Monday, March 25, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Well, I finally finished The Rage by Gene Kerrigan, and Wave, by Sonali Deraniyagala. And they were both good, so that's nice. But I've been having trouble finding my next read. I spent the rest of last week and the weekend dipping into my pile of 2013 galleys, trying to find some must-reads as well as my next read, and I've settled on a few that I'm going to make an effort to finish.

Curtis Sittenfeld's new book, Sisterland, comes out in late June and I'm off to a good start with it. It's about twin sisters with psychic abilities who have taken very different paths in life but intersect over a natural disaster that may be about to strike. Sittenfeld's last book, American Wife, was a standout for me so I'm tickled to have her next one.

Jean Thompson, who wrote The Year We Left Home, which I loved, is back with The Humanity Project. It's about a girl who survives a school shooting. I love it so far. Thompson is really a great chronicler of the absurdities of American life. I think both she and Sittenfeld are wonderful at documenting the everyday in unexpected ways. It comes out in early April.

Where Tigers Are At Home, by Jean-Marie Blas de Robles is a book I didn't expect to want to read. It's huge- a veritable brick around 800 pages- and NPR gave it a good review but one that warned that it starts off slow. I'm not finding that at all. On the contrary, I'm loving it. That's out now.

So I'm going to continue dipping but I'll keep going with these three for now. What are you reading? Check out for more.