Although we’ve had a few days of sunshine, May has been mostly cool and rainy here. Since I turned 49 this month, I got out the time capsule to send messages back to my younger self: advice to my 19-year-old self, my 29-year-old self and my 39-year-old self.
Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy and May’s Quick Lit.
The Penderwicks in Spring
Number four in the Penderwicks series is not as light-hearted as the first three. But I felt the more serious themes were handled well and the characters were just as charming and engaging as the rest of the series. Thumbs up for Jeanne Birdsall and the Penderwicks.
A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
This is my third Inspector Gamache mystery and I didn’t enjoy it as much as the other two. I’m not sure if there was more language in this one or if it just bothered me more. Lots of twists and turns, good complexity of human nature, but I’m not sure if I’ll keep reading this series or not.
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Quick read. Very literary but kind of depressing. It did get me thinking about family relationships, though, especially about dysfunction and marriage and inter-generational relationships. I guess any book that gets you thinking has some redemptive qualities, right?
Boys in the Boat, Young Readers edition, by Daniel James Brown
I originally checked out the print version of Boys in the Boat from the library to read to my 16-year-old. When that had to go back, I checked out the e-version. When that was returned, there were no more available copies of the book. So, I checked out the young readers edition. I liked it even better than the original.
A huge takeaway for me from this book was the critical element of trust in teamwork. I already believed it. But it was re-inforced in a new way.
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
There are two types of people in the world: those who divide everyone up in groups and those who don’t. Rubin definitely does her homework. The groups she divides people up into rings true. I find myself wandering through the store thinking, “My husband’s an overbuyer and I’m an underbuyer.” She has influenced my thinking.
Priceless by Robert Wittman
Our family loves watching Psych, Sherlock and the Mentalist. I’ve wondered how true detective stories stacked up again the fiction. In Priceless, Robert Wittman chronicled his years as an FBI agent pursuing international art thieves.
Of course I love that Wittman is a devoted family man. I liked reading the behind the scenes and true life stories. I liked the psychological aspects–the good guy being the con man to entice the villain in.
My favorite part was the congratulatory email Wittman received from a man he put behind bars. They had come to like and respect each other, even when it was discovered that they played for different teams.
Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist
This has been on my TBR list for months. I snagged it on a $1.99 kindle sale, which pushed it to the top of my list.
Each short chapter has a reflection on hospitality, life around the table or friendships and ends with a recipe.
Even though I don’t have the gift of hospitality, the idea of food and cooking as a way to build friendships resonated with me. I thought I wouldn’t be able to relate to Shauna’s life, but I found that I did.
So glad I finally got around to this book.
What are you reading this month?
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