TBR for March 2021

Over the past week, I debated whether I should do a reading list for March. I am in a funky reading mood and I honestly don’t know what I want to read on any given day. However, I know that if I don’t do this list, I will end up not reading at all or not get to the books that I have to get to. I wouldn’t be surprised at the end of the month, the list of books I actually will be completely different. In any event, here it goes.

Book Club reads

Chain of Title‘ by David Dayen

I started this book two days ago and I am already halfway through it. I thought it was going to be a dense read about the financial industry, and while it does get technical at times, I am finding it really interesting. Basically, it’s about how people who had their homes foreclosed upon, found that there were issues with their mortgage documents and ended up uncovering widespread fraud.

Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod‘ by Gary Paulsen

I honestly can’t wait to read this book because it sounds so interesting. I haven’t read Gary Paulsen since we were assigned “Hatchet” in school. I didn’t realize that Paulsen had a nonfiction book out and the Iditarod has always fascinated me.

Personal reads

Brave New World‘ by Aldous Huxley

I didn’t get to this book last month but I definitely want to get to it. I keep finding references to it and I need to know what people are talking about. This book has been on my shelf for long enough.

The Survivors‘ by Jane Harper

I have a feeling I am going to need an engrossing read on my list this month and I think this is going to be it. I have been wanting to read this since I got it. Just from reading the summary about mistakes that led to devestating consequences I am intrigued.

What’s Mine and Yours‘ by Naima Coster

I just got this book from my March Book of the Month subscription and I can’t wait to read it.

Into the Wild‘ by Jon Krakauer

I am not sure why, but every time I go to read this book I get distracted and want to read something else. It’s one of the reason I didn’t get to it last month. I am going to try again and hopefully I have a little more luck this time.

What are you reading in March? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!

February reading wrap-up

Seriously, how has it been two weeks since I last written anything? And now it’s the end of the month. I can’t believe that spring is right around the corner, though I couldn’t be happier. While I didn’t have to deal with the winter as much as I normally would if I had been commuting regularly to work, I am not sorry to see it go. I welcome the warm weather and can’t wait until I can open my windows to let the fresh air in.

Though I have been MIA in the last two weeks – thanks to work – I have still been getting some reading done. And I have read some really good books.

So I finally got around to reading this book and I must say that it was better than I expected. Micaiah Johnson brings an interesting concept about multi-verse travel. In this particular story there are multiple earths and you as an individual have a doppelganger on each. You can only travel to that earth if your doppelganger is dead. Many of Cara’s doppelgangers are dead which makes her an asset as a traveler to find out what is going on in these parallel worlds. Johnson does a good job of mixing mystery and intrigue into the story. You get backstory by bits and piece and mixed with the presents occurrences, it makes for a quick read. I enjoyed reading this book.

I knew that when I first saw this book, I was going to fall in love with it. And I wasn’t disappointed. I loved reading Adunni’s story and seeing her persevere against all odds – even as she is sold into marriage and then sold into slavery, as she is beaten for nonsensical things and starves because of neglect. While she does get depressed at time (who wouldn’t?!) I felt like Adunni’s fighting spirit always broke through to help her survive. I loved reading her journey to find her louding voice and when she finally finds it. This book made me happy and it broke my heart, made me hope and made me angry. It’s definitely a must read.

So you probably have heard me rave about this book. I read it a few years ago after randomly finding it at the library and absolutely loved it. Basically, instead of a prison system, criminals are chromed based on their crime. Hannah is a red for murder. After being released from prison, Hannah attempts to navigate her new life, being an outsider – her family has all but disowned her, the man who she loved has moved on and she has nowhere to go. As she deals with the harsh reality that the color of her skin has exposed her to, Hannah questions her faith and the life that she once lived. I was scared that when I reread this book I wouldn’t enjoy it as much but if anything it made me love it all the more. There were things that I didn’t notice before and the multiple issues that Jordan raises – separation of church and state, women’s rights, the justice system, faith – seemed to be more poignant this time around than they were upon my first read. I would still recommend this book and I can’t wait to discuss it in book club.

