What I Read on My Summer Holiday


1.'Containers for the Soul'--Cat Fink
Containers For The Soul

I love books.  I love reading, and I am always curious about what other people are reading.  So, of course, I enjoy reading people’s book lists, especially those from writers and artists.

Here is what I read during July and August while I was on holiday.

The Owl Mage Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey – Mercedes is one of my favourite writers.  She dives deep and at length into what her characters are thinking and I find this inner monologue fascinating.  Some might read this and say ‘get on with the story’.  Not me.  These inner monologues are part of the story, developing the character, connecting with me-the-reader and my personal inner talk experience.

End of Watch by Stephen King – As a teenager, my introduction to Stephen’s writing was ‘Carrie’.  The story totally creeped me out, and I loved it.  Later I left off reading horror.  I came back to him with ‘Lisey’s Story’, and I’ve kept up with his writing ever since.

A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George – A friend introduced me to Elizabeth and her intricate, very human mysteries.  I read the one lent to me, then promptly hit the used bookstore for all Elizabeth had written up to that point.  Now I wait with anticipation when I hear a new book is coming, and get my order in at my local bookstore.  If you are a writer, check out her book on writing fiction ‘Write Away’.  I borrowed it from the public library three times and then ordered my own copy.

Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown – Pure fun.

The King’s Man Trilogy by Pauline Gedge – Pauline makes me feel I am right there in ancient Egypt.  Heat.  The smell of dust.  Cool water poured over my bare feet.  Linen brushing against my skin.  I read her books in the summer to heighten the feeling of being there.

Raiders of the Nile by Steven Saylor – Steven’s writing has the same effect on me as Pauline’s.  In his books, I am in ancient Rome.  This one happens in the Nile delta, not his usual setting.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling – I admit it.  I am a Harry Potter/J. K. Rowling fan.  I read this slowly, right after a week of watching all the Harry Potter movies in sequence.  I let my inner vision create the movie for me as I read.  Fun!  Then I discovered the website Pottermore, got myself sorted for Hogwarts by the Sorting Hat, and claimed my wand.  (For my fellow Potter fans, I am a Hufflepuff–totally suits me– and my wand is sycamore with dragon heartstring core.  Cool.)

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith – Alexander treats each of his characters with kindness, their perfections and their faults wholly in view.  I can’t help but love them because of this.  His writing gives me permission to be myself, both perfect and imperfect.  The title of this book makes me smile every time I see it.

The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris – I picked up this book on a whim.  A poet writing about her two long residencies at a Benedictine monastery in Minnesota.  I had not read any of Kathleen’s writing, but she had me with her first essay, all of two short paragraphs, titled ‘Dawn’.

Urban Watercolor Sketching by Felix Scheinberger – The artist-me revelling in Felix’s joyfully wonky drawings.  The writer-and-creator-me absorbing how he talks about his process, the how to’s of urban sketching, tools and time and place.  Yum!

What can I say?  I read a LOT.  It fills me up, inspires me, expands my world, grounds me in places I have never been.  My husband knows, if he is looking for me in town, to try the library and the bookstore first, then my favourite café where I’ll be reading my newest treasure and sipping a mocha.

What’s next in my reading list?  I have, waiting for me, on my bookshelf:

Hear the Wind Sing/Pinball 1973 by Haruki Murakami

Caliban’s War by James A. Corey

The Waters Rising by Sheri S. Tepper

Chi’s Sweet Home Part 1 by Konami Kanata

The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson

Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James

Make It Mighty Ugly by Kim Piper Werker

Whoever invented the art of writing and telling stories on paper, you are my friend forever.  Bless you and thank you!

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In this post:

The Owl Mage Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey.  http://www.mercedeslackey.com/

End of Watch by Stephen King.  http://stephenking.com/

A Banquet of Consequences and Write Away by Elizabeth George.  http://www.elizabethgeorgeonline.com/

Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown.  http://jeffreybrowncomics.blogspot.ca/

The King’s Man Trilogy by Pauline Gedge.  http://paulinegedge.com/

Raiders of the Nile by Steven Saylor.  http://www.stevensaylor.com/

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling.  http://www.jkrowling.com/

Pottermore.  https://www.pottermore.com/

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith.  http://www.alexandermccallsmith.co.uk/

The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathleen_Norris_(poet)

Urban Watercolor Sketching by Felix Scheinberger.  http://sketchbookskool.com/fakulty/felix-scheinberger

Hear the Wind Sing/Pinball 1973 by Haruki Murakami.  http://www.harukimurakami.com/

Caliban’s War by James A. Corey.  http://www.jamessacorey.com/

The Waters Rising by Sheri S. Tepper.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheri_S._Tepper

Chi’s Sweet Home Part 1 by Konami Kanata.  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4999130.Kanata_Konami

The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson.  http://www.robertcharleswilson.com/

Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._D._James

Make It Mighty Ugly by Kim Piper Werker.  http://www.kimwerker.com/

 

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