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Sunday, July 8, 2012

My Prodigal Summer

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
"It's Monday! What Are You Reading?" is a meme hosted by Sheila from Book Journey where readers share what they are currently reading, recently read, or plan to read next.

I just finished reading Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer. Such a beautiful book! I loved how the characters lives intertwined as the story progressed. It is definitely a book that I would recommend and one that will stay with me for a while. We have been having gorgeous weather here in West Virginia but a massive storm recently hit our region, leaving thousands to experience a long-term power outage. We were fortunate that our electricity was only out for one day. The heat remains and can be stifling at times but I can't remember summers with weather this nice since I was child. I have been trying to focus more on being in the present and taking the time to stop for a minute and enjoy nature's beauty. Prodigal Summer was a wonderful reminder of why I love living here and am so blessed to call it home.

A doe coming out from the woods in my backyard
This photo was taken at Barboursville Park in Barboursville, W.Va. where we regularly walk our Sheltie.
Barboursville Park
Chloe on a trail at Barboursville Park
A Carolina Wren on my teacup birdfeeder in my backyard
Flowers in the rock garden off of my back patio
Looking Up: A view of some treetops in my backyard
Up next I am reading:

My book club just selected Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express as our next book pick. I love being a part of a reading group because you are often reading material that you wouldn't initially select for yourself. Our last pick was Fifty Shades of Grey- from erotica to a classic murder mystery. The variety of genres is a good challenge for creating a well-rounded reader.

Happy Reading!
Rebecca

36 comments:

  1. I haven't read anything by Barbara Kingsolver but I'll have to look into Prodigal Summer. Thanks for sharing the pictures! Your dog is adorable :)

    I love Agatha Christie's mysteries. I read a lot of them as a teen and should reread them again as an adult to see how it compares. I hope you enjoy the discussion with your group. I've heard of other book groups taking on Fifty Shades but it wouldn't work with my library book discussion groups unfortunately. We always get copies from other libraries (and there is a huge waiting list for this one) plus it is a conservative community that would likely have issues with it.

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    1. Hi Christina- I definitely recommend Barbara Kingsolver. I really enjoy her books. Although my book group got a lot of laughs out of Fifty Shades, it definitely isn't a book for everyone.
      Thanks for visiting!
      Rebecca

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  2. Gorgeous photos! Looks like your having a fantastic summer :)

    Happy reading! What Are You Reading @ the Brunette Librarian?

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    1. I hope you are having a wonderful summer as well. Thanks for visiting and Happy Reading!
      Rebecca

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  3. I have both these books on my TBR shelves. It's just getting to them! I decided not to read Fifty Shades after glancing through it in Kmart. I've never been into the submissiveness of S&M, so didn't even want to go there! :)

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    1. Hi Wendy-- You aren't missing anything by skipping Fifty Shades. My group was curious to read it because of all of the media hype and while it did provide some interesting discussion, it isn't a book that any of us feel compelled to recommend. I hope you are enjoying your reading selections. Thanks for visiting!
      Rebecca

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  4. I read Prodigal Summer a little while ago and I really liked it. Well, I really liked all but 1 on the story lines ;)

    Lovely pictures! Looks like you live in a beautiful corner of the world.

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I hope you are enjoying all of your reading selections this summer and finding some time to read them!
      Rebecca

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  5. I read it quite a while ago but remember loving Prodigal Summer. Yeah for Agatha Christie. I hold a special place in my heart for her books.

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    1. This is my first Agatha Christie book. I am only a few chapters in but I can definitely see myself reading more of her books. Thanks for visiting!
      Rebecca

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  6. Prodigal Summer is a great book. So is Murder on the Orient Express. Have a good week.

    My favorite read last week was Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Please come see what else I'm reading.

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    1. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour looks like a good summer read. I hope you are enjoying your new selections. Thanks for visiting!
      Rebecca

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  7. Prodigal Summer sounds good and Christie is always a winner.
    Lovely photos - thanks for sharing.
    Enjoy your week!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Martha! I hope you are enjoying all of your summer selections.
      Rebecca

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  8. Enjoy your book club selection!

