That’s right friends, yesterday marked the official beginning of Summer 2021 Book Bingo! I love reading all the time, but there is something about summer reading that feels particularly enjoyable. Carole posted last week about her love of reading, and she shared these words
“to use a food analogy, books don’t all have to be filet mignon, sometimes you need a cheeseburger and fries.”
l commented that I think of summer reading as ice cream and a special bottle of wine … books that are pure treats, and maybe ones I’ve been saving to really savor and enjoy. Summer reading means porch time, piles of library books, and occasionally, abandoning “plans” in favor of spending time with pages. which is exactly what I did yesterday. I started Swimming Lessons Friday afternoon and was immediately drawn into the story. I read a little more yesterday morning, and then spent much of the afternoon curled up in the chair to read it all the way through. What a treat! and a great start for my Bingo Card. This was my first Claire Fuller and it won’t be my last – the writing is gorgeous and the story is engaging (I’m not sure any of the characters are likable, but that doesn’t bother me). The story is told in two timelines, and the “looking back” timeline is told in letters (I love anything epistolary!)
Two more things I especially loved – as a reader:
- The letters aren’t actually mailed; instead, the writer leaves them in books … and the closing lines for those chapters tell us the titles of those books. I loved learning those titles!
- One of the characters collects second-hand books because of their marginalia and because what that marginalia tells us about the reader’s experience with the book:
“Forget that first-edition, signed-by-the author nonsense. Fiction is about readers. Without readers there is no point in books, and therefore they are as important as the author, perhaps more important. But often the only way to see what a reader thought, how they lived when they were reading, is to examine what they left behind. All these words … are about the reader. The specific individual — man, woman, or child — who left something of themselves behind.” (p. 135)
One of the reasons I started buying books again is so I can write in them. and re-visiting a book I notated some time ago is such a wonderful way for me to revisit that past self who read the book.
The book takes place in England, some in London, and some at the Dorset seaside … both places I’d love to vacation (4th row, 5th column).
This book could fit a variety of other squares – maybe you have one of these on your card:
- The cover is gorgeous.
- The story has two timelines, one told in letters (and those chapters are also told in the first person).
- The audiobook has one narrator.
- The book was published in 2017 (21st century).
- Claire Fuller is a prize winning author.
…and of course it’s been recommended by a friend! Seriously, I loved this book – 4-1/2 stars!
I’m thinking I’ll make a lot of progress on my card next month – these are most of the books I’d like to read:I’m not sure how they’ll all match up with squares, but hopefully most of them will fit at least one.
At this point, I know I have books on my to-read list for all of the squares on my card. However, if you are struggling with a square (and have decided not to generate a different card 😉 ), please leave a comment and let me know the category. I’d love to crowd-source recommendations. I’d also love to pair up folks who might be willing to swap squares (again, please let me know in the comments; I’ll pair you up with another reader – of course if you’d like to reach out to a fellow Bingo player on your own, please do!)
It’s been fun to think about how this one book could maybe fit into your Summer Bingo plans and I’m planning to write similar posts every week or so throughout the summer (leaving myself plenty of room to “abandon plans and just read”).
Again, I’d love to know more about your summer reading and Book Bingo plans – please share!
and happy Summer Reading!