Happy Wednesday, cats and kittens! I’m still feeling pretty great after spending the laziest weekend up at a cabin with Dan’s cousins. Buying a cabin is a huge goal of ours, because there’s something so relaxing about heading into the woods for the weekend that you just can’t get in the city. Even if we have a weekend at home without much to do, getting away from your normal surroundings just recharges you in a different way. And this weekend was the perfect picture of laziness—sleeping in, naps, and reading. I did go for a run one day, but even that had a lot more walking than normal. It was great.
I finished the book I was reading on Saturday afternoon, and it reminded me that I’ve been meaning to write a reading post for a while—I have some good ones for you guys. And I just learned that one of them is coming out as a movie! So get it while it’s hot. Plus, it’s the last day of August so if I’m going to post an August Reading List, time is really of the essence.
The Butterfly Garden
Ok, this one is a little weird. Let’s just start there. But I really couldn’t put it down. It’s about a man who kidnaps teenaged girls and keeps them in a compound with an incredible garden, and tattoos butterfly wings on their backs. So, if that premise is too much for you, go ahead and move on, but if you’re not totally turned off then you absolutely have to read this one. Yes, the subject matter is disturbing, but the book isn’t overly gross or gratuitous and the story is really captivating. Highly recommend.
That Old Cape Magic
This is the one I finished on Saturday—it wasn’t as consuming as The Butterfly Garden or What Was Mine, but it was still well-written and thought-provoking. It’s about a man looking back on his life, really—mostly his professor parents and his relationship with them, but also his marriage and his family. It’s framed by two weddings, happening in nearby locations a year apart from each other. I would read the other books on this list first, but I would recommend this one if you’re looking for something new.
What Was Mine
This book was so interesting and enthralling. It centers around a woman kidnapping an infant from an Ikea and raising the baby as her own. It’s told from many different perspectives—the woman who took the child, the child herself, the parents whose baby was taken, family members, coworkers, even the nanny. And it has my favorite quality in a book: deeply human, three-dimensional characters who make you think about people in new ways. So, yeah. I’ll recommend any book that does that.
The Light Between Oceans
Thanks to the satellite television at the cabin, I learned this book is coming soon to theaters near you! We don’t have regular television channels (because we have Netflix and Hulu and I haven’t taken the time to figure out how to make our TV have any more than that) so I likely wouldn’t have known about this movie until it was actually IN theaters, but for the cabin television. So, if you’re going to read the book, it would seem now is the time. This is actually another book about people ending up with kids who aren’t theirs—that’s an odd trend here. The Light Between Oceans is about a lighthouse keeper and his wife, and a baby that washes up on their little island in a boat. The imagery in this book is really beautiful—the descriptions of the lighthouse and the island and the characters are all very vivid, and the exploration of this odd human experience is really well-done. I didn’t love this one nearly as much as What Was Mine, but hey—Hollywood. So. There you have it.
I’ve been going through a lot more books since I made it a habit to read a little bit before bed each night—maybe only 20 minutes, but it really adds up! Have any good recommendations for me?? Leave them in the comments!