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.
We don't get older, we just get more detailed.
I agree to live now, live as sweetly as I can, to fill my clothes with wind and my eyes with lights, but I understand I'll have to leave in the end.
January through June 2017 I didn't read very much during the first half of this year. If you follow my blog, you know I've gone through a major life change and, as a result, haven't had the concentration for reading that I normally do. I've set aside the printed word for a lot of Netflix … Continue reading The Half Year Book Report (#3)