Whew, what a month August has been! I took most of July and all of this month off from blogging because, well, I blog as a hobby so I can. I tried my best to enjoy summer and among other things, even took a mini vacation to the beach…I’m so proud of myself! I missed writing here terribly though, so I hope to be present in this space as much as possible this fall. I am starting with my favorite post to share…what I’ve been reading. Because if you hadn’t figured it out by now, I love nothing better than a really great book.
1. Big Cherry Holler by Adriana Trigiani. I discovered while reading Big Cherry Hollar earlier this year, that the book was part of a series. I however became a bit confused and bought the 3rd book next and when I climbed into bed to read it, I was so very sad. I ordered the 2nd book (this one) from my phone and thanks to prime, was reading it in two days. These books are like dessert. Really yummy and in the moment you justify that you can live on nothing but them forever. But afterwards you feel a bit guilty and your blood sugar spikes, so you immediately crave some veggies to balance yourself out.
2. Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese. This book would be the veggies. Somehow in the past few years, I have been drawn to books that are called “magical”. I’m not sure how this has come to be, but this is one of those books. Its incredibly well written and carries you through a winding story that enraptures you the entire time. Highly recommended but magical? Not sure.
3. Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison. Invisible Man was one of my favorite book in high school, so naturally, I was drawn to the second and last novel by Ellison, published after his death. I have carried it around with me for years and finally decided to dive in…on June 19th. Because I’m sassy like that. In typical Ellison fashion, the descriptive writing style both brings the imagery form the book to life, but also drags a bit in places. I’m glad I finally made the time to read it. It’s sort of like crossing a book of my bucket list.
4. Sea Glass by Anita Shreve. Admittedly I had to flip though the book to remember what it was about. Granted, I read it in June, but still…the others all flooded back in seconds of glancing at their covers. Lets just chalk it up to a beach read and not dwell on it, there are 7 other books on this page you could read instead.
1. Music for Torching by A.M. Holmes. I need to preface this by saying that Holmes is one of my favorite authors, but her books are deeply disturbing. I recall a book of hers I read when I was 19 so vividly, that I still talk about how much it disturbed me regularly. Reading this book, I asked myself constantly why I would put myself though the trauma of her books, but you would have to rip that book away from my clutching hands to give it up. I bawled my eyes out the end…and then just laid in bed and stared at the ceiling in disbelief. The woman has serious writing chops.
2. The Godmother by Carrie Adams. After reading anything by Holmes, I find the nicest and sweetest book in my stash to read next. This one is exactly that and as the back states, it’s “heartwarming, funny and genuine”. Precisely what I needed after the emotional roller coaster of what I just finished. Sometimes, you just need a classic coming of age story.
3. Perfect Family by Pam Lewis. I am not normally drawn to books that are focused on a murder or crime, but I think my love forensic tv has finally influenced my reading. I enjoyed the story, I think much of it had to do with it being still in the fiction genre and not a crime novel. We’ll call this one “crime lite”. Good story, engaging.
4. Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman. I have just begin my adventure with the writing of Klosterman and I may be in the honeymoon phase still as I have only ready 2 of his books, but I’m smitten. I love his snarky style and his disdain for oh so much. I’m sure much of why I feel this way is due to being in the generation that he seems to write for, so there’s that. I highly recommend you give one of his books a whirl!
Soooo, what have you been reading?