New Week, New Book (8/6/17)
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Happy Monday, friends! It is, indeed, one of the happiest Mondays I've had in...oh, I guess about six weeks? In case you're not already aware, I've been an injured runner and this morning I get to go on a "test" run; more to come!
It's a pretty good Monday for reading, as well; after a fantastic July (my monthly reading recap here), the month of August got off to a rocky start but I think I've found a couple of good ones.
The week began with Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney. I'd requested an advanced reader copy (ARC) of this one after reading the description and some good early reviews; I've also had good luck, in the past, with releases from this publisher, Hogarth. A story about two college students, and the unlikely bond they form with a married couple, drew my attention.
Unfortunately, I had a really tough time connecting to this story and/or its characters; I stuck with it for the first third, just over 100 pages, and found myself feeling frustrated and rushing through the paragraphs. I decided it would be best to move on.
Early in the year, I'd added Yesterday by Felicia Yap to my list of Top Ten 2017 Debut Novels; waiting until August to read it felt like an eternity! Nevertheless, the time arrived and I was excited to find out whether this one would pan out.
There are certainly some things I'd like to discuss about this novel, but I don't want to share any spoilers here; I know a couple of readers who are planning to pick this one up, so I'm hopeful I'll have some company soon! I'm just not sure what I think about this one; I'm still mulling it over.
After reading mixed reviews, I was a feeling some trepidation about The Lauras by Sara Taylor; her debut, The Shore, was so popular with many readers and I was curious about her sophomore effort.
I'm so glad that I followed the recommendation I received from Susie at Novel Visits; I was captivated by this story of a mother and teenage child who embarked on an adventurous journey, of sorts, to "tie up some loose ends." I should count how many passages I've highlighted; I'm still thinking about these two characters and the story that Taylor has crafted so beautifully. I have so much more to say about this novel, so I guess I'll need to write a separate post!
With nothing currently available from my library holds list, I decided to crack open a September release that I've been anticipating - Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. FINALLY, a definitive winner this month! I can't imagine this not showing up as a Book of the Month Club selection, so I'l be curious to see if this one is as hot when it hits the shelves as I think it will be.
I am just over halfway through and I'm dying to pick it up back up; I have to admit that it's a bit heavy, in terms of the story and its subject matter, but in a way that is completely necessary and relevant to the society in which we live.
After this, I've got a few on my radar for the month, including Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin; we'll see what pops up between now and then. Tell me all about your new finds!