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A Blast From The Past

A Blast From The Past

The next book in Book Battle 2015 is one I picked up from my grandmother’s house called The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side of the Septic Tank by Erma Bombeck. I had a few different funny books in mind for this challenge but my grandma convinced me to give this one a try.

First published in 1972, this book became an instant best seller for over 11 months in the 70’s. I had never heard of the book before but have heard of Erma Bombeck. I remember my grandparents reading her syndicated column in the newspaper. Plus, when I opened the book a tardy slip of my mom’s from 1976 fell out. Apparently she overslept. Funny that my grandma should use that as a bookmark.

Upon reading the back I discovered that this novel is a fictional account of what happened when the Bombeck’s moved from the city to the suburbs. The blurb they had on the back and in the front of the book did make me laugh which is a great indication of what’s to come.

Has anyone else heard of this book or read one of Bombeck’s others?

One thing this book has already inspired me to do is create a new challenge, maybe for later this year, where reader’s are challenged to read books they pick up random places. I can’t say how many times I’ve been walking down the street and have paused at a box marked free with books inside, picked up books from coffee shops, or even picked up books from the discard bin at the library. How fun would it be to read some of those disparate books in a challenge? I think it should definitely happen.

Happy reading!