On a whim I decided to create a 2019 Gift Giving Guide for Bookworms…if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, please do! It was a lot of fun for me to create and I hope you get some good ideas! I know I’d be happy to have a stocking stuffed with these gifts.
Nonfiction November has come to a wrap and this year went better for me than last year. I tried to add some fiction reads into the month and I think that saved me from getting burned out. Here are the links to my posts:
- My Year in Nonfiction
- Fiction + Nonfiction Book Pairings (my favorite!)
- Grief: Be the Expert, Ask the Expert, Become the Expert
What have you been reading (and loving) this week?
Last Week’s Reads:The Friend by: Sigrid Nunez (Riverhead) – Pub Date: February 6, 2018
“What we miss—what we lose and what we mourn—isn’t it this that makes us who, deep down, we truly are.”
While I went into this book pretty blind, I thought it had something to do with grief and a dog…sounds like a perfect read for me during the month of November. And while a lot of that is definitely true, I didn’t realize it also talked a lot about writing and telling our stories. This was a pleasant surprise to me! This book seems to be polarizing – one either seems to love it or hate it. I fall directly in the middle (probably ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫)…there were parts I liked (the writing is seriously beautiful at times, I loved the dog!, and I loved the twist), but there were also parts that didn’t work for me (for a book about a friend’s death and his dog, there was an awful lot of talk about writing).
I’m glad I finally read this one, but it won’t make my all-time favorites list. Having said that, now knowing the twist towards the end, my curiosity it certainly piqued and I think I’ll try to reread it in the future so I can read the text through that lens.
Know My Name by: Chanel Miller (Viking) – Pub Date: September 24, 2019
Hands down, THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK I’VE READ THIS YEAR! And just to join in with everyone else: this book needs to be added to high school curriculum and every single mama (of girls AND boys) needs to read this. Miller writes from a place of raw emotion and she exposes a flawed system that protects rape culture and the perpetrators that cross boundaries. Our society is in a place where it can really make some impactful changes for the good, and this book highlights several of those places. Miller was gentler on Turner than I would have been and it just makes her message that much more powerful. Getting a glimpse into the emotional turmoil a survivor has to go through – especially when she is more scrutinized than the assailant – broke my heart. I understand the importance of being “innocent until proven guilty”; however, when the survivor’s life is so much more dissected – especially with the amount of proof the authorities had in this case – there’s a serious problem with the overall system and culture surrounding rape, white privilege, and validating women who bravely come forward.
My first book of 2020 already in the books! Immersed in a world of addiction and mysterious disappearances of street girls, Mickey searches for her missing sister, Kacey. Alternating between past and present, we gain a full understanding of what the sister’s to their current place. With a few twists and turns (some I saw coming and others I didn’t), I think this was almost more of a literary mystery than thriller. It was nuanced and thought-provoking and I think it’s going to be a hit this winter!
Currently Reading:Nothing to See Here by: Kevin Wilson (ECCO) – Pub Date: October 29, 2019
Recommended by my girl, Sarah from Sarah’s Book Shelves (regardless of our #booktwinness, Sarah will always be my girl! 😘), I grabbed this one from my Book of the Month box (Sarah was the judge, y’all!! 😱). I’m not super far into it, but it’s going to be a quick, easy, and entertaining read!
I knew this one wouldn’t work for me in print (it has too many Eleanor Oliphant vibes for me), but I have to admit: this one is an absolute delight in audio! I am LOVING the narrator, especially when she’s “Gigi”!
*** 🎧 The Deep by: Rivers Solomon (Gallery/Saga Press) – Pub Date: November 5, 2019
I’m not absolutely certain how I feel about this one yet. I’m about halfway through and had to take a break because it’s deep and sometimes hard to listen to due to the premise. I am fascinated by the story so I’ll continue, but I’m not quite sure just yet.
DNF (aka: Not For Me):
I’m so sorry, but I just can’t. This one was threatening to send me into a reading slump – a sure sign that I need to walk away. I liked what I read and think I’ll hang on to this one for awhile in hopes that I pick it up again. I’m just not sure I was in the right head space to appreciate this one.
Ehh. I LOVE HP, but I’m just not feeling this right now.