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What I’ve been reading

I haven’t posted about my reading for quite awhile so I have a lot to fill you in on. First, I made my Goodreads 2017 reading goal no problem. It wasn’t like in 2016 where I was reading every short 200 page book I could get my hands on in December. So my year was complete. 🙂

I’ve been trying to read much more because it really adds to my happiness. But enough about me. Let’s talk books.

Hand_toMouth_bookHand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado

This was published in Oct 2014 and I had heard the author interviewed on NPR. So many of her points rang true to me. The book came about because Tirado, a 32-year-old mother of two who worked two low-paying jobs, wrote a message in response to the question “Why do poor people do things that seem so self-destructive?” on an online forum. Her response went viral and was subsequently reprinted by The Huffington Post, The Nation, and Forbes, in November 2013. She then received 60,000 in donations to write the book. Check it out. It tells a story we all should hear.

The_Silkworm_bookThe Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Series #2)
by Robert Galbraith, J. K. Rowling

This is second in the series of mysteries JK Rowling wrote under a pseudonym. I enjoyed all three books but this was probably my least favorite of the three. Still, the writing is great and it moves fast.

pemberlyDeath Comes to Pemberley
by PD James

This book is a sequel to Jane Austin’s “Pride and Prejudice.” It’s a murder mystery which I’m sure if you are a reader, you’ve heard about. I was told not to bother reading it but I’m so glad I did.  I liked falling back into the world of Pemberley.  When you’re finished, watch the British two-episode television show on Netflix.  It’s excellent.

baba_dunjasBaba Dunja’s Last Love
by Alina Bronsky

I read this book for my book club. While this is not a book you may have not heard of or would pick up, it’s worth the read.  The Serbian author wrote of an older, strong woman who returns to her hometown which happens to be near Chernobyl. There are warnings about radiation levels and misshapen forest fruits. Soon others move there with her. The book can be read in one or two sittings and is a thoughtful story.

Let me know what you’ve been reading.

— Namaste

By Debra Happe

Debra Happe is a writer and marketing professional based in Des Moines, Iowa. Debra does business, magazine, and freelance copywriting work. Specialties include science-based, environmental, and technological. Connect on LinkedIn for professional inquiries.

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