Tuesday, June 28, 2016

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros: The Secret Life of Bees

Happy Tuesday to you! I'm taking part in First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers share a bit about what they're reading or planning to read.

Life has slowed down a bit, and I've been able to get back to reading. Over the weekend, I finished View of the Harbour by British novelist Elizabeth Taylor (1947). It's a great novel, but then I've loved everything that I've read by Taylor.

My next selection is a novel that has been on my bookshelf for years--The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (2002).

The opening:

"At night I would lie in bed and watch the show, how bees squeezed through the cracks of my bedroom wall and flew circles around the room, making that propeller sound, a high-pitched zzzzzzz that hummed along my skin. I watched their wings shining like bits of chrome in the dark and felt the longing build in my chest. The way those bees flew, not even looking for a flower, just flying for the feel of the wind, split my heart down its seam."

From the back cover:

"Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted African American "stand-in-mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of African American beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come."

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

Friday, June 3, 2016

An Update and Wishing You A Lovely Weekend.

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, Promenade by the Sea, 1909
Museo Sorolla, Madrid, Spain

I wanted to pop in and say hello. It's been really quiet here for longer than I anticipated. Life has been hectic lately, and my reading life has been put on the back burner while my husband and I have gotten our house ready to put on the market. 

The big news is that my husband is retiring at the end of this month. I'm resigning from my job, and we'll be leaving our East Coast life behind to relocate to Texas! It's hard to believe that June is here, and that this is really happening! Change is kind of scary but exciting, too. 

This week, I've been able to get back to reading with Excellent Women by Barbara Pym which I really loved. I hope that all is going well with your reading. I've missed reading and blogging about books and am looking forward to getting caught up with everyone! 

I hope that you have a great weekend!