These are the books I read in March (and also February because I failed to post to the link up in time). I’m especially enjoying young adult fiction lately. Some I’m able to read with Mac, some I’m enjoying on my own. Reading has been key in helping me rest this year. Here it goes…
What I’m Reading
Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
This was the first audio book that I listened to, while not on a road trip. It was great for waiting in the car line to pick up kids from school. It was read by Lauren Graham herself. I thought her book character resembled her character, Lorelei on Gilmore Girls, but maybe it was the dramatic reading of it that made me think so. I also have to wonder how much of if was biographical. It’s the story of a fledging actress in New York City who sets herself a deadline for when she will give up on trying to “make it” on Broadway and settle for her back-up plan instead.
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
The cover copy states up front that this is a story about a dysfunctional family, which we all of course have, but this family had quite an intense situation. The ending didn’t resolve the issue that created the bulk of the tension, yet the majority of the family stayed in relationship with one another–surprising given the circumstances. It was a good read and it helped me escape my reality for a bit, but I’m wouldn’t give it a “must read” endorsement. If you’re looking for something good, but not great, this is your book.
The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing and Life (Previously Published as Writing What you Know: Realia) by Marion Roach Smith
This book gave some memorable advice about writing long-form memoir, short-form blog posts and op-eds. It was incredibly entertaining. It wasn’t simply a book of writing exercises. The author wrote the exercises herself. They were fascinating stories which serve as a far better example than most books on writing. I will most definitely read this one again. Topics include: structure, point-of-view, editing, indexing, the pitch, timing of publication and knowing your audience.
Fish in a Tree by Lyda Millay Hunt
This is a young adult book that I enjoyed reading. It’s written from the perspective of a 13 year-old with dyslexia. It tells her experience before she was diagnosed, how she finds help through an amazing educator who takes the time to look into the cause of her challenges. That one teacher who took the time to understand and help her, gives her not only the ability to read, but increases her confidence in leaps and bounds. Teachers can make a huge difference in our kids lives.
The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner
This book is about making time for you. Initially I was skeptical. Skeptical that there is a way to make more time for me? And also that this is something that I should be doing in the first place. I mean the very definition of being a mom is serving and caring for others, am I right? Jessica did have some good things to say. She gave practical advice for time management–that’s what I would boil down to.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
This is a book about a grumpy old man. It is both a sad and beautiful story. I had a hard time getting through the first few chapters because truly this man is very cranky, but as the author slowly revealed the back story of his life I was more drawn to this man. I recommend this one. (I am also suggesting my husband take this one on vacation, but not because he’s grumpy.)
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
I started out reading this one with Mac but finished it on my own. There was some hard stuff that happened in the first two chapters he couldn’t get past. I wish he would have followed it through to the end because it turned out to be such a sweet and happy ending. (My favorite kind.) It’s a about a little girl who goes to live with her grandma following the death of her mother. She is a spirited little girl whose grandmother understands her way more than she thought in the beginning. It’s set in Denmark and incorporates some cultural aspects and history into the story well.
I try to download the Kindle Firsts books that look interesting. Sometimes I get a really good one, but mostly they aren’t my favs. I read The Shadow of Lakecrest this round and didn’t care for it, but I have a thing with finishing what I start.
I am also enjoying reading the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books to Mac. We laugh out loud. And The Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure book is a modernized version of the old story. We also thought The Adventures of Miss. Pettifour by Anne Michaels was pretty funny. He ended up writing his own story as an off shoot. So fun to read together.
What I’m Watching
Lots of Shark Tank and Madame Secretary. Shark Tank with Mac. He has all sorts of ideas for the show. And Madame Secretary with my husband. We have a hard time agreeing on television but political dramas sometimes do the trick.
What I’m Listening To
I recently found this podcast called Walking with Families: Hope and Inspiration for Families with Critically Ill or Injured Children. Actually they found me! I did an interview for my book which will be airing on April 25th. It’s a wonderful show for families who share the common struggles of having a child with medical complications.
You can see more on my GoodReads site here.
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What are you reading and watching? Please share in the comments below.
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