It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (3/20/17)
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Happy First Day of Spring! After one of the most beautiful weekends we've had in some time, I can truly believe it; the temperature was in the 70s, both days, with plenty of sunshine. It sure does make it tough to return to work today.
My reading, however, was kind of blah last week; I have the sense that this could be reflective of my mood, in general, since I was feeling somewhat let down, frustrated, scared and disappointed about the hamstring injury I acquired during my race last Sunday (you can read all about that here). I seemed to have trouble staying focused on anything and was generally out of sorts; I also place some of the blame on Daylight Saving Time, too. I am not a fan.
I started off the week reading The Idiot by Elif Batuman; I'd read some early comments and reviews on this one and it sounded thoughtful, intriguing. Set in the mid-1990s as Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, begins her freshman year at Harvard, I was interested not only because this is the very same time during which I was beginning my college career, but also because of the inclusion of a different cultural perspective.
While my attention span could certainly have been lacking, I am usually a fan of literary fiction yet found myself wishing for a little less of the literary and a little more of the fiction; after forcing myself to continue to the halfway mark, I called it quits.
Next up, a novel I'd been anticipating for some time, Our Short History. It's a tearjerker, to be sure, and I'm planning to share more thoughts on this one soon but, overall, it was worth reading. I finished it up pretty quickly, and moved on to another highly anticipated read.
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley was a little tough for me to get excited about, at the very beginning, but I think that is the fault of the short, rather choppy periods during which I was reading it. I was not able to get in a decent chunk of reading time until this weekend but, now that I am close to the halfway mark, I definitely feel invested in these characters and I'm curious to read more.
I finally, finally, have been notified by my library that it's my turn to read The Woman in Cabin 10 (I can't even tell you how long I've been on the waiting list!); after reading In a Dark, Dark Wood last year, thanks to a friend who loaned me her copy, I thought it would be fun to read Ware's next creepy novel. This will be a quick read and, even if it's predictable and lame, it'll be a nice break.
I hope you all have a great start to the week!
What are you reading?