Monday, April 25, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Last week I finished In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist, which was good and kept me reading. It was about the relationship between Isaac, an insecure Orthodox man and an even more insecure Muslim janitor and what happens when Mustafa, the janitor, finds ancient Jewish artifacts at a Muslim building site. In the mean time Isaac is dealing with some changes and a growing romance blossoms as well.

I started reading A Man Called Ove, which I know a lot of you liked, but I couldn't finish it. I started it for my Nordic Book Club but since I didn't finish I'll be skipping tomorrow's meeting. I can't rail about people who show up to book club without having read the book, and then attend a club for which I haven't completed the reading.

In better reading news I'm loving Mary Doria Russell's science fiction Catholic epic The Sparrow. If I were still in that religious book club I would definitely recommend it as a Catholic/Christian selection. Jesuits in space! No but seriously it's really amazing fiction.

Still working on my two nonfiction choices, Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart, and The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu. I should be done with the latter in a week or so and then the former will take a while yet but that's OK. I have to say I'm loving all the nonfiction I'm getting to this year. Last year was pathetic with like 5 nonfiction books or something; I'm doing much better in 2016!

And you?