Jan 6, 2019

Sunday Salon: My First Three Books of the New Year

Becoming is a memoir, inspiring and moving
I recently started reading this, my second book of the year, and am enjoying it tremendously, especially since I am familiar with the place in which Michele Obama grew up - the south side of Chicago, including Hyde Park where I lived for over 10 years.

The memoir is not just of a woman who became the First Lady of the United States, but is also the story of a middle class Black family in Chicago and children who grew up to succeed. It is also a romance, between Michelle and Barack Obama, before their lives became entrenched in the political. I can't wait to get to that part.

My first book of the year, completed, was
Killing Commendatore, a fantasy, magical realism novel
Killing Commendatore
Murakami's book is another of his fantasies. It drew me in, in the same way a pit in the back of the narrator's house drew him in and led him on to voyages reminiscent of  Dante's Underworld and the crossing of the river Styx.

The above two books, memoir and fantasy/magical realism, couldn't be more different, but I like them both and find them a great way to start off my reading in 2019.

My third book of the year, which I've already begun, is

In Dog We Trust (Black Dog Bay #5)
In Dog We Trust
This is turning out to be a more traditional kind of romance. It's about dogs and their owner, a young woman thrust into the limelight of becoming caretaker and co-trustee of  three famous and valuable show dogs. Her job comes with a seaside mansion that only she has access to. Along the way, she seems likely to meet the man of her dreams. This is delightful light reading. My review.

What are your first books this year?

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  1. I've started listening to Becoming, but had to stop for awhile. I was mainly listening to it at work and kept getting interrupted, losing my spot. It's a wonderful read though and I'll probably give it another try via print. It looks like your reading is off to a great start. Happy New Year!

  2. I have Becoming, and I've started reading it, in between my fiction reads. I love savoring it, as she has a great writing style and I admire her so much.

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  3. I'd say your year is off to a great start! Can't wait to read Becoming.

  4. It looks like you have some great books to kick off the new year. Happy Reading! Anne - Books of My Heart

  5. It appears your new year is off to a great start. I can't wait to read Becoming! It sounds fascinating.

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  6. Harvee, each of these sounds interesting in a different way. Thanks for sharing some thoughts about your first books of the New Year.

  7. Each book so different and each good in its own way. Lovely reading to start the year.

  8. Great first reads! I see Michelle everywhere 👁


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