I recently sat down and listened to The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, checking it out on Hoopla, and finding myself desperately clawing for more time to listen to this book. This book, the debut work of Phaedra Patrick, tells the story of an old man who goes on an adventure after the untimely death of his wife. Sounds familiar?
I read (and by read I mean listened to the audiobooks of) Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay and The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley over the last few months. While both amazing pieces of feminist literature that should be read by the mass public and in sociology and media critique classes, I think there is something to be said about timing.
I have been a reader all my life, but as a child I read so much more than I do now. Part of this is because I know have a full time job, part of it is because I can’t seem to find books I love the way I did when I was a kid, and part of it is just the world we live in now. Social media is a total time suck, and while some of it is valuable, you have to wade through a lot of dirt to get to the gold.
I recently took two 12 hour plan trips over the span of 4 days, flying from Orlando to Sacramento in two to three hour bursts. This, along with the fact that I wasn’t going to pay $12 for access to wifi bred the perfect conditions for reading. So I read, and it was amazing. Over these flights, I read some amazing books. I don’t have expansive thoughts on all of them, but I do have a few things I want to talk about, so here is goes:
I’ll admit it. I love Quvenzhané Wallis in just about every movie she has been in. I loved Beasts of the Southern Wild more than I can say. I saw Annie TWICE in theaters. I read Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet so I could go see the movie. I have loved watching this kid act since she was tiny, and when I heard it had been announced that she had been cast in Counting by 7’s, I knew I had to read the book before the movie came out.
I recently read (well, listened to) The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Mari Kondo. People across the internet have reviewed this book, and I am not going to sit here and review the good or bad things. It’s been said, I don’t want to say it again. There have even been NY Times think pieces about her new line of organizing items from Target, which talked about the hypocrisy of selling organizing bins when the book advocates for using basic shoe boxes to organize.
Gather round folks, this ones going to be super reflective!
This is a re-read for me. I loved Stargirl when I was in middle school, but didn’t know about this book until I started high school, and it’s been nearly 7 years since I last read it.
This is a book I picked up purely for its gorgeous cover:
I love how simple it is, and it really pulled me in while I was at the library. We often say to never judge a book by its cover, but the reason for covers is to draw in the eye toward something that may be magnificent.