What I Read This Week: December 27, 2020
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh
This book is so funny, and heartbreaking, and honest. I already loved Brosh but I am absolutely in awe of her vulnerability in this collection. These stories cover topics from benign childhood experiences to more serious arguments with loved ones and then on to heavy topics like grief and contemplation of mortality. It’s bleak at times and silly at times, all woven together to give a gorgeous portrait of a life. It’s a must-read for Brosh fans and those who enjoy humorous memoirs.
Shrill by Lindy West
This book is a funny, thought-provoking, and in-your-face account of what it’s like to be a fat woman in America, particularly one is is semi-famous on the internet. Lindy’s writing is sharp and well-researched. She is honest and un-apologetic about her opinions. While I appreciate her voice and her message, I didn’t connect with her. It felt at times like her brashness was preventing me from relating to her. I recommend this for readers of humor, essays, and women’s issues.
The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde
Literary fiction/Magical Realism
This novel is absolutely brilliant and fascinating. Our narrator, Peter, is a middle aged man going about his business until a Rabbit family moves in next door. And not just any family but one belonging to Connie Rabbit, who he knew and had a thing for in college. Peter is a complicated guy who is keeping a lot of secrets. Connie and her family are brilliant Rabbits determined to stand up to the speciesist system. Despite the humaoid rabbits, this is not a fluffy read! It’s complex and dar, and at times went over my head because I don’t have a full understanding of the politics of Brexit. However I fully understood the rest of it and it hit me hard at times. I think this is one of those books that people will either love or hate. I highly recommend it for Fforde’s fans as well as readers of magical realism.
Ninja At First Sight by Penny Reid
Book 4.75 in the Knitting in the City series. This sweet novella tells the story of how Fiona and Greg met and fell in love. It’s a swoony story that gives important backstory. While it’s short, it Reid still manages to show off her skill at creating complicated, realistic characters. This could be read as a standalone, but I recommend starting with book one. I highly recommend this series for readers of romance.