Hello to you from the inside of my house. This is where it all goes down. All of it.
Including reading! I wish I was reading at a faster clip, but alas, I still have to fundraise and rear the kids, darn the socks, slop the pigs. But I did devour some super books in the last couple of weeks and here they are!
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
One of my favorite sources for book recommendations is my dear friend Kara. She recommended H is for Hawk quite a while ago, and I just couldn’t pull the trigger on it until now. Because….I’m not super interested in hawks, and I was concerned that the book would be all about hawks.
So this book was all about a hawk. But if you pluck it out of the line-up at just the right time, when you’ve got the focus to read this terrific memoir about one woman’s quest to deal with the grief of the loss of her father by way of training a hawk…it works. This is gorgeously written, and I would recommend reading it in just a few sittings as opposed to multiple stop-starts. I enjoyed how the author interwove the story of a famous author’s hawk-training with her own.
Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow
I dove into this on my Kindle, not realizing that it was over 500 pages long. So that’s a long book, but it was a swift 500 pages, full of great conversation/interviews with some of the best comedians EVER, including many of my favorites. Of particular interest to me was his interviews with Jerry Seinfeld – one in 1984 and one just a few years ago.
This book definitely WOULD be an excellent stop-and-start option, and one that will have you flagging various movies and shows and comedy specials to check out if you haven’t already.
My ambition used to be stand-up comedy and while I still think I would have been awesome, Sick in the Head really illustrates how tough of a life that can be. Maybe I’ll wait until later when I’m a grandma, and that will be my shtick!
I would highly recommend this book if you love comedy (and why wouldn’t you?)
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
Thanks to my resolve to quit crappy books once I realize they’re crappy, I’ve had a string of SOLID READS. Three for three this round!
Horror used to be my genre, weirdly, because now it is super NOT my genre. So I’ve read some Stephen King – Carrie, Insomnia, Thinner, Cujo… maybe a handful of others I’m not remembering. But I came across this book while sorting stuff a few weeks ago and, knowing that it is NOT horror, I threw it on my pile.
I loved it. It’s an adventurous yet meaningful tale of resilience, and family, (and baseball) and what we’re left with when we’re all alone. I flew through it, and appreciated a chance to hear a story from one of our generation’s most amazing authors without having to navigate murderous clowns, or killer dogs, or dirty pillows.
Recommend! Good for younger folks too, despite just a bit of language.
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Mom of four, wife of one. By day I fund-raise with coffee, by night I read with wine and chocolate.