I read very little in April and spent even less time blogging. The books I did manage to read are quickly fading from memory and gathering my thoughts has become a race against time. This week's Top Ten Tuesday prompt, "One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read", inspired me to take a micro approach, too.
by R.C. Sherriff, narrated by Jilly Bond
Reading this book was like spending time relaxing by the sea... leisurely pace, lovely descriptions, and very little action. Originally published in 1931, it was exactly the right book at the right time for me. However, it put my mother to sleep.
by Patric Richardson, narrated by the author
A book about laundry?? Yes, but there's more. I also loved listening to the author talk about his southern family, his love of textiles, and the notion that caring for loved ones' clothing is an act of love. Richardson also offers some excellent laundry tips. I plan to try several, but need to buy a hard copy for reference.
by Anna Quindlen, narrated by the author
If Anna Quindlen writes it, I will read it. Or in this case, listen. Here Anna talks about how important it is, especially in times like these, to "stop and record what we are thinking and feeling." She cites examples from Anne Frank and WPA slave narratives to the Freedom Writers. History is our story.. those who write it, own it.
by Natasha Brown, narrated by Pippa Bennett-Warner
One word review: interior
This very short (2 hour) audio consists of the inner musings about work, life, success, class, racism, and sexism of a Black British woman as she prepares for an extravagant garden party at the country home of her boyfriend's parents. It's been described as Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway meets Claudia Rankine's Citizen. I think the audio production added to my overall experience.
Have you read any of these? What did you think?