Monday, November 20, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Another month or so when I haven't felt much like reviewing, or even posting consistently. Sigh.

I finished Dracula, finally. I liked it a lot but I felt like it lost steam as it went along. It's a classic- Bram Stoker codified the vampire story and it is truly chilling, but maybe it's that for me it's also so familiar. IDK, as the kids say. I'm glad I read it and I'd recommend it. Onwards and upwards.

I started Jenny Erpenbeck's Visitation, a multigenerational tale of a German plot of land and several houses and the people who inhabit it over a century. It also has its shocking moments, sharp like poking your fingertip with a needle. I'm loving it and she has a new book, Go Went Gone, that's getting a lot of buzz. A bookstore customer turned me on to her and recommendations like that are part of what I really love about being a bookseller.

On the nightstand are Secondhand Time, Svetlana Alexievich's oral history of the collapse of the Soviet Union, and Laurus, a novel of medieval Russia by Eugene Vodolazkin and translated by my friend Lisa Hayden. I lurve Laurus and am finding Secondhand Time moving and very enjoyable in a different way.

Finally at the gym I'm reading Souad Mekhennet's I Was Told to Come Alone, a riveting memoir about the Washington Post journalist's forays into ISIS and the Islamic fundamentalist world. Fascinating.

What about you? I'm probably going to really dig into Laurus during the holiday weekend- should be fun. Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers.

Monday, November 6, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

The past couple of weeks have been busy for me in terms of books. I finished The Little Buddhist Monk and The Proof, In the Land of Invented Languages, and What Made Maddy Run, by Kate Fagan, which you maybe didn't know I was reading.

Now I've got a whole new slate of books open, starting with Bram Stoker's classic Dracula. A customer at Porter Square Books sold me on it a while back and finally I picked it up for my Halloween read. And it's sooo good and creepy! I'm about halfway through now and it's really heating up.

On my nightstand is Svetlana Alexievich's Secondhand Time, an oral history of the collapse of the Soviet Union, and Salman Rushdie's The Golden House, which kind of just keeps getting better. I've read a lot of lukewarm reviews of this book and I will give you that it is not for everyone. It was not for me at first, but now it is.

And at the gym I'll be starting something this week- I'm just not sure what yet. What about you? What are you reading this week? I hope you're having a great week.