This is a really, really good song...because I like it so much, I was thinking that is why I kept thinking that Have You Ever Had a Family was the name of the book Did You Ever Have a Family. It is not.
My sweet friend, Julie, recommended this book to me, knowing that it wasn't too long, even though it is an adult book and I am usually very picky about my adult books.
It was something. It was unlike anything I had read before, because I don't read much literary fiction. Okay, I NEVER read literary fiction. But I really did like this book.
It is sorrowful and hard and painful, but not like watching an accident, rubber-necking at the gore kind of thing. It was...like an ache. Yes, it made my heart ache to read it. But it wasn't overwhelmingly horrible, even though the story of all of this loss is horrible. It was just told so well and was so mournful. Hard, but good. Good.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.