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I finished two books in October and I enjoyed both of them.
Here for it; Or, how to save your soul in America by R. Eric Thomas (★★★★☆)
I hadn’t heard about R. Eric Thomas before picking up this book, but I am so glad I came across it. Thomas openly and humorously talks about the trials and tribulations of his life in the United States as a black, gay, Christian man. He’s funny, witty, and self-deprecating at times, but also doesn’t shy away from sharing some difficult times and experiences.
His essays also offer a look at life in general – the disappointments, the confusion, the joys, and the unexpected paths and opportunities life often presents to us – that everyone can relate to. Add it to a list of important black memoirs anyone should read.
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (★★★★☆)
This was the first fictional book I’ve read in a while and it was a nice change of pace.
The setup of this book was interesting and intriguing. We learn about the small coastal town of Crosby, Maine through the eyes of ordinary people leading ordinary lives, and one connecting character, Olive Kitteridge, who shows up in every chapter either as the main character or who pops in on the sidelines or in a comment someone makes about her.
I loved the way the chapters were woven together into one story that made us feel like we were part of this close-knit community, where everybody knows each others’ business. The chapters often feel sad and depressing, shining a light on the fact that most people struggle in life: with love, with loss, self-doubt, aging, loneliness, and regret. But it’s not all sadness and tragedy, there is plenty of wit and humor between the lines, too. Just like in real life.
What did you read in October? Anything you’d like to recommend? Leave a comment, and then add me on Goodreads to keep in touch.