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 August:
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee. I’m glad I gave myself a bit of time before I read this book. To Kill a Mockingbird was one of those books that really reached me, that molded me, and still lives with me to this day. Go Set a Watchman was what I needed to read now just like I needed Mockingbird back then. We live in a world with people on pedestals, pedestals that hide the wrong–this book reveals people are people, not gods. For those that grew up with Scout I think this is a read you can respect. I know there is controversy, I know how important Atticus is, but that’s the thing with those on pedestals; they eventually fall and what’s left determines who we are and what we stand for.
A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult. What a book! This book works its way backwards – taking you to the hostage situation inside of a clinic in Jackson, Mississippi where a gunman has fired shots. The story then moves hour by hour, slowly revealing the stories of the women who made their way to the clinic today, and also the staff working there. The narrative shows the connection we have to one another and how our decisions affect others. It was such a personal story for me; I couldn’t throw a rock between the ages of 16-21 without hitting someone pregnant. And those pregnancy stories really ran the gamut. This book really touches on the many different stories of each individual pregnancy. One of the saving graces of living in Washington State is that we have the access that many other regions don’t have. We still have some of the same prejudices, but not to the same extent either. We had clinics that had protesters, but many of us–once we told our stories–found out we weren’t alone. This book also highlights the fear we have in telling those stories, whether it’s simply going to the clinic for birth control or planning an abortion. While this book highlights such stories, I’m here to say they aren’t stereotypes–I’ve heard these stories, I’ve watched these stories, I am this story.
Bus Reads guest blogger:
Happy to be getting to Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s sequel, The War I Finally Won. Loved the first book, excited for the follow up.
-submitted via Twitter by patron Tyler
Check out The War I Finally Won from the Library. And thanks for the recommendation, Tyler!
What are you reading on your commute? Tag your reads on social media #splbusreads
~posted by Kara P.