You can probably tell my life has shifted into spring mode, since I’m posting this weekly wrap-up on Thursday, rather than Sunday. My seasonal job started last week, which has left me with much less time to read. It’s good to be outside working again, and getting back into the rhythm of spring. I’ll try to keep up the blog as much as possible, and given that I’m now reading at the pace of a more normal person (I read three books this week), that should be a bit easier to do.
BOOKS I FINISHED
The books I finished reading this week. Links go to my full reviews.
White Rage by Carol Anderson
4/5: I highly recommend it.
The Future Is History by Masha Gessen (audio)
3/5: I sort of let this one wash over me. I’m glad I read it, and I recommend it, but didn’t give it the attention it probably deserved.
The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst
4/5: I recommend it, especially if you like books that span generations, or are interested in novels that explore history (in this case, gay British life from the 1940s through 2000s).
BOOKS I’M IN THE MIDST OF
The books I’m reading right at this very moment.
Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris (audio)
I just have to say, I’m listening to the audio of this and it is utterly, utterly delightful.
Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas by Rebecca Solnit
WHAT I’M READING NEXT
Next up in the never-ending cycle of too many books and too little time.
Song of A Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik
Why I’m reading it: I got this one out of the library a while ago, and it’s coming up due, so it’s next on my list!
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
Why I’m reading it: This is another sci fi novel that people have been recommending for years. I’m hoping I end up loving it, as the last science fiction book that came highly recommended by trusted book lovers, I ended up hating.
Books published this week that I cannot wait to get my hands on.
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton
Why I’m exited about it: This one promises to be a deeply upsetting read–as are most books about our racist and unjust criminal justice system. But that’s part of the reason why books like this are so important to read. This one is the memoir of an innocent man who spent 27 years on Death Row. I’m not looking forward to it, exactly, but I know it’ll be a worthwhile read.
Searching For Stars on an Island in Maine by Alan Lightman
Why I’m excited about it: I’ve been reading a ton of essays this year, which is unusual for me, but I’ve been enjoying them. When I came across this book of essays about religion and science, I was immediately intrigued. I’m not sure I’ll get to it anytime soon, but I’ve found that reading essays is a great way to dip into many different subjects, especially ones I might not read a whole book about otherwise.
OVER AT BOOK RIOT…
I wrote about how audiobooks have changed the way I read, and I rounded up some of the best quotes from Black Panther (which was absolutely amazing if you haven’t seen it):
- How Listening to Audiobooks Has Changed the Way I Read
- 47 Black Panther Quotes That Will Move, Inspire and Get You Fired Up
MEANWHILE, THE OCEAN:
Getting up early for work means I get to see the sun rise on the beach when I walk my dog.
That’s it for me this week. How was your week of reading?