Book Snap #37:

Title: The Music Shop

Author: Rachel Joyce

Date read: December 23, 2018.

Two Snaps.

A sweet story, and a lovely tour of music, complete with its own Spotify playlist. Thanks so much for the loan, Natalie Webb, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and listening to its accompanying music. Super cool!

Book Snap #36:

Title: Bear Town

Author: Fredrik Backman

Date read: December 16, 2018.

Two Snaps.

Spent some more time in Fredrik Backman’s little hockey town in the forest. So many stories and thoughtful messages about family, friendship, community and telling the truth.

Snappy writing that sticks:

“The love a parent feels for a child is strange. There is a starting point to our love for everyone else, but not this person. This one we have always loved, we loved them before they even existed. No matter how well prepared they are, all moms and dads experience a moment of total shock, when the tidal wave of feelings first washes over them, knocking them off their feet.”

And…

“For me, culture is as much about what we encourage as what we actually permit.”

David asked what he meant by that, and Sune replied: “That most people don’t do what we tell them to. They do what we let them get away with.”

This book is so much more than a hockey story.

Book Snap #35:

Title: For Everyone

Author: Jason Reynolds

Date read: December 3, 2018.

Two Snaps.

Read this poem/letter in one sitting. I told you already to read everything Reynolds writes… still true. This book is a poem. A nod. A nothing to lose. Needs to be passed on.
One line sticks, especially: “I’d rather suffer from internal eczema, constantly irritated by the itch of possibility.”

Book Snap #34:

Title: Us Against You

Author: Fredrik Backman

Date read: December 2, 2018.

Two Snaps.

Such a wonderful story. Thoughtful, insightful, well written. Lines still tossing about in my mind. This is the fourth of his novels I’ve read, I’ve loved them all. Big thumbs up!

If you’re reading in order (unlike I), Bear Town comes first.

Book Snap #33:

Title: Fear: Trump in the White House

Author: Bob Woodward

Date read: November 17, 2018.

One Snap.

Woodward does not hold back, he allows us a ring-side seat, but… do you really want to be that close to this presidency?

“Grievance was a big part of Trump’s core, very much like a 14-year-old boy who felt he was being picked on unfairly. You couldn’t talk to him in adult logic. Teenage logic was necessary.”
― Bob Woodward, Fear: Trump in the White House

For me, this quote from Rex Tillerson sums it up: “He’s a fucking moron.”

Book Snap #32:

Title: Tradition

Author: Brendan Kiely

Date read: November 5, 2018.

Two Snaps.

Finished late at night in the dark with a flashlight. Used to do that to read past curfew. Did it last night because I had no power. Another powerful YA novel tackling important issues. The traditions of this prep school allow a toxic masculinity that ask both main characters to push up against what’s expected of them at school that demands that they conform.


“…Even in a room full of girls it was all about the guys.”
― Brendan Kiely, Tradition

Read Kiely’ article in The Atlantic: “The Girls Who Live in an All-Boys World.”

Book Snap #31:

Title: Women Talking

Author: Miriam Toews

Date read: October 14, 2018.

Two Snaps.

Only the intro to this book can explain it and my engagement with it:

“Between 2005 and 2009 in a remote Mennonite colony in Bolivia named the Manitoba colony, after the province in Canada, many girls and women would wake in the morning feeling drowsy and in pain, their bodies bruised and bleeding, having been attacked in the night. The attacks were attributed to ghosts and demons. Some members of the community felt the women er being made to suffer by God or Satan as punishment of their sins; many accused the women of lying for attention or to cover up adultery; still other believed everything was the result of wild female imagination.

Eventually, it was revealed that eight men from the colony had been using an anaesthetic to knock their victims unconscious and rape them. In 2011, these men were convicted in a Bolivian court and received lengthy prison sentences. In 2013, while the convicted men were still in jail, it was reported that similar assaults and other sexual abuses were still taking place in the colony. Read about the true story and aftermath here.

Women Talking is both a reaction through fiction to these true-life events, and an act of female imagination.”

Yes, yes, yes. Well done, Miriam Toews!

Book Snap #28:

Title: The Italian Teacher

Author: Tom Rachman

Date read: October 6, 2018.

One Snap.

I liked it. I felt sorry for Pinch, one of the main characters, throughout. There are lively and well drawn characters, but I wasn’t always connected to them or rooting for them or caring about them, I mostly felt indifferent.

Book Snap #30:

Title: The Power Author: Naomi Alderman

Date Read: January 29, 2018.
One Snap.
I think I may have liked it. New genre for me. Tried sorting out how I felt but I was still confused and couldn’t decide.

Book Snap #29:

Title: Vox

Author: Christina Dalcher

Date read: October 9, 2018.

Two Snaps.

Loved it. Was riled by it. My haunches were rankled, my dendrites were alight.

If 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale got together and made a baby… the result would be Vox, the most riveting, frightening and compelling book. Told now, in Trump’s America, makes it horrifyingly realistic. Could not put it down. Two thumbs way up!