Monday, December 19, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Well I finished Empire of the Summer Moon, by S.G. Gwynne, which will certainly feature on my list of favorite reads this year. And I finished a short book of fiction, A Man, Two Women and a Cat, a book of short stories from Japanese author Junichiro Tanizaki. So now I get to pick some reads to get me through the rest of the holiday season.

I haven't picked a fiction read yet but I'm leaning towards The Extra, by A.B. Yehoshua, about a woman who finds herself doing background acting (like me!) and A True Novel, by Minae Mizumura. I want options for my holiday-week reading though. What do you suggest? If I pick Mizumura's book I will have two going from Other Press, which can't be a bad thing.

For my nonfiction bedside book I'm reading Mincemeat, by Leonardo Lucarelli, a cook's memoir in the vein of Anthony Bourdain. Lucarelli is an Italian chef whose book is about sex, drugs, the restaurant industry and his passion for food. It's fun and I expect it to be a quick read.

Finally I am so close to finishing The Most Dangerous Book. Like, five or six pages close. I will get to the gym at least twice this week if not three times, so there should be no excuses not to finish and start a new book.

What are you reading this week? Happy Holidays to all!