This year I’ve challenged myself to read fifty books. This is no easy task for a slow reader, especially since so many other things distract me. Through this blog, I’ll share the books I’m reading and keep myself on track. Please feel free to offer suggestions of books you’ve enjoyed!
Book No: 35
Are You Ready?!
This little book of poems and reminiscences was written by Marilyn Jones, a friend to many in Schoolcraft, Michigan. The title reflects Marilyn’s adventurous spirit. Whenever anyone invites her to visit, explore, and play she is ready!
The poems cover a wide range of topics but are mostly taken from everyday life. They are written in simple words with lines that rhyme. Marilyn says she doesn’t want anyone to wonder at the meaning. But that doesn’t mean they don’t provoke thoughts. Each one leaves me with a smile or a poignant truth to ponder.
The reader will learn a lot about Marilyn and will receive bits of wisdom and advice that help through life. I enjoyed learning about her past and remembering some of the ways we lived long ago. Her stories of her children and grandchildren are filled with love and pride and many set a good example on how to raise a family with love, encouragement, and fun.
Marilyn’s sense of humor brings many laughs. Her poem “Tiny but Powerful” about a hummingbird is lovely but starts to border on schmaltzy. Then bam! Marilyn injects humor and it ends on just the right note.
The prose pieces are equally interesting. Some, such as “Potential for Disaster” and “Graduation Day” are very touching warnings of how life can change in an instant. “Max and Grandma do the County Fair, 2003” reflects on the simple joys of spending time with a loved one. “Underpinnings in the 20th Century” is a fun, informative look at women’s fashion (socks and underwear) through the years.
“Are You Ready?!” is a sweet reminder to savor life.