One of my New Years Resolutions for 2017 was to read more. Joining a book club has really helped to keep motivated to actually finish the book and my goal for reading at least one book a month. Here are some of the books my book club “Title & Tangents” read and my 2 cents on them and maybe a little what others thought about it too.
The Post Birthday World: This book was dense and the print was super small. In between the British terminology and complex word choices,
this wasn’t a book to read before bedtime or even with a glass of wine.
It required my full attention and with that, I didn’t like the book as much. I also got bored with all the “game” talk about some British sport I care less about or haven’t ever heard of since I have lived in America all my life. The story itself was intriguing but too much fluff and an author wanting to use all the words they never have before made me not a huge fan. I give it a C+.
At Home in the World: Is a story about a Mom who sells everything and travels around the world with her 3 kids and husband. I love how you learn about each of the places they visit and can imagine what it would be like with my kids. The part that I hated was the mom is not mentally fit to be traveling with anyone. Not only does she need medical attention but is also kind of a broken record about how tired and hungry they all are. When her kids need a “home” and strength they sadly don’t get it from their Mom. The Dad seems to help but since the story is from the Mom’s perspective it just made me feel sad for the kids who didn’t seem to be living the dream the Mom hoped for when planning the trip. I give it a D since she was just too white privileged about everything.
Commonwealth: by Ann Patchett was such a delight to read. Perfect summer book with a glass of OJ or a little gin if you prefer. Love the visual details of the book but also the captivating story. About the middle of the book, I couldn’t put it down and wanted to know more.
Great character building and love how the family grows, learn and supports one another in the ways each of them is capable of. No family is perfect but we all try to find our way in the tribe and what our role is in the family. Great story that I think everyone can relate to in some way
Part of me didn’t like the ending since I wanted more, but I guess that is a sign of a good book. I have to give this book an A for being one of my favorites.
Witches, Sluts, Feminists: by Kristen J. Sollee was an interesting read. I learned a lot of new things but overall the writing was poor and the book reads more like an essay for school with LOTS of references, articles, and more books to read on the topic.
It was a fun book club topic and very relevant for the times. As a woman, I’m happy I read it but to be honest I will have to give it a B since the writing is so poor and there is of disconnect in topics and the stories jump around without much connection.
I did enjoy the book and as mentioned learned a lot so I would recommend it, especial for women so they know a little more about our history.
Everybody Lies: by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
I really enjoyed this book and the data! Not a fluffy book and kind of dark, but I guess that is expected since people often don’t lie about positive stuff. The stories supported by data is something I loved about the book and it offered a very interesting conversation at book club.
Thou I would say the author is a little full of himself and his background and mentions he worked for Google and went to some college a few times too many.
The author talks a lot about sex, porn, NFL sports, and some other topics I’m just not that interested in. The book could have used a female lens. The content is very male dominant and missed a lot of perspective on different types of data that could be more interesting to women.
That said it was captivating and I like stories that are based on science and data and really enjoyed reading the book and talking about. I would give the book a B since it was captivating, I learned something, but I wouldn’t read it again.
Ending with the best book club meeting ever with This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel. It was a great book about accepting change and loving your kids no matter what. A fun read that really captured my attention as a parent and someone living in Seattle. Gave insight into a world of transgender kids that I didn’t have before and how even the best intentions can have a negative impact.
One fun additive the book gave was a fairytale that interweaved with the main story. Reminded me of my childhood and the stories my Mom would make-up about “The Three Little Sisters” she would tell me at bedtime. I thought having this duel story tell the ending was a magical truth to what could be a hard reality for a lot of kids who don’t feel like they match their body’s gender. It was a great read and I enjoyed it so I give it a B+ or an A-.
What made this book extra special for my book club Titles and Tangents is the author Laurie also lives in Seattle and accepted our invitation to join our gathering. She gave light on how she wrote the book told us about the other children who got removed and how she had to lean out the store and removed over 200 pages. She also agreed the title didn’t do the book justice.
Happy Reading * L