Linking up with Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcy to share short reviews of recent reads!
Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple: I listened to the audiobook, which I downloaded to my iPhone from my local library. My focus was divided since I listened to the book while making dinner, walking the dog and driving, so I struggled to keep track of the many characters and plot turns. The storyline is unlikely but somehow believable. An enjoyable “read,” but not one I would have taken the time to actually read.
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott: I’m finally getting to this one after countless recommendations. Lamott’s advice is practical and funny. I’m borrowing it from the library, but I need to buy it because I know I’ll come back to it over and over.
Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes by Tom Rath: This book, in conjunction with a few other timely promptings, helped me plunge into my Whole 30. It’s full of great research about eating, exercise and sleep. Each chapter provides bite size actions you can take to eat, move and sleep better.
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty: Chock full of clichés, an unbelievable plot line, and stock characters. I don’t know why I kept reading to the end, but it didn’t get better.
Sisterland: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld: Listening to audiobooks is the best way for me to squeeze fiction into my life right now. Sittenfeld is a brilliant storyteller and master of character development.
I decided to try Sisterland after Shauna Niequist recommended it, though I’d have otherwise dismissed it upon reading the back cover.
I’d agree with Shauna’s description: The quality of her storytelling is extraordinary. You come to know these characters in a way that feels so familiar, like they’re your neighbors, like they’re you.
While I liked it better than both of the other fiction books listed here, parts of it made me very uncomfortable, and I’m slightly uncomfortable recommending it. So read at your own risk and don’t judge me. :)
What are you reading?
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