Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and where the hell did May go?

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and where the hell did May go?

May sort of just flew by for me. In the blink of an eye, May was done and gone and somehow it became June. So is time flying a product of getting older or being in the flow? Maybe it’s both.

With days going by so quickly, I’m determined to make the most of it. I’m excited for upcoming summer plans, which include Cubs games, cookouts, golf, outdoor concerts, street festivals, rooftop dining, water taxi rides, farmers markets, bike rides along the lake, summer gardening, and maybe even a quick getaway trip.

What fun things do you have planned for this summer?

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, which I actually finished pretty quickly. I also finished Madonna in a Fur Coat by Sabahattin Ali, and I also managed to squeeze in a book of essays called One Day We’ll All be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul. I’m back in my reading groove.

Ok, first my thoughts on Madonna in a Fur Coat. Bottom line: Beautiful and poetic. There were parts I thought sounded agenda-laden, with characters used to push the author’s philosophy (like a Paulo Coelho book) but he is able to so brilliantly illustrate that feeling of discontent or lack of meaning in one’s life through the protagonist. I think that is why the book has become the number one bestseller in Turkey. There is a general malaise that runs through the country that I think people don’t know how to express—Ali expresses it spot on.

As for Lilac Girls, I loved it. Of course, it covers my favorite topic: World War II historical fiction. It’s based on the true story of prisoners, specifically the Polish prisoners, at Ravensbrück, the German concentration camp for women. It’s an incredible story and one that I never knew about. Kudos to the author for telling their story in a compelling and engaging way. Now for what I didn’t like about it: “wasted words.” I didn’t think the author was a great writer. She was good but not great. Extra descriptions and explanations that, as I reader, I found unnecessary and that take me out of the story.

Finally, the book of essays—well, the best thing about it is the title and that’s it. This book was probably one of the worst books I ever read. And actually I didn’t even read the whole thing it was so bad. The first essay is choppy, all over the place, and drones on. You forget the point of the essay. It’s supposed to be humorous but I didn’t think it was all that funny. Not a book I would recommend.

I have a few books I am reading or about to read. I am currently reading Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. I don’t usually read nonfiction but this is narrative nonfiction, and so far, it’s pretty good in terms of writing. The topic makes me squirmy, which is good. It’s not a world I know about or understand so it’s opening my eyes.

I’ve been watching . . . Master of None. Yes, I succumbed to the peer pressure. I stopped watching the show Mom because it became annoying and bad—too many serious subjects taken way too lightly.

I’ve been listening to . . . Pop Culture Happy Hour and Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me!, two podcasts I love on NPR. Music-wise, been listening to Jack Johnson since I saw him in concert.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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