Wednesday, March 4, 2015

what i read and what i'm reading v.2



February was a month of fabulous reading. A month about the heart was expanded and delightful as mine was enriched by the reading experience. I wanted to make all of these big YES shares, and, truthfully, they are, but I also realize I'm a subjective reader and some of the books this month were more ME focused in my choosing to read and review them.

I finished a few chapters of my own this month, one of them at the window in the library overlooking the sports' park in our town. And on my way out that day, I got myself a library card. A treat, reward, to myself. This month three of the four books I finished belong to the public. And somehow, I feel so grand about myself in saying that is so.
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by Beth Kephart

YES, if you're interested in memoir as a writer or reader. Otherwise, you might be bored out of your mind. I really enjoyed reading Kephart's perspective on memoir -as a writer, reader, and teacher. Do be warned: your reading list will grow EXPONENTIALLY when you read this as Kephart pulls excerpts from lots of memoirs. Mine is currently bursting at the seams.

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by Toni Morrison

MAYBE. I adored this, I mean, this one was a whoa. I think it should be required reading in high school, but it has "themes" that might be a little racy for teens. If bad words and challenging familial relations are distracting to you, this won't be your cup of tea. Regardless, it was interesting, beloved, throwing me into a chaotic analysis of our culture with the complicated racial relations of today. 

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by Anne Lamott

YES. I mean, what else do I have to say about Anne Lamott these days? I really, truly enjoyed this book as I always do. But, I also watched this YouTube video just prior to reading it and I melted into a little puddle of Lamott-lovingness. She reinvents the way I see the world with her words and, well, do yourself a favor and pick up one of her books.

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by Susanna Kaysen

ABSOLUTELY YES. I was so refreshed by Kaysen's approach to her mental illness and 18-month stay in an asylum in the sixties. She was relatable, hilarious, candid, and, at times, crazy to try and understand. This brought a person to the diagnoses we often see as only a name.

But, the movie, NO. I mean, the movie is good, interesting, riveting, really watch it. BUT, only after you've read the book because they're so different. So, so very different.


29 comments:

  1. Yes! I love Barbara Kingsolver. Hope you like Poisonwood Bible. I have yet to read anything by Jojo Moyes but she is on my list because I have heard such great things about all of her books.

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  2. Ooo more Jojo Moyes- excited to hear about that one. I want to read more of her- after Me Before You, I'm hooked!!

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  3. The Last Letter from your Lover is amazing. I think you'll love it!

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  4. TONI. I love her. Beloved is the best book I've ever read, so if you want to read more from her you should check that one out. :)

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  5. Katie @ A Beautiful Little AdvMarch 4, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    I hope you plan on reading more Toni Morrison! So, so many great books .And yes to how different Girl, Interrupted is from the movie. Isn't that often the case, I"m usually so disappointed in the movies.

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  6. I loved the Poisonwood Bible and am excited to see if you love it, too! I haven't read Song of Solomon but I love Toni Morrison, so I'm adding it to my reading list now!

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  7. This post wins based on Little Mermaid gifs alone.

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  8. I just picked all of these except the Beth Kephart one from the library!! I'm excited to read them. And I'm nervous to read Girl, Interrupted because I've seen the movie so I'm going to try to go into it forgetting the movie.

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  9. The Poisonwood Bible. YES. I'm adding the books you read this month to my list!

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  10. Ooh, interested to see what you think of Poisonwood Bible. I just finished reading that last month!


    And I have a question about Girl, Interrupted. It seems fascinating to me, but I don't do … scary/painful/frightening stories well, and I've always gotten that impression of it based on the movie (which admittedly I have not seen)? Would you describe it as any of those things, or recommend it for someone who may … have a little too much empathy for people?

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  11. I've been wanting to read The Poisonwood Bible so I can't wait to hear what you think of it!

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  12. Okay, I didn't know I could love your blog any more, but those Ariel memes?! Yes!!! Also, I am going to try to finish The Poisonwood Bible this year. I tried it out a few years ago and just REALLY didn't like it. But everyone I know loves it! So maybe I just wasn't in the right mood the first time. :)

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  13. The book isn't nearly as "dark" as the movie. I think you'd find it sort of refreshing... It's a little bit haunting, but not in a terrifying way, just in a weird understanding the inner workings of a mind not sound way. I think you'd enjoy it without feeling overly terrified... :)

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  14. Oh I will let you know! I had to read it in high school but didn't really treasure it so I'm curious how it'll feel now that I'm out! :)

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  15. I read The Poisonwood Bible in high school (sort of) and just didn't get attached or overly interested in it... But I feel like doing it now, without pressure or a grade will help me to lean in and enjoy what's there in the plot and characters. :) Or, I'll hate it and that's allowed too! ;)

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  16. You'll love it. And you'll think it's better than the movie. Although Angelina Jolie and Brittany Murphy were SO FASCINATING in the movie.

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  17. Have you read it? I read it in high school and just never really got into it sooooo, this is my chance! ;)

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  18. Oh yes definitely try Song of Solomon out. I had lulls, where I loved and then hated it, but overall, she's gripping and the twists and turns are, well, amazing.

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  19. I really want to read more of Toni's stuff. What else do you love?


    Could you believe the difference between the book and movie? I kept telling Jason NO NO NO this is NOT what the book was like. He enjoyed it and, really, I did too, but it was just SO different.

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  20. Well, I will ask the Temecula Library if they mind. Surely they won't.

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  21. Ok, so I must add Beloved to my list because I have not read anything else from her and so yes.

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  22. Have you read Me Before You? That was seriously a book that wrecked me and made me fall in love and all the other emotions in between. Holy wonderful.


    CANNOT wait to start on The Last Letter, but am waiting for our drive to the snow later this month!

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  23. YES so much more of her. SO MUCH MORE.

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  24. Oh Jojo Moyes is divine. I LOVED her book: Me Before You. I read it in five hours on a plane flight and cried big crocodile tears because it was heartbreakingly beautiful.

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  25. Katie @ A Beautiful Little AdvMarch 9, 2015 at 6:06 AM

    Try: Beloved, Sula, and The Bluest Eye! All winners in my book.

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  26. LOVED Me Before You - that was actually the first book I had ever read by JoJo Moyes - now I am hooked and cannot get enough of her writing!

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  27. Thanks for letting me know! I think I'll give it a try.

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  28. I read it in high school, too, but didn't fully appreciate the depth of it until afterward. I'd love to read it again!

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