A Book a Week – 1984

I read 1984  because my nephews had to read it for school and asked me if I could help them so to have the full context I decided to read it again.

Man is that book violent.

I remembered the ideology it was spouting but had conveniently forgotten how incredibly gritty and violent it was. It was a tough tough read.

A Book a Week – Among the Ten Thousand Things

I read Among the Ten Thousand Things on the plane back from Zurich.

It has a weird thing with time. Where the book starts at the end. goes backwards. and then goes all the way back and then comes back to catch up with itself. Or something like that.

It was interesting but not amazing.

I felt somewhat apathetic towards it.

A Book a Week – The Girl With All the Gifts

I read The Girl With All the Gifts because it was on a top listens list from audible.

This is the kind of book I would never ever have picked up on my own. I am so glad I did. It was weird, unusual and just crazy. It was fast paced and super weird.

Have I said it was weird?

It was weird.

I don’t want to give it away. Read it if you’re adventurous.

I’ve since read MR Carey’s new book, and liked it too. I don’t love love love either of them but I do like them. Mostly cause they are so unusual.

A Book a Week – Brewster

I read Brewster because a friend had recommended it. I put it off for a while but then decided to tackle it.

It was gritty and hard to read. But I liked it.

I think i am just tired of gritty and hard things. So if that’s your cup of tea, go for it.

I need a break.

A Book a Week – Kitchens of the Great Midwest

I read Kitchens of the Great Midwest because it was on amazon’s list as a great book to read.

And it was!

It was a gem of a book. Good writing, great characters. Nice way to have interconnected little short stories. I even loved reading about food (which I usually don’t care for.)

If you haven’t picked this one up, I’d recommend it.

A Book a Week – Fallen

I read Fallen because it had been on my YA to-read list for a long long time.

Man, was that a mistake.

This book dragged for days for me. And that’s a sign of a terrible book. The writing, the characters, the plot. None of it spoke to me. Maybe it was my mood when I read it. Maybe I’ve already read similar books. Not sure why I didn’t like it.

But I didn’t.

A Book a Week – Speak

I read Speak because it’s just awesome. I saw a friend have it on her goodreads and decided i might like it.

I loved it.

It was unlike anything, anything i’ve read in a long long long time.

It’s not for everyone. It’s weird. It’s unusual. But it’s also very interesting. Really different from other books. And I loved this small little book.

Not to mention, how awesome is that cover?

A Book a Week – How to Start a Fire

I read How to Start a Fire because it was on a list I had made and it was a quick read. I remember thinking it was ok but not amazing.  I hadn’t read Lisa Lutz before and I am not sure I will again. She has a new book out but I haven’t felt tempted to pick it up.

This, while okay, was relatively forgettable for me.

A Book a Week – To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman


I reread To Kill a Mockingbird because I wanted to read Go Set a Watchman and I felt it was important to read them in order. I hadn’t read To Kill a Mockingbird since I was in middle school but when people ask me what my favorite book is, I still say it’s this one. So I was a bit worried that a reread wouldn’t live up to what I had in my heart.

But it so did.

I fell in love with the book all over again. I loved loved loved the characters, the description, the setting, the plot. Just all of it.

Then I listened to Go Set A Watchman and it was just not the same. It was a lovely book on its own right. It had flaws but it wasn’t terrible. It just was no To Kill a Mockingbird.

A Book a Week – Being Mortal

I read Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End because it was a book club pick. I would never ever have read this one on my own. I just felt it was too morbid. I don’t like nonfiction often and will rarely choose to read it. So I resisted this one.

But I read it. And I am so glad I did.

It was a powerful, thought-provoking book that was incredibly worthwhile.

I’m told Gawande’s other books are wonderful too so maybe this is the sign I need to pick one up.

A Book a Week – Never Let Me Go

I read Never Let Me Go because I knew I would love another Ishiguro and I was not disappointed.

I have now read a literary fiction, a fantasy and a scifi from this author and every single one of them has been amazing. How is it possible for an author to seamlessly write so well across genres? It blows my mind.

If you haven’t read any Ishiguro, I’d still start with Remains of the Day but if you like scifi, this is your book.

It’s sad, beautiful and just exquisite writing.

A Book a Week – There's Something I Want You to Do

I read There’s Something I Want You to Do because it was a book club pick. I rarely read short stories so it was a nice change of pace for me.

I wasn’t crazy about the book but I also didn’t hate it. If short stories are your thing, I think you might like it. Then again, if short stories are your thing, I would easily recommend Adam Haslett’s book first. It’s extraordinary.

But I am still not sad I read it.