Unfortunately, there were a few books I didn’t get to …

I was really looking forward to reading these but I just didn’t have time. However, I am going to keep them on my list going into the new month. Nightwoods is a book club read so I plan to read that in the next few days.

Books I didn’t finish….

So I got this book from the library but it was only a 14-day loan. Unfortunately I had to return it before I could finish it. From what I did read, Kendall highlights some interesting points about the feminist movement. Particularly about how there are issues beyond equal pay and equal rights. Issues such as gun violence, hunger, poverty and housing are issues that affect everyone but particularly women. She provides data and information about how women are probably more affected by these issues than others, and minority women even more so. And she argues that these are issues that the feminist movement should not ignore.

What did you read this month? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!

My TBR for February 2021

2021 is starting to look good for me. I am feeling more and more like I have things under control in all aspects of my life and it just feels good. It helps for when work is extraordinarily stressful. I am finding that I can manage it better.

This has made me able to focus more on what I am reading and over the past weekend I have been plowing through books at a surprising rate. I am a book ahead on my Goodreads challenge, which hasn’t happened in a long time, and while this may not last, I am riding the wave for as long I can.

So when I looked at February I decided to add more books than usual on my list. In the past that has hurt me more than it has helped me, but given that I have already finished my February book club reads, most of the books on this list are personal reads or book club picks for next month.

Book Club picks

When She Woke‘ by Hillary Jordan

In the Metaphorically Speaking Book Club last month, we had a book selection event for the year. This was my pick which we will be discussing in March. I have been dying to talk about this book since I read it a few years ago. I am so glad to be rereading this book and will get a chance to share it with others. I just hope that I love it as much as I did the first time.

Nightwoods‘ by Charles Frazier

I have never heard about this book but it’s the March read for the Modern Library Book Club and considering all of the books have been 4-5 stars so far, I am optimistic that this one will be just as good.

Personal picks

The Space Between Worlds‘ by Micaiah Johnson

So the book is back, but I have already started reading this one and I am hooked. I am not too far along but already we are talking about 372 worlds and a person has a doppelganger on each one. You can’t travel to a world unless that doppelganger is dead. From the synopsis, the main character has 8 doppelgangers left and apparently one dies suddenly dies mysteriously. No need to say more. I want to find out what happens.

The Girl with the Louding Voice‘ by Abi Dare

I was at a loss of what else to read this month and then I saw this book sitting on my book shelf. It is one that I have been wanting to read for awhile and never seem to be able to fit it in. I am so glad that I can now.

Into the Wild‘ by Jon Krakauer

Since I am trying to read more nonfiction and none were on the list for book club, I decided to pluck one from my personal bookshelf. I have been wanting to read more Krakauer since I was first introduced to his writing style in “Missoula”. While it was a hard book to get through given the subject matter, Krakauer’s writing style was objective while painting a clear picture on what happened, based on facts. I have heard so many good things about this one.

Brave New World‘ by Aldous Huxley

I have been meaning to read this book for a while and it’s one on my Classics Club list which I am trying to get through. Also, I have been on a dystopian kick as of late, if this reading list is any indication.

What books are you reading in February? Have you read any on this list? What did you think?

Reading wrap-up for January 2021

It’s the end of January and things are starting to look up all around. We have a new president, which couldn’t come soon enough given the unfortunate events that this country started the year with. The COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed and the numbers of cases have started to go down nationwide. In fact, places are starting to lift restrictions.

The NY Governor just announced yesterday that weddings at 50 percent, or under 150 guests, will be allowed starting in March, albeit with some restrictions. Which means all systems are a go for my wedding celebration in May. I say celebration because we got married in a small civil ceremony in 2020, but now we can have the big shabang. YAY! I couldn’t be happier because my husband and I have seriously talked about canceling all-together and just put the money toward a house, which we hope to buy by the end of the year.

I am still on track with my life. I staying organized, and I have gotten back on track with eating right. In fact, I have lost some weight and I feel great. Work is still busy but I just take it one day at a time as much as possible. I am also keeping better track of my hours so I can balance out the work/life balance and even started to take days off when I need them.

