Welcome to Quick Lit, where we share short and sweet reviews of what we’ve been reading lately.
This month, in addition to piles of forthcoming titles I’m not quite ready to talk about yet (Summer Reading Guide—you get it!), I read a nonfiction book I’ve been meaning to read but afraid of, a literary novel I was excited about, a lighthearted escapist read, a book my daughter said I had to read, and a What Should I Read Next guest recommendation. (You know, the usual.)
Laura Tremaine talked me into this one on Episode 68 of What Should I Read Next. Imagine Angela's Ashes, but instead of poverty and alcoholism in Ireland you have polygamy and child abuse in Utah. In this coming-of-age memoir, Wariner describes her childhood as the thirty-ninth of her father's forty-two children. This was absorbing and heartbreaking. (I thought this was very well done, but it's worth mentioning that it won't be on my favorites list anytime soon.) More info →
There was so much I loved about this story about a young couple who moves to NYC just before the financial meltdown of 2008. Let's start with the cover. And the tone was pitch perfect. (If Pitoniak writes another book, I'll read it.) But the plot REALLY stumbled for the last third of the book: I can't say more without dropping serious spoilers, but I sure would love to rant about it at book club together. More info →
I saw Sophie Kinsella's latest on a recent list to top-rated audiobooks and snatched it up as a palate cleanser. (Overall: 4.4. Performance: 4.7. It doesn't get better than that.) If you're looking for Serious Literature, keep moving, but for a light-hearted escapist read, Kinsella nails it. This one combines PR, family dynamics, instagram, and glamping (really!). I read ("read"?) it in three days. More info →
I read this much-anticipated new release from the author of Counting by 7s at the urging of my 9-year-old. (More about that here.) It's the story of a (much) smaller-than-average girl who comes into her own a bit when she's cast as a Munchkin in a summer performance of The Wizard of Oz, and it's really good. If you ever read middle grade, give it a try. More info →
This book is seriously messing me. This is Taubes' sweeping indictment of sugar and the industry behind it: he lays out the book like a legal argument and whoa, is it persuasive. It's true that after reading this, I'm a little paranoid and cranky about what's in my food and especially about what my kids are eating. But it's a worthwhile and timely read. Just be prepared to make some nutritional changes when you're done reading. If you're anything like me, you won't be able to stop yourself. More info →
What have YOU been reading lately? Link up your post below, or tell us all about it in comments!