Book Day! Here's what I read in March:
1) A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline. Based on real life, this book is the story of Christina Olsen's life on a remote farm in Maine in the early 20th century. She has a degenerative nerve condition which gradually cripples her. In her 40's she becomes friends with the painter Andrew Wyeth and inspires his most famous work "Christina's World." I really liked Christina Baker Kline's first book, Orphan Train, but for some reason I couldn't get into this one.
2) Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller. On the other hand, I did not like Claire Fuller's first book, Our Endless Numbered Days, but I did mostly enjoy this one although it does have the sad downward trajectory of a a relationship falling apart. A dozen years ago, before she disappeared, Ingrid Coleman wrote a series of letters to her husband Gil, telling the story of their life together, and hid them in books around their house. The book alternates back and forth between the letters and the modern day as Gil and Ingrid's two grown daughters come home to care for their ailing father.
3) My Not-So-Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella. I never got into the Shopaholic series but I have enjoyed all Sophie Kinsella's other books and this one is no exception. It's about Katie Brenner, a small-town girl who is struggling to make it at an advertising agency in London, but you wouldn't know that by looking at her Instagram! While she projects the "perfect" image to the world she is obsessed by her boss, Demeter, who also appears to be perfect. But appearances (and Instagram) can be deceiving...
4) All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai. This book is different. Do you ever feel like you're reading the same book over and over? This is not that. It's set in the 2016 that people in the '50s thought we'd have - Very Jetsons. But then the main character, Tom Barren, goes back in time and alters the trajectory of time to end up in the 2016 of today. It started out really good and interesting and funny, but the last third is really confusing with many alternative realities overlapping. I've continued to think about it since I finished the book but still can't make sense of how it all worked out!
Swede's book of the month: The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits by Douglas Florian, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez.
Also! Following in the footsteps of Steph and Erin and Audrey (and I know there are others) - Here are some books I'm giving away free to a good home! Let me know if you're interested in the comments and/or email me your address at noodletotherescue(at)gmail(dot)com and I'll send them to you. The only caveat is that you continue to share the love by passing them along when you are done.
- Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner
- My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
- More than Happy: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting by Serena Miller and Paul Stutzman
- Finding Fraser by K.C. Dyer [If you like the Outlander series this is a fun read.]