What I read this month: June 2018

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Station Eleven is one of those books that was recommended to me so many times but that I chose to ignore for awhile because I was pretty sure it wouldn’t live up to the hype. But when my book club chose it for our June pick, I had to give up my fight. I’m so glad I did. What a great book. In fact, it was even better than people told me it would be.
– The catalyst for going vegan was when I went fishing in the Florida Keys years back and watched the fish I caught flail around and gasp for breath. From that moment on, I decided nothing would have to die just so that I could eat it. This article confirms that fish do in fact feel pain. I encourage you to read it and at least acknowledge its truth the next time you decide to eat fish.
– Will Schwalbe is someone I’d like to have a coffee with. Many of the books he discusses in Books for Living are books that I love. And of those that I haven’t read, many have since been added to my TBR list. This is essentially a book about books, so you can’t really go wrong.
– Never has a book made me want to hop on a plane to Italy more than Bella Figura: How to Live, Love, and Eat the Italian Way. If you’re okay being equal parts hungry and envious while reading a memoir, this is the book for you.
– I basically ran to the library to pick up the copy of Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark when it arrived for me. I couldn’t wait to start reading, and from the second I turned the first page all the way until that final chapter, I was hooked. I was also thoroughly creeped out and decided to take a break from true crime for a little while.
– Maybe it wasn’t the best follow-up, but I went right from McNamara to Stephen King. His newest book, The Outsider, is getting a lot of positive reviews. It started out really strong but I didn’t love the last 100 pages or so. This is not my favourite King book but it’s still so enjoyable. I recommend picking it up if you’re looking for a beach read.
– I’m listening to the audiobook of I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell. It’s such an interesting idea for a memoir and she’s such a great writer. I’m not done yet but I’m really enjoying it so far.


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