I have just finished two books. No, that is not the reason I have been out of touch lately. I attribute my bloglessness to just plain laziness.
One book, "Lottery" by Patricia Wood was on kookiejar's reading list. It is on my Fall Reading Challenge which I never really finished. I loved this book. It offers an insight into the lives and outlook of people in our society whom are so often ignored. As Perry says, "I am not retarded." Perry has an IQ of 76 which is one point over the mentally handicapped line. While the people in Perry's life are often cruel, there are stars among the darkness. Often funny, often sad, the characters are unforgettable, especially Perry. The author herself is a specialist in the field of mental disabilities and this first novel is outstanding. Oh, yes, the highlight of Perry's story is that he wins the lottery - $12 million. Please read this book. It is excellent!
The second book, "Home To Holly Springs" by Jan Karon, was a gift to me from my dear friend Lynne. (She even had it autographed for me!) For those of us who have joyfully followed Father Tim and the town of Mitford and its citizens, this is the beginning of a new series. I was afraid after the last book of the Mitford series that we would not see Father Tim again, but, happily, he continues with new adventures. Jan Karon surely would not let us down. I missed the old characters, but we do learn Father Tim's history and we find the author is paving the way for new friends, family and adventures. I enjoyed this book although I think the ones following this will be better. The author has to start somewhere to start to build the stories and this book is the foundation. I look forward to reading the future books in the new Father Tim series.
I think I am back in the groove, dear bloggers. I will be catching up on your blogs tomorrow.