How is your summer reading coming along? I got an email the other day from Goodreads to let me know that I am behind on meeting my 2017 reading goal. I haven’t done as much reading as I had planned this summer, too many other activities to distract me. So when my paperback copy of Mothers, Sons, Beloveds and Other Strangers arrived from the author, it was perfect for my summer reading. The book is filled with short stories and each one can be read over a cup of tea or coffee.
Knowing your summer is busy too, I will keep this post short. I just want to give you an idea for a great little book if you are looking for something to read when you have limited time.
Sitting down with a cup of tea, I open the book and start to read. I am instantly transported back to my college days when I had a Critical Thinking class; the text book was filled with short stories. Ones that had to be read and analyzed. I remembered how much I love a great short story. Each one is so different and you can’t wait to open the book again as you know the next story is going to capture you immediately.
I quickly fall into each one and at the turn of the page it is over already. Each story in Mothers, Sons, Beloveds and Other Strangers left me thinking and in my own mind I analyzed to find the deeper meaning. The stories Janie writes are filled with detail, thoughtfulness and will transport you right into the story and then leaves you thinking, smiling, laughing or surprised and a little shocked.
The book is a mix of stories from her life and travels in California, the South and Europe. You will find a little bit of everything from finding love amidst spilled Lego’s, Postcards from Europe, and strangers in a lavanderia. Janie includes love, life and family in each of her stories and there wasn’t one I didn’t completely enjoy.
This book will take you on your own little journey with each story. I found it fun and engaging.
If you have a minute drop me a reply as to what you are reading or a great summer read you have stumbled upon. One of the goals for 2017 I set was to read a classic that I read as a child. I wanted to see if it left me with the same feelings I had as a child when I read it or did it give me a different perspective. I will fill you in on my thoughts when we meet up again.
Until next time,