After a bit of a dry spell over the summer, I’ve read a couple books recently that I really enjoyed so thought I would pass along…
When a friend recommended Sweetness in the Belly a few months ago, she described the genre as “historical fiction with a focus on social justice” and something clicked for me. Yes! That’s a thread through some of my favorite reads… think The Poisonwood Bible, The Grapes of Wrath, The Round House. Make place a key character and you’ve pretty much got me dialed in. Split between the main character’s early adulthood in Ethiopia and her middle-aged years in London, it’s about subcultures and identity and belonging. I loved the story and that it was an author that was completely new to me, so there’s more to explore.
In the not-at-all-new-to-me camp is Molly Wizenberg. I’ve read her blog, Orangette, for years and always really liked it. When her first book came out a few years back, I picked it up right away and, well… it was a different voice from her blog and it just didn’t connect with me. So I mostly avoided her second book, Delancey, a memoir about opening a restaurant in Seattle with her husband. But I kept hearing good reviews and finally caved, and I’m really glad that I did. I’m a sucker for most memoirs and I consumed this one in a few nights. It’s exactly what you would hope for.
I’ve also been experimenting with audiobooks of late, with less than stellar results. I thought they would be the perfect companion to knitting, like podcasts that go on for hours. But either I’m really bad at choosing titles, or I don’t have the attention span. While I will rarely quit a book, even after I’ve lost all interest, I’ve abandoned more than one audiobook that I was actually enjoying because I just ran out of steam on it. I’m trying desperately to finish the current one but it. just. keeps. going. I might have to just give up and look for more podcasts so I don’t run out of those so quickly.
If anyone has any suggestions for audiobooks or podcasts they love (perhaps diversifying from my NPR staples), I’m all ears. And if you’re on Goodreads, feel free to add me as a friend.