Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Whatcha reading?

Judy L of Patchwork Times is starting a new link-up on Tuesdays called Whatcha reading? You can find it here.

Currently I am re-reading one of my favorite books that I can highly recommend to anyone - Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg.

Here is a great summary I copied from Amazon.

Combining southern warmth with unabashed emotion and side-splitting hilarity, Fannie Flagg takes readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where the most unlikely and surprising experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question: Why are we here?

Life is the strangest thing. One minute, Mrs. Elner Shimfissle is up in her tree, picking figs, and the next thing she knows, she is off on an adventure she never dreamed of, running into people she never in a million years expected to meet. Meanwhile, back home, Elner’s nervous, high-strung niece Norma faints and winds up in bed with a cold rag on her head; Elner’s neighbor Verbena rushes immediately to the Bible; her truck driver friend, Luther Griggs, runs his eighteen-wheeler into a ditch–and the entire town is thrown for a loop and left wondering, “What is life all about, anyway?” Except for Tot Whooten, who owns Tot’s Tell It Like It Is Beauty Shop. Her main concern is that the end of the world might come before she can collect her social security.

In this comedy-mystery, those near and dear to Elner discover something wonderful: Heaven is actually right here, right now, with people you love, neighbors you help, friendships you keep. Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven is proof once more that Fannie Flagg “was put on this earth to write” (Southern Living), spinning tales as sweet and refreshing as iced tea on a summer day, with a little extra kick thrown in.

I have read all of Fannie Flagg's books starting with Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe to her most recent release, I Still Dream About You and none of them has disappointed. Great characters that you can't help but love and when you read the last page you wish the story would go on. Elner Shimfissle is one of my favorite characters Fannie has created and she has appeared in several of her books - she's totally unforgettable.

Now off to fire up my Kindle and visit Elmwood Springs!

Happy stitching-
carol fun


  1. That is a delightful book. I loved her Red Bird Christmas too.

  2. I also love Fannie Flagg's books although not the Fried Green Tomato one so much. I like to listen to her read her books!

  3. I loved Fannie Flag's Standing in the Rainbow. It's one of my all-time favorites. I tried the one you're reading, but it didn't take....? I need to read more of hers. Thanks for a reminder!

  4. I have this one just haven't read it yet. Loved redbird Christmas.

  5. I'll have to look that one up. Thanks for the tip.

  6. I'm always looking for a good read and I love finding them through the recommendations of friends! Adding this to my list. I must have missed Judy's post about this. I'm reading The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton and loving it.

  7. I read that one and loved it...love her style of writing and a wonderful story.


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