It’s been raining here in the Hoosier State – a LOT.
Normally, this would be the perfect excuse for me to read a book (or two, or three) but somehow life keeps getting in the way! In any case, I have notched a few more titles lately…
Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned From Eighties Movies (and Why We Don’t Learn Them From Movies Anymore) by Hadley Freeman was just…superfantastic. Funny, insightful, and filled with references to some of my favorite movies (the author and I are…of a similar age, shall we say), I just enjoyed every page. But, more than that, I learned a lot, and really took a closer look at today’s cinema (since I am DEFINITELY fatigued by the constant barrage of nothing-but-superhero-or-action films). If you were a kid of the 80s – or appreciate the throwback movies that era – this is definitely the book for you!
Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is a lovely novel. From the author of The Mistress of Spices (another great read), this is a multi-generational tale of mothers and daughters in an Indian family, and how they are woven together. Told out of chronological order, the reader has to put together the timeline of what brought them close – and what torn them apart. Divakaruni’s writing is lovely and evocative, and this was just such a satisfying read. If you love multicultural women’s fiction, this is a great addition to your TBR stack.
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub is her followup to the smash hit The Vacationers, and is again a glimpse into the marriages – and lives – of couples “of a certain age”, and how they are tied together. Elizabeth and Andrew (married with a son) and Zoe used to be in a band. Zoe and her wife Jane have a daughter – so what happens when the son and daughter begin to see each other? Chaos, mostly. Another sharp look at modern relationships and how we evolve over twenty years of knowing each other.
I also listened to the audio version of Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben. I will say…not one of his strongest works. One dimensional characters, and a pretty clunky plot. Hey, it happens. I also read The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries – a good Regency romance! It dealt with little-discussed issues in that genre, so I appreciated the different plot it brought to the table.