Recent Reads

You’ll quickly learn that my inability to focus on one thing at a time seeps over into my reading habits.  I’m never into only one book.  I usually have 2-3 going at the same time.  (I’m inserting links to Amazon here because that’s where I buy all my books).

My book club just finished Anne Patchett’s The Dutch House.  I read it a while ago and I do recommend it.  It’s a generational tale that centers on the lives of two very different complex siblings, their  thorny childhoods and their inability to leave their past behind.

On audio, I just finished American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins about the immigration journey of a Mexican mom and her son fleeing to the border.  The novel has met with lots of criticism as readers find flaws in the depiction of the main character.  NPR interviewed Cummins about the novel and its impact.  You can listen to that interesting conversation here.

Loved reading City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende and What She Knew by Gilly MacMillian.

Now reading The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd.  I’ve loved her other fictional works (The Secret Life of Bees, The Invention of Wings, and her inspiring memoir, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter Longings, her newest, takes place in the first century so it’s a huge departure for her.  I’m anxious to see if I like it as much.  I’ll let you know!

Just purchased:  Kiley Reid’s Such A Fun Age and Sally Rooney’s Normal People . Will keep you posted on these, too.  If you’ve read either or both, what did you think?

Here are some (there are so many!) of my all-time favorites:

Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Tea Lady of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (definitely way up at the top of my favorites list).

The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey (not to be confused with book of same title by Sarah M. Bloom – how can this happen???)

Have you read any of these?  What are you reading now?  What are your all-time favorites?