What I’m Reading - 2/22/16

When I come home after a long day of classes, one of my favorite pastimes is to read. Whether it be fiction, biography, or even comedy, reading a good book seems to relieve my stress quite a bit.

Even though this is primarily a writing blog, I’d like to take a break from that today to give you a list of what I’m reading and my book recommendations. Keep in mind that some of these books may have suggestive themes or a few instances of crude language.

Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagán


When Elizabeth “Libby” Ross Miller is told by her doctor that she has a rare type of cancer that is virtually untreatable, she falls into a deep pit of sorrow, anger, and fearful for her life. Her situation becomes even worse when her husband Tom informs her of his homosexuality. Accepting her newly discovered cancer, Libby turns down chemotherapy and travels to Puerto Rico to spend her last days in peace, and away from her worrying family. But are these truly Libby’s final moments?

Buy on Amazon.com

Hardcover: $14.95 USD

Paperback: $9.36 USD

Kindle: $1.99 USD

I found Camille Pagán’s book to be one of the best I’ve read this month. It sports a great mix of emotional, entertaining, and humorous moments, as well as well-paced character development and a great amount of detail. Somehow the book mixes elements from a multitude of genres such as coming of age, romance, and comedy into one big mixing pot that kept me on the edge of my seat.

Greyhound by Steffan Piper


12-year-old Sebastien Ranes has had troubles with his mother Charlotte for most of his life. She’s a drunk, abusive smoker who seems to have no empathy or care for her son. When she meets Dick, who shares the same traits as mentioned above, they quickly fall in love and plan their wedding. Dick doesn’t want a kid like Sebastien getting in the way of their relationship, so he convinces Charlotte to kick him out of the house and send him on a Greyhound bus all they way down to his grandmother and sister’s house in Altoona, Pennsylvania. On his journey he meets many different personalities, some of which act as mentors throughout the book.

Buy on Amazon.com

Paperback: $9.64 USD

Kindle: $3.99 USD

I won’t lie: I’m usually the one that skims through books near the end. Either the story drops off, or I’m short on time and want to get the book over with. On that note, it came as a surprise to me that Greyhound had me reading every single word at a time. The book is filled to the brim with amazing story elements and more-than-profound characters. For a book that engrosses me in it so much, I find that having the Audible copy for a couple dollars extra is really helpful, especially when I can switch from the audiobook to my Kindle copy and keep reading from where I left off, and vice-versa. Overall, Greyhound is an amazing book that’ll keep you wanting more from the author.

I hope you enjoyed that brief list! If you have any book recommendations or tips for me, feel free to send me an email. I’m hoping to post a new one of these lists near the end of every month, so stay tuned for more if you liked it!

Nicholas Lucchetto, The ESSAYER

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