Between taking down the Halloween decorations and pondering when precisely was too early to put up the Christmas decorations I have made an absolute mess of my book piles. I spent the last week trying to re-organize everything using the Libib.com app and I found three (THREE) books I didn’t even realize I was still in the middle of reading.
Now it’s WWW Wednesday to the rescue. Thank goodness for Sam at Taking on the World of Words for this post and its ability to get me back on track!
What did I just finish reading?
The only book I can say I have finished is In Sickness and in Health by Ben Mattlin. It is a frank discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of a interability relationships. Ben Mattlin himself is in an interabled marriage. His insight into what issues arise and face couples in a similar situation made for an extremely interesting read. I highly recommend it and you can read (slightly) more on my post here. I know I read more but this is how unorganized I have been.
What am I currently reading?
It is more like, “what aren’t I currently reading?” Here are my books.
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart was found abandoned with only 20 pages remaining. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn I left only half completed. And, I think everyone knows I stopped helping the Hobbits get to Morder when Galdalf the White returned. Meanwhile, I started reading The Problim Children by Natalie Lloyd because I lack self control.
What do I plan to read next?
I have Paperback Crush, the Totally Radical History of 80’s and 90’s Teen Fiction by Gabrielle Moss and The Radium Girls by Kate Moss. I have been trying to prioritize nonfiction for Nonfiction November and I have really been enjoying the wonder that is nonfiction publishing lately. I cannot wait to finish some of my current reading and get started on these two books.
Tell me, please!
What books made your list this week?
The second post for nonfiction November gives you a choice. I have selected to pair a fiction book with a nonfiction book as in, “If you liked that, you might like this.” You can see many other pairings on this weeks hosting site Sarah’s Book Shelves.
My pairing takes the fiction story Me Before you by Jojo Moyes and pairs it with the nonfiction collection of stories In Sickness and in Health, Love, Disability, and a Quest to Understand the Perils and Pleasures of Interabled Romance by Ben Mattlin.
In the off chance you haven’t read Me Before You, watched the movie or read the sequel, the story features Louisa and Will. Louisa takes a job caring for Will who has been in an accident. Prior to his accident, Will was an adventurous individual and full of life. Since his injury has made him a quadriplegic he is questioning whether he can continue to live when he feels so limited. Louisa learns that he has some drastic plans and sets to change his mind.
Initially, I didn’t want to read about the story of an able-bodied, typically developed individual “rescuing” a person with disabilities. Still, people praised the book and, in the end, I did enjoy it. You can read my full review here.
In Sickness and in Health is written by Ben Mattlin. Ben is a self described crip who has experienced life from a wheelchair since the age of 4. He is married to ML who does not have a disability. He wrote about their marriage in his first book Miracle Boy Grows Up and the overwhelming response resulted in his second book. Ben interviews many different interabled couples in order to gain insight into how and why their relationships work. Throughout, he interjects his thoughts, feelings and reflections about his relationship to ML.
If you enjoyed Me Before You I encourage you to pick up In Sickness and in Health. Ben Mattlin writes not just from experience but with the lens of understanding that is key to gaining insight into interabled marriages. And, he is funny.
Tell me, please!
Do either of these books interest you? Would you rather read a fictional or nonfictional account of an interabled relationship?
I am woefully behind in participating in nonfiction November but today I turn it all around! Actually, I have been reading non-fiction all month, I have just been terrible about sharing my books and blogging my thoughts.
The first assignment is hosted by Sophisticated Dorkiness and is to look back over your year in nonfiction. I made nonfiction a priority for the first time this year and featured a number of wonderful books on my Non-Fiction Fridays. Below, you can see the covers of nearly all the books I read.
A large black cat sits in the middle of a red and white book with other silhouettes of a ram and a crow.
What was your favorite non-fiction read this year?
I would have to say Canada by Mike Myers was my favorite. I listened to the audiobook, which was read by the author, and was fascinated. If you follow me you will know that I have an enormous crush on Canada. I read this when I returned from my first trip through Canada and it both fed my crush and deepened my interest.
Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more than others this year?
This year has absolutely been full of autobiographical memoirs and humorous books. I think everyone needed more things to laugh about in 2018. I have also, as you can see above, been deep into some weird science books.
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
Above all others I recommend The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum. It reads like a procedural crime novel and is the gateway drug to nonfiction.
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
Truthfully, I want the opportunity to prioritize nonfiction in my book selection and read about other people’s love of nonfiction!
Tell me, please!
How do you feel about nonfiction?
My favorite of all holidays is today! Dressing up (Edna Mode, thank you very much) and festive candy eating is the only thing that will distract me from the end of Frighteningly Good Reads 2018. I have had a wonderful month reading spooky, scary and suspenseful stories and I hope you all have found one or two that have tickled your terror needs.
I do have two more I finished just yesterday that I would like to highlight. The first is a middle grade book Small Spaces and the second is The Bone Witch. Both were excellent reads and were a perfect way to wrap up FGR!
Small Spaces is a middle grade story by Katherine Arden. In it, a girl names Olivia (Ollie) meets a distraught woman tearfully attempting to toss a book into the water. Like any good and dedicated reader she bravely saves the book. When her class goes on a field trip to a local farm she is surprised to see the woman from the edge of the water there – and she is the farm’s owner! Soon terrifying things begin to happen. Is it the book? Or the woman?
Small Spaces may be for middle grade readers but I thoroughly enjoyed every page. Ollie was a complicated character and watching her befriend two classmates, Coco and Brian, while running for her life was great scary fun. The author kept the tension going long enough for it to be delightfully spooky and never boring or repetitive, a difficult feat! I loved it.
The Bone Witch by Rain Chupeco is the first in a YA trilogy. In this story, Tea (pronounced Tee-ah) accidentally raises her brother from the dead. After doing so she is labelled a bone witch and is carried off to meet the King and be placed in school that will train her to become an Asha – more specifically – a Dark Asha. Since Tea and only one other Dark Asha exist, it is their sole responsibility to raise and order back to the dead eternal creatures of the enemy.
This book, as is true with many YA series, is set in a complicated world. The first third of the book is full of wonderful other-world explanations and adventures and while the middle third of the book lags, it more than makes up for it in the ending. Now, as is also true of most YA series, I feel the strong need to read the next two books. I foresee a complicated romance for young Tea as well as an adventure fraught with peril!
And so completes Frightening Good Reads 2018! Next Month is Non-Fiction November and I am thrilled to be participating. You can look forward to seeing a number of new non-fiction books here.
Tell me, please!
What do you prefer, spooky or non-fiction?