Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Reading Time - March

It's time for another link-up with Steph and Jana. Click on over to see what others are reading.

I saw a post on a book club page that suggested seeing what books you've read that were published the same year you were born. I was curious ...

1971 was a good year (click to see why). Those who know me will understand how excited I was to see The Lorax was published the year I was born. Why? Because I am the Lorax! Proudly and unapologetically so.

OK ... since last month's reading post, I've been busy with home projects and spending time with my kids, but also have to make time to read. I fell off the reading wagon one too many times and don't want it to happen again anytime soon.

Homegoing
Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi - I don't give many 5 stars. This was definitely 5 stars. A tale that starts with the lives of two sisters from Ghana, whose lives take very different paths - one as a slave, the other the wife of a slaver. Each chapter is then from the viewpoint of the next generation through the current era. Excellent read.

The Wife Between Us: A Novel
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanan - Truly don't know why I read this. Full of triggers and I was totally cheering for Vanessa to crush Nellie. Midway through, I don't know what I was reading and it took a chapter or two to realize the flip the authors did. 3.5 stars

I Am, I Am, I Am
I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell - I think I misread the description and didn't realize it was about one person's close calls with death (17 of them, though not all were close calls ... more like what could have happened). After the first 3 or 4 chapters when I realized it was all things happening to the same person, I was wondering how accident-prone she really is and how can she still be alive? Also, I don't know Maggie O'Farrell, as in I haven't read any of her books so her memoir wasn't thrilling to read. But it was an interesting book. 3 stars.

The Great Alone
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah - Oh, Alaska ... I will return. This book was freaking awesome, in that it reminded me so much of why I love it there. I know I wouldn't survive trying to homestead or live off the land, but so much of what she wrote about reminded me of places I visited, people I met, food I ate, etc. I guess back in the early 70s when the story started in AK, locals called the ferry the Tusty (I squealed when I read that) ... when I was taking that same ferry to Kodiak in the mid-90s, it was the Rusty Tusty. I guess time and weather is harsh up there, even on beloved ferry boats. I would say 4.5 stars on this one. I haven't read her other books but I have The Nightingale in my stack (see pic below).

Currently reading: I've Been Thinking, by Maria Shriver and Educated, by Tara Westover (both e-books from local library).

Meanwhile, my stack of books to read keeps growing.




Read any good books? Have you checked what popular books were published the year you were born?


Reading Time - August

This is a link-up with Jana and Steph - be sure to check out their links and see what everyone else is reading! Apparently, I go in phases...