What’s John Reading? Curl up with a good book this fall.

Too many books and not enough time. Here are some titles (and a bit about them) that are on my list, on my nightstand, and scattered across the house.

pile of books in shallow focus photography

I had a manager once who had a poster on her office door with this quote:

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”

― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Lately that’s been translated to “You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce.” While this is not true and little harsh (I guarantee you that Beyonce DOES NOT do her own laundry – does she even wear things twice?)… goodness knows I don’t have enough time to get to all the good books I want to read.

Here are a few books that I am either reading or planning to read.

There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald. Mr. Gerald spoke last week in Charlotte at this year’s Verse and Vino event. HE WAS WOWOWWOWOWOWOWOW. Blow your bangs back wow. His brief speech left me changed and confused. His prose sliced and chopped the American dream to the bone. He put into words as only he could a counter message to Hillbilly Elegy. I can’t wait to dive into Mr. Gerald’s memoir.

The Gardens of Bunny Mellon. Because Bunny Mellon – duh.

French Exit. I am about one-third of the way into this book. It was the selection for my book club last month – woops. The quirky characters are fun. This fast-paced book is smart. I know what happens because our book club dinner was a pleasant spoiler. I’m going to finish it anyway because it’s so fun to read.

Our next book club selection is The Witch Elm. The New Your Times says, “”Tana French’s best and most intricately nuanced novel yet. . . Get ready for the whiplash brought on by its final twists and turns.” So, that sounds promising!


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