Book of the Month
This month, I was blown away by Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal. I was expecting to learn a lot of difficult but important information from this book about “medicine and what matters in the end,” but I wasn’t expecting it to be so beautifully written or so personal — I really appreciated how Dr. Gawande honestly shared his experiences both as a physician and as the son of an aging parent. Along with last month’s Just Mercy, this is another book I think that everyone should read.
I’ve been so pleased to see more reviews for Reading New England this month: A Prayer for Owen Meany (New Hampshire), Understood Betsy (Vermont), The Blithedale Romance (Massachusetts), and Olive Kitteridge, The Country of the Pointed Firs, Fogged Inn, and Town in a Blueberry Jam (all set in Maine). Please keep them coming, and don’t forget that there are post linkup pages to help us find them: one each for State Posts and Genre Posts.
As for me, for my focus on fiction this month, I read Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House — actually a fictionalized version of the author’s real-life travails while building a house in Connecticut. I hope to watch the movie soon as well, which seems to have emphasized the comedy in this tragicomic story.
- Ways into Christian Meditation by Bastiaan Baan was a brief but profound introduction to the topic.
- How To Be Alive by Colin Beavan was both practical and inspirational.
- Nelly Dean by Alison Case is subtitled “a return to Wuthering Heights,” but I enjoyed it for its own sake.
- I livened up my midwinter reading with a whole bunch of graphic novels/memoirs/whatever for Doing Dewey’s Reluctant Romantic Challenge.
Other Books Read
- Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse by Faith Sullivan
- Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout – Reading New England
- The Child from the Sea by Elizabeth Goudge – Review to come
- Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear – Review to come
- Gifts, Voices, and Powers by Ursula K. LeGuin – Series reread
- The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett – Reading New England
Other Features and Events
- I read Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World by Rachel Swaby for Doing Dewey’s Nonfiction Book Club. The short profiles were fascinating, but made me want to learn more about each and every one of these amazing women.
- My post recommending The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope was published as part of Falling in Love with Books at Bookish Illuminations. Thanks to Katie for including me!
- I participated in Book Blogger Appreciation Week and had a blast! I’m so glad this event was revived, and I’ll definitely be back next year.
- In my monthly discussion post, I asked Am I a writer? It was wonderful to see how this question struck a chord with so many.