As for my reading, I am happy to say that has started out well. I slowed down at the end of the month, only because the book I was reading was soo slow. Suffice it to say I didn’t finish it but I will explain in a bit. For now, here is what I did read

Modern Library’s Book Club January pick was “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” which I loved. I fell in love with all the characters in this book, except for Nurse Ratched of course. The fact that it’s based in a mental institution made this book a page turner because you never knew what was going to happen next, especially with the main character, McMurphy, causing all sorts of trouble, as he tries to best Ratched. Yet at the same time, Kensey does a great job highlighting the truths around mental institutions. I go more into this in my review.

This was for the Society of Avid Readers Across the Hudson (SARAH) Book Club and a reread for me. I actually really liked it, especially because of how it highlighted how life on a reservation affects the Native Americans that live there. It’s based on true events and focuses on a Native American teenager who leaves the reservation to attend a “white” school. There were mixed reactions in book club about this book. You can read all my thoughts in my review.

I forgot to put this one on the reading list but “Such A Fun Age” is going to be the discussion book February for the Metaphorically Speaking Book Club and for the SARAH book club (two book clubs reading the same book at once is a first). This book made me so angry. It goes into the topic of racism and white privilege and at one point I just wanted to scream at every character in this book to just the hell up. The assumptions and the accusations that follow were infuriating to say the least. Over all the book was really good but I seriously can’t wait to talk about this one. This should make for an interesting book club review.

If there is one author I would like to talk to, it’s Cormac McCarthy. He has a way of describing the sordid nature of humans that leaves you disgusted, yet going back for more. In ‘Child of God’ he talks about Lester Ballard, who roams the woods of Tennessee after released from jail on a false rape accusation. McCarthy’s writing is crisp in its detail so that you can hear the crunch of the leaves as you are walking or the trickle of water from a nearby creek. You can smell wood burning or the rancid smell of the dying. This was the February pick for the Modern Library Book Club and I can’t wait to hear what everyone thought.

“American Crisis” was my nonfiction personal pick for the month and it was a quick read. Cuomo basically gives a journal perspective of the COVID-19 crisis in NY starting on March 1, 2020, the first day that NY has a confirmed case. Each chapter marks another pivotal day in the crisis, what happened and how he has to handle it. Having watched every single press conference Cuomo had from March to June, many of the things he discusses are familiar but it’s interesting to read what was going on behind the scenes from dealing with friends and family getting exposed, to his discussions with President Trump. Cuomo gets a lot of criticism for writing a book about a pandemic that isn’t really over yet, but the purpose of this book is to highlight the challenges NY faced at the start of the virus, during the first way. I should have a review of this soon.

This is the book that I didn’t finish and I am not sure that I will. I was excited to read another book by Charlotte Bronte and “Shirley” was the book chosen for the latest Classic Club spin. What I didn’t count on was the book being so slow. By the time you are introduced to Shirley, you are almost halfway through the book and I was already over it. I explain more in my review.

In addition to reading, I watched a lot of movies and shows this month but my two favorites include:

  • Mulan (2020)
    • I absolutely loved this live action version. While the original animated version will always be close to my heart, I felt they did a great job on telling the story in this version without all the singing and the talking animals. It’s one of my favorites of the live action remakes.
  • Bridgerton
    • I seriously wasn’t planning on getting on this hype train but then I got curious. One episode and I sucked in, completing the season in two days. If you love period romance stories, you will love this show. I love that they tell this through the allusive Lady Whistledown (narrated by Julie Andrews) All I can say is I WANT MORE!!!

What did you read/watched this month? Have you read/watched anything on this list? What did you think?

First reading list of 2021

A new year equals a new start in more than ways than one. For most of on here, it means a new list of books to read each each week, month or year. Those who have been following me know that I post a TBR list each month and this year is no exception.

My book clubs are still going strong via our new virtual reality, and many of them have their lists already settled for the year, although that is a for a whole different post. For January, I actually get a reprieve since my one book club is picking their list for the year and another is reading “An American Marriage”, which I have already read and one that I reviewed. So I am starting the year with some freedom.

