I've just finished re-reading Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen and participating in an online discussion on GoodReads.com. I truly can't say enough good things about this book, but I'll try.
I don't think I can really say too much other than I loved this book! It is whimsical, magical and fantastical yet realistic. There are some dark subjects that are introduced, such as: child abandonment, parental neglect, sibling jealousy, deep-seated feelings of inadequacy, physical abuse and the more mundane small-town animosities. Yet Ms. Allen does a wonderful job of weaving these dark subjects into a great story. It doesn't leave you sad or depressed but hopeful. I highly recommend this work of incredible contemporary fiction to one and all.
I recently combined my hand-written and online TBR lists and realize that I now have over 250 books that I want to read. Not really a problem except there are new titles being released that are usually added to this list. I think I need to take a week, or at least a weekend, just so I can devote myself to reading full-time and finish a few of these books. Nice dream...
Favorite Quotes on Books and Reading
"A book is a gift you can open again and again." Garrison Keillor
“Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.” Jane Yolen
"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." Oscar Wilde
"Books have furnished, burnished, and enabled my life." Julia Keller