Saturday, January 4, 2014

Books, Books, Books

I am (happily) up to my ears in books around here.  Between trying to wrap up last year's books (finished Anna Karenina, phew!) and looking forward to 2014's list of book goals, my head is filled with book thoughts.  "What's next?"  "Stop thinking about what's next and just concentrate on what's in front of you."  “Fiction or non-fiction?” Oh, the internal dialogue of a recovering perfectionist who is addicted to performance and production.  Too many open windows in my brain, many of them about books.  

After Anna Karenina, I was looking for something a bit lighter, a lot shorter, and fun.  Dear Mr. Knightley is all these things.  Samantha Moore is obsessed with Jane Austen and easily retreats behind Austen’s characters when real life gets too hard or too close.  Her regular written correspondence with the mysterious Mr. Knightley provides a place for her to bare her soul without fear of rejection.  This book is packed full of literary references as Sam tries to walk forward.  I appreciated the way the author, Katherine Reay, was able to articulate interior thoughts and motives in a relatable and realistic way.  This book also carries a redemptive quality. It was an easy read without being fluff.   This is an enjoyable story to bring on a fun vacation, a long plane ride or if you need a break from Anna Karenina. 

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