The most recent book that jumped off the new book table and into my bag was How Not to Kill Your Houseplant by Veronica Peerless. Now, I don’t know about you but I love collecting house plants, unfortunately for me, it doesn’t matter how hard I try they always die. Every. Single. Time. Whether it’s too much water or not enough water or just looking at them wrong I somehow always manage to kill them. So, if you are in any way like me and you too have the black thumb of house plant death then this book is for you.
The first part of the book explains how to buy, repot and feed a plant with tips on common plant diseases. The rest of the book describes how not to kill over 100 houseplants, with tips about best locations, special care advice, lighting preferences, and problems specific to that plant. Is it wilting? Are the leaves turning yellow? What are those weird bugs? I love the colorful illustrations, easy to follow layout and practical advice.
The other book I’m reading is Where’d you Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. It has been on my “books to read” list for a while now and I’m so glad I have finally gotten the chance to read it! It’s told through a collection of letters, emails and transcripts of conversations as well as commentary by 15 year old Bee, which really added to the uniqueness of this book. Bernadette, Bee’s mother whom she is very close to, suddenly disappears without a trace. Bee scours every piece of communication including or about her mother from the years leading up to her disappearance, hoping for a clue as to where she might have gone. The characters are quirky yet very loveable and you really feel like you get to know them. The story is unpredictable, clever and at times hysterically over-the-top.