It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (2/27/17)
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Good morning! I hope you all had a great weekend! We've gone from warm back to cold and now it's a dreary day; I wish I could stay in and read, but it's off to work.
Last week, I quickly (it's a page-turner!) finished The Roanoke Girls...whoa. I'm planning to share more about it in a future post, but it will be on my mind for a while!
I felt like I needed a little break, to process All Grown Up (from the week prior) and The Roanoke Girls, so I took some time to finish Extreme Measures; based on the week I was having at the hospital, I wasn't sure whether I'd be able to stick with it, since I feared it might feel like work, but it served as a reminder of why I'm so passionate about involving patients and families in medical treatment decisions. I'm sharing some thoughts about this one tomorrow, for those of you who are interested; I also posted some reflections on my work last week in this post.
Ready for a return to fiction, I turned to one of my Top Ten 2017 Debut Novel picks, The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pachico. As a student of Latin and South American history, and intrigued by the historical events during this time period (the novel is set in Colombia in the late 90s-early 2000s), I was excited to delve into this story.
Readers may find this one comparable to interconnected short stories, rather than a novel with a prominent throughline, but Pachico shockingly illuminates the affects of the battle between paramilitary groups like FARC, the drug trade, and the government military on the residents of Colombia from 1993 to 2013.
From the literature teacher who has been kidnapped, and "teaches" to sticks and leaves in the woods in an effort to maintain his sanity, to the pet rabbits left behind at the home of a wealthy drug financier (in the story, they become addicted to the leftover coca leaves), no one remains untouched by the tragic circumstances in this country. A great, if challenging, debut effort.
I wasn't able to get much additional reading done yesterday, after I finished The Lucky Ones, but I did get a few pages into Dead Letters, a recommendation from both Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) and Catherine (The Gilmore Guide to Books); I'm thankful for reading friends who keep my list growing!
In other news, I finished the audiobook version of Lincoln in the Bardo on Friday...wow. I need to use all of the descriptors: hilarious, thought-provoking, heartbreaking, beautiful, tender, odd, and so many more. I have no idea what it would be like to read this, but the audiobook was phenomenal; I was sad to come to the end, and what an ending it was.
And then, in an effort to find some motivation to get through my 15 mile run on Saturday morning, I downloaded a copy of the audiobook version of Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough; apparently, the ending has been quite controversial and curiosity got the best of me (you can find a great spoiler discussion by my friend Sarah here!). I was able to listen for a couple of hours and I'm hooked...for now!
What are you reading?