Book Club and Everything In Between

Sorry no delicous food recipes today. I was out of town this weekend and still haven't been to the grocery store, so I thought I'd catch you up on what I've been reading lately.

I started reading the confederacy back in August...and didn't finish it until November. So you're probably wondering why you would want to read a book that took me 4 months to read...Well I have a slight problem in that I refuse to read more than one book at once and since this is not what some would call "easy reading" it took me a bit longer. I was inspired to pick it up after Erica finished reading it. It had been on both of our "to-read" lists. I'm so glad that I did. The book is hilarious and part of me wishes that it would be possible to make it into a movie (although I think it might lose some of it's hilarity). Now whenever I see someone who's just completely ludicrous looking or acting, I think back to Ignatious and all of his craziness. You should definitely pick this book up...it won't disappoint!

Zeitoun was our December book club selection. I had never heard of it prior to getting the selection for that month. At times I had to put the book down as it made me sick to my stomach how people were treated in the aftermath of Katrina. I would recommend this book if you're interested in a real life account of living in the wake of Katrina.

This book was recommended to me by Dan. It's a memoir about grief and dealing with grief by one of his favorite authors. Reading it shortly after the passing of my grandma helped me to put things into perspective and be ok with my emotions. “Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.” I'm looking forward to reading her follow up Blue Nights when I steal it from Dan.

Dan had loaned me this book several months ago and I just hadn't picked it up. Then when we were in FL, it was laying on the counter at my parents house. I was thinking to myself "how did that get here". Then my dad also told me I should read it, so with two recommendations I picked it up next. It's a fabulous story that follows 4 people in their loneliness. It's a tearjerker. And now that I've read it, I am noticing references to Carson McCullers everywhere! She wrote the book when she was only 23. Fittingly, the book I'm currently reading for our February book club, Swamplandia!, was written by Karen Russell who is only 29. I'll let you know how it is!


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