I took the month of June to kind of detach. Mostly I did this by delving into books. So, for my favorites this month it is all about books….and a few shows that we have been binge watching.
Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh – I read this little gem of a book every summer. Lindbergh is wife of Charles Lindbergh, who flew the Spirit of St. Louis in the first solo flight across the Atlantic. She is also Mom to a child that was kidnapped from their home. This book was written while Mrs. Lindbergh was on vacation in Florida. She uses shells to unfold a story of reflections of her life. She shares about love, aging, marriage, peace, solitude, contentment and how modern technology of her time threatens to overwhelm us. This is a timeless treasure of wisdom that speaks to me each time I read it! Even if I open it for a sliver of a quote there is such wisdom.
The End of Summer by Rosamunde Pilcher – I have never read any books by this author. I have heard that she is an amazing writer, very descriptive in her settings and characters. After reading reviews ( I read them after finishing the book!) I am glad I started with this one. Not a favorite. It only gets better from here. This is an early publishing by the author, who is best know for The Shell Seekers. This short-story begins in California where Jane lives with her father on the coast. Jane has dreamed of returning to Elvie, an estate in Scotland, where she spent her magical childhood–and the place where Sinclair lives. She dreamed of one day marrying Sinclair. A lawyer shows up to bring Jane back to Elvie. Upon her return, she finds Sinclair a different man whom she can no longer trust. She is a different person too. The author did not disappoint in her descriptive writing of place and character.
Mirror Image by Danielle Steel – I have read Danielle Steel books for years. I had stopped reading them years ago when I felt it was the same theme in every book. Mirror Image has been in my bookshelf for a very long time. I decided to finally pull it out and read it. Oh my goodness! I could not put it down. I was drawn in immediately. Olivia and Victoria Henderson are identical twins whose story takes place at the turn of the century. They often traded their identities to trick people. Their father has never gotten over the death of their mother. Olivia, the older more reserved twin, takes on a motherly role. Victoria is the free-spirited twin who wants to change the world. She joins the women’s suffrage movement and wants to sail to Europe. Victoria is caught in a scandal. To save face, her father chooses his lawyer, Charles Dawson, to marry her. Charles is mourning the loss of his wife to the Titanic. He has a nine year-old son. Charles is in an unwanted marriage. Olivia longs to marry and to become a mother. Victoria selfishly pursues her dream. The twins become involved in an unbelievable deception. This is a must-read!!
11/22/63 by Stephen King – I have never read anything by Stephen King–there I said it! Another page-turner of a book! I was obsessed with this story. It is almost 900 pages long–a heavy book to carry around! I read it so fast….the story is mesmerizing! A quote from the book that is stuck in my head is “the past is obdurant.” You’ll see what I mean when you read it. On 11/22/63 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated….or was he? Jake Epping travels from the present back in time through a portal behind a diner. This is a whirlwind of testing of this theory of changing the past, traveling back and forth from present to past, the two worlds colliding at times, the past throwing obstacles to prevent this change. Also a must-read book!
As for the binge watching in June, of course “Orange is the New Black” was first on the list!
As if we weren’t watching enough, we added “Mad Men” to the mix! Seven seasons of 1960’s shenanigans of a Madison Avenue Ad Agency. Very addicting!
Not my normal list of beauty product favorites, but I hope you enjoy my choices in books.
What are you reading? Comment below. I would love to hear from you!