Time to catch up with reviews I've been putting off. I'm bad at keeping up with reviews, almost as soon as I put a book down, I pick up another. Reading is much more fun than reviewing.The Music of Bees was a pleasure.
From description: A heartwarming debut novel for readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, following three lonely strangers in a rural Oregon town, each working through grief and life's curveballs, who are brought together by happenstance on a local honeybee farm where they find surprising friendship, healing--and maybe even a second chance--just when they least expect it.
Maybe I simply fell in love with the characters, but my cousin is also a beekeeper, so I had an additional interest. My garden is alive with bees when the herbs come to flower, and I always give some of the plants a chance to flower, while keeping a few (especially basil) pinched back to continue producing. The bees like other plants, too, but the idea of that hint of basil, lemon verbena, lemon balm, and rosemary in the honey...sounds so delicious.
The Music of Bees has characters you want to know, fascinating information about bees, and warnings about the dangers of pesticides rolled into a sensitive and heart-warming mix. I thoroughly enjoyed it and read it at a time when I needed exactly that book.
Sam has a better review of this, so check it out. Anyway, it was a book that left me feeling lighter, more positive, and better informed.
Friendship. April 27, 2011. Print length: 336 pages.
I mentioned Letters from Tove earlier on my other blog with more detail, but after about 300 pages, I paused and read a bunch of fiction before coming back to it.
from description: Tove Jansson’s works, even her famed Moomin books, fairly teem with letters of one kind or another, from messages bobbing in bottles to whole epistolary novels. Fortunately for her countless readers, her life was no different, unfolding as it did in the letters to family, friends, and lovers that make up this volume, a veritable autobiography over the course of six decades—and the only one Jansson ever wrote. And just as letters carry a weight of significance in Jansson’s writing, those she wrote throughout her life reflect the gravity of her circumstances, the depth of her thoughts and feelings, and the critical moments of humor, sadness, and grace that mark an artist’s days.
Letters from Tove is a compelling look at the artist and author and the times in which she lived. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
"Tove Jansson is one of the greatest children’s writers there has ever been."—Sir Terry Pratchett
She also wrote wonderful letters.
Letters. 2014; 2020. 496 pages.
I'm congratulating myself for getting two reviews out of the way. :)