What A Week: February 26th-March 4th

I welcomed the beginning of March with a trip to Boston to visit family. So this week’s picture is mostly books I’m in the middle of, rather than books I’ve finished. Also pictured: my nephew’s rocket ship. Yes, I am the kind of person who brings five books (plus my kindle) on a three day vacation.

Despite a massive nor’easter this weekend, spring is on the horizon, and my season will be starting up again in the next week or two. I’ll miss my leisurely afternoons of reading, but I’m excited to get back into the soil, the gardens, and the bustle.

As for reading, the highlight of the week was Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman, which took my breath away, and then took it away again. I read some other fantastic books this week, but they paled in comparison to this one.

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

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman (audio)
5/5: I recommend it with abandon! This one floored me. The audio was on par with The Goldfinch, which is saying a lot. I was so amazed by this book that I not only rushed out to buy the print version, but I put the audio back on hold at the library so that I can listen to it again soon.

Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee
4/5: I highly recommend it. It’s a quiet book. It wasn’t earth-shattering, but it was solid.

The Clothing of Books by Jhumpa Lahiri (audio)
4/5: I highly recommend it.

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot (audio)
2/5: This one wasn’t for me, but there’s a lot of beauty, truth and pain in its pages, and it may speak to you differently. I think audio is the wrong format, though–it’s so poetic and nonlinear that it was too easy to get lost while listening. If you do pick it up, I’d go for the print version.

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey (audio)
3/5: I highly recommend it if you’re looking for an utterly delightful, fun, queer adventure. The audio was fantastic.

One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul (audio)
4/5: I highly recommend it, especially if you’re into essays; it did not blow me away, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The audio is fantastic.

Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin
3/5: I can’t say I enjoyed this one. I’m actually really glad I read it, but I’m not sure I’d recommend it, either.

BOOKS I’M IN THE MIDST OF
The books I’m reading right at this very moment.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (27%)
I didn’t make any progress this week…

The Black Unicorn by Audre Lorde

WHAT I’M READING NEXT
Next up in the never-ending cycle of too many books and too little time.

Passing by Nella Larson
Why I’m reading it: Inspired by Their Eyes Were Watching God, I’ve decided to try to read one book published by a woman before 1950 each month for the rest of the year. I’m particularly excited about this one because Robin Miles narrates the audiobook and she is outrageously good.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Why I’m reading it: It’s due back to the library soon! I got (predictably) carried away with library holds this winter, so it’s taken me a while to wok my way through them all. I think Ancillary Justice has showed up on What A Week before, but now I’m actually going to read it next!

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

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
Why I’m excited about it: This YA novel sounds anything but cheerful–it begins with a teenage girl dead in a car, and weaves back through her life from multiple perspectives. I’ve heard nothing but great things about it, though, so I’m excited that it’s currently waiting for me at the library.

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages edited by Saundra Mitchell
Why I’m excited about it: This book is collection of queer stories across times, place, and culture, written by 17 YA authors, including some of my very favorites. I adore queer historical fiction. It is such a joy to read about queer people through the ages, especially when they get happy endings. We have always been around, and we have always had stories, even if they have too often been ignored. I can’t wait to dig into this one.

OVER AT BOOK RIOT…

I wrote a love letter to Saga, and I wrote about how I’m tackling reading challenging books this year.

MEANWHILE, THE OCEAN:

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

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