I read these books in April.
I took these pictures in April.
I uploaded it all to share, in May.
Yes, other books are now being read and enjoyed.
But in April, in the midst of Nana's last days, these are the books whose words I read.
The Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley ~ The girls and I saw Townley speak at the Children's Literature Festival we attended in May. He was a memorable man, perhaps because he was exceedingly tall; or, perhaps because he was exceedingly quiet in his approach with a roomful of students; or, perhaps because he asked a young person to leave the room when her texting distracted him in the middle of his talk. He shared that The Great Good Thing began as a story he would share with his wife before bedtime. It's the story of characters inside a book, who must find a new home when tragedy strikes the pages in which they live. I found it all fascinating, as I read aloud to my youngest daughter. I believe I even gave it five stars on Goodreads, and I don't often do such a thing. There was a grandmother/granddaughter relationship involved in the book, so the tender timing of reading it to my own offspring while in the process of telling my final grandparent goodbye may have influenced my affinity for the book. As a Christian, talk of the Author offered parallels to appreciate as well. Overall, I think the quote on the front of the copy I have from the library is perfect, "A timeless treasure for all ages." —James Howe. So good, in fact, that youngest girl and I currently are reading the sequel.
Chasing Silhouettes: How to Help a Loved One Battling an Eating Disorder by Emily Wierenga ~ I didn't think I needed to read this book. Though I respect Wierenga, and always benefit from visiting her blog, I thought dealing with eating disorders was one issue I've been spared. While at the Jumping Tandem retreat, however, she had this book along with her new book Mom in the Mirror, which I really wanted. Meeting her in person had managed to increase how much I like and respect her all the more, so I new her words in both books would hold meaning for me in some way. Plus, I'm a sucker for a signed book. Ooh. Wish I'd taken a photo of the inside jacket where she signed! Actually, I'm reading the other book this month, so I'll be sure and do so for that one:) Anyway, in the middle of a life dealing with a whole lot of everything except eating disorders, I read these words, wondering why now, why take the time. God knew, though. Would you believe right as I finished I ended up in a discussion with a young lady dealing with this topic? I was prepared for the conversation only because I'd read these wise words. Such a good reminder to me about everything not having to look like it makes sense. Freedom, folks. After reading the book, I do think I have disordered eating, though. Emily offers helpful insights in an encouraging way of moving to a healthier perspective.
The Red Thread by Roderick Townley ~ I read this other book by Townley independently while reading The Great Good Thing to my daughter. My middle daughter flies through books, and I wanted to preview it first in case it would be a next option for her. It's fine. I wasn't enraptured, but I could deal with it if kept firmly in the fantasy category. There's a little kissy kissy stuff (only a little) and past lives stuff (a lot). That's all I'll say. Hmm. I didn't give The Red Thread its own pic when I did the other two—guess that says something, but the book did keep me reading to the end.
Well, I hope in the midst of walks outside, graduations, and planting flowers, you're having space for a few words as well. I'd love to know if you're reading something that has really captured you.