What I’ve Been Reading

I’m a reader. I’ve been an avid reader from an early age and have continued to be (with the exception of the early baby raising days). Although this is a website based around adventures and not books, I’ve always found that books provide a temporary escape. Giving myself the opportunity to get lost in a book is a real stress reliever for my busy life. I try to challenge myself to read from a variety of genres and there is no rhyme or reason to the order I read them. Here are a few of the books I’ve read (or listened to on audio during my millions of hours in driving the kids around) in the past few months.

1) Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

I love this time period and was thrilled to have a strong female character as the leading role. Picture NYC circa 1935 with jazz clubs and women working in the upper ranks of secretarial jobs. The lead character was not my favorite, but the writing was fantastic and the story moved along well.

Non-fiction from a favorite author/TED talk presenter. Brown challenges her readers to think about how we cultivate belonging in the various arenas of life. “We don’t have to change who we are, we have to BE who we are.” I gave this one 5 stars because of the many nuggets of truth she has in here and I appreciate the way she communicates.

3) Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

This is a difficult story to describe as it’s set in the days of civilization’s collapse. The story jumps from time period to time period in one man’s life where strange twists begin to tie together several people. The bizarre traveling symphony and those they meet along the way tells such an interesting story about humanity and how it outlasts the collapse of a civilization. The creative story and interweaving of characters is fun and highly recommended.

4) The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin

I picked this one up because the story takes place in Charlotte and seemed to have an “ER” quality to it, marrying drama and medicine. I listened to this one on audio while driving and I’m glad I did because it did play out like a tv drama and although I liked the story, I didn’t love it. Some of the stories within the story felt contrite, which is not my typical genre of choice.

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