Ever since I joined the neighborhood book club, I’ve been reading more books that other people might consider reading. (Usually, I read really dry nonfiction that mostly only I would care about.) But, today I will share the past couple of weeks’ worth of reading. It’s better than ranting about Facebook and the internet, but will get fewer hits, I wager.
Book Club Book
This month, we chose my favorite genre, the memoir, as our book. Becoming, by Michelle Obama, had everything in it I like in a memoir, including figuring out how she ended up where she is, stories about interesting mentors, and from what I can tell, honesty. I always like it when I find things in common with others, and there were a few times when good ole Miche said something like it was coming out of my own mouth. It’s worth reading, especially if you’re familiar with Chicago and can enjoy a trip down memory lane.
The NPR Books
This probably reeks of intellectual elitism, but I actually do get a lot of my book suggestions from NPR (National Public Radio for all you folks in India that appear to visit this blog). I just finished Underground, which I told you about a couple of weeks ago. Other than spouting off a few cliches that irritated me (that tired story that there are isolated people in Appalachia who still speak with Irish accents), I really liked it. The commonalities caves all over the world have surprised me. That whole “underworld and spirituality” thing is universal.
I just got The Heavens, which is a novel by Sandra Newman that sounded so strange and fascinating that I just had to get it. Apparently, the protagonist gets stuck in her dreams or prefers to live in her dream life more than “reality,” which keeps changing on her. I like my dream friends, too, so this sounded good to me.
The other NPR book I ordered this month is called Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live, by Rob Dunn, and it’s more of my usual reading material: a book about all the organisms and other living beings you’ll find in your own home. It sound like my kind of icky but fascinating stuff. I’ll probably be reading it at the same time as The Heavens, since I can only do novels for so long, and it’s hard to keep me away from my nature-loving nature.
I need to stop listening to book reviews.
Why, yes, I’ve been reading other things, such as the raising chickens book in the for Dummies series. I now answer lots of questions about chicken reproduction and how eggs are formed. I’m sure glad I read this book before the deluge of questions came out of the blue.
I’ve been trying to read A Dog’s Purpose, but books like that get me all weepy unless I’m in a good frame of mind, which I’m not. Dog lovers should read it, if they already haven’t, since it’s been out a while, and is a movie and all that. It’s obviously beloved, and regular people can read it just fine.
The final book I want to share is because it’s so beautiful. I’m reading it a few pages at a time. It’s a beautiful abridged translation of The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben. The photographs selected to go with the text about how trees communicate and share with each other are amazing. It’s a great book to leave out for friends to discover. It will be sitting on my table, along with a book full of bird pictures, for quite some time.
All right, friends, go read something YOU like!