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Show Us Your Books May 2020

May 11, 2021

Book post day! One of my favorite bloggy days of the month. It’s another four-book month and that is fine. You’ll see a reason why my reading is lower than usual in a few.

Onto the books! I use the Goodreads rating system, which is:

  • One star: did not like it
  • Two stars: it was ok
  • Three stars: liked it
  • Four stars: really liked it
  • Five stars: it was amazing

The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power — Deirdre Mask

This is exactly the kind of nonfiction book that I love. It’s well-researched, relatable, and very easy to read. And you’re thinking, “A book about street addresses? Okaaaaaaaaay, nerd.” But listen! I had no idea how important street addresses are and how controversial they have been until I read that book. The book is divided into sections like politics and race, and each section is divided into chapters that focus on individual cities like London, Philadelphia (woo!), and Hollywood, Florida. Four stars, I loved it to pieces and if you’re a lover of non-academic nonfiction books, give this one a shot.

Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America — the one and only Stacey Abrams

What’s the difference between this book and almost every other books about politics written by a major political figure? Easy, Stacey Abrams is a writer. In this book she thoroughly and clearly covers the Georgia government’s determined and deliberate efforts to suppress the vote specifically the Black/African-American vote. It was written prior to the 2020 election and is a very good primer on what is going on NOW in Georgia and other coughRepublicancough controlled states. Will it make you mad? Yes. (I hope so.) Is it always easy to read? No. Four stars.

Voting is a constitutional right in the United States, a right that has been reiterated three separate times via constitutional amendment.

Stacey Abrams

The Midnight Library — Matt Haig

Mom and I were at Barnes & Noble a few weeks back and I pointed at The Midnight Library. “I need to get that one,” I said. “The hold queue at the library is very long and I really want to read it sooner rather that later.”
“I have it home,” she cooly replied.
“Did you read it?”
“No. It was one of the Good Morning America book club books so I bought it. I’ll get to it some day. I’ll lend it to you!”
“Okay!”
Which is how I ended up reading this book sooner than later. If you’re a bookish person, you’ve likely heard about it already. Our protagonist, Nora, falls on terrible times and tries to kill herself. And then she arrives at The Midnight Library, where she can try on various versions of her life. Which, to me, is such a delicious idea! Nora tries on many of her lives and … I can’t really say more without giving it all away. I cried at the end. And yes, I cry at everything, but these were tears of happiness. Five beautiful stars, content warning for suicide.

ASAE Handbook of Professional Practices in Association Management (2012) — edited by John B Cox, Susan S Radwan

I debated even adding this to Goodreads and SUYB, but I spent a LOT of time in this book and it’s a reason why I’m not reading more books a month. Each chapter is around 15 pages long and is about a specific aspect of Association Management. And as is the case with large texts with multiple authors, some chapters were tightly written and informative, and other chapters were 3 pages fluffed out to 15. The editing was okay. There were many different font styles used with no real consistent reason why. However, I learned a lot and that’s all that matters. Also, this version is now out of stock and the CAE exam I’ll be taking suggests the reading of the brand new 2021 version, which freaking came out a month ago and is fully revised and is eighty pages longer and … I can’t do this again. Three stars.

Currently Reading:
Small Gods (Discworld #13) by Terry Pratchett
Association Law Handbook: A Practical Guide for Associations, Societies, and Charities by Jerald A. Jacobs

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  • Confuzzled Bev May 11, 2021 at 11:36 am

    That street addresses book sounds fascinating.
    I got The Midnight Library for my birthday last year (I think – unless it was the Christmas before) and have yet to read it.

    • Kimberly May 11, 2021 at 4:04 pm

      When I was reading The Address Book I also had interesting facts to share every day. Did you know that the most common street name in the USA is Second Street? You’d think it would be First Street but different cities use different names for their first/main/front/river street. I was such a nerd with that book.

  • mackenzie May 11, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    I loved The Midnight Library! It stayed with me subconsciously days after I had finished it, it was that kind of book.

    • Kimberly May 11, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      Yes! It made me think about my regrets and should I really regret them? (maybe a few)

  • laura May 11, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    I LOVED the Midnight Library – it also left me all up in my feels!

    • Kimberly May 11, 2021 at 4:06 pm

      It made me also wish I could play chess.

  • kristen May 11, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    i cried in the midnight library too. i also cry easily, but who cares. loved it so much.

    • Kimberly May 11, 2021 at 4:05 pm

      In my mind I could hear the violins swelling during the pivotal scene.

  • SMD May 11, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Nice to share books with Mom!

    I’m intrigued by the address book. I might need to check in on that.

  • Jana @ Jana Says May 11, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    I highly recommend The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein (since you enjoyed The Address Book). It discusses how discrimination in housing is sponsored, encouraged, and created by law and policy.

    The message of The Midnight Library was better than the actual story, but I did like that, too.

    • Kimberly May 13, 2021 at 6:10 am

      I’ll add The Color of Law to my list – thank you!

  • Nancy @ NY Foodie Family May 11, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    The Midnight Library is on my to read list. I want to read it sooner than later now!

    • Kimberly May 13, 2021 at 6:10 am

      It’s so good! I almost don’t want to give it back to Mom!

  • ShootingStarsMag May 13, 2021 at 7:38 am

    I do want to read The Midnight Library!

  • Heather May 21, 2021 at 8:02 am

    I loved The Midnight Library too!!!