However, this year, I am organizing my reading list a little differently. Besides, my book club reads, I will also be attempting to read at least one book from my new list for The Classics Club and another from my personal bookshelf, in the attempt of getting the unread books to balance out the books I read. Also, I will be trying to read a little more nonfiction. My one book club is going to be alternating between fiction and non-fiction each month so my person pick will alternate opposite.

So without trying to make this book any longer than it needs to be, my books for January are as follows:

Book Club Picks

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey

This is the January pick for the Modern Library Book Club, and we will be discussing it later this week. I read it once back in high school and haven’t read it since, so it’s a bit of refresher. It will be interesting to hear what everyone has to say about it.

The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie

This is the pick for the Society of Avid Readers Across the Hudson Book Club and it’s another reread for me. I read it a few years ago, but for the life of me I can’t remember it. I just hope that I can get the book in time. My library didn’t have it.

The Classics Club pick

Shirley” by Charlotte Bronte

This was the book that I have to read for the latest Classic Club spin which is due at the end of the month. While I have started it, I have hardly put a dent into it. Seriously need to finish this book and review it.

I am still shocked that I haven’t read anything by Bronte other than “Jane Eyre.”

Personal picks

American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic” by Andrew Cuomo

I have been wanting to read this book since it came out, particularly because it is always interesting to see what officials are going through behind the scenes. Also I live in upstate NY, so this pretty much personal at this point.

What are you reading to kick off the new year? Have you read any of the books on this list? What did you think?

My December 2020 TBR list

We have made it to December … finally. Which means that this abominable year that is 2020 will soon be behind us. 31 more days. Let the countdown begin.

The last hurdle to overcome is the holiday season, and for me, that is a bit crazy. My husband is Jewish so there is Hanukah to celebrate as well as Christmas and New Years. Then my husband and father share a birthday, and wouldn’t you know it’s on the 22nd. Oh but that’s not all. This year, my father turns 80 years old and given COVID times, it doesn’t look like we can celebrate this milestone, though my siblings think differently. Can you say stress?!

On a positive note, work may actually start slowing down by the middle of the month. Our last full meeting is on the 7th and while we do have some events the following week, most of the Legislature’s business is done for the year. In fact, we have a meeting on the 21st solely to close out the books and then it’s the holidays.

Also from December 16-19, my husband and I are going away to our favorite weekend retreat – Manchester, Vermont. We go every year solely to get away from work stress and rejuvenate. We typically try to go in the late fall. Lately we go in early December because the hotel brings out it’s hot chocolate bar and their hot chocolate is the best I have ever had in my life. The chef made his own concoction and it’s to die for. That with the wood burning fireplace in the library and the another fireplace in our room, I plan on curling up with a good book and just relaxing. I can’t wait!

There are some really good books on the list this month, which I can’t wait to read, so let’s just get into it.

Book Club picks

84, Charing Cross Road” by Helene Hanff

I have never heard of this book but it’s the December pick for the Society for Avid Readers Across the Hudson Book Club. It sound pretty interesting. Long distance correspondence between a writer and a book dealer – sign me up. I think this is going to be one of those “if it wasn’t for book club” type of reads.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey

I read this book when I was in high school but don’t remember too much. I know it is about a patient in a mental hospital that wreaks havoc, but that is all. The Modern Library Book Club decided to read it, so it gives me a chance to become reacquainted with it.

The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell

I started this book for the Capital District Book Club last month, but didn’t get to finish it because of work. I am really enjoying it so far though and want to know how it ends. I’m bummed that I missed the book club discussion on this.

Classics Club pick

Shirley” by Charlotte Bronte

I really don’t know how I have never read another Charlotte Bronte book after loving “Jane Eyre” so much. However, that stops now. This was the book selected for The Classics Club most recent spin. We have until January to read it but I have a feeling it won’t take me that long.

Personal picks

Transcendent Kingdom” by Yaa Gyasi

I started this book two months ago but only read a few chapters before putting it down for other books I had to read for book clubs. I was enjoying it and want to get back into it. Given that it’s the end of the year, I might as well close out the books so to speak. Besides, I have only heard good things about it.

