I wish I was a faster reader, but all my pleasure reading is done at bedtime which means I don't read for long before sleep beckons. This is a real detriment, especially when I hear people talking about this favorite book or that favorite book. And I always seem to be months (if not years) behind everybody else. (Ah, Twilight anyone?)
Today I have to rave about a book I recently finished — The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Many of you may have already read it (it's #33 on Amazon so it's still selling like hotcakes). If you haven't, do. It's wonderful.
This book captured my mind and my heart, and I must say, I have thought about Elizabeth and Juliet and Kit and Dawsey every day since I finished it. I miss the people of Guernsey. They became my friends, and I'm sorry I don't have an opportunity to read more about them.
Oh, man. Isn't that just the best thing that can happen to a reader? To be overtaken by the characters in a book, to have them linger in your mind long after you've read the last page. That's the highest praise I can give a book and its author, and it's the highest praise I can receive from a reader, too.
The story is told entirely through letters and, close to the end, in some journal entries. The setting is England 1946 in the aftermath of WWII. I've written one book set during WWII with two other books partially set in this time period. As I was reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I kept wishing I'd written this one. It's a treasure.
Oh, don't ask me about the interesting/unusual title. It's a treat to discover it as you read.