I read a lot. I kind of hate to throw fibromyalgia into every single one of my blog posts, but falling asleep can definitely be a problem. I would often lay in bed for hours just waiting for sleep to take over until I discovered that I could usually read myself to sleep. Then, in the fall of 2014, when the Serial podcast first came out, I found that listening to a story and crocheting was an awesome way to spend my free time. So now I am hooked on audiobooks. It is easier on my eyes, and seriously, what better way to fall asleep than to have someone reading to you?
Here are a few of the best books I’ve read lately:
I just finished The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah this weekend. A WWII drama, from the perspective of the women left behind in a Nazi occupied France. It tells a story of women surviving the horrible circumstances of war and becoming hero’s in the process. Inspired by true events and real women, it is emotionally raw and poignant. You can not help but to be moved by the resilience and courage of these women. I thought it was well written with well developed characters and a highly descriptive style that painted images permanently in my head. It is a bit lengthy, and could easily be cut down in parts, but the writing flowed so nicely that you hardly notice. There is an unexpected twist at the end and it is definitely a tear jerker, have your tissues ready. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ out of five
Another book worth mentioning was Delicious Foods by James Hannahman. I wasn’t expecting much from this one, but it was at the library when I had nothing else to read. It is the story of a woman broken by grief, who turns to crack cocaine and pretty much abandons her adolescent son. Eventually, she is tricked into working on a farm called Delicious Foods, where they imprison junkies for slave labor and pay them with drugs. Her son tracks her down and becomes embroiled in the drama and enslaved himself. The three main characters of this novel are the mother, the son, and crack cocaine, who is named “Scotty” and is ridiculously funny. But the sadness could have been a fourth, it hung around wordlessly from the first page, to the very last. Gritty, brutal, raw and full of the reality of addiction, this book will stay with me for a while. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ out of five
On the non-fiction shelf, I finally got around to The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert. The premise of this Pulitzer Prize winning book is that we are currently in the midst of the sixth mass extinction in the history of the world and the cause of this extinction, is humans. Kolbert is the lucky journalist who gets to travel the world to interview scientists in the natural habitat of their field of study, to discuss the disappearance of various species. Her writing style, in my opinion, is nerdy, with a touch of awkward humor, which I found charming. And while she is presenting some pretty catastrophic information, she does so without a catastrophic vibe, which I appreciated. The book is full of scientific information and statistical data that repeats itself often, so some parts can be a bit redundant. But being a Naturalist at heart, I found this book absolutely fascinating. It might leave you with a heavy heart, but it is the reality we live in. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ out of five
Are you a book lover? What have you been reading lately? I am always looking for recommendations. Have you joined Goodreads yet? I love it, for me it is tied with Pinterest as the most useful ‘social media’ sites on the internet. If you are on Goodreads, you can find me HERE.
Have a great week!