Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Reading for Moms

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.  ~James Bryce

I am big on reading. During the summer, I read at least 2 novels a week. I think it's safe to say that I'm an expert when it comes to good books. I love to read novels by Harlan Coben for the most part, but every now and then I need some inspiration. That's when I turn to Connie May Fowler or Charles Martin. "Before Women Had Wings" is a superb work by Ms.Fowler. I have read it 3 times and it's always just as heartbreaking as it was the first time I read it. 

Before Women Had Wings

Book Description

March 1, 1999
Starstruck by a dime-store picture of Jesus, Avocet Abigail "Bird" Jackson fancies herself "His girlfriend" and embarks upon a spiritual quest for salvation, even as the chaos of her home life plunges her into a stony silence. In stark and honest language, Bird tells the tragic tale of her father, a sweet-talking wanna-be country music star, tracks her older sister's perilous journey into womanhood, and witnesses her mother make a courageous and ultimately devastating decision.

Yet most profound is Bird's own story--her struggle to sift through the ashes of her parents' lives, her meeting with Miss Zora, a healer whose prayers over the bones of winged creatures are meant to guide their souls to heaven, and her will to make sense of a world where fear is more plentiful than hope, retribution more valued than love. . . .
Now, Charles Martin is excellent at writing inspiring novels. The first book I ever read by him was "Chasing Fireflies". I was initially drawn to the book because the setting was in none other than my favorite vacation spot, St. Simons Island, GA.  Most of his books take place in the south,which is a big plus for me. I first read the book about 5 years ago, before I had my son Adrian. I decided to read it again not long after he was born, and the book held a new meaning for me since the birth of my baby boy. It was like reading it for the first time. This would definitely be the book I would recommend to those who has yet to read anything by him. And if you're a single mom a son/sons, this will certainly touch your heart.

Chasing Fireflies: A Novel of Discovery

Book Description

May 29, 2007
They have one summer to find what was lost long ago.
"Never settle for less than the truth," she told him. But when you don't even know your real name, the truth gets a little complicated. It can nestle so close to home it's hard to see. It can even flourish inside a lie. And as Chase Walker discovered, learning the truth about who you are can be as elusive—and as magical—as chasing fireflies on a summer night.
A haunting story about fishing, baseball, home cooking, and other matters of life and death.
Stay tuned for my Summer Reading List. I only read the best! :)


Crystal said...

Ive been trying figure out how to comment maybe this time it works ?

Crystal said...

Your blog is pretty awesome keep up the good work Jess but it has been awhile since you blogged anything new for us today ? You should read some of Mitch Albom, For One More Day and The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Jessica Scott said...

I will definitely check him out! I really need to hit up the library again. I haven't been in like a month! lol