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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
Some of you know that I am “slightly” obsessed with Helene Hanff, the author of one of my very favorite “books about books,” 84, Charing Cross Road. A few months ago I belatedly realized that she had written several other books, and since then I’ve been on a quest to purchase and read them. I finished Q’s Legacy a few days ago–and if you’re a fan of 84, you simply must read this book as well! It’s the story of how Hanff began corresponding with the booksellers working at 84, Charing Cross Road, how and why the original book was written, her subsequent involvement with creating the stage version, the TV version, and the movie, and, finally, her long awaited trip to England. This is, quite simply, a wonderful companion to my old favorite, and I’m so glad that I found it! Side note–I just ordered a copy of Hanff’s biography and I can’t wait until it arrives!
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
I’m about 1/3 of the way through The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book by Wendy Welch, and so far I’m enjoying it. It’s a very “homey” book about a couple who start a used bookstore from scratch in the small Appalachian town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia. The author and her husband started their book store with virtually nothing but a love of books and a desire to be a part of their new community, and the book tells the story of their successes, setbacks, challenges, and the many folks they meet along the way. If you’re looking for a comforting, relaxing read, give this book a try!
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
I have absolutely no idea! I have some books on hold at the library that I need to pick up, I still have a stack of magazines I’m trying to make my way through, and who knows what books will make their way onto my TBR list in the next few days! My next book will be a surprise–even to me!
Have you read either of these books? If so, what did you think about them? What are you reading these days? Please share!