One of the things that I am enjoying during my Summer Break the opportunity to meet up frequently with my friend and discuss our latest read over coffee.
We have noticed that we mark our pages differently in preparation for our discussions. My friend underlines sentences that resonate with her, and scribbles notes in the margin of what she thinks. She also writes down any links to her own life.
As for me, I write my notes on post-it notes. I like to keep the pages of my books pristine so that when I re-read the novel, I am not distracted by anything I may have written in the book.
This Summer I am able to spend quite a bit of time with my friend: instead of texting one another about the books we are reading together, we are able to discuss our thoughts face to face. Yesterday, we decided to expand the experience of our buddy read and eat lunch in Chinatown.
We chose to eat dumplings as this food is often referenced in the novel Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim. The dumplings were delicious and we savoured the flavours as our conversation flowed.
I love it when the books I buy for people as gifts are actually read. For Father’s Day I gifted my husband with two books – one of which he has already completed. On Monday while we were waiting in line to enter the Mandarin Restaurant for a free meal, he was reading the second book.
Note the bookmark – which was created by my daughter for last year’s Father’s Day gift. It is difficult to buy gifts for my husband and we are always pleased when what we give him is enjoyed.
Last night I started reading Alafair Burke’s recent novel The Better Sister. Even though she has written a number of novels, this is the first one of hers that I am reading. This murder story has me guessing and I am waiting for something unexpected to drop during the court case.
I have spent quite a bit of time today reading. It is hot and humid and reading in front of the fan is a perfect way to cool down. Also I want to know who committed the murder …
Yesterday evening, I met up with my friend and book buddy to discuss the latest book we had read together. We took our tea out onto the balcony and, once we had caught up a little, we began highlighting the things we had enjoyed in Roselle Lim’s book Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune.
As usual, the time we had together was too short and we did not get to finish highlighting all that we had enjoyed in the story. I am sure we will get back to this novel at our next meetup – or we may begin texting our thoughts!
As my friend was preparing to leave, we noticed the light in the sky which had been grey all day. The rays of light hinted at the blue sky behind the clouds – a blue which we hoped would shine through the next day.