What’s on my night stand? (Or my audible player?):
A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles
I am thoroughly enjoying making my way slowly through this tome. It’s a long one, and I’m a slow reader, but it is well worth savoring. I love how this NPR book review put it: “All of the verbal excess, the gently funny mock-epic digressions, the small capers and cast of colorful characters, add up to something undeniably mannered but also undeniably pleasant.” It may take me a few months to finish this one, but I know I will tackle his first novel, Rules of Civility, once I’m done.
I’m slowing consuming Chasing Slow, which seems fitting considering it’s subject matter. The book has captured my attention, but not to the point that I can’t put it down. I am enjoying reading Erin’s telling of her story and the things she has painstakingly learned. Perhaps my favorite thing about her writing is not even the content, though, but her cadence. I love the rhythm of her words, her sentences. And I’m enjoying the structure of her book. Definitely a keeper!
P.S. Follow Erin on Instagram @erinloechner; you’ll be glad you did!
by Jon Acuff
This is another one that I’m listening to, this time via Hootsuite, my library’s audiobook app. I’m not very far into it, but I am enjoying it so far. I’m not sure exactly how much it will apply to me, as I currently have my dream job at my dream organization. But there is always room for improvement!
Whispers in the Reading Room
by Shelley Gray
I am listening to Whispers in the Reading Room via Audible on my drive home from work each day (and the once-in-a-while walks I take with the baby). While I do enjoy historical fiction to an extent (it was all I read as a child/young adult!), and love a good mystery, and of course a turn of the century library is fun for a bibliophile, I am finding this one difficult to get into. I think it is in part due to the constantly hurried tone of the narrator (Tavia Gilbert) and in part due to the very slow start. I’m 3.5 hours in at this point and still waiting for something to happen.
The Kill Fee
It was about this time last year that I brought my little Fiona home from the hospital and the first book I picked up was The Jazz Files by another Fiona, so I admittedly have a soft spot in my heart for these books. But a romp through 1920s London is always enjoyable, and spending it investigating mysterious deaths associated with the Russian revolution (a nice tie in to A Gentleman in Moscow, above) is even better. This was wholeheartedly fun, if not particularly original.
Check back for a full review coming soon!
by Jennifer Adams
This was Fiona’s Valentine’s Day gift from Mama and Daddy — an emotions primer based on Jane Austen’s Emma! I love BabyLit books, they are enjoyable to read to my daughter and expose her to some of the wonderful characters and story lines that she will be reading when she is older. And I thought a book about emotions would be a fitting Valentine’s Day gift. The BabyLit books are sturdy too, so I don’t have to worry about Fiona destroying them. I love to let her hold them and carry them around and love on them as only a one-year-old can.