Checking In and Recent Reads

August 11th

self portrait, June assignment

Oh, hi there. Life has been rather chaotic around these parts, in the best of ways. We are planning a wedding, the kids started high school this week, and I’ve finished up final (no, really) edits on Basket Baby.

Now, for cover design, and continued work on the next book. I’m also developing an author website. 

I read books differently these days, with deep curiosity to structure, character development and conflict resolution. Reading will always remain one of my favorite past times, but today it also feels like a valuable form of research.

A few things I’ve read/listened to as an audiobook lately that are worthy of discussion:

  1. Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets Whoooo boy, does this one take a darn turn. Have you read this book? If you like creepy stories, dive in. If you have any fear of large lizards, this isn’t the read for you. 2 bananas, absoloodle.
  2. No Baggage This memoir is about a young woman coming to terms with her mental health issues and transitioning to adulthood, all while traveling across Europe with a new boyfriend for three weeks without luggage. She literally only took a small purse, which becomes a problem when her one tampon doesn’t suffice. I really enjoyed listening to it. 2 bananas, absoloodle
  3. Girl on a Train I am excited to see they are making this book a movie, because if I am a sucker for these sorts of thrillers. I did enjoy this book, although as a friend said—my major issue was by the end of the story, there wasn’t a single character I was rooting for. They were all so horribly flawed that they were unlikeable. That’s a problem. It will be very interesting to see how this is adapted to the big screen. 2.5 bananas, absoloodle
  4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Of course, I loved this classic. It is a great slice of American history and reminded me so much of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I love stories told about perseverance and female leads. Winner, winner. 4 out of 5 bananas, absoloodle.

 

I’m currently reading, Evicted, which is important for my public health work. (I’m trying to read more nonfiction.) What have you read lately?

~K

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4 Responses

  1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is my favorite book, ever. I’m glad you liked it. I always like when someone else enjoys a favorite of mine, as if I have some ownership of it
    : )

  2. I’ve read a ton of books this summer because of the intense heat, I guess. My favorites so far are The Piano Maker by Kurt Palka and My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome by Phoenix New Times editor and journalist, Amy Silverman.

    I found Girl on a Train compelling but when it ended, I did realize that there were several flaws in the character development and I felt somewhat tricked. The author developed several of the characters nicely but then intentionally left out details about some others that made the ending feel like a cheat to me. I thought the premise was interesting, though, seeing a particular house on the train everyday.

  3. I just read “We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (the Nigerian author who wrote “Amerikanah”). It packs a wallop in its 64 pages. I wish everyone in the world would read it.

  4. When I’ve actually read 2 books on your list. Go me! haha

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