After the last update, I’ve decided I’ll spare you all the duds from my list and just share the books I like! This will help with tallying how many books I actually manage to *read* off of my TBR list, and not just sample. Also, it will keep the atmosphere here at the Readers’ Corner a bit more chipper, I think!
For this, the fifth update, I realized I’ve been doing that thing. That thing where I have already started books and then forgot about them. I picked up a couple during this round and quickly realized I’d begun them before. Some I kept, some I did not.
Here are the books I read! For-real read, all the way through! Or nearly there, in the case of the last one.
The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor. A tightly focused novel in seven stories, this book tells the story of both a neighborhood and different black women who live there. I enjoyed reading about these people, and Naylor’s style is simple but beautiful–there are some amazing descriptive passages here.
20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill. I’m combining this challenge with Horror Month prep! I loved this collection of short stories, and it is most definitely part of this year’s scary book installment!
Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz. Oh yeah, my mid-century cooking and food phase! Child was cool and is fun to read about. I enjoyed this biography very much!
Somebody With a Little Hammer by Mary Gaitskill. A collection of essays, including a lot of book reviews. Gaitskill’s writing is elegant, and she’s deeply intelligent. I especially enjoyed the title piece, which is about Chekhov’s short story Gooseberries. The one about Bleak House is also great, as is the piece about the movie Secretary (you can tell I gravitated toward the book and movie reviews!).
The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen. I’ve had this on my list ever since I read his collection The Boilerplate Rhino. I finally suggested it for my nonfiction book club. The book is all about island biogeography (namely, the study of distribution of species). There’s historical background, contemporary science, and a broader message about how ecosystems are decaying and species are disappearing all over the world due to human activity.
There! I have 795 titles on my TBR list now. I’m not terribly optimistic about the next set–looking forward, I see lots of nonfiction. However, there’s also Laura Moriarty’s The Chaperone (about Louise Brooks, and soon to be a major motion picture!). A couple of new titles that I’ve had on the list since I first heard about them are also coming out soon, so those will count!