Booking It: April 2015

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I feel like I’ve found my reading vibe again lately. I zoomed through some great books this April. It probably helps that I finally finished my Bible-in-90-days reading plan (in 104 days). I want to write about that, but I’m not sure how. But maybe.

Meanwhile, here are the other books I completed in April.

only uni

Only Uni by Camy Tang – I think we all have our “I don’t want to think” genres. For me, that is Christian romance or light fiction. I read the first book in this series in October (I can’t believe it’s been that long!), so when this went on sale I bought it for Kindle. It was readable and interesting, but this isn’t my favorite series in the genre.

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The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars by Steven Brust – A short fairy-tale retelling I’d had on the shelf for years, I finally read Brust’s offering to the Tor Fairy Tale Series. I had some difficulty seeing the connection between the fairy tale (a little known one, which is told intermittently throughout the chapters of this book) and the main storyline, about a group of young artists working in a studio. It is a thoughtful book when it comes to thinking about Art and its process.

daringgreatly

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown – It took me a full two months plus some to get through Brown’s great work about vulnerability and what she calls Wholehearted Living. This is mostly because I would read a chapter or two, then have a short crisis dealing with what I’d read. It’s one I probably should have just started over immediately after I finished. Emotionally, this was rough for me, but I think that’s what makes it so important – it means it changed things for me. (Also see: Your Art Is Not You.)

when did i get like this

When Did I Get Like This? The Screamer, the Worrier, the Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget-Buyter & Other Mothers I Swore I’d Never Be by Amy Wilson – I think I first read about this book on Tiffany’s blog … in 2011? Did it REALLY take me that long to read it? I hang my head in shame. Because this is a wonderful “mommy memoir” about Wilson’s experience as a parent, from trying to conceive to preschool applications to your first vs. third child. It helped a lot that my kids are currently about the same ages Wilson’s kids were when she wrote this. I laughed out loud, read passages to my husband, and adored most of it. My only hesitance was in the chapters related to her husband. It felt a little man-bashing to me. But otherwise, I wholeheartedly recommend Wilson’s book. (You should also read her daughter’s open letter to Amelia Bedelia, with Mommy’s commentary.)

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First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen – First Frost is Allen’s latest book, published in January, and the third of hers I’ve read. (I read The Peach Keeper in 2012 and listened to The Girl Who Chased the Moon in September.) I love Allen’s version of magical realism, a genre that’s always appealed to me. And I love how she writes teens and adults equally well and often in the same book. My initial response upon finishing was anger that it was over. I want to know more about what happened! There is a prequel, Garden Spells, that I haven’t read, so I guess that will perhaps fill a void there.

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The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle – This book is a collection of tales from the author’s marriage. If you have read Big Mama and like her humor, you will probably love it. I laughed out loud a lot and enjoyed the stories. Some of them seemed to be reaching for a moral, but generally it felt a lot like sitting around the living room with girlfriends and swapping husband stories (but not in a demeaning way).

What have you been reading lately? I need to tackle Shosha for the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge, and I have it from the library, but I’m also reading Off the Record by Elizabeth White.

Added to Quick Lit at Modern Mrs. Darcy. 

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3 thoughts on “Booking It: April 2015

  1. Hmmm…..maybe I should read Daring Greatly. I tried to read Gifts of Imperfection and put it down. It was taking a while to get going, and I was annoyed by “Wholehearted Living (TM).” I just wanted regular language, no concepts, to talk about these things, but the excerpt from your (insightful!) post Your Art is Not You makes me reconsider. First Frost sounds delightful. I’m trying to think of what else I’ve read that falls under magical realism. Thanks for sharing!

    • I really think Daring Greatly is well worth it. I have The Gifts of Imperfection from the library, but I haven’t started it. Wholehearted Living is capitalized but not trademarked in DG – that would annoy me too! I found DG is be pretty readable, although she goes into great detail about her research in the appendices (which I mostly skipped).

      Some other popular examples of magical realism are One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Rushdie’s books, more modern ones would be The Night Circus, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children … I love that kind of stuff! Just enough magic to make the normal world a little more interesting.

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