How is everyone?
This was a strange and terrifying month, one that seems to have lasted forever. Which is scary in itself, because we have at least a couple of months of this ahead. There are things I’m liking about staying home. In some ways I’m actually connecting more with friends and family than I did before. I’m fortunate to be really busy with work, so I don’t have tons of extra time.
At first I really struggled with reading, but as I’m getting used to the situation, I seem to have gotten my reading mojo back. I’m relying more on audiobooks than usual, since walking outdoors is now my only recreational activity.
I didn’t post much this month but I’m starting to feel like blogging again – I don’t know about you, but when life is stressful, writing about books seems a whole lot less important.
The books I read at the beginning of the month seem years away!
Here’s what I read:
My favorite read? In nonfiction, I loved Shrill, which I found funny but also spot-on clever, and it’s a book I think about often. In fiction, The Most Fun We Ever Had was excellent, a really thoughtful and in-depth family saga.
Also good was The World That We Knew, a book that combines, in true Alice Hoffman fashion, Jewish mysticism and the Holocaust. It won’t be for everyone, but it’s written beautifully and well-narrated by Judith Light.
Most disappointing read: I feel like a bad person for admitting this, but I struggled with The Yellow House. I made myself finish it, but I just didn’t find it as interesting or as moving as I expected to. So many people raved about it, but it felt very disjointed and despite a LOT of detail I never felt I connected with the narrator.
Books for challenges:
What I’m reading now: I’m loving Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – this book is laugh-out-loud funny and pretty steamy. If you like romances, this one is shaping up to be one of the best I’ve read lately. And interestingly, it’s one of two books I’m reading right now that features a main character with a disability/chronic medical condition.
On the much heavier side is Rachel Louise Snyder’s No Visible Bruises. It’s such an important topic to understand, and it’s written in a really compelling way, since it focuses on a true story rather than just statistics.
What’s coming up: As usual I have way too much from the library. I have Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo, The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel, and The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff. And I have a book from NetGalley called The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah, which publishes April 7.
In bookish news:
Some non-bookish things that made me happy this month:
Honestly, I’m feeling really grateful for what I have right now, and especially for the health of my husband and my family. Nothing else really matters.
I hope you’re all doing well, finding ways to cope, and maybe even seeing some positives. Thanks for spending a little of your time here, and happy reading.
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