#BookBingoNW2020: Two Books by the Same Author

Can’t believe this is our last Book Bingo square post! It’s definitely been an added challenge to stay focused. I’ve found with two books by the same author that you can go back to some of those authors you love. Re-read your favorite novel of theirs and grab one of theirs you haven’t read yet and tah-dah! Two squares done!

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T. Greenwood: I have read quite a few of Tammy’s books over the years and have found that they are all equally amazing. Her story telling creates a reality that will have you believe the characters live in your everyday life.

Breathing Water
This was the first book I read by the author, it chronicles an abusive relationship. Effie Greer confronts the ghosts of her past by going back to face the trauma of a violent day. She finds strength in the unexpected.

Rust & Stardust
Sally Horner was kidnapped in 1948 by Frank La Salle, who in order to win her trust pretended to be an FBI agent. This novel is a fictionalization of the true story that inspired Nabokov’s Lolita, but told from the perspective of Sally. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2020: Two Books by the Same Author”

Bus Reads for June and July: Quarantine Edition

I’ve been trying to stick with physical books while working from home, mostly from my bookshelves or from our local bookshop here in Tacoma. I did manage to snag an ebook with my library card from Overdrive that was a very quick read. Quarantine reading has been pretty slow going compared to my commute reading days when I could do a book a week, but I’ll take what I can get! Here’s what I read at home in June and July:

A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen

I know now probably isn’t the best time to read a pandemic novel, but I’ve always been a fan of the dystopian side of things. While I have tried to stay away from them they still keep calling to me. This read was recommended by a co-worker and I was lucky enough to get it from Overdrive. It was a very quick read with some similiar moments to our time now, but also a completely different story. It focuses around three main characters whose lives intersect: a father and daughter still coming to turns with losing their wife and mother, a wedding and event planner trying to get by, and a bride-to-be with a hidden past. Their lives will connect in beautiful and unexpected ways. Continue reading “Bus Reads for June and July: Quarantine Edition”

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”

#BookBingoNW: Published in the 1920s

Book Bingo is taking us back in time to the 1920s! Books published in the 1920s made up most of my English curriculum and though it was often hard to love a book that was assigned, that century on its own has held a lot of fascination for me, especially now, a hundred years later.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)

This was one of the few books assigned to me that stuck and stuck hard. I fell in love with Gatsby’s world, this idea of trying so hard to battle where you come from. The thought of losing oneself to become what someone else wants no matter the cost was mind blowing to me. But also the visually stunning landscape, the decadence, when Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby film came out it felt like it was made for me. It had all the beauty and the darkness visualized perfectly, with an amazing soundtrack! Continue reading “#BookBingoNW: Published in the 1920s”

Slowing Down

For me March was always the kick off to camping season. Finding a cabin early in the season then in April heading to our family campsite on the Olympic Peninsula for opening day of fishing; May and June to Eastern Washington before it gets too hot and that itch to go and explore is still there. To combat that sense of go, go, go I walk since it’s now my only form of escape. What I noticed this time around, since I have the time and don’t feel a need to rush, I actually pay more attention to my surroundings.

Still image from 10 Parks That Changed AmericaI found a pocket park near my house. A tribute to fallen motorcyclists with trees and placards honoring those who had passed. Walking through slowly I read all the names and couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen it before. Maybe because it was next to a busy street and so more of a place we pass then visit, but not that day. Continue reading “Slowing Down”