20 April 2015

Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: The Spring Reading Edition

Stacked-Up Book Thoughts @ Beth Fish ReadsStacked-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

Beth Fish Reads recommends nonfictionHere 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

Audiobook Picks from Beth Fish Reads

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

Spring 2015 titles from Beth Fish ReadsI'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).

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, have your caught spring fever yet? For everyone, what's on your reading list?


Vicki 4/20/15, 8:01 AM  

A few of these books have made it onto my reading list. I've been subscribed to Readerly and AudioFile for a while and love their sites.

I'm in Florida so our weather has been nice for a while now. Our "winter" wasn't as bad as it was last year.

bermudaonion 4/20/15, 9:41 AM  

It's plenty warm here but it's done nothing but rain for the last 8 or 9 days and I am completely over it. They're predicting sun for Tuesday and Wednesday and then it'll be back to more rain.

I'm reading The Mapmaker's Children too!

Laurel-Rain Snow 4/20/15, 10:35 AM  

It is always fun to get a new stack of books...enjoy! I am curious about The Year My Mother Came Back.

Beth Hoffman 4/20/15, 11:46 AM  

I'm reading "Bettyville" right now and enjoying it. Glad you finally have a break in the weather, I can't wait to see your photos.

Unknown 4/20/15, 5:55 PM  

I can't wait to read Sarah McCoy's new book, but right now Greg Iles The Bone Tree is up next. The Tia and Tamara book looks cute, being a mom of twins I love to see that topic pop up. I have Bettyville, unread :(. May is jam packed with good books to read.
It's more like Summer here in Central FL..ugh.

Sue Jackson 4/20/15, 7:49 PM  

Wow, you've been reading a lot of books - nice variety, too!

I need to check out that CSA Cookbook - sounds right up my alley!

And I didn't know you were in central PA - I'm your neighbor in DE! So thrilled that it finally feels like spring :)


Book By Book

Jackie McGuinness 4/21/15, 1:11 PM  

Just added The Year My Mother Came Back to my TBR.

Daryl 4/22/15, 10:16 AM  

i have been immersing myself in the outlander series ... having taken a minor in history, specifically the american revolution i enjoyed them a lot ... now i am going to have to find something new .. thanks for these reccos!

Lisa 4/23/15, 10:39 PM  

I read Alice Eve Cohen's "What I Thought I Knew" and was knocked out by her honesty. I'll definitely look for her new book!

Laurie C 4/28/15, 1:15 PM  

My TBR list has just grown by about six titles after reading this post! Right now I'm reading Life from Scratch, a giveaway win, that I think I read about first in a Weekend Cooking!

Linda of Garden Betty 5/7/15, 11:26 PM  

Thank you for recommending my book, The CSA Cookbook! If you're anywhere near Chambersburg, PA, I'm signing books and chatting up market-goers at the North Square Farmers Market on Saturday, May 30. Would love to meet you!

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