Monday, August 21, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I finished The Romanov Sisters and even had time for a quick graphic novel, Good-bye Marianne, by Irene Watts, about Nazi Germany and one Jewish family in which the child of the family, Marianne, manages to make it out and away to England on a transport arranged by her mother. It's beautiful and short and I'm glad I finally got around to reading it.

I'm still enjoying The Essex Serpent, started last week in holding for a Chinese television show and will continue today in holding for an American one. What would I do without background acting to give me time to read?

I ditched the audiobook of Girl in Snow and started Roxane Gay's Hunger, which I am loving either despite or because of its emotionally wrenching nature. It's a memoir about Gay's body- her struggles with weight, with being a victim of gang rape at age 12, and more. It's agonizing but rewarding.

And on the bedside table now is Anka Mulhstein's Monsieur Proust's Library, about the books that were important to Marcel Proust and his In Search of Lost Time. It's been a lot of years since I read Proust and reading about his book is tempting me back. She leads a Proust read-along at the Center for Fiction I'd love to participate in some day. We'll see!

Finally at the gym I started Elif Batuman's The Possessed, a kind of memoir about studying Russian literature. So fun. What are you reading this week?

1 comment:

Lindsey said...

I imagine Gay's book is a difficult read. I really want to read it, but I think it's the kind of book I will read a little bit at a time.

Have a great week and happy reading!