Bus Reads for October

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 October:

Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper. A small fishing island in Newfoundland is home to few. As the fish began to vanish, so too did the island’s inhabitants, leaving one by one to seek a life elsewhere. This is the story of two generations of Connors and those that refuse to leave the only home they’ve ever known. Aiden and Martha take turns working on the main land to support their children Cora and Finn. Finn has a plan to bring the fish back and Cora, after decorating every abandoned home to look like far away lands, makes a plan herself. Aiden and Martha’s stories are also told in flashback chapters connecting it all. A beautiful novel of family and hope.

The Power by Naomi Alderman. Young girls all over the world are starting to fight back and the power dynamics begin to shift. An electric charge can now be released by their hands, inflicting pain, paralysis, and even death. There is something to be learned from this. Camps are set up, a new religious order evolves, protests break out, and we ask ourselves… can women do it better? This book was a hard one because of my expectations, so I was a little disappointed in the end game, but I blame myself for that completely. In the beginning of the book I was all YES YES YES!!!! But by the end I learned a few things. Mainly that absolute power corrupts absolutely.

What are you reading on your commute? Tag your reads on social media #splbusreads

~ posted by Kara P.

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