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    1. I have found that even though most my book club's selections are not my favorite reads, sharing them with others always makes them better. I hope you are enjoying your selections. Thanks for visiting!
      Rebecca

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  9. I liked Prodigal Summer very much myself. Such an unusual read it was. Agatha Christie is for me always a comfort read.

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    1. I am only a few chapters into the Agatha Christie book but you are right about her books being comforting reads. I hope you are enjoying your current selections!
      Rebecca

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  10. Love your pics and also love Barbara Kingsolver. I haven't read Prodigal Summer yet though.

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    1. Hi Holly! I loved Prodigal Summer and would definitely recommend it. I plan to give Kingsolver's The Lacuna another go this year. I started it previously but didn't get into it. I hope you are enjoying your summer selections. Thanks for visiting!
      Rebecca

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  11. I also loved Prodigal Summer and it looks like you live in a similar area, how wonderful.

    Nice how your book group is happy to try all kinds of books, you all will be well-rounded readers indeed!

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    1. I could definitely relate to the surrounding of Prodigal Summer which is why I found it so enjoyable. I hope you are having a lovely summer with time for good reading. Thanks for visiting!
      Rebecca

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  12. Glad you are recovering from the heat. Beautiful photos!

    Here's my
    It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
    I hope you will stop by!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Deb! We had another storm last night that has finally broken our heat wave for a little while and I for one am excited about that. I hope you are having lovely weather in your part of the world. Happy Reading!
      Rebecca

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  13. I haven't read anything by Barbara Kingsolver, but I hear her books are pretty good.

    I absolutely love your teacup bird feeder - how clever!!!

    I have been trying to live in the moment lately as well and not let life's stresses get me down. I started taking yoga and doing meditation and have found it to be really good - both physically and mentally.

    Have a great week!
    Kristin @ Always With a Book

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    1. Thanks for visitng Kristin. I used to do a little Yoga and Pilates and your are right it does help you to regain your focus. I need to start again!
      Rebecca

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  14. Nic pic's. love birds so of course that was my favorite pic.
    I did not care for the novel, 50 shades of Grey. ughhhhhh. Loved reading Agatha C. when I was younger. must check into her books again. Happy Reading. http://sidnereading.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for visiting Sidne. I agree with your assessment of Fifty Shades. I thought I would read the entire series but after finishing Book One, I decided they weren't for me. I prefer to read books that leave me with something learned. I hope you are enjoying your selections!
      Rebecca

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  15. The bird on the teacup feeder, love that. Priceless beautiful pictures. I hear that is one of Agatha C's best, I have only tried and really enjoyed And now there are None. I have this one to try next.

    Book clubs are good for debating and laughing, Grey's would be perfect for both.

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  16. Thanks for visiting Marce. I think my next Christie book will be And Now There were None. It was one that had been on my too read list for a long time before my book club selected Murder on the Orient Express. I hope you are enjoying your summer selections!
    Rebecca

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  17. Beautiful photos thanks for sharing, nice to see when you live the other side of the world. I'm adding Prodigal Summer to my "keep an eye out for" list. The majority of our book club enjoyed the Fifty Shades Trilogy ... myself included :)
    Have a great week and happy reading!

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    1. Thanks for visiting! Fifty Shades was much more fun to read with a group. I do highly recommend Prodigal Summer as well as Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible. I hope you are enjoying all of your summer reading!
      Rebecca

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  18. Wow - what beautiful scenery you have! Those are some beautiful pictures. They remind me of being in college. We were surrounded by woods and I would often walk through whole herds (?) of deer when I walked back from the newspaper office in the wee hours of the morning.
    Have a great week and enjoy Agatha Christie!

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  19. You do live in a gorgeous place! I live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, so we're practically neighbors, with somewhat similar terrain. :-) It sounds like you loved Prodigal Summer as much as I did.

    http://eclecticbooksandmovies.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Stephanie-- I think I enjoyed Prodigal Summer so much because I could so easily relate to the landscape. The Shenandoah Valley is gorgeous! Thanks for visiting!
      Rebecca

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  20. Hi Lindsey-- Wildlife can make our day much more magical! I hope you are enjoying your summer selections. Thanks for visiting!
    Rebecca

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