For The Love Of Books | January through April 2021

I've been in a weird reading place this year. I've added a lot to my collection but the amount I'm reading doesn't seem to be catching up to the amount I've been ordering. I've also started a number of books and have them in progress - I pick them up if I feel like I'm into reading them vs. focusing on one and reading straight through. No right or wrong or bad feelings about this - just noticing my current habits. 

Here's a look at what I've finished so far this year: 

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman | Loved it. Loved the way he revealed the back stories in the second half of the book (which I can totally see would be challenging for people who didn’t connect with the first half of the book). Loved the connections between the characters.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel | Just okay for me. I really, really liked Station Eleven. This one just never came together for me - kept reading to see how it all wrapped up.

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins | I read this and I think I enjoyed it generally but I honestly can't really even remember it. I often read books like this just for the opportunity to devour the story and get me back into wanting to read. 

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse | There were things I liked + things I didn't about this one. It got me reading again (I can always count on mysteries like this to get me reading again generally). It can definitely be picked apart but it was also a fun read.

Nomadland by Jessica Bruder | I wanted to read this before watching the movie and I'm so glad I did. This one will stay with me for awhile. 

Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier | I'm working on educating myself about this topic because I think it's important for a whole host of reasons. I'd recommend it along with watching The Social Dilemma. 

Check out my past For The Love Of Books for books I've read in the past. 

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  1. mumemade says…
    04/28/2021

    I’m interested in reading about the arguments for deleting social media, especially as I have watched The Social Dilemma and felt it really resonated with me. Oddly enough I agree with you about The Glass Hotel also, only I couldn’t give it more time than was required for the first chapter, so I’m impressed you made it to the end! I guess I have changed in regards to ‘hanging in there’ with a book, and can easily put down ones that don’t draw me in now as there is always more good books than there is time to read them all! Time is our most precious resource after all!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      04/28/2021

      The guy that wrote this book is in the movie (the guy with the long hair) - I found it a really nice compliment to the movie.

  2. mecastro says…
    04/29/2021

    I loved, loved Anxious People for so many reasons! I read it for free on Libby, but now I'm thinking of ordering the hardcover so I can re-read and lend it out to people. It is very quirky but is essentially a book about love and hope. Glad to know you liked it. I am interested in the Jaron Lanier book as I am trying to wean myself from the mindlessness of Facebook.

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  3. TORRSMOM says…
    04/29/2021

    I adore Fredrik Backman and LOVED "Anxious People." I just finished "Beartown" and it was wonderful as well. His writing...my goodness. I've written so many quotes in my journal, as he can warm my heart and break it all at the same time with his words.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      04/29/2021

      Beartown was so good. Definitely a favorite for my local book club friends.