a friend of mine said i should write book reviews. i am not sure i should because i tend to "like" most things for different reasons. i like one book because of how it is written and another because of what it says. my boyfriend basically called bullshit and said that wasn't a reason to not write reviews and perhaps it was a reason in favor of writing reviews.
i don't know.
but i do like to read and in an effort to justify my growing library (i left the house with two books in my bag this morning and by 11a, i had four in there. such is my life), i've decided to write "reviews" from time to time that i'll share.
i don't know if they are reviews. they are really some sentences about books. some random thoughts. some things i liked. i will probably highlight the books i've really loved reading in the last few weeks. if i really hate one, i'll probably tell you that too. hopefully, you'll find a book you may want to read.
and now onto the first batch of books:
currently reading and loving:
The Mothers by Brit Bennett --> more on this one soon, but I'm halfway in and love the way it is written. God, can I just say how amazing it feels to read a book that is written in a way you find beautiful? That satisfaction, that feeling...for me that is heaven. For me that is like finding a soulmate. For me that is what living is all about.
looking for some short stories:
Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins --> i am not a big short stories fan. give me a big novel to dig into any day, but a book of short stories often sits on my nightstand for months until i give up. these stories felt different. these stories drew me in. i loved how kathleen collins used different structures throughout. the stories felt connected and not. i felt like i was going through a journey even if i wasn't sure where. sure, some stories hit me more than others, but this little book is one to read and to finish and to remember on random wednesday mornings.
book coming out soon that you should put on your list to read:
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay --> i couldn't put this book down. it is beautifully written. the honesty and vulnerability are astounding. it made me think a ton about bodies, about race, about how we deal with pain. i've underlined so much of it. you probably will too.
The Wellness Project: How I Learned to Do Right by My Body, Without Giving Up My Life by Phoebe Lapine --> i knew phoebe in college and kept up with her through social media. when i was deep into yoga teaching, working at lululemon, becoming a health coach, and thinking about wellness on the daily, her website was a place i frequented. when i moved away from my wellness career, i found myself still following her blog. so i was really excited to read when she got a book deal and was doing her own wellness project. and i was super excited when i got the opportunity to read her book a little early. phoebe's book is a lovely read, telling her experience-the good, the bad, and the ugly. most importantly, her book highlights how there are so many little things we can do to achieve our version of wellness. we don't have to do them all at once. we can baby step. we can backtrack. we can edit. the book inspired me to do a mini wellness project and i'm hoping to do a yearlong one soon.
read someone's early work:
Jane: A Murder by Maggie Nelson --> i picked this up on saturday morning because i've loved the books i've read by her. and by dinnertime, i had finished it. i love maggie nelson's work and this was no different. in this book, maggie investigates her aunt's murder. i was fascinated with the structure of this book. how she wove in research and letters and diary entries and memories and thoughts. this is one where i was in love with how it was written more than what was written. still, it made me add the red parts to my to-read list (which already includes her 'the art of cruelty') and it made me fall move in love with maggie nelson. so win win.
there you have it. more books soon!