Bus Reads for September

Today is my dad’s birthday, he would have been 63 years old, but sadly I lost him to a sudden heart attack five months ago. Although my grief has settled a bit he is very much on my mind this month so I thought I’d use books as a form of therapy; seeing the commonality of loss and gain a sense of normalcy in something that doesn’t sit so comfortably in one’s reality.

H is for Hawk Find H is for Hawk in the SPL catalogby Helen Macdonald. I wasn’t two pages in before a sense of familiarity crept under my skin. The role of nature in her life, a father’s wisdom of patience, and the overwhelming and selfish sense of loss that causes you to turn in on yourself. I also discovered there was a thirty year difference between her and her father, just like me and mine. Helen and I are in the same club; that was the instant draw for me, but I also got lost in the tale of this woman’s obsession. I found myself forgetting about my own loss pages and pages at a time and began to wander with her in the journey of her and her goshawk. Continue reading “Bus Reads for September”

Bus Reads for August

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Swan Gondola by Timothy Schaffert was along the same vein as Morgenstern’s The Night Circus with a bit of Baum’s Wizard of Oz thrown in. It takes place in 1898 and tells a love story in the midst of the fictional Omaha World’s Fair. In the beginning though before that story unfolds a hot air balloon lands on the house of the Old Sisters Egan, Hester and Emmaline, when they confront the pilot, B. “Ferret” Skerritt, the story of Cecily and Ferret slowly begins…it’s a quirky tale that you will either love or hate…even I’m still not sure, but it’s a good read-alike recommendation and was interesting enough for a bus ride. Continue reading “Bus Reads for August”

Bus Reads for July

American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis is an entertaining and hilarious take on the ups and downs of domesticity. These twelve stories take you from disputes of interior design to suggestions on how to be a grown-ass lady to a stream of consciousness in the day in the life of housewifedom. Some of the stories were definitely relatable, even to a non-housewife like myself. I’ve recommended this book to a plethora of women in my life; you may need to add this to your women-focused book club! Continue reading “Bus Reads for July”

Bus Reads for June

The commute from hell? Hardly. Here are some titles that have turned my long bus commute into reading heaven.

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins introduces us to Ray and Luz. In the not so distant future, this couple lives in a water hungry southern California town. Living on their own in an abandoned mansion, each day is spent in the shadow of decadence that no longer exists. As they make their way to collect rations, a little girl catches Luz’s eye and the idea of a better life starts to bloom in her. As the child, Luz and Ray make their way out of town, obstacles get in their path and separate them. While hope is all but lost, Luz clings to the little girl and the makeshift life they start to have in a desert oasis. But all is not what it seems…this book was amazing! Continue reading “Bus Reads for June”

Bus Reads for May

The commute from hell? Hardly. Here are some titles that have turned my long bus commute into reading heaven.

The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen; when you are the star of a basketball team in a small town all eyes are on you, that’s the case for Mercy Louis. However successful she may be on the court things lie ahead that are less than perfect and the road out of town gets more and more difficult. Between her over-controlling religious grandmother, a mother’s abandonment, and a town’s secret, the whole world turns upside down for Mercy and the girls in the town of Port Sabine. There were a few emotional hard spots to get through, but I enjoyed how different this novel was, even though the small town theme has been played before this seemed like a very real possibility and that kind of made the creep factor more real. Continue reading “Bus Reads for May”