What A Week: February 5th-11th

Phew! I read a lot this week, in many forms: a couple short audiobooks, a graphic novel and a graphic story collection, YA, middle grade, and adult fiction, and two books of poetry (one of which I’ve been reading for a few weeks now). The standouts were Tracy K. Smith’s poetry collection, Life on Mars, and the first installment in Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland series.


The books I finished reading this week. Links go to my full reviews.

Salad Anniversary by Machi Tawara
3.5/5: If you like poetry (especially short, accessible poetry), I highly recommend this one.

Sovereign by April Daniels
3/5: I had mixed feelings on this one; ultimately it was only mediocre. But if you’re into superheroes, this series is definitely worth your time.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M.  Valente
4/5: I recommend it with abandon!

What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah (audio)
3/5: A few of these stories blew me away, but overall, I was lukewarm on this collection. Lots of people I know have raved about it though, so you might like it more than me.

Abandon the Old in Tokyo by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
3/5: If graphic storytelling excites you, I definitely recommend this one.

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (audio)
4/5: I highly recommend it.

Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith (audio)
4/5: I recommend it with abandon!

This is an utterly breathtaking book of poetry. Smith writes about wide-ranging subjects, both vast and intimate–current events, gun violence, David Bowie, the universe and the nature of space, parenthood, race. The poems are exacting and gorgeous but they were also very easy to fall into in this really lovely way.

I listened to the audiobook, which Smith reads, and I highly recommend it. I loved hearing the weight of the words, the particular line breaks, the heft of each poem, in her voice. I know I’ll want to return to it in print, so I can savor each poem, but this was a fantastic listen.

American Born Chinese by Gene Yang
3/5: It’s up to you.

Sisters by Lily Tuck (audio)
3/5: It’s up to you.

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi
2.5/5: I had mixed feelings on this one. Ultimately, I’d skip it.

The books I’m reading right at this very moment.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Yup, this one is going to keep showing up here for a while. But I’m making progress: according to Goodreads, I’m 15% finished!

The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs (audio)

Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Next up in the never-ending cycle of too many books and too little time.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Why I’m reading it: Because I did not get to it last week. Oops.

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
Why I’m reading it: Because it’s still sitting on top of the stack of library books on my counter, and it’s due soon!

Books published this week that I cannot wait to get my hands on.

It was a big week for new books! It was hard to pick just three to highlight here, but these are the ones I’m particularly greedy for:

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
Why I’m excited about it: Here’s Sherman Alexie’s blurb on this one: An epic take—an Iliad for the indigenous. It is the story of one First Nation woman and her geographic, emotional, and theological search for meaning in a colonial world…Terese is a world-changing talent, and I recommend this book with 100% of my soul.” Say no more.

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
Why I’m excited about it: This is a novel about a woman who suddenly looses her best friend and is left with the care of the dog he left behind. As a relatively new dog mom, I’m pretty excited to read this book about grief, obsession, and the bond between people and creatures.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Why I’m excited about it: The folks around Book Riot can’t stop talking about this one, and they are trustworthy bookish folk. It’s gotten a ton of buzz, but from everything I’ve heard, it’s well-deserved. Happily, it was my February Book of the Month pick so it’s already waiting patiently on my shelf.


I had some feelings about Harry Potter:




That’s it for me. How was your week of reading?

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