… The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion with 58% of the vote. This is a true story written by a woman about the year following the death of her husband. I have had a copy of this book on my shelf for a few months now and am looking forward to reading it with you.
This book was recently made into a play that is playing on Broadway staring Vanessa Redgrave. I would love to see this show but being that I live in Okinawa right now, I don’t see that happening. I also came across an article in the New York Times about this book. In it the columnist assures us that though the book is about tragic events that occurred in this woman’s family, it is an uplifting and inspiring read.
I hope you enjoy it. I also hope that for those of you who voted for one of the other selections this month, that you find the time to read that book too.
As many of you know (and are lucky enough to be in the same boat as me) I live in Okinawa. I’ve been here with my hubby and doggie for the last twenty-eight months (HOLY CRAP!!) and have really loved every moment of it. I have the time to delve into different groups, make a great amount of wonderful friends and work on things that I’ve always wanted to but didn’t have the time. Reading is one of those things.
When I lived in Maryland and commuted to work in D.C. for two years I found that I had at least two hours a day just for reading. Riding the Metro bus and subway allowed me to devote time daily to reading and I read a lot. Then I moved to Memphis to be with the hubby and I had to drive to work. The only time that I seemed to have to read was before bed time but because I was tired I didn’t stay awake very long. I slowly realized that I was not reading as much as I used to and it was taking forever to finish a book.
Living here in Okinawa I find I have the same problem. I have a ton of “To Be Read” books on my shelf but actually finding the time to read (I don’t count before bed because that only last for a few minutes before I drift off) is challenging. Between reading stuff on the Internet, trying to read at least one article in The New Yorker that arrives weekly, reading my monthly subscription to Elle Magazine & O Magazine, flipping through the occasional quilting and stamping magazine and my two book club selections (I love my book clubs, don’t get me wrong) I just wish I had more time to devote to reading. I love to read, but I also love to watch t.v., quilt, stamp, lunch with friends, play with the doggie, practice my singing and work on the newsletter that I have taken on this year for one of my groups.
Being a fan of reading, learning and broadening my horizons can be very time consuming. I wouldn’t change my life here, I just wish that I could manage my time better so I can get everything I want to do done.
Hey y’all! I just checked the voting poll ( click the tan highlighted words to go to the poll and vote) and “Atonement” and “The Year of Magical Thinking” are tied right now. We need some more votes so I’ll keep the poll open until Friday. Please let your friends know about this book club and see if they can help us determine what October’s book will be.
Due to some technical difficulties over at Live Journal, Planet Books has moved to Word Press. I hope you find it easier to post your comments and participate in our monthly book vote. Vote for the October title HERE!!!
Our choices are “The Year of Magical Thinking”, “Snow Flower An The Secret Fan”, “Atonement: A Novel”, & “A Farewell To Arms”. I will be closing the poll on October 3rd so get your votes in and check back on the 4th to see which title we will be reading this month.