A Book a Week – Bark

I read Bark for book club. This is a collection of short stories by the amazing Lorrie Moore.

I’ve always been a fan of Lorrie Moore and her wonderful ways of telling sad, sad stories. This book is no exception. The stories are sad. Beautifully told, but so sad that it’s almost tough to get through the book. At least for me.

If you’re a short story fan, I’m sure you’ve already heard of Lorrie Moore, so you don’t need my recommendation on this one.

A Book a Week – When I Found You

I read When I Found You because amazon recommended it and I’d read Pay it Forward many years ago and loved it.

This story, too, was very endearing. Depressing and outright sad at times but also wonderful at other times. I like how her characters feel real to me. I won’t read another one soon but I did like this one.

A Book a Week – Fracking King

I read The Fracking King because Amazon recommended it.

It was really short, really weird and I am not sure I loved it. I also didn’t hate it. But there are so many books in the world, that it always depresses me a little when I read something I don’t love.

A Book a Week – The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

I read The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared because my friend Cole recommended it. I actually listened to this one, too. On Audible on my phone. Only while I drove the kids to and fro.

And such, it took quite a while to finish it, but it was so worth it.

This book is clever, funny, and quirky.

If you’re into different books that are quirky, I highly recommend this one.

A Book a Week – There is Nothing Wrong with You

I picked up There is Nothing Wrong with You because I’d listened to a Cheri Huber audio on Sounds True and really loved it.

This book didn’t disappoint me. I read it quickly and enjoyed it. I even shared bits and pieces with both Jake and David as I was reading it. If this is an area you struggle with, it’s recommended.

A Book a Week – Prodigy and Champion

I decided to finish the Legend series by tackling Prodigy and Champion. I had really liked Legend so I was looking forward to these two.

I really liked Prodigy but lost all my interest by the time I got to Champion. To be totally honest, I can’t even remember what happened.

Alas, I don’t regret reading them. Just wish these books would be singles instead of trilogies.

A Book a Week – Beautiful Ruins

I read, Beautiful Ruins because I’d kept reading about it and was somehow never in the mood to actually read it. I finally picked it up and decided to make my way through it.

And i did.

I finished the whole book.

Did I like it? Not sure.

I didn’t hate it but I am not sure it was awesome.

If you’ve read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

A Book a Week – The Invention of Wings

I read, The Invention of Wings because I’ve read Sue Monk Kidd before and I’ve loved it. I had heard this book was good but I knew practically nothing about the plot until I started listening to it.

It was such a lovely, such a heart wrenching, such an interesting story that I am really glad I read it. As someone who didn’t grow up here, I don’t know enough about abolition, let alone about women’s role in it. This was a really interesting read for me.

Recommended if historical novels are interesting to you.

A Book a Week – The Giver

I read, The Giver because I knew the movie was coming out and David had just recently read it so I wanted to make sure I read it, too.

It was a very, very quick read and I really found it fascinating. I thought it was well written and I loved the story even though it was disturbing, of course. I did wish the ending was better and it bugged me until I found out it is a quartet. So maybe if I invest in the other three, too, I might feel better.

The movie was quite good, too, in my opinion, though wildly different from the book in places.

A Book a Week – Night Film

I read, Night Film because I’d read that it was good and I was looking for something good to read. I had never read Marisha Pessl before and I don’t know if this is a typical book for her.

I can’t decide if I liked it or not. It was different from most things I’ve read and I liked reading it even though it was quite absurd and quite dark at times. It was interesting nonetheless and if this genre is your cup of tea, it’s recommended.

A Book a Week – The Golem and the Jinni

I read about The Golem and the Jinni again and again in several different “best of” lists for last year. I was reluctant to read it despite all the lists saying it was really wonderful. The plot didn’t seem interesting enough. Actually it seemed downright weird. I’d never heard of the author. I had no reason to pick it up just because the “lists” said it was good.

But then I finally decided to listen to it on audio.

And am I glad I did!!

It was absolutely fantastic. Completely unlike any book I’ve read. I fell into its world and got wholeheartedly lost in it. I could not stop listening to the magical story that was beautifully read. And when it was done I felt really sad.

It’s not often a book surprises me. I’ve had a few over the years like The Time Traveler’s Wife or The Night Circus where I picked it up and was immediately lost in the story, the magic, the joyful uniqueness of it all. This one was one of those. I am so so glad I read it.

If you’re up for something different, I recommend it.

A Book a Week – Lowland

I read, Lowland for another book club. And yes, I listened to this one, too. What can I say, I am on a roll.

I didn’t like the reader for this at first, but maybe cause I loved the one for Elizabeth Gilbert’s so much that I had a hard time switching gears. Nonetheless, I got into it pretty quickly and thanks to a day filled with art, I finished this one in a weekend.

However. I am not sure I liked it.

I normally love Jhumpa Lahiri. I was actually the person who recommended this to book club but even though I like so many of her books, I was “meh” about this one.

If you’ve never read her, I’d say start with one of the other ones first.