It's been a while since I've read a book that I wanted to keep going. You know, past the last page. In fact, this last year of bookclub was chock-full of books that were difficult for me to get through. Not because they were hard, but I didn't always find them engaging. And I don't really have enough time to sit around reading books that feel 'assignments.' Bleh. I had enough of that in school.
I was beginning to feel like a failure of a member.
And then our March selection reminded me why I love reading so very much. How you can, by opening the pages of a book borrowed from the library, be convinced to sit down, snuggle up, and get lost in a story. Forget the laundry. Forget the closet reorg project. That sewing project that can wait. Lost. That is the best way to describe it.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. (image, amazon.com)
In the highly unlikely event that you have not heard of this book or read it yourself, run, do not walk, to your library, and pick it up. I recommend finding a comfy spot immediately thereafter and having, perhaps, rations nearby.
Prepare to make friends with some memorable and enjoyable characters. Prepare to get sucked into a sweet, but not sacharrine, love story. Prepare to learn about the German occupation of the Channel Islands during WWII. It will break your heart. And lift your spirits.
I know, I know, I know. It's been out since 2008. It was a best seller and it has garnered major acclaim. Good golly, it deserves all the favorable reviews.
Also, it's written as a series of letters, from a variety of characters and viewpoints. That can take a few pages to get used to, but I do think it makes the story even better.
Also, I want to be Juliet's neighbor. I think Fidget and Kit would get along well.