Bus Reads for March: Quarantine Edition

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 KnewBook cover for The World 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. Continue reading “Bus Reads for March: Quarantine Edition”

Bus Reads for February

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:

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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. Continue reading “Bus Reads for February”

Bus Reads for December

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 December:

37796866. sy475 Vox by Christina Dalcher. A read-alike for A Handmaids Tale, women of America can no longer hold jobs and are limited to 100 words a day. They are forced to wear a bracelet that will give an electric shock if they break their silence after their word limit. Dr. Jean McClellan was once a cognitive linguist – she watches her daughter endure these limits. An opportunity comes that could make a change not just for her and her family, but all women.29936927

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. A story of identity and home – the author tells the story of her family from life in war torn Vietnam to their escape to America. It’s a reminder for a lot of us to not disregard the immigrant story and how our family makes us who we are. Continue reading “Bus Reads for December”

Bus Reads for November

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 November:

The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones. In a dystopian world those seeking adventure and a chance to see nature pay a high price tag to explore outside the salt line – a burnt markation that separates humans from the disease carrying ticks that inhabit the outer zones. But not every one on this trip is there by chance and when they encounter not only ticks, but also people it will take everything they have to survive and those that do must asks themselves if life is better outside the salt line or in. The author does an amazing job of giving you the history of all the characters as she slowly reveals their stories throughout the book. Really enjoyed its uniqueness! Continue reading “Bus Reads for November”

Bus Reads for October

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 October:

Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik. Running from her past, Lily seeks a different sort of adventure after her teaching job in Bolivia ends and her listlessness grows tiring. In meeting Omar her new adventure begins. She heads into the jungle to the village he was born in, in a jungle where everything is trying to kill you. This book surprised me at first: I thought the girl was crazy to go off into the jungle, but she really does grow throughout the novel. She doesn’t take on this new life until she has no choice, but you can see despite some of her protests she has learned and embraced her jungle family. I also enjoyed the added elements of mysticism. Continue reading “Bus Reads for October”