Book a Day Challenge – It’s Another Twofer

Book a Day Challenge – It’s Another Twofer

What a weekend.  As Jason went to bed tonight he said it’s been the worst weekend he can remember.  Poor guy has had a migraine after going over a year without one.  That meant that G and I got more one on one time which was nice.  After being together all summer it’s a weird adjustment when he goes back to school.  As you can see by the pics, we had a very laid back weekend.

IMG_1462What G read – On  the Boat by Cynthia Amoroso.  He’s getting tired of me asking what the books are about and said that all he was going to tell me was that he liked the girl’s surprised face on page 10.  Okay!

I read Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson.

I’m glad that I decided to add in classics this month.  I’ve read seven bios and three classics.  When I asked Jason how I was going to fit in a book today (we had 3 plans made, but cancelled 2) he told me he thought the challenge was too hard.  But by focusing on books on my shelves that I never take the time to read I get to discover gems that had I not given myself a deadline may never had happened.  Winesburg, Ohio is one of those.  It takes place in Ohio, check.  It’s on my Classics Club list, check.  Fellow book blogger Care sent it to me years ago, check.  Desire to read it, not so much.  It was a series of short stories and looked pretty boring. It wasn’t.

Winesburg, Ohio is a series of 22 stories set in the fictional town.  Anderson wrote them in 1915-1916 and Winseburg was a small farming town in northern Ohio. Newspaper reporter George Williard is in most of the stories as a main character or in the periphery.  Life in this town left no one unscathed, but the stories were beautifully intertwined, like a puzzle.  I was always happy to pick it back up to see who I’d be hearing about next.  The structure was unique at the time and it credited for influencing many writers like Hemingway, Faulkner, Updike, and Bradbury.  I loved it!

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G read Lolli-Pops and I couldn’t tell you what it was about since he read it to Jason when I went grocery shopping 🙂

I read How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else by Michael Gates Gill.

Gill was successful ad man in New York City who met lots of famous people growing up.  His father, a writer at The New Yorker, ran in some pretty interesting circles.  But one day in his 50’s Gill is let go from his job, has an affair and gets her pregnant and then must come clean to his wife and four children.  He wasn’t exactly eliciting a great deal of sympathy.  After several years of trying to make it on his own he was out of money.  He happened into a job at Starbucks and turned into a walking advertisement for the company.  I don’t doubt his sincerity and I loved the connections he made, but he was still a man who loved to name drop and still seemed a little oblivious to the real world.  But, all in all, it was a heartwarming story and made me want to be reading it at a Starbucks!

3 thoughts on “Book a Day Challenge – It’s Another Twofer

  1. So Gage isn’t a book reviewer, but at least he is reading them. Did any of the stories in Winesburg remind you of Girls’ Weekend in Winesburg? Lol.

  2. Way to go! Those deadlines keep us going. I end up reading more books from the library because I need to return them than from my own pile. So your challenge keeps you engaged with your own books. Gabe is the same way with me when I ask him what he thinks. He’ll reply with a few things that standout. It’s just great to keep them engaged and trying to read what they find fun and interesting! I’m glad you are finding some gems in your own stacks. Keep up the good work!

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