It’s been an intensely busy month for me in my new position as second grade teacher, and by the end of the day, there’s been very little energy left for reading and blogging. But things are beginning to settle down now, the routines are established, the toothless ones are working hard, and this teacher is finding her way to the heart of this new grade level (after 16 years at a different grade level!) and enjoying it very much. And in the meantime, I actually HAVE been able to finish a couple of books–both of them by Rosamunde Pilcher.
I thought I had read ALL the Rosamunde Pilchers, (my favorite one is The Shell Seekers) but made a happy discovery at the library that there were some newer ones that I had somehow missed. So, I listened to the audiobook version of Another View, have just finished reading The Day of the Storm, and am in the middle of The End of Summer.
Rosamunde Pilcher’s books are gentle reads, with characters I enjoy meeting (young and old), beautiful descriptions of Cornwall or Scotland, and are stories that focus on communication and relationships. The stories are told mostly through dialogue, and when I’m reading one I’m completely immersed in the atmosphere and the story. When I finish one, I feel that all is well with the world afterall. Pilcher’s books are comfort reads in the best sense. She’s a lovely lady who has written some lovely books that can be read and enjoyed no matter how tired or stressed you might be.
There’s a website on Rosamunde Pilcher that posts a fun and silly list called “You Know You’ve Read Too Much Rosamunde Pilcher When…” I got a kick out of some of the responses, such as:
“You wish a large storm would suddenly descend and somehow resolve all your inter-personal problems.”
“Corduroys suddenly sound attractive.”
“You name your house and use the name as your address.”
“Getting to your house includes going over the bridge, up the slope, where the drive is bordered on both sides by rhododendrons, before you reach the wide cobblestoned yard where the main house sits, overlooking the sea.”
“You go out and buy Yardley’s Lavendar soap.”
“You start craving scrambled eggs for dinner.”