So I used to have one of my blog themes a few years ago of FridayReads where I would go through what I have read for the week. Inspired by the #FridayReads hashtag on Twitter. And Nick Hornby’s pieces in a literary magazine and some books.
Books Finished: “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance. Very good, I thought it was a great memoir of growing up with a hard life with hillbillies and a successful life. The Marines absolutely helped him. Makes me wonder if we should be teaching basics of finance and hygiene in schools like they do in the Marine Corps. Not many people go from living with an addicted mother with many partners to Yale Law School. And it’s remarkable to me that anyone could graduate Ohio State in 23 months while working. *** 1/2
Books Checked Out: “Ugly Love” by Colleen Hoover (Large Print), it was what they had. I have not started this yet. Became a huge fan of Colleen Hoover with “Slammed” and “Point of Retreat.” Even had my poem “Write Poorly” in “Point of Retreat” which still totally amazes me.
“Confess” by Colleen Hoover, good fun so far, a little less that halfway through, it weird to weird large print but I can get used to it. Considering I do now have reading glasses with a slight +0.5 extra in each eye, I may have to in a decade plus. And the fact you can change font size is a huge advantage with the Kindle. I like how Colleen Hoover has each chapter in the other’s perspective. “Point and Retreat” and “Slammed” will probably always be my favorite Colleen Hoover books. I have book three in that series reserved at the library and came in today. Will probably go in tomorrow for it.
Books bought: “Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabat-Zinn. This was a huge recommendation of Sara Benincasa several times in her books “Real Artists Have Day Jobs” that I am re-reading again. This is about mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and looks like a lot of book to process in pieces. Definitely not one I would want for Kindle because you may want to dog ear it and come back to things. I opened it up to talk about walking meditation which I am very interested in.
“My Life Cracks Me Up” by Rick Cormier, I absolutely loved his book “Mixed Nuts” about being a psychotherapist. And he is someone I think is pretty awesome. I nicknamed him “Papa Drum” when I went to a couple of his drum circles at the Yarmouth, ME UU church. I haven’t started this yet but I am really looking forward to it. Might read a bit tonight but PBS’s “Hamilton’s America” is on in a few minutes.
Books reading: “Real Artists Have Day Jobs: And Other Awesome Things They Don’t Teach You in School” by Sara Benincasa. I already flew through this in a week and just loved it, here was my Goodreads review. We need more amazing smart, hilarious women like Sara Benincasa making the world better. And she has great points in chapters like: “Make Art Like a Little Kid”, “Stop Apologizing for Everything”, “Wear a Weird Hat”(as you do), and “Ask for Exactly What You Want.” I also like the idea that a female mentor can be good for anyone. Read about half again out of order.
“Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas edited by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker, New Orleans is many, many things. Vast and fascinating books talking about New Orleans from cultural landmarks, oil and fish, how it expanded, music, bananas, sugar and live oaks. The type size is small on this one so I am glad I have glasses. Lots of stuff in the 22 maps included too.
So I did it again. And it was over 500 words again and I didn’t even really read that much this week.
Only finished one book. I made my goal 52 books this year and already have 55 new ones on Goodreads plus some rereads. I love words.