New Week, New Book: 12/4/17
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Welcome to the first week of December, folks; I can hardly believe it! I am nearly finished with my holiday shopping, I've watched my first Christmas movie (National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a must to kick off the holiday season), and I'm looking forward to making this recipe I found last week on Modern Mrs. Darcy: Addictive Spiced Nuts.
Even though Saturday was a busy day - I went for a run and then did quite a bit of cleaning/chores around the house - I managed to work in some reading time in the afternoon and again on Sunday morning!
Early last week, I finished listening to Nomadland by Jessica Bruder; since then, I've been catching up on some podcast episodes that I tend to neglect while I'm listening to an audiobook. A recent episode of NPR's Fresh Air featured Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo, an anesthesiologist, who recently published a book titled Counting Backwards; I'm going to have to get a copy of this one, after hearing the interview!
Author Jesmyn Ward, recent National Book Award winner for Sing, Unburied, Sing, was also interviewed during this episode and that was quite a treat; her debut will likely end up on my list of favorites this year.
I finished reading Running Rewired by Jay Dicharry and, while I completely buy in to the science behind his recommendations, I would have to modify the workouts he proposes a bit because I don't have all of the equipment at home that I need. Having said that, I think this is a solid resource and I'll be posting more about it soon.
Thanks to a prompt from Susie at Novel Visits, I decided to take a stab at The Secret History by Donna Tartt; never having read any of Tartt's work (gasp!), I wasn't sure what to expect. This novel is like a powder keg: just when I thought things had slowed down a bit, and I started to wonder where the story was going, Tartt would throw another explosion in there to get me back on track.
For me, The Secret History is part Dead Poet's Society, part My Sunshine Away (one of my all-time faves!); I loved it! A big thanks to Susie for motivating me to take a chance on this one; now, I'm wondering whether I should read The Goldfinch?
I am ONLY DAYS AWAY from receiving notification that my library hold for The Heart's Invisible Furies is available; I'm trying to hold out and not give in! I seriously considered adding a copy to my Book of the Month box a few days ago, but I resisted. In the meantime, I have moved on to a review copy of a January release, Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates; after hearing so many great things about his debut, Black Chalk, I couldn't resist.
At about a quarter of the way through, I am completely hooked on this story; based on the horrifying choices of a couple of kids, the manner in which the circumstances unfold, over time, is quite remarkable.
Since I mentioned Book of the Month, I chose The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen as my December selection, based on Sarah's post at Sarah's Book Shelves. Definitely check out her tool for selecting your favorite judges, if you are a member; it really helps! In addition, I have always enjoyed Sarah Pekkanen's work, so I'm hopeful this one will not disappoint!
What are you reading? What's up next on your list?