Reading Week | 1.14.19
Another week of reading in the books! I feel like I’m reading slower now than I was at this time last year, but I think that might be because I had been working through some fairly dense books.
Linking up with Kathryn at The Book Date- the host of “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?”
New Blog Posts
I’ve been on a non-fiction kick ever since Non-fiction November. And you guys really brought it in the comments with your recommendations!
I finished reading
This was my second go around with Columbine. It’s probably one of the first true crime books I ever read, back when it first came out, and what always stuck with me is how Cullen managed to weave the facts of what happened into a readable and respectful narrative. If you can stomach it, I recommend listening to it on audio.
Wow. This is such a slim novel at 192 pages, but it really made an impact on me. It’s part thriller, part character study and fully haunting. Our unnamed narrator is separated from her husband and becomes fixated on a famous actress that lives in her neighborhood. She’s spiraling and struggling to face reality, and believes things would be better if she could just get closer to the woman. The entire story is told from a monologue and I was continually questioning what was real and what was imaginary. I was uncomfortable but somehow underneath it all, I still felt empathy for her. I really loved the authors tone and would love to read what she writes next!
I’m currently reading
I’m working on We Cast a Shadow. I’m enjoying it but I don’t read a ton of satire, so I have to work at following along. The book opens with a party. Our unnamed narrator is a black man who is trying to climb up the latter at his law firm so that he can afford a demelanization treatment for his son, despite his white mothers objections. The writing is sharp and witty and I’m getting increasingly more nervous thinking about how this is all going to go down. I will say, I’ve highlighted more passages in this than I have in a long time.
The Gown is a breath of fresh. I tend not to gravitate toward historical fiction, but this has been a joy. The story takes place throughout two timelines- in 2016 Toronto and 1947 England. Anne and Miriam are embroiderers at the fashion house of Norman Hartwell (a real person). They strike up a friendship and are thrilled when they’re chosen to work on the wedding gown of Princess Elizabeth. Heather’s beloved grandmother recently passed away, and she uncovers some family secrets that lead her to London to figure out what happened to her grandmother to cause her to leave London forever.
The Library Book is Reece Witherspoon’s first pick of the year for her reading club, but I picked it up because I was trying to fulfill my nonviolent true crime slot for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. It’s the story of the fire that destroyed the Los Angeles Public Library in the 1980s. I’m really enjoying the parts about the mystery surrounding the fire, but some of the parts in the middle are dragging. I”m also listening to this on audio and the author is narrating, and I think it would be been better served with someone else reading. But I will definitely finish, because I can relate to being a lifelong library lover and it does bring me back.
Upcoming Reading Plans
The Gunslinger should be arriving this week so I think I’ll get started on it. I tried listening to it on audio but quickly realized that this is something I’m going to need to focus on! I’m so intimidated by this book and genuinely have no idea what it’s about, other than it’s been called Stephen King’s magnum opus.
From Netgalley. This has been called a version of Catcher in the Rye for young women. I know a lot of people have reactions to publishers comparing books to other books for purposes of selling them, but I think they can be helpful when done right. This is about a teenage girl in the 1990s with a love of basketball who is quietly in love with her best friend. Think a coming of age love and basketball. I also love this cover!
What are you reading now?
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