Happy World Book Day everyone.
Okay, I realize that World Book Day was yesterday, but I still feel a need to celebrate.
Because, I did it!
I met February’s book challenge goal, even though it was a short month. (I think I deserve a cookie for this. No, make it two cookies or, heck, maybe even three.)
I read six books, and I didn’t cheat by reading a children’s book (though I do have Charlotte’s Web on my list because I feel a great longing to revisit dear Wilbur and Charlotte).
I was so pumped about this until I heard from three (three!) Facebook friends who have goals of reading over 100 books this year. One hundred books. That’s, like, nine books a month. Or, wait, eight and a half.
I hope to feature at least one of these prolific readers on my blog so I might squeeze some secrets out of them.
Until then, it’s time to introduce February’s books.
A Place Where the Sea Remembers, Sandra Benitez
The Outskirts of Hope, Jo Ivester
Even You, Marilyn Oser
Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater
Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen
Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, Kevin Wilson
And I still (still!) can’t say enough good things about Kevin Wilson’s Tunneling to the Center of the Earth.
The book is funny and heartwarming, sad and poignant, surreal and yet strangely and humanly real. It’s impossible not to pause every so often to marvel at the language, the insights, and odd and quirky way in which Wilson views the world.
I read “Birds in the House” at the gym and laughed so hard that I almost fell off the treadmill. Yet it was also bittersweet, and isn’t that the best kind of laughter, that sad, nagging-at-the-gut type of humor?
And the ending of “The Choir Director Affair (the baby’s teeth)” is just perfect:
“You are left with the only things that any of us have in the end. The things we keep inside of ourselves, that grow out of us, that tell us who we are.”
Yes, yes, and yes! Kevin Wilson, I love your mad-scrambled writerly mind.
Big book news. Former Alaska writer Andromeda Romano-Lax’s new book “Behave” released to rave reviews. Check it out, okay?