Books I’ve Read Lately: February 2017 Pt.1
:: February’s book reviews and suggestions are split into two parts because I may or may not have had a lot to say about a couple of them. Check back tomorrow for the next six books I read last month. ::
Delicious Foods by James Hannaham :: I actually read this book a few months back but didn’t want to miss talking about it because I loved it so much. The opening scene itself is a good indicator of whether or not you will enjoy the book, let alone be able to stomach it. It is heartbreaking, heartwarming, loving, and brutal all at once. The realities of such a plot are striking and raw while the use of cocaine (“Scotty”) as a voice is spectacular. Forewarning: brutality is delivered in a way to make the reader uncomfortable as one should be with such transgressions in society; it is honest. (more…)
Books I’ve Read Lately: January 2017
A thing to know about me: I am a voracious reader.
My first memory of reading involves digging a Hansel and Gretel book out of a bin at a toy store because I wanted to make sure I could read before I started school. I was three. My tastes have changed since then, but I will still choose a book over anything else. If you ask J, it’s a bit of a sickness.
I set a goal to read 100 books this year and I thought it might be time I share some of my thoughts and recommendations here, rather than hoarding them for myself.
So, without further ado, here are the books I read in January:
Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller :: The unraveling of this family’s secrets was entertaining enough that I didn’t want to put the book down for long. I found the protagonist frustratingly naïve and childish at times (more often than not) but that didn’t keep me from loving the mother’s letters. Overall, the story comes to a satisfying conclusion for most of the characters, though there is a single thread regarding the letters and who sees them (or doesn’t see them) that still bugs me. (more…)
And falling snow, removing our dirt, our sins, our lies
And from them wringing: a blank slate of frozen purity
We formed weapons of ice to taunt, embarrass, chastise
We kicked it, drove through it slinging mud replies
Disheartened clouds threw waste thicker to frosted demise
Creating barriers through which no one could prise
And walls through which no one could see.
For days before ceasing demonstration and releasing its vise
Relinquishing its subjects, a frigid wind cries,
Whipping through, a reminder of its supremacy
Over these white slabs, we
Tread lightly, an emprise
-M. Ray Hall