Welcome to Quick Lit, where we share short and sweet reviews of what we’ve been reading lately.
This month I’ve been reading up a storm, but since many of those titles don’t come out for a while, mum’s the word for now. (All will be revealed when the Summer Reading Guide hits in May!)
Actually, I’ve been thinking I need to make some kind of rule for myself so I don’t get burned out on brand-new fiction. Maybe one new book, one old book for the next few months? Three new, one old? I’d love to hear your recommendations, and your own personal rules, in comments.
My what-I’ve-been-reading list is genuinely short and sweet today, especially because I decided not to duplicate my recent reads I shared in the recent post 11 books to curl up with this winter. Check out that post for more winter reading inspiration.
I surprised myself by reading this one twice: the first time I just read it, the second time I had my bullet journal in hand, taking notes. This is a compact (if you can call 700 pages "compact") distillation of the best of Tim Ferriss's podcast. Over the years, he's interviewed more than 200 guests for his podcast, and this book is his cheat sheet to the best-of-the-best content they shared over the years. My favorites were Maria Popova, Kelly Starrett, Alex Blumberg, and B.J. Novak. More info →
I've been hearing quiet buzz about this one since late summer; it was just published last week. When the story opens, you know there's been a scandal, and you know it was somehow resolved, but you have no idea what happened in the middle—a premise that sucked me right in. The story unfolds through letters, and while I'm not usually a huge fan of that format, it worked for this novel. (Think Guernsey, but darker.) Rivers based her tale on the true story of a Civil War soldier's wife who conceived, bore, and buried a child while her husband was away for years. If you loved I Shall Be Near to You, read this next. More info →
I stumbled upon Taylor Jenkins Reid's latest novel One True Loves last spring, and since then her work has been a fun (if sometimes emotionally fraught) palate cleanser when I'm reading mostly serious stuff. I don't want to explain too much about the plot line, but I'll just say Reid's m.o. is to layer chick lit-style prose atop serious, thoughtful subjects. More info →