The pull of the story

Inspired by V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #66: Savour

This week, let’s consider what we savour.


A good story. A good book. I’ve always savored those moments – from the days of a flashlight under the covers late at night…to now…when my eyes close despite the glow of the bedside lamp.

Page corners folded. Neon post-it flags stuck in places to return to. Aha! sentences marked in pencil.

My favorites? The ones with characters who mirror my hopes…fears…life challenges. Or my possibilities…the “what ifs”…

From an early age, I looked forward to stories. An alternate universe of adventure I could only dream about as a young girl. It was unheard of to strive for independence as a boy would…well, except for Nancy Drew. She had remarkable success. It was exhilarating.

Years later, my chosen books lengthened. The topics expanded.

Elizabeth Berg emerged as one of my favorite authors. I met her at several book signings when she lived in the northeast. Her stories are treasures to savor, but one in particular –  The Pull of the Moon – struck a chord like no other. It is one of the few books I have read multiple times. The main character – Nan – writes letters to her husband while she’s on a solo road trip…as she explores what it means to age. Looking forward and looking back. As she turns 50. The book is a journal of sorts.

A powerful story.


9 thoughts on “The pull of the story

  1. Loved this post. I sometimes feel so rushed that I don’t take the time to savour books the way I used to. I have a book I started this summer, Ravensong by Lee Maracle, but I haven’t finished reading it simply because, I only want to read it when I have the time to get lost in it and reflect, savour the moments. Thank you for this. I like the slide show, nice addition. I have added Pull of the Moon to my reading list!

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    1. Thank you! I am glad you liked it (along with the slide show – my first time trying out that feature). Saving a book to savor (or savour) is something I totally understand. Some are not meant to be read while eating or multi-tasking!

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