I’ll go ahead and spoil the rest of this post–this was a good reading month. I thoroughly enjoyed both of the books I read and would definitely recommend them to others. Details below!
Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
I always love a good memoir, and this one did not disappoint. I first heard about it on Gretchen Rubin’s Happier podcast when they announced that they would be having the author on the show to discuss the book. I immediately snapped it up from the library and got right down to reading. Lisa is the daughter of Steve Jobs and admits that she wishes her father were a tad less interesting so that her memories of him didn’t dominate the book. But alas, he was such a a figure of contradictions–smart but clueless when it came to parenting, loving at times but quite cold at others–that it’s no surprise that he captivates the reader’s attention. I didn’t know much about Steve Jobs when I began reading this, but I feel like I got the most realistic possible perspective on him and his idiosyncrasies, from his thoughtful daughter. I really enjoyed Lisa’s writing style and found the story captivating. I tend to read while I pump, and there were a few sessions that ran a little long as I finished “just a few more pages…”
5 out of 5 stars.
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
By now you should recognize that I dabble in the young adult genre occasionally (exhibit A, B). There are some real gems if you know which authors to look for. Anyway, this one was quite engaging. The book centers around a tiny town in California where a strange, highly infectious disease is taking hold in which the afflicted fall into a deep sleep; those who wake up appear to have had vivid and possibly psychologically damaging dreams. For whatever reason, I’m kind of fascinated by infectious disease, so the discussion of quarantines and personal life choices faced by the characters as the result of a particularly mysterious virus was right up my alley. The storyline focusing on a couple with a newborn baby particularly resonated with me and had me thinking through what I would do in a similar situation. It’s difficult to discuss much further without spoiling anything, so suffice it to say it’s worth the read!
5 out of 5 stars.
What did you read in July?