Around these parts, as soon as the weather hits ten degrees, it’s springtime and everyone is out and ready to go.
I’m never quite that keen. I love the sun and the longer days and extra walks with my dog, don’t get me wrong. But I miss the guilt-free time spent reading curled on the couch under a blanket, with that same dog warming my feet and chili bubbling on the stove. Reading without worrying that another weed will pop up in my front garden before I finish the page. I find it hard to give up the time that is quiet and a little more solitary. Yes, I am an introvert.
Then Mother’s Day comes and there is time to indulge, have a cup of tea and read without guilt. The book that I just finished was Hannah Tinti’s The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, and it just happens to be a WPL Featured Title for Spring. It is the story of a father and daughter, but the entire heart of the novel centres on the loss of the daughter’s mother. For the daughter, it is a coming of age story; for the father, after a long life of crime, it’s a story of grief and acceptance. It was gorgeous, the story and the cover, and cannot be missed.
Also read the newest Elizabeth Strout book, Anything is Possible. It is a collection of short stories based on the characters introduced to us in her last novel, My Name is Lucy Barton, which is amazing and is the story of a mother and daughter. If you have never read her books, treat yourself and pick up Olive Kitterage – we also have the HBO miniseries at WPL that they made based on the same book.
You must read Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series. Just do it, trust me! The first one is called In the Woods. I am not a fan of mysteries in general but these novels are thick and rich in details and character development. I love Robert Galbraith’s (aka JK Rowling) Cormoran Strike mysteries and French’s books are the most similar I’ve found so I’m completely smitten! The books do not have to be read in order but I highly recommend that you do. Each novel is told in the voice of a different detective, both men and women. They are huge books, perfect for holding onto in the bath.
So whether it’s Mother’s Day or not, read and enjoy. The weeds are going to be there regardless and if they truly are keeping you from relaxing, look for these titles (and more) in our AudioBook collection and you can listen while weeding your worries away!