I promise I’m not ignoring the book blogging world on purpose, guys. It’s just that life has been really hectic lately. I hope things start to calm down soon!
I wanted to wrap up my experience participating in Cathy’s #20BooksofSummer Challenge. Exercising my self-knowledge, I chose the #10Books path rather than 20. I know that too much pressure to read results in me NOT reading, just as too much pressure to drop desserts results in my bingeing on chocolate chip cookies. (Readers and eaters, know thyself!)
So here are my results:
- Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye – Five stars – Loved it!
- Lab Girl by Hope Jahren – Had book from library and didn’t finish it in time. It still has a waiting list on it, and I’m back on the list, so hopefully I’ll get to finish it in the next two months! What I’ve read was very good.
- Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor. My first Nnedi book, and I enjoyed it very much.
- Open City by Teju Cole. DNF, sadly. I really enjoyed his Every Day is For the Thief, but this one was too slow and ponderous for my tastes/mood.
- Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia. So good!
- Means of Evil and Other Stories by Ruth Rendell. Inspector Wexford doesn’t let me down, y’all.
- The Vegetarian by Han Kang. One of the most memorable books I’ve ever read. Note I didn’t say I loved it. But I didn’t hate it either. It remains an enigma.
- High Rising by Angela Thirkell. Light, cheery, British, fun read.
- Writing My Wrongs by Shaka Senghor. So GOOD. Highly recommend for those interested in social justice issues.
- The Book of Night Women by Marlon James. ALL THE STARS. Marlon James is now on my Top Ten Favorite Authors list.
I think 8/10 is a very respectable showing, and I am so glad I took the chance and participated! Thanks to Cathy at 746 Books for hosting this. I came away with two five-star reads that will go on my year end Top Ten for sure.
In other news, I’ve once again returned to reading more than one book at a time. I have decided that I’m cool with alternating between a few things, as long as they’re in different formats (audio, fiction, nonfiction.) Currently I’m listening to Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton. So far it’s not knocking my socks off, but I’m still interested. I’m also reading Sister, Outsider by Audre Lorde, which is TOTALLY knocking my socks off, but it’s so good that I don’t want to rush it. I just finished Glennon Doyle Melton’s Love Warrior and it hit me right in the gut. It’s just a beautiful, raw look at how messy being a human being who loves other human beings is. And it’s about honoring your inner voice and strength, and following your heart. I loved it.
That’s all from me for now. I hope you’ve had a very good weekend and that you’re enjoying some good books!