I’m a voracious reader, so I’m limiting myself to my favorite five books read in the last month and linking up with Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy . She hosts Twitterature the fifteenth of every month.
Opal’s Jubilee – This is the third book in Leslie Lynch’s Appalachian Foothills Series, and it’s my favorite. I was fortunate enough to be in a critique group with Leslie when she started writing Opal, so it was kind of like being present when a baby is born. You have a vested interest in the details of that little creature’s existence for the rest of their life. And so it was with me and Opal. The critique group took a break and other things in my life continued the breakdown I was then experiencing, and I never found out what happened to Opal. But I thought about her a lot. When I’d wander the aisles of a fabric shop and see a particularly appealing purple heather or mossy green. When I’d shop at Goodwill. When I’d spot a woman with a beautiful, long braid of hair that I thought might match Opal’s. Then when I read the book I just wanted to crawl inside. I wanted to drink hot tea with Opal and tell her everything would be alright. I wanted to shop in the fabric store where she worked. There have been very few books that I’ve really wanted to live in, but Opal’s Jubilee is one of them. Treat yourself and read it.
OK, I know the whole point with Twitterature is to be brief, but I just couldn’t not rave about Opal. So I’ll be very brief for the rest of this post to make up for it
I also enjoyed The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son – a four-book series by Lois Lowry . It’s a YA Fantasy series – one of those that makes a reader realize how much time and effort must go into creating entire worlds for fantasy novels. Their minds must just have different boundaries than mine – but I’m so glad they do! These should be required reading for middle-schoolers. And with the strange and horrific occurrences that we all see on the news every single day these books helped remind me that although we often can’t even agree on right and wrong among the citizens of our own country there are people around the world doing things we all agree are evil, but they just as firmly believe are right and just. It’s a terrifying reminder, but one I needed to gain perspective on world issues.