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I Have Returned… With Big News!

Bottomless Belly ButtonOops, it seems Reading for Robin went on an unplanned summer vacation. It wasn’t my intention to stay away all summer long, but a few things got in the way. Those things include, but are not limited to, work, Chicago (x2), Memphis, New Jersey, Shelter Island, a bachelorette party, a wedding, good weather, and lots of dinners out.

While I was away from the internet these last few months, I regret to say I didn’t read as much as I should have. I’m not sure what I was doing instead (besides watching all of Orange is the New Black), but hopefully the fall will be different. However, I did read here and there and some of those books were great. My two favorites of the summer are probably Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (warning: keep tissues nearby) and The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. I’m currently listening to The Astronaut Wives Club, which just happens to be this month’s book club pick, but I’m finding it only okay.

As for what’s next, I have a few new books on my list. I’m eyeing Jojo Moyes’ latest The Girl You Left Behind, The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, and The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P by Adelle Waldman. I’m leaving for London and Barcelona in a week so I’m looking for something really good to read. Suggestions are welcome.

But my big news is that I finished Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw which means that I have now completed my mom’s list. Three and a half years and 58 books later, I’m done. It feels… weird. I started this project days after my mom died as a way to stay connected to her and so much has changed since then. I still miss her every day and it’s been nice having this project despite my recent neglect. Now that it’s over, I know I’ll still be connected to my mom in hundreds of other ways (her love of reading being just one) and I will find ways to honor her memory.

For the record, Bottomless Belly Button was strange and my mom never would have read it. It was, in fact, a “graphic” graphic novel with some explicit drawings and I only sort of knew what was going on most of the time. I still can’t imagine how this landed on her list.

With the list complete, I’m sure I’ll be on here even more sporadically than it’s been in the last year. However, I do hope to check in from time to time to share what I’ve been reading and hopefully hear about your books as well.

Thanks for following me on this journey. It’s been quite the experience!

Last Book, Here I Come

Bottomless Belly ButtonI know I only check in here from time to time now, but I have some momentous news to announce. I have purchased the last book on my mom’s list! (My definition of “momentous” may be a bit skewed.)

I have been reading manuscripts for work the last month or two, but I haven’t completely forgotten about this project. I just bought a slightly used copy of Dash Shaw’s Bottomless Belly Button through Barnes and Noble. So in just 4-14 business days I will have the final book from my mom’s list in my possession to read. I can’t believe it’s almost over!

But first I do actually have to read Bottomless Belly Button. Have I mentioned that it’s a graphic novel? I have no idea how my mom heard of this book or what made her decide to put it on her list. As far as I know, she never read a graphic novel before. And neither have I. I don’t really know what to expect. I guess it’s time to try something new.

A Review of The Thin Place

The Thin PlaceIt’s taken me a while to write this review of The Thin Place not because I have been putting it off but rather because it’s taken me a while to read The Thin Place.

Unfortunately, Kathryn Davis’ novel is one of my least favorite I’ve read from my mom’s list. It didn’t help that I read such short sections at a time that I frequently lost track of who was who and what was happening. But more than that I think my problem with the book is just that it is a little too out there for me. Chapters would jump around from plot to the thoughts of various animals to reflections on nature. I get that the author was trying to make the point about how all of the universe is connected and the line between life and not life is a “thin place,” but I am too much of a concrete person for these asides to mean much to me.

As I often do, I wonder what my mom would have thought of this book. And that is the one downside of being done with The Thin Place. It means that there is only one book left on the list. And while I am excited to complete this undertaking, I think it will be a little sad to be done.

However, that does mean that I will get back to reading books of my choice (or really, probably, more books for work). So at least hopefully that means I will be reading faster and more.

Next Up: Bloodroot

BloodrootNow that I’m in the home stretch of my mom’s list (only 12 books left!), I envision my selection process as a bit of a pin the tail on the donkey. I more or less close my eyes and point to one of the unread titles. Then, though, I look up the descriptions on Amazon and move on to something else if it doesn’t strike my fancy. Soon there won’t be that many other titles to move on to if it doesn’t strike my fancy but that’s a problem for another day.

Today there is no problem, only a proclamation. And that proclamation is that the next book I will read from my mom’s list is Bloodroot by Amy Greene. The description is:

Myra Lamb is a wild girl with mysterious, haint blue eyes who grows up on remote Bloodroot Mountain. Her grandmother, Byrdie, protects her fiercely and passes down “the touch” that bewitches people and animals alike. But when John Odom tries to tame Myra, it sparks a shocking disaster, ripping lives apart. Bloodroot is the dark and riveting story of the legacies—of magic and madness, faith and secrets, passion and loss—that haunt one family across the generations.

I don’t have any preconceived notions about this title so I’m just jumping in. Well, I will be jumping in after I finish this other book for work that I will tell you about at a later date. All in due time.