You remember Becky and Brie, right? Ok good. Today kicks off the first of our bi-monthly (as in every two months…so strange a word can mean twice a month or every two months) series re-capping what we’re reading, our favourite of the lot, and which one(s) we’re looking forward to. In the summer we’ll add beach reads and before Christmas, picks for gifts.
Allison: I was doing really well at finishing a book a week until last week; I was tired, cranky, and honestly preferred an episode (or three) of Nashville on Netflix to reading. Or maybe cracking open my first Hemmingway novel was intimidating. Either way, Ernest is still on the nightstand and I have a sinus infection which is making focusing on reading really, really hard.
Favourite: Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life, Kelsey Miller. I loved it. I’ve been following Kelsey’s Refinery 29 column, The Anti-Diet Project, for a few years now and her book was even better (I can not say the same for Field Guide, also a biography by a columnist, I did not like the writing style at all).
I’m in year 20-something of a long-standing, seemingly never ending, feud with my body. It loves dairy and carbs and I hate it. It loves to hold on to pounds and I hate it. It’s refreshing to read something so honest that wasn’t “solved” with a can-do attitude, extra time in the gym, and carrot sticks for lunch. While that works for some people (go you! no, honestly, that’s awesome if it’s your thing), it’s not me. I do not have a can-do attitude about anything and having the lowest of low self-esteems I detest the gym. There’s a chapter about mindlessness (or the positive, mindfulness) and how Kelsey filled every second of her day with distractions (internet, podcasts, music, tv, reading) as to not have to be alone with her thoughts. That was terrifying and eye-opening. That’s what I do. I fill up every second of my day: iTunes or a DVD series while I work, more music while I prep dinner, TV or Netflix in the evening, and if I can’t sleep, more music. Silence was (IS) my enemy, and honestly, even though I’m aware of it, I’m not ready to turn off the noise/distractions just yet.
Looking forward to: In a twist of fate every book on my to-read list is currently available at the library. With all the rave reviews I’m thinking The Light Between Oceans. My list includes: The Paris Affair, The War That Saved My Life (thanks Brie), The Invisible Bridge, The Nightingale, and All the Light We Cannot See. Maybe try Hemmingway again? I’m just going to cry myself through February and March, aren’t I? Gotta get the serious ones out of the way now because I refuse to read heavy material on vacation and I’m headed to Florida at the end of March.
Becky: I’ve never really kept track of how fast (or slow) I read and how many books I read in a year. This year I decided that I would aim to read at least one book a month. So far I’ve already finished four and am well on my way to completing a fifth by the end of the month.
Favourite: It’s so hard choosing a favourite. It’s a toss up between both Gillian Flynn books and Yes Please. I think I will choose Yes Please this month. While the essays about her early career days weren’t as interesting (or funny) to me, the personal essays really touched me. The first 100 pages were the best, and this passage has really stayed with me since reading, “When the demon starts to slither my way and say bad shit about me I turn around and say, “Hey. Cool it. Amy is my friend. Don’t talk about her like that.” Sticking up for ourselves in the same way we would about one of our friends is a hard but satisfying thing to do. Sometimes it works.”
Looking Forward To: I just started reading Can I Say, the memoir of Travis Barker, which I’m really excited to get into being a big Blink 182 and Travis Barker fan. I have a thing for biographies and memoirs. Side note: one time, I saw Travis and his kids in the lobby of a hotel room before a show in Edmonton. We’re basically best friends now.
Brie: January started out really strong for me on the reading front, and I read some great books. February hasn’t been as kind to me. I chalk it up to my mom visiting so my husband and I got a few extra date nights which means less time to read in the evenings. Or maybe my last few book choices just weren’t as engaging? Here’s hoping for a better end to the month!
Favourite: Can I pick two? It was so hard to choose as I read two amazing books in January, but they were both from completely different genres . If I have to pick, then I’m going with The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. This is a heartbreaking and beautiful story about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who’ve suffered several miscarriages and a stillbirth. When a baby shows up in a rowboat, the couple makes decisions that will impact their lives and those around them, more than they ever could have imagined. A truly captivating story, and one that will stick with you for a long, long time once that last page is turned. Keep a box of tissues nearby!
Looking forward to: The hardest part for me, as an avid reader, is deciding what book to read next. My TBR (to-be-read) pile is always growing, and even when I think I have an idea of what I want my next book to be, there’s always a new one being added to the list! A few I’m hoping to tackle in the next month: Into the Abyss by Carol Shaben, The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom, and The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis. Too many books, too little time, amiright?
What are you reading? See you in 2 months with another re-cap.