It's Monday, What Are You Reading (2/20/17)?
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Good morning and Happy Presidents' Day! Today is not a work holiday for me, but I know that it is for many; I'm not complaining, because I had a fabulous weekend and I feel recharged from a crazy week at work. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, I had a confidence-boosting run on Saturday morning (I have a race coming up in just a few weeks), and was able to get lots of reading done...in my hammock!
Before I get to that, my commute last week was quite enjoyable, thanks to the new release by George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo. I'm only about a third of the way through it, but I definitely look forward to getting into the car which is hardly ever the case.
I'm thankful that I decided to read a couple of early, informative reviews/articles about it, though; otherwise, I think it might have been a little confusing at the beginning. My advice to others would be to enjoy the dialogue and not get too caught up in the who's who of it all; it will become apparent in due time!
At the beginning of the week, I finished The News from the End of the World by Emily Jeanne Miller; more to come, but I really enjoyed this one more than I'd expected.
I also began Extreme Measures by internal medicine physician Jessica Nutik Zitter; initially, I was interested in this upcoming release on a professional level but, now that I'm nearing the finish, I will definitely recommend it to others outside the healthcare setting. I'll post more on this one, as well.
As a fan of her previous work, I was excited to begin reading All Grown Up, the upcoming release by Jami Attenberg; as usual, there is no sugar-coating, readers will not find immediately endearing characters, but if you're looking for sarcastic humor, smart writing, and the truth, this is a great one. I'll post a review a little closer to its publication date, but it's a quick read (finished it in a day) and well worth it.
After finishing All Grown Up, and reading a little more of Extreme Measures in between, I decided to begin The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. This is Engel's first "novel for adults;" her previous novels have been marketed as YA.
It's no secret that I love dysfunction (I gravitate toward what I know?) and, while I've seen some reviews that mark it as "shocking" and "horrible," I really like this one, so far; I find myself lost in the pages, but I'm only about a third of the way in. I'll keep you posted!
Last, but not least, the schedule of presenters/authors for the 2017 Arkansas Literary Festival has just been released and it looks like authors Katie Kitamura and Kevin Wilson will be presenting together; guess I'll be adding these two to my list, for sure!
I hope you all have a great week!
What are you reading?