I swear I’m a reader

There is a book that has sat unopened on my nightstand (and been toted around with best intentions) since the beginning of November. I’ve renewed it from the library three four times now. I’m still in that phase where I feel compelled to sleep as soon as I tuck Levi in for the night, which means I snooze right through my own Story Time. Well, in the past two weeks I’ve made it through not just one page, but 92 pages of that book!

Slowly but surely I’m working my way through two books right now and enjoying every page. One is fiction and one is not. I like reading like that – grounding my mind with some good, solid words about life/creativity/humanity and then getting lost in a well-written story. The fiction is Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Neffenegger which snagged me right away. Audrey authored one of my favorite books of all time, The Time Traveler’s Wife so I was eager to pick up another one of her brilliant stories. The non-fiction is Ann Lamott’s Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Ann is all kinds of magic, so I can see any word-lover enjoying this book, even if they don’t fancy themselves a writer.

I did manage to read quite a bit the last few months of pregnancy. Here are the highs…

  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah Wow. I’ve watched (clips mostly) of Trevor over the past few years and appreciate his insight, wit and humor. So reading his story was like the peeling of an onion. His past is gnarly and lends great dimension to who he is as a person and entertainer. And it’s an important testimony to the impact racism has on circumstances, opportunities and person’s trajectory.
  • Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown Confession: I started Daring Greatly three years ago… and still have not finished it. So I felt a little silly picking up another work of her’s. I’m so glad I did. Her findings on belonging (both the research and her conclusions) are full of wisdom, encouragement and truth. I must have stopped at every page to read a piece to Isaac. It was amazing. I think I need to put it back on my nightstand for a reread asap.
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese I’m a little perplexed by Mr. Verghese. He’s a professor and board member at Stanford’s School of Medicine. He teaches, sees patients and writes novels. No big deal. Cutting for Stone is a beautiful story of family, love and healing. I absolutely loved it. Thanks for the rec Ella and Laura!
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides I was warned that the story is depressing. BUT, I think it just comes off as depressing but is actually full of light and hope. Full of a persistent journey to find what is good and right, which as all humans know is not easy. And Jeffery’s talent for character development and prose is just flat out enjoyable. Thanks for the rec David!

And the lows…

  • Euphoria by Lily King It wasn’t bad, but also wasn’t wonderful. A solid Meh.
  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn I realize that this novel is well liked and it came highly recommended. But, the story telling felt incredibly flat to me. Perhaps this is because I read it right after Cutting for Stone which was anything but.
  • Paris for One by Jojo Moyes I read this one evening and should have had a glass of wine in my hand (but was pregnant). It’s kind of like binge watching Sex in the City, but not nearly as fun. #harsh

What are you reading? Any recommendations to share?

P.S. I’m loving all the prints by Ideal Bookshelf, like the one above. You can customize your own bookshelf painting or buy one of the several prints available. The one above is “Universals”.

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