Commuting to Seattle by bus five days a week gives me a lot of reading time. Here’s what I read on the bus in September:
The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu: Five girls, Nita, Isabel, Andee, Siobhan, and Dina are selected by their camp leader, Jan, to go on a kayaking trip. These girls already have established friendships and rivalries that shape how they will fend for themselves after their camp leader meets a tragic fate. The narration goes from girl to girl as well and includes flashbacks of camp life before, during, and after the incident. It was thrilling, almost edge of your seat read at times, but also the story of these girls as adults; it was interesting to see how one moment can have an impact on the rest of your life.
The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst: Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? That song played over and over again in my head while I read this book. It focuses on a family before landfall, during, and after Hurricane Katrina. The timeline winds, not a steady course, but it worked for me. One daughter is in New York, another decides to stay put, convinced it won’t be that bad, while the parents head to Houston with the husband’s father. The story was beautiful and painful on so many levels. The beauty and decay of New Orleans, the coming together and breaking apart, the search for oneself in all of them. At the finish I just felt like crying. This book called to me specifically because I went down to New Orleans to rebuild and once New Orleans got in me I was forever changed.
What are you reading on your commute? Tag your reads on social media #splbusreads
~ posted by Kara P.