It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Book Date.
Hi friends! Another week, another month! It’s April already?!?
My book group met at my house yesterday. We discussed Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You. I haven’t reviewed this book here, but I did like it. Like it, not love. It moved me a great deal. I mean, I was utterly sobbing during the last third of the book. But during the first two-thirds, I felt at a distance from the characters, like their emotions and actions weren’t ringing true for me. It certainly provided a LOT to discuss. We talked about gender roles and expectations in the 1970’s (the time period for the book;) how hard parenting is; how hard honestly relating to any loved one is; how parents and children communicate differently now vs. the 1970’s; how we felt sorry for and loved the character of Hannah. It makes a very good book group book. In a rarity for us, all of us who came (six ladies) read it! Usually there’s one member who doesn’t. Anyway, we enjoyed lots of good food and conversation!
Kissing the Gunner’s Daughter (Inspector Wexford #15) by Ruth Rendell. (library hardback) A satisfying British mystery from one of my favorite series.
Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls And Everything in Between by Lauren Graham. (downloadable audiobook) I had to put listening to Sense and Sensibility on pause because my hold on this book finally became available. I am LOVING THIS. She is so down to earth and sensible for a famous person. And funny, as you might expect.
John Crow’s Devil by Marlon James. (owned paperback) 40 pages in and DAMN this thing is intense. Which I probably should have expected as the first novel of the author of The Book of Night Women and A Brief History of Seven Killings.
This article from Book Riot. The author whittled down her TBR by reading two books before she let herself buy another one. I like this method. My problem is my ratio of library books to ones I own. I will let those library holds keep coming through and push out books that have been on my bookshelf for ages. So I’m contemplating trying an experiment by reading two books I own for every library book I read. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do this and keep managing my holds well, but I think I’m going to try it! Anyone else intrigued by this system?
Tell me, what are you reading this week?