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  BookJourney.wordpress.com for more.

8 comments:

Sandy Nawrot said...

You always give me ideas here! But those really long books scare me, unless I know that I have, oh, a 10 hour flight ahead of me or something! I am anxious to finish my current read (Sunrise on the Battery, for the UCF Book Festival) so I can start the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I didn't realize Jean Thompson had a new book. Sisterland is one I plan to read as well - enjoy your new books

bermudaonion said...

Sisterland sounds fascinating - I'll be watching for that review.

Zibilee said...

I really need to read Sisterland, as I also loved American Wife. This one sounds even more impressive. I am reading Flesh, and listening to The Song of Achilles. Both are pretty good, but I am a little slow in finishing them.

Mystica said...

I have read some really big books recently and am keen to get back to smaller ones now!

Barbara said...

Wow. Once again I'm impressed with all your reading. You make me want to read the Tiger book, when it comes out and I can focus on a great big book. Now is not that time for me. Reading Patrick Hamilton's Hangover Square (Europa) and am intrigued by the time period -- 1939.

Alex in Leeds said...

I'm currently digging into Possession, not as hard as I remembered it but still waiting to be sucked in. It's not quite a brick at just 500ish pages but I sort of wish it was - it feels like ages since I read a real tome. :)

Kathleen said...

Sounds like you have three good ones to enjoy.