Before I get into what a lovely storyteller Elizabeth Gilbert is, let me say it has NOT been since March that I've read a book. Trust me!! But sometimes, what I'm busy reading is not just for entertainment. I read a lot for research when preparing for a lecture (which is also entertaining, yes, but there is an additional motive). I recently read an absolutely adorable Victorian play titled The Woman of the World by Lady Clara Cavendish while preparing for a recent Naughty Women, Lovely Tea presentation. And I read a ton of articles researching a couple of naughty Victorian women. I've looked through a dozen Victorian fashion books to work out my latest costume (then spent a bajillion hours actually sewing the costume). So by the time I finally get around to reading for the entertainment of it, it's usually 10:00 at night, I'm in bed, I get about 3 pages in and my eyelids start drooping. Sigh. There are also some books that I read that I don't post about because I really didn't care for them. Not that they were badly written (well, not all of them) but they just didn't grab me. I'd rather write about books that I truly enjoyed than to use up space for a picture of a book cover and me writing "Meh" about it.
ANYWAY!! As I said, Elizabeth Gilbert is a wonderful storyteller. Alma Whittaker is such a realistic character, even though the book is set in the 1800s, any modern woman could totally relate to her. All of the characters are rich, easily visualized, and as is the mark of any good book, they are all now my friends and are lingering. Love!
Read any good books lately?
I read more than just classic novels. This is where I post about recent books I have read. Have you read the same book? Got a different opinion? Let me know! I'd love to hear about it.