#1. Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Currently readying and savoring this one. I could have finished it in one sitting, but I enjoy Rosenthal’s voice so much that I don’t want it to end. This is an usual book concept. Read the description in the link to understand it! It was given to me as a gift from a dear member of the writing group I co-lead in Minneapolis on Thursdays. Thank you again, Carolyn!
This was my December pick from The Book Of The Month Club. Currently ready and liking, but not obsessing over it. Definitely a good read though.
#3. On Living by Kerry Egan
This book of reflections from a hospice chaplain came into my life at the perfect. Even it wasn’t the perfect time for personally, it’s a beautifully written account from someone who has been there in the last days for many others’ last days. Incredible wisdom.
#4. Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living by Manjula Martin
I enjoyed this nonfiction collection of essays about making money (or not) as a writer. It was as an advance copy from netgalley.com. I chose it because I really liked Martin’s magazine, also called Scratch, which shut down last year. Some of the essays were more relatable to me than others. I especially liked the interviews with Cheryl Strayed, Roxane Gay, and Susan Orlean.
#5. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
The narrative pace was a little hard for me to follow, but I did like the voice. I’d say I liked, but by no means loved it. Quick read, which I did like!
#6. The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction by Neil Gaiman
Thick book of essays, but actually a quicker read. I liked it a lot, but I definitely skimmed more than read many of the essays.
#7. You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
This memoir is a comedian’s take on race and feminism. It’s a light touch (tons of pop culture references) to a heavy topic. I did the audio because whenever a standup comic or any type of comedian writes a memoir, I like to hear the voice.
#8. A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel by Amor Towles
Currently reading but putting aside for a little while
#9. The Best of Adam Sharp: A Novel by Graeme Simsion
I really liked this novel from the author of The Rosie Project. I found Adam charming and relatable as a narrator, and I found the situation of wondering about a long lost love relatable as well. Thank you to netgalley.com for the early review copy.
#10. Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
Rereading this one, a favorite from around 2000.
This is my February Book of The Month Club selection. It’s on deck to read next.
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