Like most of you, I’ve had a long love affair with reading … books, magazines, newspapers, cereal boxes … it’s a compulsion.
My days are usually pretty busy, so I rarely get a chance to sit down and read purely for pleasure. To compensate, my night time ritual for years has been to read for at least 20 or 30 minutes before I go to bed. It’s not a lot, but it’s precious decompression time that helps me unwind and go to sleep …. most of the time.
Every once in a while a book will actually wind me up and I can’t go to sleep. It might be the characters or the story line – or both – but I can’t shut it down when I turn out the lights. The characters won’t stop talking to me, causing me to toss and turn until I inevitably get up and continue reading.
Last night was one of THOSE nights.
The lovely and funny Lorna Lee has entertained me with her blog “Lorna’s Voice” for some time and I finally bought both her books – How Was I Supposed to Know? and Never Turn Back. Over the past few weeks, I’ve read both of them – finishing the second book in the wee hours of this morning. In fact, Lorna has caused me more than a few sleepless nights since neither of her books would give me rest.
How Was I Supposed to Know? is a memoir of Lorna’s life. Her writing has a very intimate and engaging conversational style. She shares her very bumpy journey of self-discovery and overcoming huge personal obstacles … from alcoholism and debilitating illness to relationship chaos. Her dramatic story is told with blunt honesty and a healthy dose of her trademark humour.
Never Turn Back is a fictional story based on the real events in her maternal grandmother’s life – leaving Finland as a young adult, surviving in Nazi-occupied Paris, and subsequently immigrating to the US. Armed with only snippets of stories from her grandmother, Lorna weaved a fictional tale to link together the known pieces of her grandmother’s life. This is a serious read told with the gravity the subject matter deserves, but Lorna’s easy writing style continued to pull me along page after page.
I’ve never written a book review before now, but I enjoy Lorna’s blog and both of her books delivered to my high expectations. The dark circles under my eyes today provide evidence of my enjoyment.
Tonight, I look forward to a good night’s sleep!