Booking It: March 2015

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I have read very little this month, for me. And that’s weird. But it’s been a weird month. Soon I am going to do a “Chatting on the Couch” post so we can talk about it. But for now, here is what I did finish this month.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – I’m counting this as my book everyone else has already read in the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2015 Reading Challenge. As I expected, it was a really wonderful read. I confess until recently I’ve had such little grasp of what happened in Europe during the World Wars. And most of what I know I learned from Kate Atkinson. It is just sickening to read. But this is a beautifully told story from the perspectives of a young, blind, French girl and a young, brilliant, orphan German student-turned-soldier. The way their story intertwines I really didn’t see coming, and I loved it.

Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist – A reread for me, this book was maybe even better the second time. I love food writing, I love Shauna, and I love her recipes. An A+!

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler – Classic Tyler family drama, this story unravels the tale of the Whitshanks – from the present, back two generations. Nothing exciting happens, it simply spins the web of characters and connections in Tyler’s signature style. I didn’t adore it like I do Saint Maybe, but it was far and above her last (tiny and unusual) book, The Beginner’s Goodbye.

The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith – I love The Nesting Place blog, although lately my blog reading has been slim to none. (As my writing has been, too!) Her book is beautiful, of course, with tips for inhabiting your space and loving it. After three years of living in our current apartment, I think I am ready to drill into the walls and really make this space our own. (I know, I am a slow learner.) I love how Myquillyn encourages women to love what they love, not just what’s in the Pottery Barn catalog. And I of course love her all advice for renters, too!

(As a side note, if it weren’t for a conversation I had with Mr. Nester, Chad, at Allume in 2013, I may never have changed the name of my blog. He’s a good guy. They are just good, good people.)


I read pieces of a bunch of other books this month: Only Uni by Camy Tang; Daring Greatly by Brene Brown; Ava’s Man by Rick Bragg; and a whole lot of Bible – I am through Ephesians and determined to finish by Sunday since my 90 days was technically up Tuesday.

What have you been reading lately that you would recommend?

7 thoughts on “Booking It: March 2015

  1. I read The Nesting Place a while ago and just loved it.
    I read Bread and Wine last month – not my usual type of book, but I loved her insights into how meals are more than just nutrition for the body.

  2. I have a digital copy of “All the Light We Cannot See” on hold from our library. I’m looking forward to reading it. I’m reading “Bittersweet” by Shauna Niequist. I enjoy her writing. 🙂

  3. I’m very glad to hear that you enjoyed A Spool of Blue Thread — I was disappointed with Tyler’s last 2 books (Noah’s Compass and The Beginner’s Goodbye), so I was hesitant to read this one. And yet I probably would have no matter what, because I am a huge Tyler fan! Also glad you liked All the Light; isn’t it wonderful?

    • Oh, I never got to Noah’s Compass … I think it must have come out during the Crazy Time in our life. So I shouldn’t bother? I was really so disappointed with Beginner’s Goodbye, but I felt like this one was more classic Tyler.

      • I think Noah’s Compass is more classic Tyler, too (and is better than TBG) — but I just get a bit tired of Tyler’s hapless male protagonists who need the women in their life fussing all over them. 🙂

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