On the first day of the year, I laid out my 2018 reading goals.
Here’s what’s on the list for April:
#1 Fat Fiction: Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes by Sue Watson. The description borders on encouraging weight loss, but actually doesn’t so I’m giving it a try.
Brief Description: “Can you really turn a passion into a profession? Does more time at home actually give you a happier family life? Are men truly from Mars or another universe altogether? Stella has to roll up her sleeves and find out – when the going gets tough, the tough get baking…. ”
#2 The Oldest Book Shelved: Giving Up the Ghost by Hilary Mantel was purchased for a graduate class, but we ran out of time to read it. I’ve tried reading it before, but it’s challenging. If I get sick of this book at all, I’m calling it quits.
Brief Description: “In postwar rural England, Hilary Mantel grew up convinced that the most improbable of accomplishments, including ‘chivalry, horsemanship, and swordplay,’ were within her grasp. Once married, however, she acquired a persistent pain that led to destructive drugs and patronizing psychiatry, ending in an ineffective but irrevocable surgery. There would be no children; in herself she found instead one novel, and then another.”
#3 Newest Book Shelved on Goodreads: The Honk and Holler Opening Soon by Billie Letts.
Brief Description: “Caney Paxton wanted his cafe to have the biggest and brightest sign in Eastern Oklahoma — the ‘opening soon’ part was supposed to be just a removable, painted notice. . . .Twelve years later, the once-busy highway is dead and the sign is as worn as Caney, who hasn’t ventured outside the diner since it opened. Then one blustery December day, a thirtyish Crow woman blows in with a three-legged dog in her arms and a long-buried secret on her mind.”
#4 Random Pick: The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande. This the big “One Book, One Community” read that my county library is doing. There are plenty of sponsored events to go along with themes from the memoir, including a reading by the author.
Brief Description: Reyna Grande’s father his wife and three children in Mexico to create a future in the United States. Later, his wife joins him, so the children are left with a grandmother. Just before the age of 10, Reyna enters the U.S. illegally on her own and ends up being the first in her family to graduate from college.