Stacked-Up Book Thoughts are my random notes about books I've read, movies I've watched, books I'm looking forward to, and events I hope to get to.
The weather has finally broken here in central Pennsylvania and I've been spending a lot of time outside taking my camera for a walk or doing gardening or just enjoying the warmth.
That doesn't mean, however, I haven't been reading and writing. Here's what I've been up to.
Nonfiction You May Have Missed
Here are four titles I recommended for Readerly magazine (for my mini reviews, click through to the magazine, where you'll also find additional timely book talk): The CSA Cookbook by Linda Ly (Voyageur Press, March 2015) will help you through your weekly vegetable boxes or navigate your local farmers' market. Cokie Roberts's Capital Dames is about how women in Washington, DC coped with the Civil War (Harper, April 2015). Alice Eve Cohen's The Year My Mother Came Back is an emotional memoir about mothers and daughters (Algonquin, March 2015). For mystery lovers, Matthew Parker's Goldeneye introduces us to Ian Fleming and his life in his beloved Jamaica (Pegasus, March 2015). If you aren't already subscribing to Readerly magazine, take a moment to sign up. The newsletter comes out every ten days and offers mini reviews, recommended reading, articles, interviews, and more.
Audiobooks to Get You through Spring
I wrote a little bit about Mark Bittman's A Bone to Pick (Pam Krauss, May 2015) a couple of weeks ago for Weekend Cooking. For my full review of the audiobook edition of this insightful look at our food supply, check out AudioFile magazine. I'm currently listening to George Hodgman's Bettyville (Viking, March 2015), a memoir about caring for an aging parent, growing up gay in the Midwest, and struggling with love and self-acceptance. Next up is a book by one of my favorite authors: Kent Haruf's Our Souls at Night (Knopf, May 2015) returns us to Holt, Colorado, for one last time. It will be a bittersweet read because Haruf died in November at the relatively young age of seventy-one. If you haven't yet discovered his quiet, character-driven novels then you're in for some excellent reading or listening.
What I'm Currently Reading
I'm almost done with Sarah J. Maas's A Court of Thorns and Roses (Bloomsbury USA, May 2015). This is a super start to a new fantasy series about the Fey and humans. Sarah McCoy's dual-time-period The Mapmaker's Children (Crown, May 2015) introduces us to two women: one who lives in modern times and one who takes us back to nineteenth-century America, abolition, and the Underground Railroad. Tia and Tamera Mowry's Twintuition: Double Vision (HaperCollins, April 2015) is the first in a middle grade series about preteen identical twins who discover they have ESP just in time to help their mother get out of a sticky situation. Melissa de la Cruz's The Isle of the Lost is the start of her new Descendants series, perfect for middle grade fantasy lovers. Reviews of these titles will be up on the blog soon(ish).