It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (1/16/17)
For some, today is a holiday from work (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day); for me, not so much. Nevertheless, I had a lovely, relaxing weekend and was able to get quite a bit of reading done over the past week. I'm feeling pretty fortunate, because all of these recent reads have been winners!
As I mentioned in my post last Monday, I was almost finished with The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson at the beginning of the week; I know that the reviews on this one have been very mixed, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm planning to post more thoughts on this one tomorrow, so stay tuned.
With many thanks to Shannon at River City Reading, I picked up an advance copy of Universal Harvester by John Darnielle; I can hardly wait to write more about this one, but I've got to go back through some notes. I'm new to the author's work and what a treat! It's not going to be the right read for everyone, obviously, but if you're into beautifully written, character-driven stories with a little suspense/mystery thrown in, you should give this one a look.
After much hemming and hawing and gnashing of teeth, I finally jumped into Idaho by Emily Ruskovich; after the experience I had recently with Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller, I was afraid to get burned (more on that one to come). There is a lot to be said for going into a book with low expectations; I'm halfway through and, so far, I've felt very connected to the author's writing and to these characters. I'm curious to see how I'll feel by the end.
After this, I'm really looking forward to Difficult Women (my favorite kind) by Roxane Gay; I'm a huge fan of her work and this is the first of TWO novels that will be published this year (she has a memoir publishing in the summer). I've already got a copy of this one, but I also like to listen to her novels on audio; I may choose that option for the next one, especially since it's a memoir.
If you are enjoying an extra day off from work today, read some for me! I hope you all have a wonderful week!
What are you reading right now?