I haven’t done monthly book posts in a while, partly due to time and, in general, the work of the podcast has me reading a lot less lately, but I thought it might pop in here and do a quarterly round up of the best books, shows and podcasts/music I’ve been listening to lately. As we are just wrapping up March and therefore the end of the first quarter of the year, I figured now’s as good a time as any. Here’s the best content I’ve consumed in the last three months.
I love a good book post and while this one is certainly coming in at the very last possible moment to still be considered a 2018 post, I still think it’s the perfect day to curl up and make an ambitions TBR list for the coming year. Here’s the best of what I read in 2018. I finished the year having read 60 books, which isn’t quite as many as last year, but birthing a podcast takes a toll on reading time, apparently. I’ve got three categories for us, non-fiction, fiction and the best author I discovered this year.
Sing, Unburied, Sing won all kinds of awards last year and I was super excited to see it hit my library reserve list. This novel is beautiful, brutal and simple. It tackles all kinds of challenging topics and does it with the simplest story line. A woman and her two children drive across the state to pick up their father who is getting out of jail. By and large the story takes place over the course of 48 hours, but it’s got some flashback and even a supernatural element splashed in (which I’m not usually here for, but it was really effectively done). It was an incredible story, worth all the accolades and one I’d definitely recommend.
Small Great Things will stick with me for a while, I think. Told from three different perspectives, the story begins when a black labor and delivery nurse is told not to interact with the baby of two white supremacists (at their request). Understaffed, the baby goes into distress on her watch and ends up dying, at which point the nurse is charged with murder. The story is told through the perspectives of the nurse, her public defender and the father of the baby.