It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (9/19/16)
Hosted by The Book Date
In a tweet that I posted yesterday, I mentioned that I might have found my favorite book of the year, after having been through 52 other reads, so far; interestingly, the only other one that might be in contention is another very recent read! Maybe the best is yet to come, if the trend is that my selections are getting better as the year goes on? Who knows?!! I can only hope!
The first, Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, I just finished last weekend; it has everything that I love in a book and I would really like to share more of my thoughts about it. I may do just that but, in the meantime, you can read the much more beautifully-written words of my talented book-loving friend Catherine here; her reviews are always a treat.
After I finished, I felt like I had what is often known as a "book hangover;" I needed to read something that would create some space between it and another that I was eager to read but anticipated I would have strong feelings about, as well. My friend Sarah, who is a master as book recommendations, suggested Siracusa by Delia Ephron; I thought this was a great choice, but it was already checked out at the library (I am now on the waiting list). I've wanted to read The After Party by Anton DiSclafani all summer and haven't gotten around to it; it was available - perfect!
It had all the makings for a fun read: set in the 50s in Houston, Texas (my old stomping ground!), recipient of the greatest benefits of the Texas oil boom during those years, detailing the drama of the social scene full of young marrieds who were climbing their way to the top. Unfortunately, it was a pretty big disappointment; the writing was just fine, I just didn't enjoy the story line. I thought it had a lot of potential, but it went in a direction that I hadn't expected. I finished quickly, because I knew I had something else exciting on the horizon.
Yesterday, I started reading Commonwealth by Ann Patchett; I've had a copy of this for several months, yet I've patiently saved it until now.
Sometimes, after just a few paragraphs, I know that a book is going to be one during which I am completely conflicted: I'll alternately want to devour it immediately and stretch it out as long as possible because I know I'll be sad when I've finished. This is one of those books. In fact, one passage led to a completely different type of experience than I'd expected; that'll be for another blog post. I've got quite a bit of it left to read, so I'll reserve the right to change my mind...but I think I'm going to have a tough time deciding between it and A Gentleman in Moscow for this year's favorite read.
If you follow me on Instagram, you already know about my love of cookbooks; we're not going 100% veggie or vegan at our house (good grief, my husband spends his free time, 3-4 months of the year, in the woods hunting wild game), but we are making a concerted effort to add more plant-based dishes/options and consider sustainable practices. Angela Liddon, of Oh She Glows fame, released her second cookbook on September 6; I'd pre-ordered a copy after having prepared some of the dishes from her first cookbook and enjoying them.
Even my carnivore has had great things to say about the recipes I've made, so far; I am glad I made this purchase and it will definitely become a regular part of my meal planning rotation!
So...tell me, what are you reading?