What are you planning to read in December? Have you read any on this list? If so, what did you think? Let’s discuss!

November 2020 reading wrap-up

This is more of general monthly wrap-up than a reading wrap-up as I didn’t read too much this month. You probably noticed I didn’t create a monthly TBR list at the beginning of the month. I wasn’t sure how much reading I was actually going to do and didn’t want to be disappointed. Turned out reading didn’t really fit into the schedule.

Work has been so busy, most days I feel like I blink and the day is suddenly over. What with budget season and just more events given the holiday season, the communications department is full steam ahead. It doesn’t help that upstate New York is in the midst of a second wave of COVID-19. We are back to working from home because they want to reduce the density in the building just to be on the safe side. Things are not looking good as numbers continue to go up and we are seeing hospitalizations at the highest they have ever been. I just wish this was all over.

With that being said, I only read one book this month. That’s right, ONE! I think this is the lowest number in a long time. There were two other books that I started but I haven’t managed to finish them yet so they will be in my December TBR. So what book was the lucky winner?

“Relish: My Life in the Kitchen” by Lucy Knisley was the only book club book I managed to finish. And you know what happened? I forgot to go to book club. I am seriously batting a thousand here. I couldn’t go to my other book club because I had a work meeting. Though I didn’t finish the book anyway, so it all worked out.

I think the only reason why I managed to finish this book was because it is a graphic novel that was a super easy read. I managed to get through it in about an hour or two. It’s not something I would normally read but it was actually pretty interesting as Knisley describes how food played a huge role in her life growing up. The imagery only served to make the story more palatable. You can read more about my thoughts on this book in my review.

Yes, that’s right, I actually wrote a review for the one book that I did manage to read. But that isn’t all. I actually wrote some reviews for books from last month as well and made some other posts. It is quite refreshing actually to getting back into the swing of things in regards to the blog.

If you are wondering what has caused this turn around, it’s because my desk that I ordered back in September, finally arrived and I now have a creative space where I can work comfortably. I absolutely love it.

Since buying this picture I have since upgraded my chair to something more comfortable and now I have office peace, if you will.

The one good thing was that COVID-19 didn’t ruin my Thanksgiving plans. It was the first dual family holiday since my husband and I got married in May. We hosted my parents and my husband’s mother and brother. However, given it’s 2020, Thanksgiving did have a few hiccups. Turkey juice spilled in the oven as my husband was taking the turkey out and we had a smoke-out. Later, after we thought we had cleaned it all up and put the oven back on to heat up all other food, we inevitably smoked the whole family out. We had to find creative ways to heat up the stuffing and make green bean casserole on the stove. Food still ended up amazing, everyone had a hearty meal and Thanksgiving was saved!

Now on to the holidays. Oy vey!

October reading wrap-up

So when I was doing my reading list for this month, I failed to remember how busy October gets at my job, what with the release of the County budget.

This year, it was even more so since we front loaded all the budget review meetings into a week. So for the last two weeks of October I have been working 12-hour shifts pretty much every night during the week, leaving my weekends to sleep and get caught up on news of the Presidential election.

Suffice it to say, I didn’t get much reading done this month except for three books. Others I have started but haven’t managed to finish yet and then there are those I just didn’t get to.

You all know by now that whenever Nicholas Sparks releases a new book, I jump on that right away and this was no exception. “The Return” was a quick read, as Sparks books usually are. However, it wasn’t my favorite of his books. I felt the book was a little predictable and lacked the usual surprising twist that is a trademark of his.

While I wanted to read this book, I was little hesitant about doing so, especially when I heard it was nonfiction. I have had it on my bookshelf for a few months before the Capital District Book Club selected it for October. I thought it was going to be a boring book about a library fire. However, this book was far from boring. It was intriguing. Not only does Orlean go into the LA fire of 1986 but she uses that to get into what makes libraries so great and even weaves in her own personal experiences with libraries. I gobbled up this book in a few days. I was just bummed I couldn’t participate in the book club discussion due to budget meetings.

