I mentioned in my Grindstone campground review that I had finished up some books, and one friend asked “what books?” I thought about it and decided it might be fun to do an occasional post on what I’ve read and how I liked those books. Feel free to make suggestions or comment on my picks.
The Journey of Trees (Zach St. George) – I never thought about how trees move in response to conditions (like climate changes). This book is a fascinating look at how trees have moved over time and how they reproduce. A tree-hugger’s dream book!
Fantasyland (Kurt Andersen) – A series of essays disguised as book chapters that looks at how we got to the point where science and facts don’t matter, only your own worldview. From UFOs to evangelicals to medical hoaxes and cosplay, this is a challenging look at the American “dream” and how it’s playing out.
The Art of Extreme Self-Care (Cheryl Richardson) – The concept is one exercise a month, and while I skipped some of them, others were spot-on in this time of pandemic. Self-care is a good thing, and I’m always open to new ideas.
Hieroglyphics (Jill McCorkle) – Absolutely loved this novel. The writing is exquisite, and I highlighted sentences that slayed me and made me which I could write something as heart-rending and beautiful. When I got to the end, I was in tears. It starts out slow, and it’s best read in big chunks because you have to follow the threads of the three main characters a while until the braid of them comes together. But it’s worth it for the way it turns the human heart inside out.
The Expanse series (7 books, 3 novellas) – The basis for the series on Amazon Prime, which I love. I decided to read the source books, and it was a great escape for the summer. Parts are very different from the TV series, much like the Game of Thrones books were way more in-depth and complicated than that TV series. If you like sci-fi with a dash of dystopia, you might like this.
Mexican Gothic (Silvia Moreno-Garcia) – This novel got raves but I didn’t quite love it. It was weird and spooky, but the writing was pedestrian and I never connected with the characters in a meaningful enough way to care what happened to them.
Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.