Report from Louisiana: Need Book Recommendations

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Report from Louisiana: Need Book Recommendations

By: Pat Austin

SHREVE­PORT – Are y’all
on Goodreads? I am, but I’m not sure
why. I think I signed up so I could get
read­ing sug­ges­tions from my friends, but I sup­pose I don’t need Goodreads to do
that.

This year every­one was sign­ing up for the 2019 Read­ing
Chal­lenge. For some rea­son I decided to do one, too. In my usual overzeal­ous fash­ion I vowed to
read 100 books this year. One hun­dred books!
What was I think­ing? It’s already
July and I’ve read 29. I think I’m going
to fall short.

I logged on to the site today to check my progress and to
delete a cou­ple of books I didn’t ever fin­ish; I might have over­stated my goal
but I’m no cheater.

While I was there, I looked at the 29 books I’ve actu­ally
read this year. It’s a pretty vanilla list, heavy on South­ern lit and more than
a few YA nov­els – research for my class­room library. The best book on my list of
books that I’ve fin­ished this year was The
Sound of Build­ing Coffins
by Louis Maistros. That book…man. It was some­thing else! Loved it!
I’ve read quite a few that I really enjoyed this year, but that one is
just gifted writing.

Some­times I read odd things, books that I pick up at book bazaars
and such. Right now I’m read­ing South­ern
Plan­ta­tion
by Lil­lian Britt Hein­sohn. The book was pub­lished in 1962 and
would be con­sid­ered polit­i­cally incor­rect on sev­eral lev­els today, but it does
paint a pic­ture of the author’s life at the time as she and her hus­band
pur­chased a thou­sand acre farm and old house in Geor­gia. I thought it would be
about her efforts at restora­tion and refur­bish­ing the house, and it has been to
some degree. She also writes a great deal about restor­ing and plant­ing the
gar­dens and land­scap­ing. It is dif­fi­cult
for me to relate to though because I don’t have a staff of ten­ant res­i­dents or
a seem­ingly lim­it­less bank account to help me buy plants, trees, cows, etc. At any rate, it’s been an easy book to read
while I while away the hot after­noons in the porch swing.

I seem to go through spurts or phases in my read­ing. I went
through a YA phase last year while I was stock­ing my class­room library. I
pre­fer non-​fiction, usu­ally, but it depends on the sub­ject. I really don’t go
in for chick-​lit much, although there are a cou­ple I’ve read this year that
were okay. I love any­thing James Lee Burke writes, and when it comes to
fic­tion, or nov­els, pre­fer lit­er­ary fic­tion. I’m all over the place,
really. No rhyme or rea­son to it.

Goodreads says I am twenty-​two books behind sched­ule!
Ha! #truth.

You guys need to give me some sug­ges­tions – what are you read­ing? I need to catch up!

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreve­port and is the author of Cane River Bohemia. She is cur­rently work­ing on her sec­ond book. Fol­low her on Insta­gram @patbecker25 and Twit­ter @paustin110.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT —  Are y’all on Goodreads?  I am, but I’m not sure why.  I think I signed up so I could get reading suggestions from my friends, but I suppose I don’t need Goodreads to do that.

This year everyone was signing up for the 2019 Reading Challenge. For some reason I decided to do one, too.  In my usual overzealous fashion I vowed to read 100 books this year. One hundred books!  What was I thinking?  It’s already July and I’ve read 29.  I think I’m going to fall short.

I logged on to the site today to check my progress and to delete a couple of books I didn’t ever finish; I might have overstated my goal but I’m no cheater.

While I was there, I looked at the 29 books I’ve actually read this year. It’s a pretty vanilla list, heavy on Southern lit and more than a few YA novels – research for my classroom library. The best book on my list of books that I’ve finished this year was The Sound of Building Coffins by Louis Maistros. That book…man.  It was something else!  Loved it!  I’ve read quite a few that I really enjoyed this year, but that one is just gifted writing.

Sometimes I read odd things, books that I pick up at book bazaars and such.  Right now I’m reading Southern Plantation by Lillian Britt Heinsohn. The book was published in 1962 and would be considered politically incorrect on several levels today, but it does paint a picture of the author’s life at the time as she and her husband purchased a thousand acre farm and old house in Georgia. I thought it would be about her efforts at restoration and refurbishing the house, and it has been to some degree. She also writes a great deal about restoring and planting the gardens and landscaping.  It is difficult for me to relate to though because I don’t have a staff of tenant residents or a seemingly limitless bank account to help me buy plants, trees, cows, etc.  At any rate, it’s been an easy book to read while I while away the hot afternoons in the porch swing.

I seem to go through spurts or phases in my reading. I went through a YA phase last year while I was stocking my classroom library. I prefer non-fiction, usually, but it depends on the subject. I really don’t go in for chick-lit much, although there are a couple I’ve read this year that were okay. I love anything James Lee Burke writes, and when it comes to fiction, or novels, prefer literary fiction. I’m all over the place, really.  No rhyme or reason to it.

Goodreads says I am twenty-two books behind schedule! Ha!   #truth.

You guys need to give me some suggestions – what are you reading? I need to catch up!

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport and is the author of Cane River Bohemia. She is currently working on her second book. Follow her on Instagram @patbecker25 and Twitter @paustin110.