through the decades of a gifted guitar player whose life and guitar strings reveal twists you never see coming. I am in such awe of this man’s way with words.
In celebration of good quality story telling, in both truth and fiction, we’re hosting a giveaway!
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