Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Loved It!

This is the first in a new series of posts about books that I read in the past that I thought were great. Carole's Chatter hosts a monthly link-up of "Books You Loved" which I wanted to participate in. The problem is that I don't necessarily read a 5-star book every month. My solution is this series in which I will look back at past (pre-blogging) favorites.

GileadGilead by Marilynne Robinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is touching without being sentimental and it is beautifully written. The connections in this family -- going back to their abolitionist grandfather -- are rendered perfectly. To a great extent you are who (and where) you come from. Also, I finally realized why I don't like black walnuts, they taste like furniture.

“Sometimes I have loved the peacefulness of an ordinary Sunday. It is like standing in a newly planted garden after a warm rain. You can feel the silent and invisible life.” 

I have read 2 other books by Robinson--I liked Home and really disliked Housekeeping--but this one is amazing. The voice of the narrator seemed so familiar and comfortable to me that it made reading the book like talking to a friend.

This is my contribution to the July Books You Loved Link Up.


  1. fabulous idea for this series Mary! Thanks for the mention too. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  2. Oh, my, I really need to do this same thing! There are sooooooo many books that I have absolutely loved over the 57 years prior to establishing my blog! I want to sit down and re-read them all first, but there is no time for that! This is a great idea!


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