Giraffe by J.M. Ledgard - a novel based on a true event that happened in Czechoslovakia in 1975. Secret police sealed off the zoo and killed 49 giraffes. Apparently this event was never fully explained until now. It's kind of an unusual book.. one character sleepwalks (and is sometimes awake, but it's hard to tell the difference). A couple of the chapters are narrated by a giraffe. I'm reading it out of curiosity.. not because I find it riveting. It's not. I'm almost done and soon will come upon the slaying of the dear, silent, gentle creatures... I hope I can stand it. Gulp!
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows - (written by an aunt/niece team. Isn't that interesting?) I'm so enjoying the lovely characters in this book! I haven't managed to read much of it yet. I'm not giving myself permission to go much further with it until I finish Giraffe. I can hardly wait 'til I can give this enchanting story my full attention.
Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott - my book group at church is reading this. I love it!!! Lamott is a fabulous, funny, creative, honest person, revealing her own doubts and struggles with spirituality, coming to some conclusions that ring so true. This one is worth a second read.
Last night book group met at Megan's house. We had a wonderful and delicious dinner and good book discussion. I'm counting that gathering as my Wednesday Women IX lunch. Here is the very inviting and welcoming table that Megan set.
Here we are (some of us out of sight, and others camouflaged by flowers) enjoying the food and fellowship. It was a fun night.
1) friends socializing over good food and good books
2) a gorgeous day yesterday - sunny, breezy, not too hot, bright blue sky
3) soaking up my last few days of summer freedom - I'm loving staying at home and doing what I want when I want!
4) looking forward to an upcoming visit from my sister and nephew, and a niece's wedding
5) laughter and tears shared with friends - similar to number one but worth repeating - my book group rocks!