Friday Flotsam

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Let’s talk about OLD BOOKS.

And I don’t mean like, Pride and Prejudice. Although you can if you want.

Actually, we’ll include it.

But what I mean is like, oldER books that you read 15 or so years ago and you still remember most of the details. Some of the details. A few of the details. A detail or two.

I’ll give you some examples of books that killed me, and I want to know yours because what if I missed some of the most jarring and/or moving and/or memorable and/or intense reading experiences?!

I’ll go first.

The Lovely Bones (That first LINE omg. I’ll never forget the way I felt reading that. The movie was laughably horrible, but the book was wrenching.)

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. (Pooty Pootwell is forever embedded on my soul. That book warmed me more than I can express. NO JUDGING IT WAS FANTASTIC.)

Obviously The Notebook. Nothing to really say here because it’s The Notebook and everyone needs that in their lives. Really anything Nicholas Sparks makes me want to move to the coast and wear linen and bucket hats all day err day.

THE PILOT’S WIFE dear gawd. That book slayed from top to bottom. I mean can you imagine?

So there are four examples. And they may even be clichés but I don’t care. Tell me some books you read that you’ll never get out of your head/heart no matter what. I want to add them to my already-too-long TBR list! I feel like everything I’m reading right now is semi-current, and I might need to go back and tackle something that changed you all. Once I get through the massive pile on my bedside table. Which reminds me to share that list with you once I’m finished with The Nest.

Which so many of you hate.

I don’t get it! I’m liking it. It has this vague Family Stone feel to it. Only if you channel all that energy that the siblings give to Sarah Jessica Parker in the movie ON EACH OTHER. I’m only 100 in.

Oh! Wait!

I know of another book that stood out although I can’t remember the name.

Maybe it didn’t stand out.

The cover is blue. It’s the sea. The ocean. WATER. Waves? Eyes at the bottom perhaps. Or a WHALE? Something about Becoming Her. Remember that book?! I read it at Arsaga’s in Fayetteville back in the late ’90s (I was wearing a long navy blue cotton t-shirt skirt that hung super low at the waist, ew.)

What was that book?? Do you remember? Not Death Becomes Her because that’s Meryl and Goldie with their heads all swiveled around. Not that.

Tell me you remember this book, I’m going to go insane.

We can change gears. (but be thinking about what that book is and tell me!)

Music. SO, I’m running a four-mile race this Sunday morning that weaves through the charming neighborhoods of Brookside and heads downhill (yes, girl, downhill) and lands in the Plaza. It’s a glorious race. My favorite one.

But! I need a new playlist. I have an old running playlist, but I’m craving something fresh. OBVIOUSLY it’s going to open with Rage’s Killing in the Name (don’t even look at me like that, you know it’s a prime running song), but I’ll take your suggestions for songs that make you run faster. Or that distract you from any pain. Or that amp up the endorphins. Give me the goods!

Please and thank you and only when you have a moment and no rush.

Okay who’s following this Johnny Depp trial? And what do you think? Because whooaaaaa.

Weekend plans?

Honestly, these next three days have been the three days I’ve been waiting for since January the FIRST. Sublime weather. Nothing (besides the race) on my plate. A charged lawn mower, fresh patio curtains ready to hang, flower pots to fill, an herb garden begging to be manicured. IT. IS. AWN.

Which was a horribly lame sentence but I refuse to backspace.

From this weeeeek! (LOVE THE COMMENTS on Tuesday’s post. Thank you dearly.) Italian Chicken with Zucchini and Shallots! To die for. And then a Farro Salad with Tinned Mackerel and Jammy Eggs. Hey, try it. You’ll dig it.

Okay is it BECOME HER? I’m googling this also but you’re cuter.

