I am playing with some new things on the blogs, this being one of them. I am taking books out of my favorites and am instead going to just talk briefly each month about the books I read (or didn’t read!).
If you are like me and have a spouse who loses their mind at all the ball bouncing, tournament playing going on right now, you had lots of time to read. Sports. Sports, sports. Sports.
When I Was Straight by Julie Marie Wade. I thought this was a lovely book of poetry. Humorous yet poignant. I think a lot of people are really intimidated by poetry because they have in their mind it is either epic or romantic, yet always long and tedious to read. This would be a book that is very easy to start of reading since she uses a lot of humor and really accessible language. Seriously guys, check it out.
Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. A lot of people really like this book. I didn’t so much. I certainly didn’t love it but I also found nothing offensive in it. Predictable yet I could see this being a decent beach book. I do think it will make a better movie than it did a book.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. So the author is a little… eccentric. But this book really resonated with me and I may be giving her advice a whirl. I was very gung-ho after I read it but Z’s response was “does that mean we have to throw more stuff away?” It was a total bummer response.
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy. The story of one family’s journey from the 1940s to modern day, this novel is a captivating story about how our lives intersect with each others and our physical space. Flournoy tells the story of African Americans and Detroit through the narrative lens of this one family, and it is fabulous. Totally worthwhile read.
Parenting is your highest Calling and 8 Other Myths by Leslie Fields. I am not saying this is a bad book, but since I am not a parent, this might not have been as powerful to me as it would be to others. I read it because it is marketed as a “progressive” Christian book and my definition of progressive is different than the author’s.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio. A wonderful piece of YA (think 5th grade) literature. I would recommend it to any lovers of YA lit or any kids in your life. I wouldn’t give it to anyone under maybe age 8-10, but still a great book.