Happy New Year to all my readers out there. I fell just short of my goal to read 85 books in 2017 with 80 books read, not counting professional reads for work. I’ve been a bit distracted these last few weeks with online shopping for the holidays. The computer surely is like a black hole. Once you get started, it’s hard to pull away. Hoping now to get back to my reading life.
Below are some of my most recent reads that I thought you might enjoy as you kick off your reading goals for 2018.
This is a memoir and tale of two young men of color who take very different paths in life. Both, grow up in the same low income area of Greater Baltimore. One ends up a Rhodes scholar, investment banker and former aide to Condoleezza Rice. The other ends up in jail for killing a police officer. When Wes Moore, the investment banker reads an article about the other Wes Moore, he is intrigued and begins to research him. During this journey, he discovers there are many similarities in their backgrounds – both raised in fatherless families, same age, same poor black neighborhood, both experienced the lure of fast money to be made. But, there was one glaring difference as one was able to resist and one succumbed. This book talks about the plight of poverty through the telling of the alternating stories of both Wes Moore’s. A deeper read, yet still one that keeps you turning the pages. Very timely read and one that I feel most need to read to gain some perspective. The author is very humble about his reasons for writing this book and I am very glad he did.
You’re going to have to just trust me on this one. This is totally not my normal type of book, but oh did it make an impact. I couldn’t put it down. I can’t say too much for fear of ruining the plot of book. Fans of time travel, Outlander and epic love stories will fall in love with this one. Start the year with a book you won’t be able to put down.
The Good Mother: THE GOOD MOTHER
The book tells the story of three different women and the struggles they each face in their current lives. Catherine has decided to correspond with a man in jail for murder and keeps this from her husband. Kate is a young mother who is struggling with her marriage and loneliness. Alison is a first year law student who is suddenly finding her coursework overwhelming. She’s questioning her career choice until one of her professors begins to take an interest. As you read, you will think you get how these three plot lines connect. I really enjoyed this book. It was just perfect for a lazy, rainy day off. I barely moved all day. Told from three perspectives, you kind of gather as you go how they’ll connect. But, then you find out you were right, but oh so wrong. Well played Ms. Osman, well played. I’ll definitely be looking for others books by this author.
I made all the assumptions outlined in the write up for this book. Glad I didn’t read it prior to reading the book. For the most part the book is focused on bridging the past and the present. It’s written in such a way that you actively are revising your thinking as you read. This, for me, is a sign of a strongly written plot that engages the reader in the process. Greer Hendricks slowly unravels the story, one page at a time. My only criticism is that I never fully felt the impact of the relationship. It built up to this huge crescendo and unravel, but left a lot on the cutting board. More depth in that section could have better captured the full impact. Overall a great read.
As you can see, I’ve got eclectic reading tastes and am open to read any type of book, so if you’ve read one that lingers with you, please do share. Those are the exact books I seek. Happy reading and drop me a line if you enjoy any of these titles.