There's nothing like a good book about reading to make a book lover happy! I knew I was in for a treat when I first received this book in the mail, but it truly was a complete delight from start to finish, even with the heavy subject.
Author Nina Sankovitch's sister passed away after a short, yet terribly painful battle with cancer. Not quite sure how to deal with the grief of losing her sister and get back into every day life, Sankovitch decides to "take a year off" and do something that not only provides pure pleasure, but also allows her to feel connected to her sister in a way unlike any other. Thus begins her journey of reading a book a day for an entire year.
Being a both a wife and mother to four boys, I thought Sankovitch quite crazy for believing she would be able to pull off a feat as large as 365 books (especially after seeing some of her titles of choice). I can't even manage to read a book a day and I don't have ANY children in my home! The author, however, successfully manages to read book a day, using the literature as her means of comfort and escape from her sadness, all done in her cozy purple chair.
I was able to feel the emotion on every page, as Sankovitch read through different types of literature and used it to bring to light her feelings on her sister's death, their childhood, and her current state of being. She muses thoughts on the books she reads (adding more than a few to my TBR pile), as well as her family, her emotional state, and her method of truly allowing herself to slow down and live in the moment. We all could learn a thing or two from this woman!
I savored the pages of this memoir and would definitely recommend it for any book lover. Beautifully done!
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading
Review copy provided by publisher