It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (12/12/16)
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Good morning! I had a relatively eventful Saturday and Sunday, so I didn't read as much as I do during a typical weekend; normally, I start a book on Sunday evening or Monday and have it finished by the following Saturday or Sunday morning.
Last week, I finished listening to the audio version of Hillbilly Elegy, thanks to a recommendation from my friend Sarah. If I'm sort of stumped on what to read next, I usually first look to either Sarah's Book Shelves or Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books for recommendations; we have similar reading tastes, and I know they'll be honest with me!
Hillbilly Elegy definitely did not disappoint; there were stories that brought up some uncomfortable personal memories for me, but it also allowed me to remember that our families are doing the best they can do with what they've been shown by their families. It is read by the author, J. D. Vance, and I always prefer to hear the author's own interpretation of the narrative. It's a quick read/listen, and I highly recommend it.
Earlier in the year, another book-loving friend sent me a message about an Amazon Kindle book sale; I was able to pick up a copy of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng for about two bucks and I've always wanted to read it. Wow. What. A. Great. Novel. It's heartbreaking, at times, to be sure, but it definitely opens up some important-to-acknowledge themes within the human condition and actually goes along very nicely with Hillbilly Elegy...because families can either make us or break us; well, sometimes both.
After that, I wanted something a little less emotionally-charged before I take on some upcoming releases; I've had a copy of Results May Vary by Bethany Chase for awhile and I really enjoyed her debut novel, The One That Got Away. Chase reminds me of Emily Giffin, if you're familiar with any of her work (Something Borrowed, The One & Only, etc.), and I'm kind of so-so on this one right now, but I'm only about 30% of the way in so I will reserve judgment.
I also started listening to the audio version of Daring Greatly by Brené Brown; I have a paperback copy that I've read most of, in bits and pieces, but I thought this would be a good way to revisit and hear it all again. I'm really looking forward to the recent release of Lauren Graham's personal essays, Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between; I have an audio copy of it, so I may have to put Daring Greatly to the side for a bit.
What are you reading?