Do you ever go through times where you read book after book after book? Like you finish one, then you immediately start the next? Then, all of a sudden, The Slump comes and you find it hard to slog through a couple chapters in the same amount of time. I recently went through both stages, and I am currently coming out of the latter. Ugh.
To distract myself from finishing my current book (and other projects I should be doing…), I decided to write about the last few that I have read. Let’s begin:
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
“Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.”
I loved this book! It has a creative storyline with more than a few hilarious laugh-out-loud moments. This isn’t suprising, since Maria Semple was a writer on the show Arrested Development (which I also love). I would definitely recommend this book to those looking for a creative storyline with both heart and humour.
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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
I picked this one up at Costco for my grandma. Normally, I would not have bought it for myself, as it was the one with the TV graphics on the cover, and I have a thing against reading the movie/TV versions of books. (Anyone else? Is that odd? Normal?) Alas, I had a feeling she would enjoy this book so I bought it for her. (Aren’t I a stellar grandchild?)
She devoured this in a day and a half and gave it back to me and insisted I read it. I obliged, and I’m glad I did. It is an easy, quick read with a fast plot, which is great for this kind of genre, in my opinion. It was a perfect summertime read, and I would gladly check out the rest of Liane Moriarty’s novels! (I also have yet to watch the HBO adaptation – I’m excited to check it out)
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Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God (The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News) by Brian Zahnd
Whew, that’s quite the title! This is a nonfiction book and much heavier than the above two books. I rarely ever read nonfiction, but in the past year I started following Brian Zahnd on Twitter and have been listening to his podcasts almost weekly, and I really enjoy his teachings. (Zahnd is the senior pastor of Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri)
I really appreciated and liked this book. It’s easy to read, and Zahnd uses language that is easy for a layman (laywoman?) like me to understand, yet they challenge me still. There are many layers to the book, but at the core Zahnd asks: Is seeing God primarily as wrathful toward sinners true or biblical? Is fearing God a normal, expected behaviour?
The subject deserves an entire blogpost or series, so just go get the book if you’re intrigued! I look forward to reading Brian Zahnd’s other works.
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The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
I was excited to read this, because I absolutely loved Ami McKay’s other novels, The Birth House and The Virgin Cure. However once I got reading, I wasn’t as thrilled with this one as I was with the others. I found it a bit slow-going and I found myself doing the dreaded slogging-through-the book thing just to finish it. In the end, I wouldn’t say it’s a terrible book, just not my favourite of her three. There are a couple characters that McKay introduced that I would have liked to have seen go further, but they just kind of disapeared in to the story.
Would I recommend it? Not necessarily. However, I am still an Ami McKay fan and will for sure read whatever is next for her!
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Just Kids by Patti Smith
Oh gosh, you guys. I picked this up at a thrift store, intrigued by the author. I have heard Patti Smith’s name a lot in my lifetime, knowing she is an artist, a singer, a songwriter, and someone that made a mark on her generation. I went in knowing absolutely nothing about the book, about her, or about her then-partner Robert Mapplethorpe.
As I read, I felt the story unfolding like a tightly budded flower blooming slowly. Each page was a petal opening (sorry for the cliche, guys), eventually getting to the core of it all, and when I did I flippin’ BAWLED. Like weeping complete with tears, snot, mucus, and gasping. Serisouly. I’m really glad I was alone when I finished this!
This is a book I will treasure for a very long time, if not forever. It will at least remain very high in my top five favourites. So, do I recommend this? HARD YES.
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Also, I want to know: What are you reading? If you have any recommendations for me, I’m all ears!
Book images from Goodreads.