The Book List

My mother passed away July 30, 2017. We finished the last book we would read aloud together on July 26, and though it remained unspoken, we both knew there wouldn’t be time to finish another…

The last thing we read was My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara, first published in 1941. Mom read it as a young girl, and my sisters and I each read it in turn when we were about the age of the boy in the story. Although Mom’s short-term memory had grown hazy, she remembered some details from the book as she listened to me read it.

My mother had a major stroke in 2001. It damaged her vision, making reading a real chore instead of the pleasure it had always been for her. In 2010, while Mom was in the hospital for a standard IV antibiotic treatment for an infection, I was reading Amy Tan’s Saving Fish From Drowning, and during one visit, I started describing the story to my mother. She enjoyed hearing about it, and I asked her if she might like me to read it aloud to her.

Fast forward seven years and I was still reading aloud to my mother, just as she read to me when I was little. She had another major stroke in 2012 and our reading continued to be a great way to spend time together. We read more than 60 books in this time frame, and I will always be grateful that there was something I could do for her that she was able to enjoy. books Here, in no particular order, is a list of most of the books* we read since 2010:

*Some titles contains a link to a point of interest about the book, whether it’s a review, a movie description, an author interview, or another blog post. We probably read more books than this, but I can’t think of any others at the moment.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. vamosverde says:

    Jean – I LOVE this!! Wish I was close to my mom (geographically) to do something like this. Aspen and I do enjoy reading out loud to each other, but need to make more time for it!

    1. ltbrwnhare says:

      We’ve laughed and cried and enjoyed worlds of wonder with all these stories..I’m so glad to have found something I can do for my mom that really matters to her and helps alleviate some of the losses she’s experienced from 2 major strokes…

  2. Marcia says:

    Jean, I’ve always admired you reading to your mom. I know you will miss and your reading aloud.

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