June was a fairly light month in my reading life. I started a couple of classics on audiobook that I just couldn’t get through, including Little Women, which was just badly produced, and Lord of the Rings, which I think I wasn’t ready to tackle. I seemed to bounce between light palette cleansers and deep meaningful selections. Should you wish to purchase these titles I have linked to Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you from qualifying purchases. Let’s dig in!
Laymon writes about weight, being a black man in America and his relationship with his mother. There are some pretty tough parts but I’d definitely recommend it for great writing and gaining perspective. As a white woman, again and again, I thought “I don’t get it” and it brought home how much more work I need to do to fully grasp the feelings expressed here. Important stuff!
After my DNF of The March by E.L. Doctorow I checked this out on audiobook from my library and literally can’t recommend it highly enough. This is a beautiful retelling of the battle of Gettysburg written in 1987 which won Pulitzer prize but was largely unheard of until it was optioned by Hollywood. This is one of those books that you find yourself saying “no, no, no, don’t do that!” even when you know the outcome. Shaara examined the feelings and motivations of the principals in such an in deep, profound way. What absolutely beautiful writing.
So, I love a good decluttering, organizing or minimizing book and I really appreciate it when the author offers a glimpse of their “before” that I can relate to. I enjoyed White’s philosophy for decluttering that focused on the space(container) you have available to store your stuff. She didn’t push to get rid of a certain percentage of things or ask you to thank each item for its service. I found this book very realistic and doable. Recommended.
I’m really torn about what to say about this book. I think I would have preferred she separate the trauma of her upbringing from her acting career into two books. She spent a lot of time explaining her Flying Nun role and how she never wanted to do it. Since, she’s won two oscars, it just wasn’t necessary. Honestly, I would have preferred the book be read by someone other than the author because her narrative tone transmitted a bitterness that the words alone might have missed. In the end, It was interesting but hard to recommend.
I picked this up because The Paris Wife is one of my favorite books. I love stories about Hemingway and his circle in the 20’s and 30’s. Martha Gellhorn was an amazing writer in her own right and in this case the romance overshadows her accomplishments. Sadly, I understand how she must have felt. Also, I think McLain missed an opportunity to explore the devolving relationship Gellhorn had with Hemingway that eventually led to their separation. It read a bit like: romance, romance, romance, romance and done. She had a decades long career packed with amazing experiences. Perhaps, a sequel is in order. Still a great read.
You can check out my May reading list here. Please let me know in the comments what you have enjoyed reading this summer.