February: Books

Seven

Date & Time

Date & Time by Phil Kaye
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I stumbled on Phil Kaye several years ago while in college (re: An Origin Story with Sarah Kay that holds some of my favorite lines of poetry, still) and have been a fan since. In this collection he explores grief, technology, and growing up. It is wonderful, thought-provoking, and honest, much like the rest of his work.
Tiny story about picking this up: my friend, Diana, who lives in New Hampshire, also loves Phil Kaye’s poetry. Rather than go to the reading at Porter Square Books in Cambridge (alone), I took off work and drove north into the deep snow banks and spent the weekend exploring “real winter” (because somehow Boston is still not real winter). We went to Print: A Bookstore in Portland, ME (my love affair with Maine continues) and met Phil! It was a pretty great adventure.

Eight

Me for You

Me for You by Lolly Winston
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This was a bit of a struggle for me. I appreciate the author’s depiction of grief, but I wish there had been more character development, more stories about Rudy’s family. At times it seemed hard to relate to the characters, but this is also just one more book involving death that I’ve read in 2019. I wonder if my perspective would shift if my circumstances were different. I’ve seen that to be true of books in the past. Nonetheless, this wasn’t my favorite.

Thanks Gallery Books for the ARC!

Nine

Martha Berry: A Woman of Courageous Spirit and Bold Dreams

Martha Berry: A Woman of Courageous Spirit and Bold Dreams by Joyce Blackburn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
*warning: tons of Berry gushing ahead
As a Berry alum, Martha has impacted my life in a million different ways she will never know.
I knew many of these stories from college, but had never read them chronologically.
The zeal and gumption Martha possessed to defy social norms and accomplish a dream that still exists today are unparalleled. I could sing her praises for days, though I’m sure she was often a difficult woman to be around because of her stubbornness.
Nonetheless I am unendingly grateful for her and for Joyce Blackburn’s account of her life.
For non-alum, this is still a fascinating story of a woman who wouldn’t give up on her dream. I absolutely recommend it.

Ten

The Custom of the Army (Lord John Grey, #2.75)

The Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I am officially a sucker for this series. If you’re reading this you probably already know that I read all the “big books” in 2018. Several of those I read as audiobooks: in the car (17 hours from Georgia to Massachusetts), in the mornings while getting ready for bed, and on slow Saturday mornings. I have missed these characters and storylines so much! It was great to be back with familiar faces (can one say that about a book character?). I will be reading all of Gabaldon’s Outlander novellas in impatient anticipation of book nine!

Eleven

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have heard great things about this book on and off over the years, but there’s nothing like a movie preview to make me run and grab a book. First of all, I love the format. I’m a firm believer that format is almost as important as content in a book. This is delivered to the reader as a collection of letters, emails, notes, and much more. It’s wonderful. The plot itself… riveting and so enjoyable! The characters are wonderfully done. Semple does something different with details and storytelling that I really enjoyed.
AND Antarctica is involved: hello, my bucketlist!
Go read this!

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