Thanks to a book sale at The Way Library a few weeks ago and, a few weeks before that, a big box going-out-of-business sale and a trip to a favorite used bookstore, my TBR piles have been restocked with some titles I’ve had my eye on for some time. I spent a delightful hour or two with Jacqueline Woodson’s Feathers, which I immediately added to the reading basket I keep in the guest room for the nieces and nephews. A more significant time investment was Julia Glass’ award-winning debut Three Junes; it has stayed with me and deserves a review here soon.
I also grappled with Zoe Heller’s The Believers and Kate Christensen’s The Astral. Both were my first experiences with the authors, both had to do with broken family relationships and belief systems, and both left me a bit disturbed in that good way of forcing me to reckon with people and situations quite different from my immediate circle.
I’m currently reading Sadie Jones’ Small Wars. I loved her debut The Outcast, which I read before it released and won several awards (read my review of The Outcast). I’m only a third of the way into her second novel, which in tone and setting are reminding me of Shirley Hazzard. Watch for a review when I get the time to finish reading.
And next on the list is Geraldine Brooks’ People of the Book. Based on my appreciation for her most recent novel (read my review of Caleb’s Crossing), and given the interreligious plot, I expect I’ll enjoy this one. I also need to get back to Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz, which has been sitting on my coffee table for months. I wonder if I’m avoiding it because I’m afraid of the implications? :o)
What are you reading?