It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Date.
Hi, bookish friends! I hope you had a good weekend. Mine was excellent. It included a dinner date with an old friend, stomping around in the neighborhood park on a beautiful day with my son and husband, and going to see The Lego Batman Movie, which was really fun!
Recently finished: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. WOW. I was just floored by this book. I’ve been trying to come up with words to review it for days now. For now I’ll just say that Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad finally has company as one of my five-star reads in 2017. Review to come.
Currently Reading: Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin. I think I heard about this on Anne Bogel’s What Should I Read Next? podcast. It’s essays about food and cooking, originally published in Gourmet magazine. Sadly, she passed away in 1992 at the young age of 48, after having also written many novels and short story collections, which are still in print. Apparently she’s become a venerated cult figure among foodies and food bloggers. I’m enjoying this book of essays, despite not being much of a cook myself. It’s very conversational in tone, and I like it, but I find it quite easy to put down after each essay. Hence, it’s going slowly.
I’m also reading Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter. I’ve had this on hold for months and it finally came in. I only became a Hamilton fan in the fall, when I saw the Great Performances episode about it on PBS. So basically a lot later than the rest of the world. Anyway, this is a must-read for a fan of the musical. It’s annotated lyrics of the songs, with all the hip-hop references that someone not well-versed might miss, as well as behind the scenes pieces on the show’s creation and actors.
Since becoming a Hamilton fan, I’ve been wanting to know more about America’s Founding Fathers (I know, I feel like such a cliché.) So I just checked out Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis from my library on Overdrive. I’m not very far into it yet. The first chapter is on Burr and Hamilton and their duel.
Have you read any of these titles? Do any of them interest you? Are you participating in Reading Ireland Month? What are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments.