It's Springtime Let's Read!
Curling up with a good book and a warm drink on a blustery spring day at your Riverscape apartment here in Maryland is a great way to handle those chilly days when summer heat is still a distant hope. We have book recommendations to help you feel warm-hearted, even if the temperature is still down the scale. So head to Amazon, your favorite Odenton bookstore, or the library and pick up one of these books to read this month.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer garnered a 4.1 (out of 5) stars on Goodreads reviews. It tells the story of the Island of Guernsey under German occupation during WWII, and the complications that arise because of that. Written as a series of letters, it is by turns charming, humorous, and compelling. A quote from the book sums up the value of reading good books: “Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books.” This is definitely one of the good books.
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot features the skills of a gifted storyteller. Join Herriot, a Yorkshire veterinarian, as he relates his experiences with a wide range of critters, be they four-legged or two. From a Goodreads review: “Whether struggling mightily to position a calf for birthing or comforting a lonely old man whose beloved dog and only companion has died, Herriot’s heartwarming and often hilarious stories of his first years as a country vet perfectly depict the wonderful relationship between man and animal.”
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, a Newbery Medal-winning novel, has stood the test of time. It tells the story of sixteen-year old Katherine Tyler, known as Kit, who is transplanted from her island home in Barbados after her beloved grandfather dies. She is sent to New England, where she takes refuge with her aunt and uncle, and where she must adapt to the unfamiliar Puritan life they lead.
We will leave you with this wonderful quote about books and reading. “One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
What is your favorite book? Or who is your favorite author? Let us know in the comments!