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40 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Tish April 22, 2022 at 9:17 am #
    Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver Kindred by Octavia Butler Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston The Westing Game (which I read in 7th grade) Are You There God it’s Margaret
  2. Julia April 22, 2022 at 9:20 am #
    A book that I read that has stuck with me for FOR-EV-ER is The Night Circus. It is so beautiful. Like, you don’t even realize how beautiful it is until you finish it. And then you close the book, wipe your eyes (was I crying?!? I was SO crying!!) and think about it for the next week...month...year....forever. Highly recommend. 10/10!
  3. Jenn P April 22, 2022 at 9:40 am #
    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. It's in my Top 5 Books of all time. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Also, and cliche time, but The Time Traverler's Wife. I freaking LOVED that book when it came out. Man. The blue book that you can't remember - was it She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb? That was the first thing that came to mind when you described. I hated that book, but loved I Know This Much is True. Lizzo, Good As Hell for your playlist not for speed, but for feel goods. And I have nothing but the possibility of snow on deck for the weekend. Face palm emoji.
  4. Jenn P April 22, 2022 at 9:44 am #
    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. The Time Traveler's Wife (cliche, but true). Was the blue book Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone? I hated that book, but loved I Know This Much is True. Lizzo, Good as Hell for you playlist. Not for speed, but for good feels. It's supposed to snow this weekend. Face palm emoji.
  5. Nan April 22, 2022 at 9:59 am #
    I spent a year backpacking around Europe, and every time I saw an English-language bookstore I would buy the longest book they had so it would last until I found another bookstore! All that is to say that middlemarch changed my life and I love George Eliot and her writing is so beautiful.
  6. Alesa April 22, 2022 at 10:01 am #
    I believe you are thinking of She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb. Wally Lamb is amazing. If you haven't read I Know This Much is True by Lamb, you should. It is about 900 pages, but it is worth it.
  7. Laura April 22, 2022 at 10:23 am #
    Is the book 'She's Come Undone', by Wally Lamb? Has the beached whale element and girl on the cover. Great book, great author.
  8. Lacy April 22, 2022 at 10:28 am #
    She's Come Undone is the book I think you are thinking of. I hated it (of course I did). Songs that make you run faster include Kick Start My Heart and Sabotage. Beasties forever.
  9. Lacy April 22, 2022 at 10:35 am #
    She's Come Undone is the book I think you are thinking of. I hated it. Of course. Songs that make you run faster include Kickstart My Heart and Sabotage. Beasties forever.
  10. Heather April 22, 2022 at 10:50 am #
    I'm not sure what book you are referencing, but a book that has forever changed me is The Night Circus. It is a book that will live in me forever, and I will always and forever recommend it to EVERYONE. Love you, mean it.
  11. Jobie April 22, 2022 at 10:55 am #
    The book was She’s come undone!!!!!! It is one of my all time favorites and def will never leave me. Wally Lamb is forever one of my authors. Also cutting for stone and the time travelers wife!
  12. Jobie April 22, 2022 at 10:57 am #
    The book is Shes come undone!!!! One of my most favorites and Wally Lamb can do no wrong in my opinion. That one is a forever stay with me book for sure! Also a prayer for Owen meany Cutting for Stone And The time travelers wife!
    • Jean April 23, 2022 at 5:31 pm #
      In total agreement-A Prayer for Owen Meany-John Irving is the Man. And She’s Come Undone is way up there at the top of the list as well. Will now have to read The Night Circus.
    • Carrie April 25, 2022 at 12:06 pm #
      OMG A Prayer for Owen Meany! Such a good one.
  13. Heather April 22, 2022 at 11:11 am #
    She’s come undone!
  14. Heather April 22, 2022 at 11:21 am #
    I'm not sure what book you're referencing, but the book that will live with me forever is The Night Circus. Love it.
  15. Kyra Strachan April 22, 2022 at 11:25 am #
    I haaaated the lovely bones. And I am not one to throw around the word hate! So many parts of it that I felt didn’t need to be there, and then the big moment when the killer dies was only reduced to a paragraph!!!! So frustrating. As for the books that always have stuck with me: Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Alchemist, and I genuinely loved reading The Great Gatsby in high school. I think I’m the only one in the class who actually read it.
  16. Heather April 22, 2022 at 11:46 am #
    The book is 'She's Come Undone'! It's been sitting on my bookshelf and has in fact moved no less than 4 houses with me and I still haven't read it! Maybe this is the year!
  17. Stasha April 22, 2022 at 11:53 am #
    Omg! The Yah-Yahs get so much hate because the movie wasn’t very good, but the book is a masterpiece.
  18. Ashley April 22, 2022 at 12:09 pm #
    Cutting For Stone! I read it over a decade ago and I still remember standing over the stove, stirring risotto and crying over the ending of that book. Next Girl by the Black Keys always opens my running playlist and it makes me want to run faster every time. Happy Racing!
  19. Jess April 22, 2022 at 12:22 pm #
    Check out Sleigh Bells for energetic running music! I love all their albums but I think their first album Treats is still my favorite so I'd suggest going back to that.
  20. Jennifer Rittall April 22, 2022 at 12:25 pm #
    I can’t believe there are this many comments above me ⬆️ and nobody commented on Johnny. Anyway, I am riveted. #teamjohnny
  21. Anonymous April 22, 2022 at 2:35 pm #
