Reading list

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.

2 thoughts on “Reading list

  1. I have a friend that listens to audio books often, but I can’t get into it either. I have to be doing something really mindless to be able to listen and do it well. I find myself spacing out the words or letting my hands become still. I did the easy parts of the baby surprise sweater listening, but that is just “knit until you get to the marker…think…knit until you get to the marker…think…knit to the end”. Pretty mindless, much of it. Mom enjoyed your visit!

    1. I can’t figure out why audiobooks are different, but they don’t seem to work as well as a radio show or even a tv show on the laptop. I bought the baby surprise jacket pattern a couple years ago when I didn’t have any babies in my life… I still haven’t knit one but it’s at the top of my list for tiny sweaters when I finally finish the blankets.

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