Can I get a drumroll please? Because I have a B-I-G announcement to make. And it includes 3 of those letters right there.
That’s right. I have my first B-I-N-G-O of the summer.
I read, from left to right on that fourth row down:
Square: With a main character over 60. Book: Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman Justification: Britt-Marie is 63.
Review: I think this is the weakest of the 3 of Fredrik Backman’s books that I have read, with A Man Called Ove way in front. I do like his style, though, and the way that Britt-Marie is transformed in this book is reminiscent of Ove. Some of the writing, particularly about sadness and grief, is really really beautiful and there are good life lessons here. Recommended.
Square: Hated by someone you know. Book: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult Justification: I have a friend who hates anything written by Jodi Picoult.
Review: A bit predictable and contrived but entertaining. I know Picoult is very popular but I don’t think I’ll be rushing to read anything else by her.
Square: An audiobook. Book: LaRose by Louise Erdrich Justification: Ummm. I listened to it? hahaha
Review: How do you fix something that can’t be fixed? How do you repair the damage when you rip someone’s life apart? And how do you being to recover, to come back to a life of hope and love? You do it with compassion and humility, with tradition and unselfishness, with kindness and understanding and maybe even a little help from a whole host of ancestors. I can’t really explain this book more than that but what I can say is READ IT. Right away.
Square: Includes recipes but is not a cookbook. Book: My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl. Justification: Okay, some people might label this as a cookbook but in my interpretation it’s a memoir.
Review: I always enjoy anything by Ruth Reichl and this book didn’t disappoint. I love the combination of memoir and recipes and enjoyed hearing how Reichl recovered from the demise of Gourmet.
Square: With a family member in the title. Book: My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman. Justification: A grandmother is a family member. Duh.
Review: A wonderful story with a cast of characters who will make you smile and cry and laugh. There is sorrow but also joy and, ultimately, hope.
I’m closing in on another row and going for a cover-all, ultimately.
How’s your summer reading going?