March Was Strange Reading

I decided to try some poetry starting with an audio book of Lana del Rey’s Violet Bent Backward Over the Grass and I actually really enjoyed it which is strange because I wouldn’t say I’ve ever been big on her music.

But March was a strange month.

So I’d give Violet (especially the audio a 7 out of 10) and definitely listen to it. It’s like forty minutes.

One thing I would say is it’s very Los Angeles and the vibes are strong so maybe for me it was a local thing.

Recommend: Yes.

I also read Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair for the super serious reason I saw it was one of Anya Taylor-Joy’s favs and I must say I didn’t really agree with this one. It’s quick and some of the language is beautiful but it all bloody runs together. I couldn’t pick out a single poem from this book.

Recommend: Nope.

I kept seeing World of Wonders as it was Barnes and Noble’s book of the year for last year. And it’s a nice little book about nature and the authors childhood and current life.

The parts about fireflies especially took me back to my childhood summer nights and I was as sad as she was when she was talking to a class where more than half of the kids had never seen one.

For some reason though I expected it to be more nature and less life and more illustrations. Probably due to the glorious cover!

Recommend: Overall yes. But keep in mind it’s as much if not more a memoir than a nature book.

I really appreciated the fact that How to Do Nothing has a lot more going than just get off Twitter and turn off your screens. The author recognizes not everyone can do that in this economy. (Although I’m not sure that’s true of Twitter but that’s just my bias peeking through.)

Anyway there’s a lot of different information in here that mostly relates to how to be more present also in a way beyond just meditating which I’ve never been able to do. It was again different from what I was expecting and I’m not sure how much I took out of it but I did appreciate the read and the information.

Recommend: 50/50

People Like Her is a total beach read/plane novel. Quick and easy and mildly intriguing. It’s a dual POV about a famous mommy Instagrammer and the person whose stalking her.

It was fun, fast and harmless even if the whole stalking issue becomes super contrived and over the top. Part of the charm I guess and while I didn’t think anyone was very likable I admit I didn’t hate anyone either. It’s just kind of there.

Recommend: Yes. If you’re looking for something quick, fun and easy to get through!