Biblio-files for March 2016
Almost back to a schedule of biblio-files posts that make sense chronologically, yes! We are still going all the way to march with this one. By this point I have read 16 books since the first from the march pile, so reviews may not be the most in depth, but this is often telling in it’s own way about the book anyway. Over all, this was a great month and I’d recommend most of the stack to anyone looking for a book to read…but lets get to the details. Top to bottom:
1. Food Rules by Michael Pollan – Prepare yourselves for all of his books in the next few months, I’m obsessed. I’ve been saving them for special occasions and this one was on a day when I needed an escape from the world. Sadly it only took about an hour to read. But that’s also great as it may get more of you to read it. If you are into eating well, you should read it and own a copy to reread often.
2. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – I love her books. Slaves, abolitionists and suffragettes are the main characters in the novel. It is beautifully written as expected and a great story. If you need a book to ready and enjoy historical fiction, read it. I can’t wait to read the next book.
3. The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kuchner – I didn’t love this book, but I really think it had more to do with being really tired when I was reading it than the book itself. I was not really captured by it. At the same time that I am writing that, I realize that I vividly remember every detail of the book, so I may have liked it more than I think.
4. Midwives by Chris Bohjalian – I loved this book. Excellent dramatic story, well written and the story sucks you in like thick mud. This one is another of the “read this right now” if you are looking for something to read.
5. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown – I read this for book club, otherwise would not have read it. I learned things from it but it is not a genre I would go back to. I really enjoy Brene Brown as a researcher and speaker, but her books are a bit too self help/clinical for my personal preference.
6. The Factory Man by Beth Macy – This book is awesome. I bought it in an airport and had been saving it for a special occasion (I think I do with books what some people do with wine) and it was fascinating. The author is a journalist who takes us through one Virginia furniture family, the Bassetts from the beginning of the company, way back in 1902 up to last year. It talks a great deal about how they fought against imports from china and what it took to run a business in the US pre industrial revolution until now. It was just wonderful, I loved every page. If you’re into history or business you will love it!
7. Behaving Like An Adult by Anna Maxted – The only book I managed to read in my jam packed (with children) family vacation in the Bahamas. It was exactly what one reads in the Bahamas. Fluffy, cute, drama only twenty somethings in books go though. Need a beach read…here you go.
8. In My Shoes by Tamara Mellon – The story behind the brand Jimmy Choo. Many people have no idea that the brand was created by a woman, and that the cobbler Jimmy Choo had almost nothing to do with it. Another fascinating business story but this one written from the perspective of only one person instead of a reporters view. The fashion brand business books are all kind of similar but being my field, I enjoy them
Last month I forgot about the superlatives that I did in January, and I’m sad about that. They’re back for March though!
Superlatives for the March list:
Most likely to tell you to read if I saw you in person: Food Rules by Michael Pollan
Most forgettable: Behaving Like An Adult by Anna Maxted
Most surprisingly good: Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
Most likely to enjoy on a plane: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kid
Least likely to be what you thought: In My Shoes by Tamara Mellon
Least likely to put down: Factory Man by Beth Macy
Least likely to read again: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Least likely to recommend: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
*In my biblio-files I write about what I thought and felt about the book, in the style that if I ran into and you said you needed a book to read, and asked what have I been reading, this is what I would say. To find out the plot or what is written on the back, simply look it up on amazon, good reads or at your favorite book store!