In March I read 7 books for a total of 20 so far in 2018.
Book #14 was It's Not Yet Dark. I really liked it though some would probably find it sad/depressing. Here's a glimpse into how "heavy" this little book is!
Book #15 was Stoner. I guess I read a lot of “sad” books (see above) but this one was more quiet and melancholy than sad.. It was published in 1965 and recently re-released. It’s set in Columbia, Missouri so I was curious. I think the main thing that held my attention was Stoner’s love of learning and teaching, the constant throughout the story. Also I love that cover, a detail from a Thomas Eakins painting and I love scoring just the right size paperback at my neighborhood little free library.
Book #16 was Born a Crime. I’d seen several people recommend it on Instagram and they’re right, it's really good.
Book #17 was The Blue Zones. I really hate that this book is marketed as sort of a diet book. I thought it was fantastic! It’s written in first person by a researcher yet it was suprisingly interesting and easy to read. It’s about how people over age 100 live and have lived, what they do and what they eat, etc. It has such great quotes from centenarians. The big takeaway for me wasn’t about food but about purpose and community. (Though it has gotten me eating more vegetables!)
Book #18 was The Astonishing Color of After. I totally got this book for the cover but it was also really good, a different-for-me kind of book. I read an essay recently (somewhere?) by Stephen King about the importance of the opening line in a book. And this book has a really great opening.
Book #19 was What To do When I'm Gone. My friend Brittany won an advance copy of this book and she loaned it to me after reading it. I loved it! I can't wait for this book to come out so I can see the illustrations in full color. It was really fantastic, sometimes funny, mostly poignant, and not at all sad. Yesterday I mentioned my frustration with this and she explains it so much better!
Book #20 was Morningstar: Growing Up With Books. This one was ok. I like the idea of looking back at the books that influenced your life and writing about it. This little part had me laughing out loud.