People Against Unnecessary Naughtiness In Books With An Otherwise Good Storyline.
It's very disheartening to try to find a good summer read with
fantastic writing that is not laced with cussing, grisly crime scenes that jolt the brain with their horrificity (I think I made up that word) or just naughtiness in general.
I grow increasingly confused by the book covers when I go to purchase.
Books that don't look naughty...can be.
And for goodness sakes, it is very unnerving.
You used to be able to tell if you were buying a fiery romance novel by the cover.
You know, the women with her lace up shirt falling off of her shoulders
next to the man who has apparently lost his shirt on the high seas
and is left wearing some very inappropriate knickers.
I feel sorry for the men in colonial times who had to wear knickers.
I wore them myself in the 6th grade
and my knee socks rarely stayed tucked in correctly.
But now you can pick up a book with a cover that has a table
with a checkered table cloth on the front and nice blurb on the back
about how a family has come through a hard time by starting their own diner
and lo and behold, you get to page 45 and the next sentence says,
"His eyes glazed over as he looked at her hand on the checkered tablecloth..."
And then you know you are going to have to skip several pages to read on
with the actual story and if you do not turn far enough and begin to read
too soon your eyeballs might be seared out of your head from the content therein.
This all is a very poignant lesson in the phrase,
"Don't judge a book by its cover." Has a deeper wisdom ever been spoken?
I don't think so.
So all this to say...any good books out there you all are reading?
Mysteries? Historical fiction? Thrillers? Heart warming love stories?
Tales of personal triumph? Please enlighten me!
I'm dying for a good summer read, so that I can lay by my pool,
sipping fruity drinks, transported to another world by good literature!
(That would be reading with my feet in the blow up pool as the children
splash me with their water toys, while I am nursing a juice box...
that's why I need to be transported to another world by good literature.)
Here a few of my favorites for your summer read list:
Wish You Well by David Baldacci
Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon
The Mystery of The Blue Train by Agatha Christie
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt (good young adult read)
The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith
Lucia, Lucia by Adrianna Trigianni
Orchid House by Cindy Maritinusen
A Clearing in the Wild by Jane Kirkpatrick
No Graves as Yet by Anne Perry
My Life as a Doormat (In Three Acts) by Rene Gutteridge
Here's to a great summer of reading, fellow P.A.U.N.I.B.W.A.O.G.S.!