“The Trip to Echo Spring” by Olivia Laing

“The Trip to Echo Spring:  On Writers and Drinking” by:  Olivia Laing Non-fiction, 297 pages If you read my last book post, you might see a trend.  For now, this is the last of books about writing/writers. The basic premise of the book follows the author as she travels across the U.S. examining 6 of…

“Negotiating with the Dead” by Margaret Atwood

“Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing” Non-fiction, 180 pages   Overall a great non-fiction book on what it is to be a writer.  The lives they lead, thoughts, and inspirations.  It is a series of essays organized into chapters. At times, it was a tough read.  The middle chapters did not interest me,…

“Reading with Patrick” by Michelle Kuo

“Reading with Patrick”  by Michelle Kuo Non-fiction, 279 pages. What a fitting book for our time.  This book explores the bond that forms between teacher and student.  The setting is the deep south, Helena, Arkansas.  Told through the eyes of the teacher Michelle Kuo, a deeply personal account of her struggles with decisions she made…

The Last Suppers

This short novel was a joy to read. The novel is set in the 1950’s following the life of a prison cook who sees the humanity, even in the death row inmates.  Much time and effort are put into each “Last Supper” that she cooks before their execution, striving to make them as close to…

“News of the World” by Paulette Jiles

This short novel set in the 1800’s follows the travels of an older gentleman set with the task of returning a young girl to her family. I found myself becoming attached to the pair and rooting for them to make it to their destination. At 209 pages it’s a quick and easy read. With wonderful…

“Endurance” by Scott Kelly

Read this book!  Tremendous writing by a truly remarkable man.  Scott Kelly spent 342 consecutive days in space onboard the International Space Station.  This book really gives the reader a sense of how hard it is to be an astronaut.  The title captures it all.  I could only imagine how amazing it would be to…

“The Cafe by the Sea” by Jenny Colgan

This novel was a cozy, feel-good novel. I really enjoyed it. Perfect for a cold snowy night curled up on the couch with a cup of warm tea. The novel is mostly set on a Scottish Island, with a small close-knit group of people living there. Flora the main character has to deal with going back…

“The End of Eddy” by Edouard Louis

Although an important book surrounding a young gay boy growing up in a poor working class part of France, this was not one of my favorites. The issues that young Eddy dealt with on a daily basis brought to light this problem across the world. This unacceptance of anyone different than ourselves. The book is…

“Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil De Grasse Tyson

Although I am not a person who is in hurry normally, I wanted to read this book to get an introduction into the realm of astrophysics. I absolutely adore space, the universe and of course science. This book was the perfect little appetizer. At 208 pages it is concise enough for even the busiest of…

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018 (a recap)!

2017 is fading fast, making room for a brand new year!  I love New Year’s, it seems like a fresh start, much like every day is a clean slate.  A few recaps of 2017 for your reading/visual pleasure. BOOKS During 2017, I read a grand total of 33 books with a total of 12,038 pages. …

November Recap

The last month of 2017 is here!  My Nikon did not get much use in November, only 33 images to be exact.  Hence not much of a recap here, you have been forewarned. There has been a lot of napping!  Josie & Sir Purrs enjoying some quality time together. After a grocery shopping trip, we…