October is a month beloved by writers of all stripes. One of my favourite bits of seasonal writing is by Humbert Wolfe,
"Listen! The wind is rising and the air is filled with leaves; we have had our summer evenings, now for October eves."
I have admired those bloggers who commit to posting something every day for a month or so, and decided to attempt it myself. Some days may be just a photo and a quote, others may be regular length posts.
I recently finished reading The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin. It's set during WWII, and more specifically the Blitz. The wars seem to be very popular settings for recent novels and I approached this one with a slightly jaded air. However, I found the story engaging on multiple levels. The theme that has had me thinking more about this book is the power of story in life.
During the past months I've found reading to be such a wonderful way to forget about the woes of the world. A little escapism is good. Stories help us all to empathize with others, and to see events from other points of view. Story has the power to connect people in meaningful ways.
A young man who was in my English 10 class several years ago hated reading. He was not at all pleased with the amount of reading I suggested. In class we read together All Quiet on the Western Front. The novel can be a bit of a slog and I often read chapters aloud to the class to move things along. When we got to the end of the book, this young man told me it was the best book he had ever read. Something in that tale of the horrors of war touched a chord in him. The power of story.
Oops, this was supposed to be very short and sweet. And I got carried away.
What are you reading just now? Enjoy these October eves!