It was a still, deep-breathing summer night, full of the smell of the hay fields. Sounds of laughter and splashing came up from the pasture, and when the moon rose rapidly above the bare rim of the prairie, the pond glittered like polished metal, and she could see the flash of white bodies as the boys ran about the edge or jumped into the water. Alexandra watched the shimmering pool dreamily, but eventually her eyes went back to the sorghum patch south of the barn, where she was planning to make her new pig corral.
And that, my friends is why I read O’Pioneers. Which I had not planned, but the lives of the Swedish immigrants living on their farms in Nebraska at the turn of the last century put a spell on me. And of course Willa Cather, who I decided must have been friends with Mary Oliver in another life and time, writes so beautifully.
…looking at the stars which glittered so keenly through the frosty autumn air. She always loved to watch them, to think of their vastness and distance, and of their ordered march. It fortified her to reflect upon the great operations of nature, and when she thought of the law that lay behind them, she felt a sense of personal security.
Afterwards I was swept up in this historical fiction which captured the lives of the abolitionist Grimké sisters in mid-19th century South Carolina. So now I’m convinced I need to watch THIS.
And all of that led to this…
Which coincidentally takes place on a Swedish farm, in Sweden. I’m in need of a thriller and this one may do it! It should carry me through mid-November and then I’ll go back to the last book post HERE and comb through some more of the fabulous recommendations and any you happen to leave on this post of course.
So do share, but Only 1or 2 of your current reads please, not a list of past favorites. Makes it too difficult to wade through the list. But I AM curious about what’s in your hands these long November nights.