I loved this post on Modern Mrs. Darcy of book recommendations for writers from Shauna Niequist. Shauna is the author of Bread and Wine, which I recently finished and highly recommend.
The list of books she recommended was interesting for several reasons. I’ve read a couple of them. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott is one of my favorites. Traveling Mercies, also by Lamott, has been on my to-read list for a while now.
I’m in the midst of reading another of Shauna’s recommendations – Gone Girl. I have to admit, I’m not finding it to be as much of a page turner as I’d hoped. In fact, I could probably just abandon it and not look back. I’m going to stick it out and finish this book though for several reasons.
First, it made the list on Modern Mrs. Darcy for its interesting structure. So far, I haven’t seen anything too unusual so that must still be coming (I’m about 40% of the way through it).
Second, almost everyone seems to love this book. They get wrapped up in it and can’t put it down. There must be something too that.
And finally, I’ve recently (like yesterday) realized that I have a habit of quitting books. Another book on the list, The Language of Flowers, was one that I quit after a few chapters. And last night at book club, we were discussing all kinds of books and there were three or four that I had only read part of.
Modern Mrs. Darcy has a post on not finishing books. I even commented that I have no problem abandoning books part way through, even read-alouds for homeschool. Otto of the Silver Hand comes immediately to mind. We hated that book!
But now I’m wondering if I’m too quick to abandon. Maybe I need to give books a chance to finish out. It’s possible that it’s unfair to judge a book on the first 30%.
What do you think?
In other bookish news, this came for me in the mail:
Jessica Fisher is a friend of mine and I’m so excited about her latest cookbook. Mia actually jumped up and down when she saw Best 100 Juices for Kids. She loves juice and smoothies! The book will be available April 15.
One of my friends had a brilliant idea that we should go to Becoming Conference in August. I’m very excited about this upcoming trip. Most of the conferences I’ve gone to the last few years have been times of intense learning. I’ve come away with long to-do lists. But Becoming looks like a refreshing type conference. Just what I need!
Disclosure: I am working with McCormick this year.