A lot of people ask how I have time to read with two young kids. It’s so easy! All you have to do is ignore your dishes, hair, laundry, husband, and children.
I’ve also managed to convince my three-year-old that it is customary to have what I call “Reading Club” once a day while the baby sleeps. We gather pillows and blankets and get comfy on the couch while we read together silently. “Silent” being the most important adjective.
You, too, can have your very own reading club by using your power of manipulation to make this dream come true.
(See also: long bathroom breaks).
If You’re Looking For: Post apocalyptic drama with a side of (sad) Hollywood
My Review: Oh dystopian fiction, how I love thee. This book was a delight. A haunting, page-turning, character driven delight. I read it in 48 hours, forgoing the dishes and basic hygiene to read “just one more page.” Moving, human, and tender. The perfect book to read in flu season, award season, and in 2015.
Their Review: “Station Eleven is so compelling, so fearlessly imagined, that I wouldn’t have put it down for anything.” - Ann Patchett
Quoted: “Hell is the absence of the people you long for.”
2) Half A Life
If You’re Looking For: Grief Memoir
My Review: There is some sloppy writing here; choppy sentences and one too many unnecessary disclaimers. But the content is truly gripping. The first line, “Half my life ago, I killed a girl,” is the beginning of a story of what happens when you accidentally take a life. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live with a ghost, this book answers those questions. Thought provoking, haunting, and painfully honest. A quick read.
Their Review: “Elegant, painful, stunningly honest . . . huge [and] heartbreaking.”—The New York Times Book Review
Quoted: “I’ve come to see our central nervous system as a kind of vintage switchboard, all thick foam wires and old-fashioned plugs. The circuitry isn’t properly equipped; after a surplus of emotional information the system overloads, the circuit breaks, the board runs dark. That’s what shock is.”