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 January

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 January:

40180117 The Wall by John Lanchester. Due to climate change an island nation has built a wall to keep out the Others – those adrift. Each citizen is assigned wall duty for two years. The most recent defender is Joseph Kavanagh and we join him on his journey. One of the biggest worries on the wall is if the Others do attack and get through, a defender gets sent out to sea in their place. So, so good!

 

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Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett. Just an all around good story of a family after loss – coming to terms with grief and how it manifests in all of us. Jessa has taken over the family’s taxidermy business after her father commits suicide. The business however is struggling and so is everyone else in the family. Trying to hold everything together is taking its toll and the family will have to come to terms with a multitude of losses and failures to find themselves again. I loved how the author delves into the brokenness of the characters, but also how they all fit together, and, honestly, of how great a team they are when they finally start to breathe again. This one is definitely on my favorites list. Continue reading “Bus Reads for January”

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”