Monday, March 13, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Well, I finished a book- I DNF'd two but I managed to finish one, Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid, which I enjoyed and admire but I can't really say it's "all that" the way that some of my friends are. But it is a moving and thought-provoking story about global migration, very of-the-moment and also timeless.

Next up for me is Ella Minnow Pea, by Mark Dunn, a novel about what happens when a government starts to ban letters. It's not supposed to be dark and depressing like it might sound from that short summary. My husband gave it to me to read because I told him I needed something light.

I'm still working through VĂ©ra, by Stacy Schiff; I have about 150 pages to go and at my current pace I'd say that's two more weeks of reading time. I am enjoying it but it's dense and after about 10-15 pages I get sleepy. But I always come back for more.

Finally, at the gym I'm reading American Gypsy: A Memoir, by Oksana Marafioti, and I'm really enjoying it. Marafioti came to the U.S. with her family in the 1980s as a young teen after growing up in Russia with her Armenian-Roma family and the book covers life before and after the big move. It's light and really fun, but it has its moments of sadness too. It's a real pleasure to read and it's motivating me to go to the gym. Awhile back I read Isabel Fonseca's Bury Me Standing, a history and memoir about the Roma and this book is a good follow-up.

That's it for me for this week. I hope you're reading some good stuff. I'm off Twitter for Lent but we can chat about your reading after Easter. Have a great week!

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