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 March:
If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio. On the day that Oliver is released from prison, Detective Colborne, who worked the case and is now retired, has come to ask a question. Oliver agrees to answer, but in his own way. He takes him back 10 years to when he and his classmates at Dellecher Classical Conservatory were working their way through Shakespeare. In their fourth year, the tragedy that was so popular in Shakespeare finally takes its toll. I was a little worried that the Shakespeare would overwhelm me, but the author did an amazing job of making the story accessible for everyone – both those enthralled by the stage and those who prefer to sit in the shadows. I also loved all the characters; they felt so real and flawed.
Rough Animals by Rae Delbianco. Reminded me of some of my other favorite books — the Miriam Black series by Chuck Wendig, due to its grit and violence, as well as a badass female, and The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis, also due to its female characters with the added addition of the change of the land due to something big. This was in simplest form a Western with its violence and shootouts, but ultimately a story of family and survival, no matter the cost. An edge-of-your-seat read!
The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater by Alanna Okun. A love letter to crafters. I found myself laughing, sympathizing, and crying through this whole book. Memories of my own grandma came roaring through and the talent she passed on to all of us in some way, the biggest gift was her heart, her overwhelming capacity to love, not just her family, but misfits and lost children. And then my own mother who makes magic in everything she does, I’m in constant awe of her power…and my friends and myself and all those made things in the world. Just an all-around beautiful collection. I want to buy a copy for everyone I know!
What are you reading on your commute? Tag your reads on social media #splbusreads.
~posted by Kara P.