I swear I'm reading. I know that I'm making my way through some super interesting books, but I'm also busy shopping, wrapping, cleaning, diapering, fundraising, cooking..... you know how it goes. Thus, it's been a million years since my last blog post. But - I do have three books to share with you!
Seinfeldia by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
This was loads of fun. Jeff super loves Seinfeld (every episode is THE BEST EPISODE EVER) and I enjoy it as well, so I got a kick sharing fun facts with him (although he somehow already knew many of them). Armstrong does a great job taking the reader through the world of Seinfeld from inception to present and from everyone's perspective, which was cool. This would be a fantastic book to pick up after you've just finished something heavy, especially if you enjoy the show (and who doesn't?)
Let It Go by Dame Stephanie Shirley
Okay, a couple of things about this book - first, it's hard to find, because there are any number of reading materials with this title, Frozen aside. This is why I link to all of my books! Second, a donor recommended this book to me. For a while, a donor (who I have still never met) and I became pen pals to some extent and along the way, he said that I had to read this book. It lingered on my TBR list for a year or so and I finally bit the bullet and read it - thank goodness!
Five stars, hands down. This is a memoir with honesty like I've never seen (one line: "It took a long time for our marriage to recover from that. In fact, I'm not sure it ever did fully recover." Damn.) about a woman who started a tech company in her house, forever ago before tech was even much of a thing, and built and built and built and then she basically became one of the richest people ever and then gave everything away. WHILE raising a son with autism and seizures. This book was so good sometimes I had to just put it down for a while. There's a lot to process. Go read this one! Highly recommend!
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
This had the potential to be the perfect kind of book for me - a complex family saga with tons of fun issues to pick apart, lots of fun tense weird relationships, a large span of time covered so we can see characters evolve...not to mention lots of wine and luxury.
It wasn't *awful*, in fact, I'd still call it a solid "Good", but the two components that really annoyed me were: 1. the dialogue (do you ever just read a line and you're like, okay, nobody ever ever talks like this?) not to mention that some of the characters never finished a sentence ("But I- How did you-? I mean, listen, I-") and 2. one of the characters said that the name Jax is dumb. Boo! Jax is awesome. Actually in the context it was kind of funny, but still. Automatic half a star knocked off.
Still, it was worth reading for those who enjoy a good family-issues 500+ doorstop. It could be pretty heavy, so you'd have to pick up a book about Seinfeld to cure that book hangover.
Next up: I'm reading something on the fluffier side and then something else on the even fluffier side. Two piles of fluff, is what I'm working with right now. But it's good timing! It's Christmastime, and I don't really want to be hanging out in World War 2 right now or something. What are YOU reading?
Mom of four, wife of one. By day I fund-raise with coffee, by night I read with wine and chocolate.