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 December:
Sal by Mick Kitson. A beautiful book despite its tough subject matter. The sisters, Sal and Peppa, are adorable and charming. Sal, the oldest, has been taking care of her younger sister for years as her mom drinks the days away. Her mother’s boyfriend uses the mother’s addiction to his advantage and sexually assaults Sal numerous times. Despite this Sal is tough and getting prepared because the boyfriend has made it known Peppa is next. With Sal’s resourcefulness and determination the girls will flee to the woods and start a life of self-sufficiency. Also, there is so much hope in this novel!
Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home by Jessica Fechtor. This was one of those books that just felt like home to me. While the breaking apart and coming together was important it was more the focus on food and family and friendship and gathering that pulled me in because that is such an important part of my life. A few times as I was reading it, it felt like my own story. Just such tender and wonderful words throughout this memoir. Thank you Jessica for sharing your story…and the recipes.
What are you reading on your commute? Tag your reads on social media #splbusreads
~ posted by Kara P.