Monday, April 15, 2013

It's Monday! The Only Blog Post I Do Dependably! What Are You Reading?

I had a great week in reading. This theme I have for April, of reading books I've been meaning to read forever, has lead me to some really fun books so far. Sometimes I think every month should be this way. :-)

Anyhoo so this week I finished Sisterland, Curtis Sittenfeld's new book coming in June, and I really enjoyed it. She's such an interesting writer. She writes about ordinary life with a skewed perspective and I love that. I first read her work in an anthology called This is Not Chick Lit, a collection of literary women. The story, which I'll never forget, was called "Volunteers Are Shining Stars" and like I said, I'll never forget it. Some of Sisterland will stay with me for a long time, too!

I also read Vaclav and Lena, by Haley Tanner, which has been on my radar basically since it came out. The paperback is about a year old now and I really, really loved this book. It's not what you think it is at the beginning and I admire the way the story unfolds.

I'm still working on The Jasmine Isle; I started another Europa, The Fugitive, crime writer Massimo Carlotto's memoir of his life on the lam after an unjust murder conviction. I don't even know where to begin except to say truth is stranger than fiction, and his fiction is pretty strange! This book is a trip and a half, literally and metaphorically. It's currently out of print but I hope Europa brings it back since I have a feeling their new World Noir initiative will reignite interest in Carlotto, who has a new one out soon. Which you can better believe I will rush to pick up ASAP!

And I'm currently scanning my TBR to pick out my next book, most likely True Grit or Blood Meridian. We'll see!

What are you reading? Leave a comment and let me know and visit for more.


Mystica said...

I am very slow in the reading right now as so much of stuff happening! But I do find time to visit the blogs. such interesting reading.

Zibilee said...

I have Blood Meridian, and have wanted to read it for years, but I hear it's very graphic and scary, and it has kept me away. I shouldn't care though, because I love scary books, usually! I am reading Amity and Sorrow and loving it. It's weird, and creepy, and sad. On audio, I will be starting Bristol House this afternoon. Lots of good reading. Oh, I almost forgot, I am also reading The Age of Miracles as well, but it's slower going.

Shannon @ River City Reading said...

I had forgotten about Vaclav & Lena! Glad to hear you enjoyed it - thanks for reminding me that I wanted to pick it up.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I've been reading a lot as well and felt much better this w/end after catching up on many reviews. Hope you have a great week.

Kathleen said...

I've had Blood Meridian on my list for ages. I can't wait to hear what you will think of it. I still want to read The Road too. I didn't see the movie so the book is not spoiled for me.