Read Lately


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Before I had Esmé, I read through about 3 books a month, sometimes more. Then I had a newborn to look after and reading, at least anything that didn’t cover how to get your baby to sleep through the night, went out the window. TV shows that were 40 mins or less that I could watch while breastfeeding took over.

Now that she is older, I have a much more predictable nap time/ schedule that allows me to either binge watch 2-3 episodes of something (is 2-3 episodes of something even considered binge watching? ), or I can catch up on my reading.

I have numerous bookmarked links of ‘must reads’ that I have been saving the past couple years in hopes of some day being able to read them. Now that I have a little extra time I have begun working my way through them, and thought I would share the latest with you.

This particular book is not a new-release, but it’s been on my list, and I absolutely loved it. I’m not going to give you a book summary, because you can get that from googling it, or looking it up on Amazon. Instead, I’m going to tell you what I loved most about ‘The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder.’

This book had me hooked from the beginning with the dreamy intro from the Moon Lady. The writing is beautifully descriptive and sets up the story perfectly.

I love the way that Calla Lily is written into the story. Her voice is refreshingly simple, honest, but also sensitive. She loves her family, she loves her friends, and she has respect for others regardless of where they came from, or what they look like (this story takes place when segregation was still around). She knows what she wants and she pursues her goals with her whole heart. She is also incredibly funny and kind. In short, it’s very hard to dislike her character.

I also love the imagery that this book evokes. A lot of stories that I have read develop really good story lines, and good characters, but you rush through it to find out what’s going to happen next. This one makes you stop and savor every single step along her journey. You can feel the oppressive heat and humidity of a Louisiana summer. You can taste the richness of the warm butter melting off of freshly baked bread. Your heart will break at least twice, and you will ache with how slow it is to heal.

Lastly I love Calla’s resilience. She faces serious amounts of ugly, life-shattering tragedy. Yes, she breaks-down. Yes, she loses herself a little bit. Yes, she questions ‘why me?’ But once she gets down to rock bottom she slowly, and with help from her family and friends, works her way back.

For me this was a perfect summer novel. I laughed. I cried. I wanted the book to keep going so I could see Calla Lily live out all her dreams. It was an extremely easy book to read. I never got tired, or bored, or overwhelmed. At times it was a bit predictable, but it’s nice to have some predictability when you spend most your days in toddler-induced whirlwinds.

If you are looking for a summer read that is dark, fast-paced, or going to challenge the way you think, this is not the book for you.

However, if you are looking for a story that will take you away from all the craziness of real-life, and deposit you in a vibrant southern dream that leaves you feeling like you just had the best girls-weekend ever, this is the book for you.



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  1. Sylvia Alvarado says:

    I have no idea why I enjoy reading books about crime…serial killers, political thrillers etc. Love stories bore me. Joanna and Alyssa like to read my kond of books as well….Christa…no way. I do like other books…Gone With the it 5 times. Did you ever read Five Smooth Stones?

    • AnnievR says:

      I actually love criminal suspense/ thrillers and mysteries as well! My favorite kind of books are actually science fiction, but this book just felt like the perfect kick off to summer for me. I’ve never read Gone With the Wind, just seen the movie once, so I will definitely check that one out as well as Five Smooth Stones. Thanks Aunt Sylvia for your recommendations!

  2. Nana says:

    Did you read the Woman in White? I think I saw it on your shelf last time I was there. It’s considered to be the first modern murder mystery. But I am like my sister….I too like books about crime, justice, and serial killers. You should also read the Psycopath Next Door! 😊

    • AnnievR says:

      I did read The Woman in White! I actually couldn’t stand it 😂. I got so frustrated that the good characters in the story were having to struggle so much through almost the entire story. It was a very good book, It just drove me crazy! I’ll add The Psychopath Next Door to my list! Thanks Mom!

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