Summer Reading

Hydrangeas are blooming now!
Hydrangeas are one of my favourite flowers. My daughter carried a bouquet of blue hydrangeas when I married Monsieur. Our apartment complex is set on 26 acres of mature gardens planted with many rhododendrons, lilacs and hydrangeas. As I walked to the green grocer/florist on the corner, I snapped a few photos with my iPhone.
Such colours!
July days are passing quickly! I've enjoyed reading an assortment of books in the last few weeks.
Book clubs have a short hiatus and I have my days free so the library and used book stores are my 
best friends (after my computer and of course my real friends). 

If you enjoy a mystery, I would recommend The Seagull by Ann Cleeves. It is part of the Vera series, set in Northumberland. When I heard Ann Cleeves speak at the Vancouver Writers' Festival last year,
she said that this would be the last book in the series. By the way, I just got an e-mail about the upcoming (October) festival Vancouver Writers' Festival where I volunteer every year. The list of confirmed authors has been released a bit earlier this year. I'll try to read a few of their works, so that I can decide which "jobs" to take. Volunteers have an opportunity to attend any author visit that is not sold out.

our wedding flower blue
I'm going to put a hold in for the new Cara Black mystery, Murder on the Left Bank.  If you are going to Paris, Cara Black is hosting a Cara Black Paris Tour. I've only taken an art tour of Paris in 1987 when I first visited but there are tours  for every interest. I would love to take a tour with the mystery writer who has created the Aimée Leduc series, each one set in a different quartier.


a more delicate flower
A book that I found compelling but disturbing was Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. The novel is based on the true story of Caroline Ferriday, an American socialite who opened her home to a group of Polish girls who had been used for medical experiments at Ravensbruck concentration camp. The author read about Ferriday in a 1999 edition of Victoria magazine. The gardens of this Connecticut home must have seemed like heaven to these young women .

When I was a younger, July seemed to be a "slow" month and August rushed in with "back to school." Now every month seems to fly past. RE-retirement is still new to me and I have been savouring it. Time passes and flowers fade, so it's important to experience beauty, reflect and make someone else smile every day.


I have seen a flower blooming in beauty in a secluded vale, and, ere I had a chance to look again, a chilly breath of air had scattered its petals and left it a ruin. ~Charles Lanman, "Musings," 1840



Comments

  1. Beautiful hydrangeas! My favorite flowers are peonies and heavenly blue morning glories. Thanks for the book recommendations, none of which I've read (although I have seen and enjoyed the Vera series on PBS).

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    1. I like peonies too. All of these books were hard to put down although I did find Lilac Girls really disturbing.

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  2. I love hydrangeas! None were here when we moved but we've now planted 3 white ones. A blue one we planted last year appeared to have died over the cold winter but now it is about 6 inches high and I hope will produce a few blooms this summer.

    I've written down The Seagull's author and will see if our library can get the series. I enjoy mystery series and tend to want all of them when I find one I like. I have all of Louise Penny's and Margaret Maron's, and McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie books. It's storming here now, perfect excuse to get offline and find a good book!

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    1. Mystery series books become an addiction to me! I'm like an older Nancy Drew reader.
      I've read all of Louise Penny but not all of the Isabel Dalhousie books. I like Donna Leon and Jacqueline Winspear as well.

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  3. Hydrangeas are my favorite flowers and they don't grow well this far South. I love the beautiful colors. I'll look for the books you've mentioned. I tried to read Lilac Girls but couldn't get into it. I read a lot of mysteries and love series! You like some of the same books I do when I see your comment above this one! Have you read Rhys Bowen? I love her too!

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    1. I have not read Rhys Bowen. I will look for her books. I'm always looking for a good series. I'm a binge reader. Hydrangeas last a long time here and seem to bloom from July until there's a frost.

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