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 January:
The River at Night by Erica Ferenik. Every year four friends, Wini, Pia, Sandra, and Rachel plan a trip, to spend time together and get away from everyday life. This year it’s a five day white water rafting trip in the Maine wilderness. Wini is not too keen on the idea and everything is telling her not to go, but these are her best friends. Together these women set off on this once in a lifetime adventure; however, all does not go as planned and it will take everything they have to try to survive. A fun read, quick and exciting. It had moments of predictability, but the language and writing was fantastic. She really captured place and setting well. While the narrator Wini, was definitely my gal, I would have liked to hear more from the other women, maybe chapters back and forth. However, you get their stories throughout so they become known to you.
The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland. Lena is the last transcriptionist working for a large New York city paper, the Record. As the stories have floated her way through her headset it’s only this latest one that has haunted her so much, the story of a blind woman who commits suicide by giving herself over to the lions at the zoo. This was a lovely little read, but I wanted more. I felt like it ended right when it was supposed to begin. Also, for some reason I thought there was going to be a much bigger mystery to solve. So maybe this is a case of never have expectations because again it was beautiful and rich and a really great testimonial to the times. I also just really loved this character.
Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller. With a twinge of Ready Player One with the way people are living and connecting – not so much video games/80’s worshiping, but very much seems stemmed in reality – could we become this? A critic of sorts to how we as a society operate. The world is struggling, as countries fall due to extreme climate change some make their way to Qaanaaq, a floating city and technological marvel, but it’s not quite a perfect haven from the storm. It too struggles with class discrimination, disease, racism, and economic inequality. Voices tell their story of their life there and as you read them you see how they are part of something, a bigger voice – a much larger story. This book took me a bit, but once I started seeing the connections – the story as a whole- I couldn’t put it down. However, I want more, maybe just one more chapter, but in the end it’s what our imagination makes it and I think it all turns out okay in the end.
What are you reading on your commute? Tag your reads on social media #splbusreads
~posted by Kara P.