"I can't believe the Read-a-Thon is already over," Betty said to me, greeting me as I stumbled to the breakfast table.
For something that lasts 24
Anyway, both my reading week and the Read-a-Thon gone by were good ones. Let us start with the week just past, which was another one filled with lotsa travel (i.e., time in the car) for me. That translates into two audiobooks started and completed.
Seventeen year old Jenna Fox has survived a terrible accident that claimed the lives of her two best friends. While in a coma for more than a year, her parents turned to what some seem as desperate measures in order to save her life. As Jenna pieces her memories back together while simultaneously discovering the truth about who she is now, this becomes a story about identity, about perfection, and the lengths a parent will go to in order to save their child.
After spending time with Jenna Fox, I turned my audiobook attention to The Maytrees by Annie Dillard, which was my first introduction to Dillard's work. (She has always seemed to be one of those authors who I've felt I should read.) I own this one, and I'm very glad that I do, because I'm now highlighting passages throughout this novel. I rarely do this, but I was compelled to do with The Maytrees because of the "spare, elegant" words that Dillard gives her reader, almost as a gift.
"Falling in love, like having a baby, rubs against the current of our lives: separation, loss, and death. That is the joy of them." (pg. 2)
By the time I was finished with You Are My Only, I was emotionally spent - but didn't want my participation in the Read-a-Thon to come to an end. So I chose to end it with the 23 poems in the chapbook that is Jennifer Hill-Kaucher's collection, Questioning Walls Open. I'm terrible at reviewing poetry (something I need to improve on) but I know what I like. And I liked many of these poems (especially "For Joan," about a discovering the contents of an undeveloped roll of film and "Letter," about the longing for one).
Before I return you to your Sunday, some final Read-a-Thon stats:
Total Number of Pages Read: 284
Total Hours Read: 6.25 hours
Books Started and Finished:
You Are My Only, by Beth Kephart
Questioning Walls Open, by Jennifer Hill Kaucher
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