Help! I keep acquiring books. I've been reading a ton (as you will see in this post), but my collection is growing. I was supposed to end up with no books by the end of my travels, but I can't help myself. I love books. Also, how could I resist supporting indie bookstores in all … Continue reading The Half Year Book Report (#7)
Every six months when I post this, I think I've read more books than ever before, but when I look back, I think the numbers are fairly consistent. Possibly this time around I started more books and ditched them quickly than ever before, but that's all. (By the way, if you haven't learned to toss … Continue reading The End of Year Book Report (#6)
Well, well - the last six months have certainly given us all a lot of time to read. But honestly, in the first few months of the year, I didn't finish a lot of the books I started. I have certainly mastered the art of dropping books and never returning to them if they don't … Continue reading The Half Year Book Report (#6)
Here are the books I finished from July 1 through December 31 2019. I went back to some of my old favorites in the last six months, like Ann Patchett and Leslie Jamison. I got to meet Jamison in October, adding to my list of other favorite authors I got to meet this year, like … Continue reading The End of Year Book Report (#5)
Here are the books I finished from January 1 through June 30 2019. Of particular note is that I just discovered Curtis Sittenfeld and clearly enjoy her work, since I read two of her books this period and am in the middle of a third. And then got to meet her at LitFest, along with … Continue reading The Half Year Book Report (#5)
July through December 2018 Title: Still Alice Author: Lisa Genova Date Finished: 7/6 Finished: Yes Format: Kindle Ranking Out of 10: 5 Notes: I did not enjoy the style of writing. It felt pedantic, like a parable. The story was good but it was too obviously written to inform readers about a condition rather than letting the readers enjoy a novel … Continue reading The End of Year Book Report (#4)
January through June 2018 Toward the end of this six-month period, I decided to start including sentences I love from these books. When I can remember to write them down, that is. I used to do the Sunday Sentence on this blog, but now think it makes more sense to include those lines directly here. … Continue reading The Half Year Book Report (#4)
July through December 2017 Title: Four Seasons in Rome Author: Anthony Doerr Date Finished: 7/23 Finished: Yes Format: Hard cover Ranking Out of 10: 9 Notes: Ah, so beautiful. Every sentence of this book was lovely. It's a memoir of the author's year in Rome while writing a novel, just after his wife gave birth to twins. I am not at all interested … Continue reading The End of Year Book Report (#3)
Not everyone has a sob story, Charlie, and even if they do, it's no excuse.
As we lower onto the December-cold pleather seats of the minivan, we knock hands: both of us reaching to turn on the other's seat warmer first.