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I have friends who count the number of books they read in the year.
Before the calendar flips, they commit to reading one book a week, or two books a week, or they just commit to somehow recording the books they have read.
This usually comes in the form of a Facebook post while they polish a new tome. My friend Alice once stacked her reading books against a wall and by the end of the year the stack had increased dramatically. Impressive in the number of books, impressive in the quality of them.
Getting started has always been more exciting for me than finishing, so that kind of activity doesn’t engage me very much. I almost always finish a book that I’m starting, but after the last page is turned, once I sigh, or cry a little, or thank the stars it’s over, I move on to the next one.
Already I see among my friends’ posts announcements of their first New Year’s books, and it tires me out until I realize that I too read a book last weekend, and maybe be that I should start my own journal of read books.
I won’t, of course, but if you’re looking for something to read, especially given the threat of snow and freezing temperatures, let me give you a few suggestions you might like.
A writer friend gave me a few books this summer, books he had read but was ready to pass on. I saw Raynor Winn’s “The Salt Path” sticking out of a stack in the dining room, and, bored, thought I would give it a try.
It’s an international bestseller and a memoir I’m fond of. Having lost their home and livelihood to a legal hurdle, middle-aged Winn and her husband, who were recently diagnosed with a terminal illness, find themselves hiding in a closet as the authorities knock on the door, there to expel them.
They have lost everything and have no semblance of a roof over their heads, so they decide to just… walk. They buy a cheap tent, cheaper packs, and on impulse and in a state of shock and grief, decide to travel the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, England.
I started reading on New Years Day and spent the rainy and brooding Sunday that followed polishing the book. It’s well written and engaging, although I wouldn’t say lyrical. But I wanted to know how it all happened, and I lost track of time while reading. Not a perfect read, but a good read.
I must be one of the last people I know to read “A Man Called Ove,” but if you’re looking for a good book and a character to hang out with, Ove is your man. He’s cranky, sort of and singular, and yet we love him, because he’s cranky, sad, and determined, and his goodness shines through all these other things and that gives us hope for us- same.
It’s written by Fredrik Backman, who also wrote “Anxious People” and a few others, all extremely readable and adorable and newsworthy, including a new book coming out soon, if it’s not already here.
Around the same time last year, I read “The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman. Laugh out loud funny and inhabited by characters who might actually exist – and we secretly hope they do – it takes place in a posh retirement home in England, where the characters are fascinating, irritating, and admirable because they don’t. are not good old stuff.
The second book, “The Man Who Died Twice,” continues the story and is located around here somewhere. I go in search of him before the first snowflakes fall.
These are not new books, they have all been out for a while, but they are books that I can recommend without hesitation. You can easily find them in town, with the exception of “The Salt Path”, but maybe you have a new Kindle for Christmas, or Amazon can run an errand for you.
Or maybe you have your own stack of unread books to devour. You plan to read the “Russians” this year, or the Bible throughout. No matter what moves you, there are a few snowy and cold days about to start your 2022 readings of the year.