Walked down to the OPL this afternoon, and realized it’s been a while since I jotted down notes on recent books. In order of really good to !!! So good !!!:
Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari: Thought I would love this much more than I did. It’s good! Very good, not great. Listened to it; hilarious to hear the stories from Aziz’s voice. There’s a lot of crossover with the observations here and plot points in Master of None. A fun audio book, particularly his observations of dating in other cultures.
Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff: Just read this one-holy smokes. Can’t write too much without completely giving it away. It took me a while to get into it and then it flew. Cant say I loved it, but I’ve found myself thinking about it and wanting to ask someone questions about their perceptions more than with most books.
Thirty Lessons for Loving, Karl Pillemer: A gerontologist talks to hundreds of older adults about their relationships and writes an awesome book. This book made me happy. It’s the kind of book you can read a few pages at the end of the day to quiet your mind and feel good about the future. The stories are sweet and I found so much of the book immensely comforting.
America’s Bitter Pill, Steven Brill. Been wanting to read this for a while and finally got around to it. A very engaging look at the development of the ACA. The insight into the fallout of healthcare.gov was depressing but fascinating. Not a terribly encouraging look at the future of health care access and coverage, but a helpful primer of how we got to where we are.
The Last Love Song, Tracy Daugherty. I love love loved this book. The best parts are when Daugherty lifts passages of Didion’s writing and you are again reminded what a master she is. Could not believe how many historical moments she lived through in modern history-and how many notable people she knew! It’s almost Forrest Gump-ish in the way it takes you through the last 70 years of US history through the life and events of one extraordinary writer.
Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates. Favorite writer Kelly Corrigan instagrammed photo of this over the summer as a must read and I immediately ordered it from the library. WOW. This book. Probably the best new book I read in 2015. Certainly according to the National Book Foundation! Thought about this a lot over the last few months. It’s almost a poem, in its beauty and haunting words. Absolutely amazing.
In addition to these awesome books, gave up on a few as well:
All the Light we Cannot See: Eek-I know, everyone’s favorite book of the year. Just could not get into it.
Under the Banner of Heaven: Had really high hopes for this, thinking it would be more of an exploration of LDS history. And it’s so highly reviewed! But it ended up being a gruesome, almost tabloid like re-telling of horrific fringe fundamentalists. Was listening to the audio book and hit a point where I just couldn’t take the graphic descriptions and had to stop.
Everybody Rise: This is sitting next to me on the coffee table right now. Debating whether or not to give it another chance. So far, bored.
Fran Leibowitz Reader: Everyone seems to love her, but I kept falling asleep listening to this! Granted, was listening on the plane…maybe I should give it another chance.