Thoreau went to the woods to suck the marrow out of life; here, I hope to drain every drop from the books I read, rather than tossing them aside and saying vaguely, “Oh yes, I read that once,” when they come up in conversation.
I’m a Christ-follower, a wife, a mother, a wannabe novelist (with a complete manuscript, no less!), and—of course—a reader. Stick around, poke around, speak up, and enjoy…and definitely recommend your favorites, because my mile-long to-be-read list could always be longer!
Black Heels to Tractor Wheels
I found The Pioneer Woman blog sometime in college. As a dairy farmer’s daughter in a big city, I really enjoyed reading about a city girl moving to the country; it helped with the homesickness. It also helped that Ree was incredibly funny.
I enjoyed the story of how she met her husband, who is known on the site as Marlboro Man (though Ree is quick to point out he doesn’t smoke), which was told in installments. Over time, other blogs caught my interest and my visit to PW were less frequent. But when I saw that she had published her love story as a book, I was excited…and then even more pumped when I saw it on the shelf at my local library!
True to the writing style on her blog, the book is humorous, touching, and relatable. Ree’s word choices can be over the top sometimes, but it definitely rings true of her voice.
The book includes not only their courtship, it also tells about their wedding, disaster honeymoon (waaaaaaaaaay too much vomiting to be a fun trip!), almost immediate pregnancy, down-on-our-ranching-luck first year, and the birth of their first baby. Again, it made me nostalgic for home and country living and gave me the itch to get back to farming with the Professor and Pookie. But we’ll get there someday. In the meantime, fun summer reads like this one help take the edge off the wait.