It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (4/10/17)
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Last week was kind of dud: I had some sticky situations going on at work; I'm still trying to recover from this running injury (and progress has been quite slow); and a novel that I'd really been looking forward to reading wasn't exciting me very much.
On the plus side, I had an fantastic experience listening to the S-Town Podcast; my husband and I finished watching the HBO series Big Little Lies (highly recommend!); and, as I approach the first anniversary of my intuitive eating journey, one of my favorite podcasters released an episode with the gal who helped me get started and listening to it was such a treat.
By mid-week, I'd finished reading A Separation by Katie Kitamura; her writing is absolutely gorgeous. I feel confident that, had I not had so many emotionally heavy issues going on at work, I might have enjoyed this one even more than I did at the time; the longer I think about it, the more I appreciate both the story and the author's talent.
I thought I had a pretty good handle on what I wanted to begin next but, as I've mentioned, it was a weird week and nothing sounded appealing. Thankfully, my pre-ordered copy of Anne Lamott's new release, Hallelujah Anyway, showed up in the mail - yay! She is delightful; her work has helped me tremendously, both in my professional and personal life, and I always look forward to her stories.
With the exception of her works of fiction (although I've read most of them twice), her books are ones that I read once and then go back and read again at a slower pace or when I'm looking for something in particular. They are quick reads, generally speaking, but I make tons of notes and highlights!
Desperate for something a little lighter, on Thursday I decided to begin The Best of Adam Sharp, an upcoming release by Graeme Simsion (author of The Rosie Project, among others); not surprisingly, his male protagonist is intelligent and witty, with a kind heart. It may not be a five-star read but, at 60% of the way in, it has provided a great break from heavier fare.
On Saturday morning, as I drank my coffee and did a bit of reading before preparing for my longest run of the week, I finally remembered to download a copy of The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy. This was recommended to me by Sarah's Book Shelves (she gets me and, if you jump on her new personalized book recommendation service, she may get you, too!) and I'm so thankful she thought of me.
I listened for about the first hour and ten minutes of my run on Saturday and again while I was working around the house yesterday; the audio version is only about four and half hours, and so worth it. The author reads and I love this powerful story, so far; she shares real struggles, relatable issues, and I would highly recommend it to fans of Cheryl Strayed.
With a trip coming up in less than two weeks and a quite a work load, I'm undecided about what I'll begin next; I'm definitely looking forward to Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout and some upcoming May releases.
I hope you all have a great week!
What are you reading?