Early Winter Book Report

012015_earlywinterbookreport_kellymcauleyIn December, 2014, I decided that I should be reading more. And in my world “more” means at least a book a month, because I always busy myself reading blogs and news sites, that I haven’t made enough time for books. Actual, real, e-books. So, here’s what I’ve been reading, and a few thoughts on each. Let’s call it my early winter book report (when’s the last time you wrote a book report?!)

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Truth. I had never read this one. But I’m glad I did. Vonnegut is a literary master, of course. Bonus, short chapters keep this story moving. Double bonus, it’s in the Kindle Prime library, which means I didn’t have to buy it, or borrow it from someone, or go to the library or a computer or anything.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
By chance, I was talking with my sister-in-law about what she was currently reading and it happened that we were both reading this book and at about the same point. Again, short chapters keep it moving. The book also jumps from character to character and this murder mystery had me guessing—about who was going to be murdered AND who did it. I’d be up for reading more by Moriarty.

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
The entire time I was reading this book I was shaking my head “yes, yes, yes.” I don’t have any quotables for you but this book fit nicely in my fiction/non-fiction/fiction line-up that I’m trying to do. It was nothing new, but it was a quick read, so it wasn’t time wasted.

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
Ferris is one of my favorite authors. His writing style captures my attention and entices me to keep reading. He first caught my eye with a book about an advertising agency (And then we came to the end) and he continues to delight in this book about a New York dentist with an online identity crisis.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Again, this fit in my fiction/non-fiction plan I have going. Again, I found myself nodding along and thinking I could incorporate some of the author’s creative-work strategies into my everyday.

The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel by Amy Hempel
I’m thinking I must have a short attention span, because if it’s not short chapters, it’s short stories. This collection of Hempel’s work is a great train read because you can pick it up and put it down in between short stories. Not only that but it’s full of thoughtful yet lighthearted takes on real life.


Next up include some of the books from this list along with Nick Horby’s new release, Funny Girl (due in February), The Boston Girl and Creative ConfidenceI’ve got a virtual stack of other books I’d like to make it through over on GoodReads, but I’m open to suggestions too (Leave some in the comments, please!) And speaking of GoodReads, are we “friends” over there yet? I’d love to peek at your bookshelves and see what I should check out.

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