Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
Yet again, I've taken up with a bad crowd. I am now a member of The Cephalopod Coffeehouse. Mother, the answer to your question is "Yes, if my friend jumps off a cliff, then I shall follow."
The Armchair Squid hosts the coffeehouse, the point of which is as follows:
The idea is simple: on the last Friday of each month, post about the best book you've finished over the past month while visiting other bloggers doing the same. In this way, we'll all have the opportunity to share our thoughts with other enthusiastic readers.
It was Vebbie of Nicki Elson's Not-So-Deep Thoughts who dragged me into this, so do it, Veb. Jump off that cliff, and I'll follow. Or find something else stupid to do. No matter what it is, I know my deceased Mother would disapprove. It's all fun and games until somebody's eye gets poked out.
The best book I've read in the past month is the beautifully written Broken Pieces: Essays Inspired By Life by Rachel Thompson who blogs at Rachel in the OC.
I'm glad I own it because I know I'll read it again and again.
I've always admitted that blogging is my therapy. Writing, in general, can be very therapeutic. Broken Pieces is non-fiction, and I'm sure that writing it allowed Rachel to write the story of her own life. I don't mean in the simple sense that it's autobiographical. We all need to grab our horse on the carousel and write the stories of our lives––not merely the past, but write your present, and what will be your future, too.
Rachel was molested as a child, and survived rape and abuse and horrible losses. She writes about these tragedies lyrically and honestly in Broken Pieces:
He found me, waiting and bruised, pushing his way so deeply inside
me; I never thought he'd find his way out.
But he surprised us both, shoving me aside as quickly as he'd come.
Using, abusing, he feared his inner darkness would disrupt our carefully
Scared our pleasure would eat at his soul.
Too afraid to give room, or care, or thought, he left me as he found
me, waiting and bruised, but now also willing and broken.
I shakily tend my wounds, mystified if I had flown, or fallen.
I relate very strongly to Broken Pieces. Reading it makes me feel I've found something familiar to touch and hold close because Rachel gives words to my hidden thoughts. I can wrap myself in this soft blanket of a book and know that someone understands me and has given me a voice.
Broken Pieces earns The Janie Junebug Highest Seal of Approval. It's a short book you can read in a short time, but you'll want to ponder and savor the words.
The extra good news is that you can enter to win one of two copies of Broken Pieces. You have until June 30th to enter, so don't wait too long. Go to http://rachelintheoc.com/2014/06/goodreads-giveaway-baby/, which will take you to Rachel's blog and a button to click on so you can enter, or go to https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/92931, which will take you to Goodreads and another button to click so you can enter.
If you're not a winner (though we're all winners), you can purchase Broken Pieces on Amazon at http://goo.gl/EzVfr7 or from Barnes & Noble at http://goo.gl/mIJpyA.
Thank you, Mr. Armchair Squid, for starting The Cephalopod Coffeehouse.
I hope you'll consider joining the coffeehouse. You can add your link at http://armchairsquid.blogspot.com/.
Infinities of love,