A Little Light Reading

As many of you know, I’m a rather eclectic reader, and I like to have three or four books, from different genre, going at the same time. I  take my time through most non-fiction books, but given the right circumstances time-wise, I’ll plow right through a novel! There’s nothing like turning page after page of a good book! A lingering virus in January gave me plenty of time for some light reading, and I had two terrific books to fill that time.

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The Shell Seekers is the second Rosamunde Pilcher book I’ve read in the last few months. Ms. Pilcher’s writing style really appeals to me. In both The Shell Seekers and Winter Solstice, which I read previously, Ms. Pilcher titles most of the chapters in her books with the name of one of the story’s main characters. This enables her to give us a character’s history while still allowing the story to move forward. The way she develops her characters enables us to really get to know the people in the story, and to love or dislike them for all the right reasons.

At its heart, The Shell Seekers is a book about family relationships, the good, the bad and the not-so-pretty. As Penelope Keeling nears the end of her life, her three adult children have to deal not only with their mother’s declining health, but also with one another’s vastly different opinions on what is to be done with her most valued possession, a painting called The Shell Seekers, painted by Penelope’s late father. Penelope is spunky and knows her own mind, though, and she has a few secrets still to be told.

While there is nothing graphic, there is quite a bit of implied non-marital intimacy, so be forewarned.

The Shell Seekers drew me into the story from the start and held me captive until I turned the last page. Wonderful!

Though it is non-fiction, How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life, by Melissa Hellstern, was delightful, and provided some great light reading. As I’ve enjoyed her movies over the years, Audrey Hepburn has always seemed strikingly beautiful and the epitome of graceful movement, so this book appealed to me right away. Though not a biography, or authorized in any way by her family, the book is filled with brief introductory information about various facets of Miss Hepburn’s life and then each topic is furthered with quotes from Audrey, or from those who were closest to her. The book is filled with oodles of fabulous photographs of Miss Hepburn taken throughout her life.

The chapter titles include Success, Love, Family, Style, Fame, Humanity and many more. Though not delving too deeply into any one aspect of her life, her story is told, mostly in her own words, from her childhood, through her teen years in Holland during the second world war, through her illustrious career and into her work with UNICEF in her later years. I learned a lot about Miss Hepburn, and was particularly impressed with why she cut her movie career short at the height of her popularity.

“I’m functioning as a woman should function and I don’t think I’m robbing anybody of anything…..but by working as a busy film actress I think I would be robbing my family, you know, my husband and children, of the attention they should get.”

How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life was a sweet book, filled with wonderful photos and the often humble, sometimes quite wise, words of Audrey Hepburn.

What are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments. I’m always on the look out for new-to-me titles and authors.

Remember, I think it’s super important for you to be reading.  You can click the links for the books I’m currently reading and for the books I’ve read so far this year, or they’re always available in the sidebar. Lists of books I’ve read in the past few years can also be found in the sidebar.


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6 comments to A Little Light Reading

  • I really liked The Shell Seekers, too. With the same caveat you give, I highly recommend it. In some ways it reminded me of the Goudge book The Heart of the Family, the third in the Elliot Family trilogy. I think like that book, it is best read when you have older children and can understand looking at life from a certain age.

    I found out it was voted as one of the 100 Best Novels on a pole taken in Great Britain. That is 100 Best Novels… ever.

    I was going to read September next and actually started the first two chapters. But then decided I needed to read some other books on my stack and come back to that one. I think it is even bigger than The Shell Seekers.

    • Brenda – I thought about picking up another Pilcher book, too, but decided I’d enjoy her more if I put a little distance between her books. and I think you’re right about the books being more enjoyable with a few years under your belt. Maybe that’s why I always identify with the spunky, older women in her books. 😉 Cool info about the 100 Best Novels!

  • I, too, usually have several books going at the same time. Here is what I am currently reading. No fiction right now although I usually do have one fiction going.
    Empire of Liberty by Gordon S. Wood. This is taking a long time to read but it is excellent. It had no idea what a turbulent, interesting time the post-Revolutionary period was!!
    Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham. I am listening to this one audio CDs and can certainly understand why it won a Pulitzer Prize. What a complicated, interesting, brilliant man!
    The Leafcutter Ants by Bert Holldobler. Beautiful book, full of pictures, diagram, and charts. Learning a lot about ants; first of all, how many millions of years they have been busily doing their thing.
    The Rule of St. Benedict by St. Benedict of Nursia. I like to read this every year. Just nourishing to the spirit.

  • Doris Pearson

    I’ve read every book by Rosamunde Pilcher. I love her writing.
    I have read 2 books on my Kindle that I highly recommend. Cry Into the Wind by Othello Bach (true story). Rather sad at times but interesting. The other one is The Designer Bag at the Garbage Dump, by Jackie Macgervin. Got my attention right away and never lost it. A little different than I usually read but a great book. I would rather read than anything else and always have. My husband however likes me to talk to him in the evening when we’re both watching TV. He’s retired and is bored right now when it’s so cold.

    • Another Pilcher fan! I started to pick up another one of her books, but decided to wait a bit between Pilcher books. I’ll for sure put one on my summer reading list this year, if I haven’t read another before then. Thanks for sharing those other titles with me. I’m off to Amazon to check them out now. I’m not getting much reading done at all right now with the Olympics on every night!