My 2018 Book-et List

My 2018 Book-et List

 

Best Intention:  Keeping the mind keen in 2018.

First off, I’m sorry about all of the puns.  Puns are annoying but I can’t help type them up when they pop into my head.  In reality, I’ve spared you upwards of 50 puns I felt cruel about using.  So, in reality, you’re welcome!

OK!  Way too many good lookin’ books from 2017, am I right?  Lest they be forgotten, I’ve picked my tippy tops (9 in total) and am vowing to read them RN... well, over the course of 2018... can I do it by summer?!  Better get cracking!

For some chuckles before bed

We are Never Meeting in Real Life- Samantha Irby

 Humorous essays about relationships, health, and a cat named Helen Keller.

Humorous essays about relationships, health, and a cat named Helen Keller.

 For contemplating my own demise

The Immortalists- Chloe Benjamin

 Premise:  How would you live your life if you knew the date of your death? 

Premise:  How would you live your life if you knew the date of your death? 

For contemplating the demise of humanity

Exit West- Mohsin Hamid

 Man Booker Prize Finalist, science fiction love story about a couple escaping war by fantastical means.

Man Booker Prize Finalist, science fiction love story about a couple escaping war by fantastical means.

 Short stories about women that combine aspects from many genres with an “exquisite” voice.

Short stories about women that combine aspects from many genres with an “exquisite” voice.

 For cultivating calm “In the Age of Noise”/young child-Rearing

Silence in the Age of Noise- Erling Kagge

 On the benefits of silence, from a Norwegian explorer, who spent 50 solitary days walking in Antarctica to reach the South Pole.  

On the benefits of silence, from a Norwegian explorer, who spent 50 solitary days walking in Antarctica to reach the South Pole.  

 For getting organized/contemplating my own demise

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning- Margareta Magnusson

 Learn how the Swedish practice of “death cleaning” gets rid of clutter and makes room for only the good stuff.   

Learn how the Swedish practice of “death cleaning” gets rid of clutter and makes room for only the good stuff.   

For keeping up with my fave writer 

We Were Eight Years in Power- Ta-Nehisi Coates

 New essays from the famed Atlantic writer and author of “Between the World and Me“ about the 2016 election and race in America.

New essays from the famed Atlantic writer and author of “Between the World and Me“ about the 2016 election and race in America.

For mixing it up with some poetry

Electric Arches by Eve Ewing

 Chicago-native tells the story of growing up in the city through poetry, prose, and visual art.

Chicago-native tells the story of growing up in the city through poetry, prose, and visual art.

For when the 2016 version just didn’t have it all!

The Chicago Manuel of Style, 17th edition

 The latest edition, people. 

The latest edition, people. 

 

Have you read any of these, mom?  What are some books you loved from 2017?  Please share! 

 

-Cathleen

Weekly Culture Report; Best of 2017!

Weekly Culture Report; Best of 2017!

Healthy Mom, Healthy Mama Earth;  A Minimalist’s Practical Guide to Saving the Planet, One Meal at a Time.

Healthy Mom, Healthy Mama Earth; A Minimalist’s Practical Guide to Saving the Planet, One Meal at a Time.