Commuting to Seattle by bus five days a week gives me a lot of reading time, but in the world of quarantine being home does too! Here’s what I read at home in March:
The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman. Sad and beautiful. I tend to shy away from any books that have to do with WW2 because it just breaks my heart too much. But this novel with it’s mixture of history and magical realism, while still sad, was easier to take in for me. It’s also a novel that has amazing women in it–with all the strength and power they possess. It was awe inspiring to read. A story of motherhood, of loss, of faith, but mostly of love.
The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine. Identical twins, Laurel and Daphne, who share a love of words, will also be driven apart by them. I’m still sitting with this read. I loved the precociousness of the girls when they were younger –they delighted me with how awkward they made the adults in their lives feel…so entertaining! But as they got older they were so bratty and it was hard for me to care about them after awhile. It was only when they started to lose each other and the people around them that I got interested again, and by the end I liked where it went. Worth sticking to especially if you enjoy grammar and words.
What are you reading on your commute, even if that commute is from the bedroom to the couch? Tag your reads on social media #splbusreads
~posted by Kara P.