The Fireman

When will I learn not to start a Joe Hill chunkster on a weeknight? When? When?! Someone remind me of this, please.

The Fireman was exactly what you’d expect from a Joe Hill novel. Brilliant, just brilliant.

A pandemic… spontaneous combustion… global warming… fanaticism… all wrapped up in the feeling that this could actually be happening right now, under the current administration and our current social climate… and of course, I didn’t want to put it down.

(Martha Quinn…which only makes sense if you read the book but I just can’t say that enough. BRILLIANTLY DONE…)

Homegoing

I had no idea Homegoing would be so good. Seriously one of the best books I’ve read in forever.

Two half-sisters born in different villages in Ghana in the mid/late 1700s… the book follows their descendants and good lord it’s painful. Beautifully written, honest, and painful.

Read this and think about how the experiences of the first two women played a role in the lives of those who came later. Every single damn white person should read this.

Girl Mans Up

Girl Mans Up was excellent. Identity is complicated and Pen is FIERCE. I love her. (And everyone needs a brother (or a sister) like Johnny.)

I really think their photo project was brilliant, too. I wonder if there are any kids who’ve tried this…

Lucky Boy

Ugh.

Lucky Boy, so depressing. SO depressing. Well written, good characters — so depressing.

Young woman, illegal immigrant gives birth to a baby — loves her baby, is doing a great job with him — gets picked up by police and then thrown into a detention center. She’s abused, she’s raped, she’s moved to another detention center, rinse and repeat. All she wants to do is get out and get her baby back.

Indian American couple in Berkley want a baby, can’t make/carry/deliver a baby and so… they foster. (Gah.)

Everyone loves the baby. Everyone wants what is best for him.

Painful story. Very painful.

Dragon Springs Road

(I actually read this about a week ago, I’m just way behind on book blogging. Again. Always.)

Dragon Springs Road was good. I really liked the Fox animal spirit who protected and guided Jialing (and other women in the house.) I’m not sure how I feel about the ending. I mean it was fine and expected because everyone wants a happy ending (except probably me, lol.)

The Wild Girls

We needed an audiobook so I wandered around the library shelves until Wild Girls jumped into my bag.

It was a really quick audiobook and really enjoyable to listen to. It also didn’t end badly, and it had the potential to end badly. I was really impressed that the author didn’t take the easy way to a happily ever after ending. I liked that a lot.

I also liked Joan & Sarah (Fox & Newt) and I liked every single one of the characters. All of them.

Fun read. Let’s all be wild girls!

The Road to Enchantment

I have a total love/hate with The Road to Enchantment. I enjoyed the characters, I enjoyed the setting. I enjoyed the writing. What I did not enjoy was the language around the main characters decisions regarding her pregnancy. Then again, I have this same angst around a whole lot of books that feature characters who are CHOOSING whatever it is they ultimately end up choosing. Whatever.

My Name is Lucy Barton

TW hated My Name is Lucy Barton. She said it was like reading one long run on sentence, which makes no sense. There’s a lot of punctuation in the book. I get it though. It was an odd little book and pretty depressing, too. Poverty and abuse and poverty and, well, it was an odd little book.

I didn’t hate it. But, I didn’t love it, either.

Oh. Hahaha. It was long listed for a Mann Booker. That explains everything. Really.

The Mothers

The Mothers was so good. I mean really good. The characters were amazing – real and flawed, as they should be. And the story felt real every step of the way. I didn’t want it to end and I wanted to follow these characters for another five years to see what happens to them, next.

The Darkness Knows

It’s been awhile since I read a cozy so I really enjoyed The Darkness Knows. 1930s radio, in Chicago — yep, I enjoyed that. I’m not so sure how I feel about either main character and I’m really not sure how I felt about how quickly their relationship progressed. Four days? Really? Hmmmm. I’ll probably read the next one and see how I feel about it after that.