Quick updates: We moved! We’re getting settled! I have kept up with blogging not at all! I keep my eyeballs on Instagram sometimes to see updates. Sometimes not. I can never decide what should take the front seat – Ellie obviously, and then I have a thousand things I want to do in the little spare moments I get. And sleep – I pretty much always choose sleep about an hour after she goes to bed.
I missed last month’s linkup, so I have a bunch of really good books to share. I haven’t read a ton but I have hit some fantastic ones, lately, and a couple just alright.
Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham – 5 stars
I loooooove Gilmore Girls, so it’s no surprise I loved this book. It was a nice surprise that Lauren Graham seems as down to earth and funny as you would think she’d be. There were so many good stories about Gilmore Girls and her life before, and she has a great sense of humor.
The Lauras by Sara Taylor – 3 stars
This was a coming of age type story about a character named Alex, and it is not clear if the character is a male or female. It was definitely intentional and an interesting take. I didn’t identify very much with the character although he or she was in a tough situation – the story follows Alex and the mother moving around the country and explaining the mother’s backstory. I recommend if you like stories about disconnected families getting to know each other.
Double Dutch by Laura Trunkey – 3 stars
I usually enjoy short stories – I think I prefer a certain genre of short stories. I was expecting more magical realism, which is probably my favorite, and this had more realism than magic. Some of them were unexpectedly sad (elephant!), others were interesting, and overall it was not bad but didn’t hook me.
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes – 5 stars
I knew nothing about Shonda Rhimes before starting this book and didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. I was thinking it would be more of a self-help style book, so I wasn’t that quick to take it off my to-read shelf, but it’s a personal story/biography that’s funny and a fascinating look at how one person changed.
Also, I was mildly interested in Grey’s Anatomy before, and now I really want to see it. I’ve never actually seen more than the pilot. If I ever get TV time, I’m going to jump into it. The book feels especially relevant to me right now since she talks about motherhood and I agree with lots of her viewpoints, but I feel like it would be massively spot on even if you are not a mother.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Iron Carmon and Shana Knizhnik – 4 stars
RBG is another lady I knew very little about before getting into the book, aside from what I’d seen Kate McKinnon portray on SNL (“you just got Ginsburnnnned!”). I knew I would be a big fan already, and it was interesting reading about her. This is the kind of book that makes you want to get up and become an activist or judge and feel both outraged by our nation and satisfied by RBG’s wins or dissents. I loved reading about her personal life, especially the relationship between her and her husband. They seem like two people who were just perfect for each other.
The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison – 5 stars
This was something completely different and disturbing. In the beginning, it’s hard to get a read on the storyteller, but by the end you fully understand her and it comes to a well-worth-it conclusion. This was strange, graphic without being descriptive, and unsettling. I could not wait to get back to it to find out what happened next when I stepped away.
I have realized that I read more non-fiction when I have real life stuff to focus on – anybody else do that? Somehow it’s easier for me to jump in and out of non-fiction and it holds my interest.