“The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson was the perfect book for October so I am glad that the Modern Library Book Club selected it for this month. I have seen the movie “The Haunting” starring Liam Neesen so I knew some of the story, or at least I thought I did. Basically a doctor decides to do a study on fear and the psychological effects of the supernatural so he enlists two females for the study who have had weird things happen to them. Also there is the heir to the house, a young man who is just there to keep an eye on things. While I enjoyed the book, I feel the movie ruined it for me to some degree. The movie added a few plot points that weren’t in the book, so when I finished the book, I felt like it was cut short. I plan to watch the Netflix show to see how it compares.

So guys, what I did do this month was join another book club. Wait, before you start screaming that I am in four already, I swapped out the Barnes and Noble Book Club, since I wasn’t really feeling the books they were selecting. Instead I joined a small book club, the type of book club where a bunch of girls drink wine gathered in someone’s living room. Anyway “Hidden Figures” is the book they will be discussing the first week of November. I haven’t finished it yet, but it should be done by the time we talk.

“Transcendent Kingdom” is another book I have started but have yet to finish. It’s starting a little slow for me but I have a feeling that the ending is going to deliver a sucker punch. At least I am hoping anyway.

I was actually looking forward to reading this book, but alas I ordered it from the bookstore and to this day, I have yet to receive it. So I couldn’t go to the SARAH Book Club this month. I guess I will get it when I get it.

The other book I didn’t get to was:

I guess I will get to it when I get to it. Though it is still high on my to read list.

So when I am not reading books, I am usually watching movies or shows. My husband and I watched the “Comey Rule”, which with the ever present election looming over us, it is a good reminder of what happened back in 2016. Then we got into “The Boys” the anti-hero show about a group trying to take down a hero organization based on lies and falsehoods. It was bingeworthy good, and my husband and I finished both seasons in a few weekends.

As for Halloween, well, we didn’t really get any trick or treaters and now my husband and I are eating all the candy.

What did you read in October? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!

September 2020 TBR

How is it already mid-September? Can time just take a damn chill pill and slow the hell down? While there is still a week of summer,  in upstate New York, the days of 80 degree weather are officially gone and it looks we are going to be in the 60s at least for the next week. I have officially pulled out the long-sleeves and started wearing a light jacket to work. The cold weather will be here before we know it.

However, like spring, fall gives me some new-found energy. My husband and I went to my parents for Labor Day weekend and we spent two days in Atlantic City. I lost money but my husband got lucky the first night we were there and managed not to give it back. And surprisingly we kept up the momentum this weekend by actually getting out of the house and doing some house shopping together. Usually I do these types of errands but he came with. It was nice spending some quality time together.

Though September is flying by and this post is really late, I still wanted to do a TBR list because, if anything, it keeps me on track. I have kept up my reading and am already flying through my book club reads so the rest of the month is going to be personal reads for me. And since next weekend I am going to be dog-sitting for my best friend, I will have plenty of time to read.

Book Club picks

“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

This is the September pick for the Capital District Book Club. While I had heard great things about this book, I didn’t think I was going to like it but I flew through it and just finished it last night. I really can’t wait to discuss this with the rest of the group to hear what they have to say. At the same time I am a little nervous because sometimes there is that one person in the group who can pick out every flaw and then it just ruins it for me. Keeping my fingers crossed.

“East of the Mountains” by David Guterson

I read Guterson’s other book “Snow Falling on Cedars” and absolutely loved it. It was one of those books where you really don’t know anything going into it and you end up falling in love with it. I am hoping that this book does the same. This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for a year and hadn’t picked it up but is October’s discussion for the Modern Library Book Club. I have only just started it but so far it’s been pretty good.

Personal Picks/BOTM

So usually I do a seperate post about my Book of the Month boxes that come in each month but since I haven’t gotten around to it and they are the books that I plan on reading I figured I would just add them to this post instead.

“Transcendent Kingdom” By Yaa Gyasi

I can’t not begin to describe how excited I am to be reading this book. Ever since I read “Homegoing” I have been waiting and waiting for her new book. So when it was one of the September BOTM picks I immediately added it to the list and it arrived last week. I have no doubts this book is going to tug at my heartstrings like her last one did.

“Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman

You already know that I absolutely Backman and its my goal to read everything he writes so is it any surprise that I have to read his latest book? I was so glad that it was a September pick for BOTM and since I get an add on, I happily clicked it. The summary says this is a comedy, which is different from the Backman I have read to date. Most of his books leave me in tears at some point. It will be a nice change. If it is funny and as good as I hope it is, I think this may be the next book I try to get my husband to read.

“The Girl with the Louding Voice” by Abi Dare

Ever since this book came out I have been dying to get my hands on it. I was so happy that BOTM had it on the list of selections. I don’t know why but this book has been calling to me and I think I am absolutely going to love it.  I already love the cover lol.

“The Space Between Worlds” by Micaiah Johnson

I typically don’t buy sci-fi books unless it is for book club but when this came up as one of the BOTM picks I was intrigued and figured why not? And rather it fall onto a shelf where it may linger for months, if not years, I figured I would get it out of the way now. I am hoping I like this one and don’t regret my decision.

What are you reading in September? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!


August reading wrap-up

So I am still confused how we flew threw August so fast. It feels like yesterday that I was writing my August TBR list and now I am wrapping things up. Of course this post is late because it wasn’t until Labor Day that I realized we reached September. Don’t mind me, I must have been lost somewhere.

Given that the month flew by so fast you can imagine I didn’t get everything done I wanted to but surprisingly I accomplished a few things. I managed to take my staycation, which was absolutely glorious. I didn’t realize how much I needed vacation until the night I left work and had an anxiety attack just thinking about everything I would miss. I got over that real quick when Monday rolled around I didn’t have to go to work. Before work, every little would bother me. Now? Well it’s all cumbaya. I just shrug my shoulders, sigh and move on.

I was able to finish all the books that were on my TBR. I was nervous because I didn’t think I was going to do it.

This was an interesting read though I didn’t necessarily agree with all of it. Like Oluo says in the beginning, the book will probably make you uncomfortable and it certainly did. In fact, it was a difficult book to discuss even in book club. We all managed to provide our opinions about it but we avoided getting down into the nitty gritty of it. Even the minority in the group was uncomfortable about getting into it. It just shows how difficult this topic is.

This was a fun read and it was better than I expected. I was surprised by how much I got out of it as it highlighted a lot about family, understanding what we do and the extent we will go for forgiveness. While I enjoyed it, I don’t think I will be rereading it any time soon.

I haven’t read Edith Wharton since we were assigned “The Age of Innocence” in college so I was glad that this popped up for the August read in the Modern Library Book Club. I thoroughly enjoyed this book though it was definitely a sad story to read. Poor Ethan Frome. This man seriously can’t catch a break, from losing family, having an ailing wife and then failing to capture love when it was right in front of him. For such a short story Wharton definitely packaged a whole lot. There was definitely much to talk about.

I want to thank whoever it was that decided to add this book to the care package I received a few months ago from book club. If you hadn’t I probably wouldn’t have read this book and it would have been a damn shame. I absolutely loved this book and though it’s fiction, it is definitely a great book that reflects what is going on in the US about how minorities are targeted by police. However, Tayari Jones goes a step beyond that to highlight what happens to a marriage as a result. I haven’t stopped thinking about this book since I read it. Some more of my thoughts can be found in the review.

Ok so I am a little late but I have finally read “Caraval”. This was another book that I wasn’t planning to read until I received it in the care package. However, unlike “American Marriage”, I wasn’t exactly wowed by this one. I am actually a little disappointed after all the hype but maybe it’s just me. lt was enjoyable and held my attention long enough to keep the pages turning. However I don’t think I will be rushing out to go buy the second book.

I absolutely loved this book but not everyone in book club felt the same. It is a story about survival – in the wilderness and in an abusive relationship. I will say that the book could have ended a little sooner, which some people complained about, but it didn’t matter to me. Hannah created a world that was so vivid that I could see Alaska as if it was just outside my window, and was great in setting up the plot.