What I Read - May 2022
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
I had been avoiding this book for a while. Not sure why. Because the cover is orange? That’s weird but orange really is the worst color. This was the book chosen for our current A11y book club at work and they sent it to me for free so I was basically forced into reading it. I enjoyed it! No surprise there probably to a lot of folks that it’s a good story. Anxiety can be so different for everyone and it was interesting to get the perspective of someone with anxiety and OCD. Recommend.
The Girl in White Gloves by Kerri Maher
I think this would fall in the historical fiction category as a literary biography. It tells the story of Grace Kelly from her point of view as a young woman trying to launch an acting career through her years of becoming a Princess and mother. It was a fine (OK) story. I probably wouldn't have finished it if it weren't a selection for one of my book clubs. I'm not a fan of the structural device where the story takes leaps either in time or between characters (I think I've mentioned that before). This story jumped between Grace as a young woman and in her later years in life where they eventually met up at the end. Even in those 2 timeframes of her life, there were years skipped and glossed over. It wasn't a very satisfying read for me. I wouldn't recommend this unless you're into Grace Kelly, old glam Hollywood, or princess stories.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
My household library has a lot of classics that I've yet to read, so I thought I'd start putting in more effort to get to them. I started this on audiobook (through my library) at the beginning of the month and finished it up in hardback after finishing my other reads. My preference here was the book because some of the audio was hard to make out with a strong accent (like the voice of Joseph). Overall this is a story about assholes being assholes to each other. There was a lot of strong (often misguided) love over generations of two families. The characters were almost zero percent likable and I felt like I was just waiting for it to be over. I mean, it was good writing though.
Civil Rights Then and Now: A Timeline of the Fight for Equality in America by Kristina Brooke Daniele
An actual kid's book on landmark civil rights cases. I wanted a refresher and this was a quick means to that. Enjoyed it and would recommend.
I'm also reading several other non-fiction books right now (like 5) and so haven't finished any of them. It's a bad habit that I don't enjoy.