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Friday, July 20, 2012

Favorite {Book} Friday

Who doesn't love to read???  I love getting sucked into a great fiction.  I have even been known to fall asleep with a good book only to awaken in the middle of the night to keep reading.  I even get sad towards the end because then I have to say good bye to my fictional family.

Now with a baby, it makes it hard to read two pages without falling asleep.  But I am proud to say that I have finally finished my book that I started after Evelyn was born!  Ummm...she is almost a year.  Yep it has taken me one whole year to finish a book that would have taken me 3 days to read.

I am HUGE Pat Conroy fan.  I love all of his low country books.  The low country referring to the Charleston beach area.  That area of the country sings straight to my soul and always has.  One summer I hope to live on the inner coastal waterway with a little dock with my love & my girls.  Swim in the creeks during high tide and crab and fish off of it too.  I miss the smell of the low country - the smell of the South.  Gardenias, Tea Olives, Lady Banks, and Magnolia blossoms are just a few of the memories that linger in my nose.  I would love to smell those from my back porch again.  I just finished reading South of Broad and it was just as good as his others.  Next on my list of Pat's is The Water is Wide.  I haven't read that one yet.

Pat just has a way of making you feel like you are walking down Church St. in the middle of a conversation with one his characters.  There is always romance, a mystery, an adventure and definitely always some really unbelievable family drama/crisis.

One of the quotes that resonated with me was on lost Souls.  "Never did it occur to me that some people make an early acquaintance with a dark, disfiguring anarchy so strong that they cannot consider a day complete without the music of chaos roaring in their ears."  I have encountered someone like this and Pat just has such a way with his words.  His books all deal with the suffering & torment that a person can put themselves through.  He can really touch on some of the deepest secrets and pains that cause people to create their own personal hell.  

Which reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Eckart Tolle - "People will change only when they have suffered enough."

I hope you pick up one of Pat Conroy's books - I also loved Beach Music & of course, Prince of Tides. Even through the ordeals that his characters have endured, there is a triumph in the end.  They always come to terms with their past and decide to be happy. To be at peace.  What a great message and ending to a great novel.  I hope in real life happiness & peace is the choice that is made instead of the constant music of chaos.

1 comment:

  1. I love a good book recommendation! I will have to check it out.


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