I had trouble getting into reading this month. My brain has been going in a million directions and I am having trouble concentrating. Here’s the short list:
Blue Plate Special by Kate Christenson
I usually love memoirs laced with recipes (Molly Wizenberg, Gabrielle Hamilton, Julie Powell, Barbara Kingsolver, David Lebovitz my favorites) but this one didn’t cut the mustard for me. I stuck with it, but it was meandering and a bit boring at times. The only thing I was inspired to make when I finished it was a bean burrito. Whomp, whomp, whomp.
Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson
I really, really value the minimalist concept. But I just couldn’t wrap my head around taking it to this level. For now, I’ll just continue to use as little paper towels and prepackaged snacks as my young family will allow, and recycle what I can.
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
I listened to the audio version of this book. I loved Where’d you go Bernadette– honestly one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. And this one was great, but not as great because she set the bar too high. Timby’s voice was also really, really whiney when you sped up the audio. It probably says something about my life that it took me 15 minutes to even remember that I listened to the audio version, or if I made the child’s voice whiney in my own head.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Album, The Beatles, and The World in 1967 by Brian Southall
I enjoyed this, and it provided great entertainment to get me out of the house to exercise this month. I wish they could have played more of the music in the audio version, and I wish Brian had more background secrets about Beatles dynamics. This is the music of my childhood, as my dad is a big Beatles fan. I loved talking to him about this book, but it wasn’t anything he didn’t already know. Because of that fact, it is probably for the light rock history lover more so, than someone who lived through it.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This book saved April. Sounds dramatic, but I have a feeling this will rank in the top 5 of my best books of 2018. It was funny, and sad, and uplifting and such a worthwhile read. It grabbed me from the beginning, introducing me to a single woman named Eleanor and her daily routines, her quirkiness pulling you in like a character on The Office. While the tone is mostly light and hopeful, darkness seeps in as you read about her scars, the hint of a possible violent past, and her mother’s dark influence in her life. Eleanor’s life and heart is opened by an unlikely cast of characters, and she must journey through the past with them to welcome the future.
That brings me to 27, which isn’t going to help me get to my goal of 100 books this year unless I pick up the pace!
Did you grab a copy of Bookpage at your library this month? My holds list has been refreshed and amazon is sending me Amateur Hour by Kimberly Harrington as an early Mother’s Day gift. Where do you go for book recommendations? I’d love to find more sources!