What do you do at the beach?
I find myself getting lost in a good book.
Nothing better than natural sun light to read with.
I read until I can bare the heat no more.
Then I go for a swim.
Let the sun dry me.
Then read some more.
There might be a sand dragon building in the mix of it all too.
The sweltering sun at the new beach Puerto Malabrigo. Not new to this world but new to mine.
My new book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I was pretty captivated by that.
But I didn't lose focus on what's important: my husband.
Don't lose sight on what you really need to focus on in Life.
Read, read, read.
The novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows came out in 2009. My mother in-law gave it to me for Christmas. I left it back in Utah but it arrived safely to Trujillo in a perfectly prepared package my ma-in-law sent a few weeks ago. I finished one book I was working on (I am currently working on three...). So I started this one only a few days ago. I am half way through and I keep telling myself to read it slower. I want it to last a while.
This is a true treat. I can't recommend it highly enough to you. The Times (London) said "Cooked perfectly a point: subtle and elegant in flavour, yet emotionally satisfying to the finish."
To give you a taste:
"Have you ever noticed that when your mind is awakened or drawn to someone new, that person's name suddenly pops up everywhere you go? My friend Sophie calls it coincidence, and Mr. Simpless, my parson friend, calls it Grace. He thinks that if one cares deeply about someone or something new one throws a kind of energy out into the world, and "fruitfulness" is drawn in". (pg. 116)
The book is a compilation of letters which Juliet Ashton writes and receives. It set in 1946 right after the War. The book quotes plenty of famous authors. One who is frequented is Charles Lamb. He is quoted saying (in response for not caring enough about nature):
"I have no passion for groves and valleys. The rooms where I was born, the furniture which has been before my eyes all my life, a book case which has followed me about like a faithful dog wherever I have moved- old chairs, old streets, squares where I have sunned myself, my old school- have I not enough, without your Mountains? I do not envy you. I should pity you, did I not know, that the Mind will make friends of any thing." (pg. 115)
It ignites my passion for reading and deepens my longing to be a writer. Do yourself a favor and read this book.
I am craving more good books. Do share your favorites.