I made it through six books this month, but admittedly, most of them were short. I have a HUGE pile of books to read. I think the cold weather and the end of Daylight Savings will help with that. On cold weekends I like to hole up at home with books, magazines, and my sketchbook. Cup of coffee, tea, sparkling water, or wine nearby — depending on the time of day.
Also, I tend to read a lot more over the holidays and use it as a time for creative renewal, so I’ve got a stack of books just waiting to be read in the next few months! But here’s what I read in October!
OCTOBER BOOK REVIEW
In the Unlikely Event, by Judy Blume
I really wasn’t sure what this book was about besides the title and the fact that there is a plane on the cover of the hardback book. So I figured it had to do with unlikely things and planes. It does. And it was even more interesting than I thought it would be. But if you are already afraid of planes and flying, I don’t know that I’d recommend reading it…
Confessions of an Art Addict, by Peggy Guggenheim
If you are a modern art nerd like me, you might find this book interesting. However, I actually think the movie tells this same story even better (it was based on this book). I thought reading it would give me more insight, but honestly, I’m not sure it did too much. Art is so visual and Peggy is so interesting that I recommend watching the movie over reading the book, or both if you are an art nut.
Hunger Makes a Modern Girl: A Memoir, by Carrie Brownstein
This memoir was definitely interesting. I think all of the musician books I’ve read have been about men, but I didn’t realize that until reading this one. I found Carrie’s story interesting, but since I’m not a big fan of Sleater-Kinney (her band) I think maybe I wasn’t as into it as someone who is a fan of the band. I love all kinds of music, but hers just isn’t my vibe. However, I thought she told her story well. Not everyone can pull off a well-written memoir, and I thought this one was pretty good.
I don’t know how this is the first time I’ve read Nora Ephron, but man is she a riot. Or was, RIP Nora. Anyway, I love that she writes so frankly and basically how she talks — it’s similar to how I write and think so it’s very easy to read. The fact that she says a lot of things that women think and feel is refreshing. I’m just now starting to understand the neck thing.
She freely admits things that others might not want to admit and she talks about her insecurities all with humor. If you ever need something funny and light, although not all the topics are light, these two books are great.
The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life, by Marion Roach Smith
To be totally honest, I’m not sure why I read this book. I don’t think I’ll be writing my memoir anytime soon (if ever) but I think I thought that maybe it would be interesting to learn regardless. Anything that can make me a better writer, I’m game to try out. There are tons of helpful tips and suggestions in this book if you are thinking of writing a memoir, I highly recommend this book!