I gave myself an assignment for this weekend: Read at least ONE book from my bookshelves that I’d never read before. This was a real chore because 98% of the books on the shelves have been read multiple times by yrs. truly. The shelves are compiled of my childhood favorites, adult favorites, cookbooks, school classics, and a few books that I just never got around to reading.
Amazingly, there were two great books in that last category, The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs and The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. For whatever reasons, I never got around to reading either of those books until this weekend.
Can I just say that both books were great and dealt with the themes of friendships, relationships, and family in realistic and honest ways? I can’t believe it took me so long to get to these novels!
The one bit of good news–now I don’t have to wait to read the sequel to TFNKC–Knit Two is already out! Incidentally, I did read Kate Jacobs’s other book, Comfort Food a few months ago. It was enjoyable, but I preferred TFNKC.
So, this leaves me to wonder which other gems I’ve overlooked. Sometimes I avoid books that get too much hype…but must remember not to judge a book by its press or popularity!