    Here's some fun up beat tunes from my running playlist that a put a bounce in my plod. Thunderstruck - AC/DC Felony - The Allergies Ride The River - JJ Cale and Eric Clapton Little Red Light - Fountains of Wayne Saturday Night's Alright - Elton John Jam For the Ladies - Moby feat MC Lyte and Angie Stone Starry Eyed Surprise - Paul Oakenfold Madonna - Ray of Light
  22. Kelly Kiernan April 22, 2022 at 2:36 pm #
    Here's some fun up beat tunes from my running playlist that a put a bounce in my plod. Thunderstruck - AC/DC Felony - The Allergies Ride The River - JJ Cale and Eric Clapton Little Red Light - Fountains of Wayne Saturday Night's Alright - Elton John Jam For the Ladies - Moby feat MC Lyte and Angie Stone Starry Eyed Surprise - Paul Oakenfold Madonna - Ray of Light
  23. Jenn April 22, 2022 at 2:53 pm #
    Old Favorites... Memories of a Geisha (controversial but still good) Kite Runner Gone Girl (only because you said Lovely Bones) Orphan Train Station Eleven Sarah's Key Homegoing Night Circus (because I agree with everyone else) Happy reading! A never ending TBR is a lovely thing!
  24. Melinda April 22, 2022 at 3:08 pm #
    All the Light You Cannot See. Best book ever. Also any book by Kent Haruf, Benediction or Eventide.
  25. Nancy April 22, 2022 at 4:16 pm #
    I loved the Senator's Wife by Sue Miller. Her book "While I was Gone" was on Oprah's Book Club back in the day and I loved that one too and I've read several of hers but the Senator's Wife was my favorite. I also remember loving the book "Fletch". I couldn't tell you what it was about but I do distinctly remember trying to read it while I was driving back to school because I loved it that much. But that was in the 70's and I was much younger and a little dumber. Ha! There were several sequels but the original was the one that grabbed me. I think "Gimme Shelter" by the Stones would be great to have on your playlist. Maybe "Without Me" by Eminem. And "Cold Heart" by Elton John & Due Lipa. That song made me love Elton again. He was so good back in the 70's but he became such a diva and kind of lost me until this song. But I digress. Hope your race goes well!
  26. Allison Erpelding April 22, 2022 at 4:37 pm #
    The book you are thinking of might be She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb? Maybe! Beautiful book. Heart wrenching.
  27. Kristen April 22, 2022 at 6:49 pm #
    Everything is Illuminated. So much better than the movie - they cut out my favorite story line. Also not as old, but if you want something unique and heart-wrenching that stays with you, read The Summer That Melted Everything. Holy moly that will never leave me. For running, nothing beats Girl Talk’s Feed the Animals for me. I also think Chandelier (Sia) and Wrecking Ball (Miley) are fantastic running songs.
  28. Kristy April 23, 2022 at 1:11 am #
    Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is truly one of my favorite books, I read it when it came out in the 90s and loved it! I think One Little Victory by Rush would be a fantastic running song! Good luck on your race.☺☺
  29. Tanya April 23, 2022 at 7:23 am #
    A book that I read a long time ago that stuck, is "A God Shaped Hole" by Tiffany Debartlo. Music to run to, the band Sheppard songs "Keep me crazy" and "Geronimo".
  30. Rosemary April 23, 2022 at 8:21 am #
    The Moonflower Vine - Jetta Carleton and the Prodigal Summer Barbara Kingsolver Lots of love to you for all the great Recs - all of you are Wonderful!!!!
  31. Katie April 23, 2022 at 9:31 am #
    Outlander - really the entire series and The Time Travellers Wife. I loved, loved that book when it came out! Read it multiple times, but have never seen the movie?!
  32. Laura April 23, 2022 at 2:15 pm #
    Deep End of the Ocean will stick with me, and also Poisonwood Bible.
  33. Susan April 23, 2022 at 5:15 pm #
    One of my favorite books of all time is Beach Music by Pat Conroy (brilliant author, sadly missed). Also, loved Poisonwood Bible, The Giver of Stars and The Kitchen House. Who am I kidding, I have hundreds of faves. Love books. Real books with paper, not Kindle. Just can't do it.
  34. Tif April 24, 2022 at 12:30 pm #
    Ya-Yas are a treasure. Did you know there was a short story prequel "Little Altars Everywhere" AND a sequel "Ya-Yas in Bloom"? Lots of controversy around one of the prequel chapters but I'll let you dive into that if you're interested. Others: American Wife - Curtis Sittenfeld (loosely based around Laura Bush) Scruples and Scruples II - Judith Krantz (Billy Ikehorn is the OG badass) Tara Road - Maeve Binchy (the comfiest Irish read from one of Oprah's late 90s picks)
  35. Liz April 24, 2022 at 4:47 pm #
    Yes the Johnny drop trial is wild! Second Nature by Alice Hoffman is beautiful and magical - I think you would love it! She weaves nature and fairy tale elements into the story - it is just soooo good. Running songs - I wanna be sedated by the Ramones - Little T&A by Rolling Stones - Second hand news by Fleetwood Mac - Rappers Delight by Sugarhill Gang - Let’s go by the cars - Private Eyes by Hall &oates. Great job on your race, you were flying!!! I am in your running tribe. Not as fast as you but I got 19th place out of 447 runners in my division - ladies 50 to 54 - in the Vegas Rock n Roll 10k! Have a great rest of your weekend!😊
  36. Julie April 24, 2022 at 6:03 pm #
    Bev, no one has Curtis Sittenfeld reccs on this list...(unless I missed) I reccomend The American Wife to everyone. I absolutly love it, and think of it weekly. It has vauge Paper Palace vibes, which I loved last I know you did too.
  37. Emily April 25, 2022 at 9:40 am #
    BEACH MUSIC by Pat Conroy. Long, but so worth it. I’ve re-read it at least 3 times over the years. I still want to move to Charleston. I can also get behind THE NIGHT CIRCUS. Great stuff. THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL.. I think that’s the name… it’s set in Savannah. For a southern gothic twist have you read any Greg Iles? He’s got quite a list, but I recommend your start with one if his older titles, BLOOD MEMORY.
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