Another month, another off-topic bookish post. I’m lucky that even in the busiest of times, I usually manage to find time to read — some of that is thanks to the highly problem-plagued NYC subway system, where I might be stressed about getting late to appointments all the time, but do have plenty of time to read… because what else can I possibly do when my train has stalled for the umpteenth time?
That said, I haven’t had time to continue the Ron Chernow Alexander Hamilton biography much — it’s a nightstand book for me, and I wound up devoting some of that bedtime reading to the book devoted to “Hamilton” the play (pictured above) because I’m still thinking about it two months after seeing it. Oops. But I’m determined to complete the biography soon and I will get around to sharing my thoughts before summer’s over.
I had time for some other non-pictured books as well, so read on…
Three Wishes (by Liane Moriarty) – I put a bunch of Liane Moriarty books on my to-read list recently. After reading “Big Little Lies” last month, I got to this one via a Kindle library loan and I quite enjoyed it. So far I find that Moriarty’s books have a “beach read” quality, while touching on some important themes — this book generally felt like much lighter fare than “Big Little Lies” on some levels, but there were a few dark undercurrents as well. That said, I found myself laughing quite a bit and really enjoyed the triplets at the center of the story. I recommend it if you’re looking for a book you can breeze through.
The Hate U Give (by Angie Thomas) – I heard some really solid things about this YA novel and decided to give it a try — and boy am I glad I did. The main character is a black teenage girl who witnesses the police shooting that kills her friend. It is understandably heartbreaking and difficult at times. It’s also so well written and the characters are so thoughtfully drawn out that you can’t help but want to devour the novel. This is not a book that’s just for the YA set, that’s for sure — I’d recommend it to anyone to check it out.
Hamilton: The Revolution (by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter) – If you have “Hamilton” fever and you haven’t read this book, you should read this book. It’s a lovely addition to a bookshelf — beautifully designed with plenty of wonderful photos from the play and behind-the-scenes — and provides plenty of context about how the play was made. I loved it, and yes, I found myself listening to the soundtrack a few times as a result. (And now random songs are stuck in my head as I write about this).
The Revolution Was Televised (by Alan Sepinwall) – We’ve hit a point in the history of television that many people call “peak TV.” The cult, critically acclaimed, cinematic dramas are everywhere — and you could argue that certain shows played a key role in bringing us to this point. Sepinwall’s book, which focuses on the likes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Sopranos, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and more, is one of those works that is a delight to read if you’re a fan of those particular shows or TV in general. It’s an easy read — I read bits and pieces of it while on a plane, while on the subway and sometimes before bed — and another book I highly recommend, though you should obviously be a TV fan if you decide to read it.