A few days ago I had a cup of coffee (two actually) with my daughter’s teacher of English (M.) at one of my favorite places in town. It’s an old cafe and its vast space is filled with history, orange chairs, giant windows, Jimi Hendrix posters on the wall, and crocodiles on the ceiling. You know what I mean? And when an awesome person steps into an awesome cafe, awesome photos happen. Only they didn’t this time. I clicked, and clicked, and clicked but the pictures would come out anyhow but good (blurry, overexposed, out of focus, flat, you name it). So after about half an hour of trying I gave up and immersed in a captivating discussion about everything and anything, but mainly about books.
M. brought a list of 10 books everyone should read (I asked her to). So she talked about every book on that list with the passion of a genuine book worm :). Fun fact: when she was younger she read so much and she owned so many books that she would dress in accordance with the cover of the book she would read on that day. How cool is that?
Here’s the list in case you’re looking for something to read, and a couple of pictures I did add to this post for the visual-part-of-this-post’s sake and because I kind of like them in spite of all the flaws :).
1. Bel Canto – Ann Patchett
2. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate DiCamillo
3. Suite française – Irène Némirovsky
4. Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
5. The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet – Reif Larsen
6. Persuasion – Jane Austin
7. In Praise of the Unfinished – Julia Hartwig
8. Seedfolks – Paul Fleischman
9. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – C. S. Lewis
10. English Passengers – Matthew Kneale
The Country of the Pointed Firs – Sarah Orne Jewett
Flight Behavior – Barbara Kingsolver