Tuesday, June 02, 2015
May: What I Read
I have started listening to Gretchen Rubin's Happier podcast, and it is fantastic. One thing I have embraced -- among many because this podcast is great-- is the idea that it's OK to stop reading a book you don't like. If I had heard this sooner, I definitely would have made my goal of 14 books because I really wanted to hit 70 this month and here I sit at 69 books.
13. Feminism Unfinished by Dorothy Sue Cobble: This was a work book for sure and I will probably use it in class. If you are interested in the development of 20th century feminisms, this is a nice, succinct account.
12. Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline: Meh but a really entertaining meh.
11. Pretty Ugly by Kirker Butler: A funny send-up of kiddy pageants but not a lot there.
10. All the Rage by Courtney Summers: Not the only young adult book I read this month. Not the best, either.
9. Black Dog Summer by Miranda Sherry: So sad and haunting with a really strange and fascinating plot.
8. The Children Act by Ian McEwan: A cool main character and an intricate plot.
7. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: Now THIS was an awesome YA novel.
6. Golden State by Stephanie Kegan: Sad and suspenseful-- read it!
5. In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen: Loved this-- so entertaining and the characters stayed with me.
4. Funny Girl by Nick Hornby: Charming and delightful
3. The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander: This memoir about losing the love of her life was so, so beautiful and immediate. I could not put it down.
2. Listen to Your Mother by Ann Imig: This book came out of a show of women reading their blogs that started in Madison. I planned to try out for the first show but then Ben had to play golf. And I am not even still bitter.
1. Academy Street by Mary Costello: Oh, wow. This book reminded me of Maggie Now and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn all grown up. It was sad and spare and restrained, and I loved every word.