Monday, March 17, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's been a slow reading time for me. I'm stuck on a couple of books that don't seem to want to end, and I decided to DNF another. But, at the same time, I've got some fun things coming up.

This week I read Peter Hobbs's intensely lyrical In the Orchard, the Swallows, about a Pakistani man freed from prison after more than a decade. He was imprisoned for a sin rather than a crime- the sin becoming infatuated with the daughter of a local strongman. When he gets out, he's a ruined shell of himself, but little by little begins the slow process of recovery.

I'm still working my way through The Siege of Krishnapur, which I only read at work on my lunch breaks, and since I only work a couple of days a week that's going slowly. I like it a lot, though.

And I'm still reading Hild, which I'm still loving.

I'm participating in a LibraryThing readalong of the classic early dystopia We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin. This is my third time reading We and it's always a treat. I'm about halfway through.

I decided to DNF Eric Larson's Devil in the White City. It was just too disturbing for me. I read a lot of crime novels, and I don't mind gore, but this isn't fiction, and we all have our limits. It's very compelling but it's also written for maximum salaciousness and titillation, and it's just not for me.

So, I'm going to start of Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which I'm hoping will be a more cerebral and less visceral experience.

And then I'm going to pick something off my galley shelf, maybe Dorothy Must Die, which I dipped into last night and enjoyed a lot.

What about you? What are you reading this week? You can see more at


bermudaonion said...

My reading is slow right now too. I set one book aside but it's getting raves from critics so I might give it another go.

Anonymous said...

a friend has been after me for ages to read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

finishing Middlemarch and My Antonia.