Another week has sped by — we spent the last one in Philadelphia (Peter had to be there for work, I went along for the ride and a quick out-of-Valley experience), where we soaked up the urban atmosphere, walked miles and miles, saw plenty of world-class (and I mean WORLD-CLASS) art, was inspired by both butterflies and dinosaurs at the Academy of Natural Sciences, snapped way-too-many photos as ideas for my next jewelry-and-junk creation, and even took in a Phillies baseball game! (More pictures will be posted soon on FaceBook.)
And, I did some reading, finishing I See You Everywhere by Julia Glass early on. While I appreciated its take on sisterhood, and was pleased at the eventual setting (within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem), ultimately I found its climax disappointingly dreary….. Saying more would require a spoiler alert, so will refrain. This one’s worth reading for the wordsmithing alone, however.
Since I’d already poured over just about every single page of the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide to Philadelphia en-route, we popped into one of the many bookstores in Center City, where I picked up Day After Night by Anita Diamant. Another cheerful topic (Holocaust survivors ending up in a British-run “detention camp” in Palestine), but I very much appreciated the characters, the writing, and the historic incident on which it’s based (and which I’d never heard of, ever.) Amazing how much something new will trigger….
Lastly, I previously forgot to mention Secret Letters from O to 10, the young adult book I read recently, a request from my friend Janna Rankin, whose husband Arthur Frakt went to school with the author Susie Morgenstern. Enjoyed it immensely, for the story and its quirky characters as well as the overall concept that just one person can have an enormousimpact on someone’s life…..
Not sure how much perspective I have sometimes on the YA things (I used to read at least one YA book a week when I was at the bookstore) — the books all seem so much more mature somehow than what I read as a kid — but then again *kids* seem so much more mature than I did!!!!
Whatever your perspective is, whether you’re reading a YA title or the most demandingly depressing thing out there, here’s to sharing it, with friends, family, fellow hikers, whatever (this to all my WHALES companions).
Best always, from someone who’s not quite sure WHAT might be the next thing I read!