Bus Reads for May: Quarantine Edition

My main form of reading on the bus was audio books, then that changed to long walks with a pair of earbuds, but as the weeks go on it’s been physical books on my shelf that have been getting more and more attention even though my reading habits have drastically slowed. Here’s what I read at home in May:

Creatures by Crissy Van Meter. Set on Winter Island off the coast of Southern California, we meet Evie who has mostly been left to herself having been abandoned by her mother and raised by a neglectful father. Her father is famous for his marijuana strain called Winter Wonderland, but relying on the seasonal tourist boom finds them struggling financially more often than not. Her mother comes in and out of her life over the years, most recently a few days before her wedding day when a dead whale has washed to shore. A story about Evie finding out who she is, what she wants, and how the Continue reading “Bus Reads for May: Quarantine Edition”

Bus Reads for April: Quarantine Edition

I’ve found that commuting by bus gave me a lot more time to focus on my reading and being at home creates so many distractions, I have less time to focus on a book in my hand. My few little escapes to walk the neighbor have really been the only time I can slow down and listen to a book. Here’s what I read at home in April:

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn. In a business deal with a supposed friend, Raynor and Moth lose everything they have and become homeless. On top of that Moth has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. They make the decision with the little time they have left to walk the 630 miles of coastal path from Somerset to Dorset. This memoir, despite all the loses, was incredibly hopeful and the scenery was breathtaking. From the people they meet along the way and the opportunities that are discovered, it reaffirmed for me that life is what we make of it. Continue reading “Bus Reads for April: Quarantine Edition”

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.

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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”