Friday, March 27, 2015

Late Winter Reading

I read an Oprah's Book Club selection Where the Heart Is by Billie Letis. It was about a young and poor single mother with no resources who lived in a Wal-Mart store for a few months before being brought into an older woman's home who gives her a family. A community grows up around her and her daughter. The book is about being a part of the lives around us and overcoming adversity.
A Gathering of Days is a Newberry Award winning novel that is very short and for young adults. Written by Joan W. Blos it is subtitled "A New England Girl's Journal 1830-32". I really enjoyed this selection. It chronicled some of the hardships this young lady faced at home and in her one room schoolhouse. She gains a step-mother and looses her best friend to disease in the book.
Juby and I both read all three of the Hunger Games trilogy which includes Catching Fire and The Mockingjay written by Suzanne Collins. We read them separately but at the same time in all different order. They are very good. For about a week, I felt like I was in their world!
I was looking for a novel to get into and found The Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton. This 600 page book took me on an adventure that began when the heroine was a girl in England and followed through her emigration to the New World in the 1600's. She belongs to a Puritan family but she can't buy the continuing harshness of their outlook on life. Indian neighbors, both good and bad are featured. She is able to treat wounds and sickness using natural remedies she learned from her father who ran an apothecary. It was a great escape!