My July Book Stack

July was a slow reading month for me.  I read a whopping 1.5 books.  Quality over quantity is my new mantra though.  I started out the year reading a lot of "fast fiction."  You know, the types of books you can get through in a weekend but that you likely won't remember a year from now.  These are usually thrillers for me and I can go through them very quickly.  While I enjoy fast fiction as much as the next person, I've been in the mood lately for more substantial books, books that I don't just read to find out the endings, books that will stay with me and leave me feeling something.

Whew.  I laughed, I cried...I cried some more.  Reading this as an adult was an entirely different experience than reading it as a tween/teen.  Now having three children of my own, I found myself identifying with Mrs. March more than I ever had before (mostly wondering how she stayed so calm when I'm sure her house was chaotic much of the time).  Overall, I can't recommend this book enough.  It recharged my emotional batteries and gave me a lot of lessons and wisdom to think over and carry with me past the pages of the book.

"As she lifted the curtain to look out into the dreary night, the moon broke suddenly from behind the clouds, and shone upon her light a bright benignant face, which seemed to whisper in the silence, 'Be comforted, dear soul! there is always light behind the clouds.'" (Part 1, Ch. 15.)

This is the weirdest book but I'm really loving it.  I'm just over halfway through and I can honestly say I have no idea what's going to happen next.  There's something about the way Murakami writes that just completely sucks you in even though the plot makes very little sense (or maybe it makes complete sense but there just isn't much forward movement...I'm not sure).  He can write pages about almost nothing and yet they're still some of the most captivating pages you'll ever read.  His writing also feels elegant while still being approachable, if that makes any sense.  That said, if you're a person who likes a solid A-Z plot, I'm not sure this is the book for you.  However, if you're looking for a totally immersive reading experience, you might want to check it out.  I'll report back in my August Book Stack post to let you know my final thoughts on this one.

Well, that's it!  A slower reading month, which sort of matches the slower pace life is taking on right now.  I recently ordered True Grit (on my husband's recommendation) and Kristin Lavransdatter so one of those will be up next.  Although, TBH, I might take a break and read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets because it's been awhile and sometimes you just need a little HP.


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