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 February:
Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera. This novel reminded me of Where the Crawdads Sing and I can’t quite tell you why. Three women, Gertrude, Retta and Annie, from three different classes, while seen as so different come together to find strength. Gertrude seen by everyone as poor white trash will do ANYTHING she can to save her daughters, Retta a first generation freed slave that works for the Coles, the family that once owned her family. And Annie the matriarch of the Coles. All in all this story just reminded me of the strength of women and how powerful we can be.
Lanny by Max Porter. This book was so great! Odd and weird and beautiful – best read through audiobook in my opinion. Each character has their own unique voice and Dead Papa Toothwort is perfectly captured. Lanny is a unique boy, misunderstood by most. A distant father usually annoyed by his sons oddness finds escape in his commute to London from their village. His mother is more open to her son’s quirks. She connects Lanny with a local artist who comes to adore him. But when Lanny goes missing the village is turned upside down and in the end Dead Papa Toothwort will have to be reckoned with.
What are you reading on your commute? Tag your reads on social media #splbusreads
~posted by Kara P.