Does anybody like to collect quotes? I do. I don’t like to collect pretty squares of platitudes and save them to my phone; it becomes jumbled with all the things I keep on my phone and I completely forget about it until I need to declutter my disk space and end up throwing it away. For me, I believe favorite quotes deserve a better place than my phone, they deserve a page on my notebook. I like to keep this notebook in the living room as my “living coffee table book.”
March 2022 reads:
Shutter Island by Denis Lehane
[The mind is] just like a car. No different. One gear slips, one bolt cracks, and the whole system goes haywire.Denis Lehane, Shutter Island
I wish I read the book before I saw the movie. But then again, I did not know there was a book until years after watching the movie. The novel version gives you a better idea of what was running through Teddy’s head.
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
“A world without caste would set everyone free.”Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
This was a pretty heavy read of how people of color — namely African-Americans — were really treated throughout American history. After each chapter, I had to research “did that really happen?” It was an interesting comparison to frame American race relations to a caste system like India.
Hooked: How Crafting Saved My Life by Sutton Foster
“I had been doing badass things my whole life, but I never gave myself the credit. Instead I focused on the times when I had felt more unsure, the things I thought needed fixing.”Sutton Foster, Hooked: How Crafting Saved My Life
I got this in an audiobook because it’s narrated by Sutton Foster herself! I love her show Younger. But what I don’t like about audiobooks is that it’s hard to collect any quotes so I’ll be getting the physical book from the library. Warning: If you read this book, you will be in a Sutton Foster rabbit hole looking up her Broadway performances and her appearances on talk shows. But you know what I enjoyed most about it was Foster sharing her experiences growing up with a mother who became increasingly agoraphobic later in life. It made me understand someone I know better.
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Weiking
“Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and allow ourselves to let our guard down.”Meik Weiking, The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living
To be honest, this book could have been a blog. I love the concept of hygge because it’s like a warm hug and being with people close to you.
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
“They say that a person’s personality is the sum of their experiences. But that isn’t true, at least not entirely, because if our past was all that defined us, we’d never be able to put up with ourselves. We need to be allowed to convince ourselves that we’re more than the mistakes we made yesterday. That we are all of our next choices, too, all of our tomorrows.”Fredrik Backman, Anxious People
I enjoyed this book a lot! It was such a fun read and got me out of my reading funk. I would like to read more from Backman.
I am Filipino and This is How We Cook by Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad
Another Filipino cookbook. This one is a little different from Amboy. Amboy was more like a memoir with recipes intertwined. While as I am Filipino is more of a cookbook with traditional Filipino recipes. I love how she discusses the different region, she even featured recipes from my parent’s home region which is extra bonus points. I made ube ice cream because I just happened to have ube halaya (ube jam) in my fridge.
Book(s) I panned:
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
I was seeking a “fun” book after reading a few serious-toned books and this was not it.