Good Reading

Ever since I could read, I’ve taken great joy in the process.  From the selection of the book to finishing the last page, I’m just happiest when I am reading.  I tend to read for the sake of reading and am not particularly attached to any one genre.  This being said, I take great pleasure in reading novels.  There’s something divine about becoming absorbed in the relationships, experiences and processes of other people when you don’t have to worry about the reality of it all.

In both of these novels that I recommend below, the characters struggle with considerable problems and negotiate complicated relationships, but neither are tragic.  What I mean to say is, these are not upbeat or funny novels, but they aren’t going to have you crying into your pillow as you fall asleep either.  Perhaps that is what makes them perfect reading  for this transition from the dark of winter to the lush potential of spring.

I’ve recently checked-out and read two good books from the Carnegie Library here in Pittsburgh (I’m returning them soon so reserve now!) and I thought I would share.  Both of these novels are about family in their own unique ways and neither of them have anything to do with yoga, but both receive my Sharon’s fiction picks thumbs up:

The Last Talk with Lola Faye (2010)
Thomas H. Cook

Sacramento Book Review for this book

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Aimee Bender

Seattle Times Review for this book

These books are suggested by Sharon Fennimore Rudyk, an independent yoga and meditation instructor in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Teaching schedule and information about private appointments and teacher training programs can all be found at

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