Reach & Read: February, March & April Book Reviews

Whoops! Apparently forgot to post the last few book review summaries. I have been reading a lot more but writing fewer reviews. So easy to fall behind….

Some of what have I been reading (besides Good Night Construction Site, work journals and a bunch of ‘why is my toddler insane’ type books…)

  • Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman This book is a fun read – the kind you can devour pretty quickly. Interesting story line, some little life lessons in there for all of us and plenty of laughs.
  • Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home by Jessica Fetchor. Love this book, it is my favorite genre of ‘food lit’ but the true story hit close to some of my more memorable patients from days doing clinical work but the real value is in her overcoming a loss of smell and depth perception and still cooking (imagine!) …. I consumed the audio version of this and have the hard copy on my wish list to take advantage of her recipes.

  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – Wowsers! I really connected with this book. It is brimming with wisdom and quotables. I have so many folded over pages. This book will be staying on my shelf, it is one of those that each time you read, something different will resonate.
  • Today will be Different by Maria Semple. Another funny, set in Seattle book by the author of Where Did You Go Bernadette?  Great story, funny characters and a twist or two. Keep ’em coming Maria!
  •  One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Gregory Rabassa. I am sure this is a good book for some but I couldn’t finish it. It was odd, left me feeling like I was in solitude and my ‘spare time’ is too precious to waste on a book I don’t click with….

  • Mindfulness: How to Be More Relaxed, Focused, and Kind While Living in a Fast, Digital, Always-On World by Rohan Gunatillake. Original reivew posted on Portland Book Review.
  • Adventures in the Slavic Kitchen: A Book of Essays with Recipes by Igor Klekh. Original review posted over at Portland Book Review and expanded review available on Odds and Hens.
  • Own it! by Sally Krawcheck -Don’t let the finance background dissuade you! Read it. Own it (or check it out). Review posted on LinkedIn.
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. A book review for National Women’s History Month posted over on LinkedIn.
  • How Do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets? by Jane Yolen illustrated by Mark Teague Dinosaurs of all forms are a big hit in our household right now and this story also tapped into a love of zoo animals, etc. Original review posted on Portland Book Review.

  • True Genius: The Life and Work of Richard Garwin by Joel N. Shurkin. I actually found many of Richard’s experiences, learnings, and passions to be quite relevant to today’s political climate. Original review posted on Portland Book Review.

  • The Witch of Lime Street: Seance, Seduction and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher. I hope they make a mini-series or documentary because I think this topic would be even more engrossing with visuals to pull you along. Full review here.


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