The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzales. First off swearing and lots of it, which I love because for some reason it makes me giggle over and over and over again. But secondly, great female leads, which I also love because woman are amazing and have far more depth then often portrayed. We go back and forth between these two women, Sarah and Rose, and their stories involving the Regional Office, the history of their beginnings, and why it’s being attacked. There’s a lot more to it than that, but NO SPOILERS! Just take my word for it; it’s a truly entertaining read! Continue reading “Bus Reads for November”
The Well by Catherine Chanter has an edge of magical realism, but for the most part it is the struggle for life, marriage, family, and self under pressure; I loved it. Mark and Ruth Ardingly seek a new start. They leave their London life behind and find their new home at The Well. The Well turns out to be a sort of paradise, for while the country falls into a drought The Well still gets love from the rain. As the country gets desperate their paradise begins to turn sour. Some criticize the Ardinglys, others seek them out; Ruth’s daughter Angie, her grandson Lucien, and a religious sect called The Sisters. All of this comes into play as the first few pages we find Ruth by herself at The Well serving a prison sentence. Continue reading “Bus Reads for October”
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 by 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”
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”
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”