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.
...you spend an hour and half entering random search terms on the internet and posting on a half dozen What's the Book? forums trying to find a book, whose title and author you have both forgotten, that you read somewhere between two and four years ago, and then suddenly you realize that you have this feature on … Continue reading That Time When…
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.