I currently have chemo every 2 weeks, (as long as my bilirubin is low), which has had some nasty side effects, but has bought me the gift of living longer, so we take the side effects. I have slept a lot. I have read a lot. I need to find an online book club. Maybe even an online book club for cancer patients. And yes, I have read The End of Your Life Book Club. Sometimes my mom reads a book after I read it, and we discuss it, and it's just like that book, except in the book the mother had cancer, not the son.
I am babbling and running my mental energy down. Here are the books I've read so far in 2015:
(they are not in the order I read them in)
1. The Red Tent - highly recommend
2. All the Light We Cannot See - hard to get into, but a page turner after that. Highly recommend
3. The Blue Bistro - fluff read, no thinker, chic lit, beach read. Whatever lingo you use. It was ok.
4. Barefoot - fluff read, but I really enjoyed it. Definitely a good beach choice.
5. Beautiful Day - fluffer. It was ok.
6. Summerland - not sure I remember what it was about. I am sure it took place in Nantucket and I am sure there was an affair thrown in.
7. Where’d You Go Bernadette? - yes, yes, yes. Highly recommend.
8. The Boston Girl - Highly recommend
9. The Rosie Project - could NOT put it down.
10. The Rosie Effect - a little disappointing after the first book.
11. Me Before You - ick. I didn't get the hype for this book.
12. Still Alice - Wonderfully written on a very sad topic.
13. The Girl on the Train - thriller, I could not put it down
14. Orphan Train - highly recommend
15. The Vacationers - another fluff read. I am sure there was an affair involved. I wasn't too into it.
16. Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn gives me nightmares. But she does it well! Not sure how I ended up reading this one and not Dark Places, but the latter is on my to-read list.
17. An Abundance of Katherines - I saw this book in a pile of books someone brought over and just started reading. I would have liked it 20 - 25 years ago.
18. The Husband’s Secret - here starts my obsession with Liane Moriarty, who's books are placed in Australia. I thought the books were going to be no thinkers - no effort needed on my part except to keep her 20+ characters straight, but her books have more to them then I thought. I recommend anything by her.
19. What Alice Forgot - There is always a character named Jane in her books. Is Jane the most common names in Australia?
20. Big Little Lies - If you like her other books, I recommend this one too!
21. The Invention of Wings - Best Sue Monk Kidd book, in my opinion. Sad topic, but I highly recommend it22. The Book of Unkown Americans - quick read but very well written. Told my mom to put it way up in her book pile.
I sometimes get asked how I pick my books, especially lately. 1. I have favorite authors, so I often stick to them. 2. I see books being recommended on Instagram - when it gets to 3 different people liking the same book, I start to take an interest. 3. I look on best seller lists. 4. I listen to what friends are reading and raving about, especially friends who have the same interests as me. And when it all lines up, I know I have to try that book.
I am now exhausted from writing all this! And it was not even what I would consider good writing. Stupid chemo. Stupid cancer.