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It’s Monday, April 20th. What Are You Reading?

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Gorgeous weekend weather and spending time outside in the garden prevented me from some quality reading time but I did finish The Round House by Louise Erdrich for my library book group. I didn’t get around to writing a review here on the blog but maybe later this week.

I’m in a writing book reviews slump. I have more fun with these personal narrative posts lately.

I’ve been working on a post for April’s poetry month highlighting some wonderful children’s books written in verse and reading these books has been so much fun. The problem is that I’m competing with my kids for the stack of books. I also discovered Selected Shorts podcast in obsessive form this past week and for those of us who love our short stories IT’S WONDERFUL!! Highly recommend you check it out. Even if you are not a fan of the short, give it a try. I can guarantee you will come away with a story that captivated you and reeling to read more by that author.

My second nonfiction/memoir book this year is Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin. I must say, it’s not just a memoir about her career change but also has some poignant life lessons. Coming from a career in journalism, her writing is beautiful and cleverly meshes all the carpentry jargon with language. I better stop, this is turning into a review! But here is a sneak peak of the opening paragraph in the prologue that sucked me right in:

“How do we decide what’s right for our own lives? A close friend posted this question to me, and it echoes often in my head. What shape do we want our lives to take, and, if we’ve had the fortune to figure that out, how do we go about constructing that life?”

Dear friends, what are you reading this week?

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4 thoughts on “It’s Monday, April 20th. What Are You Reading?

  1. I also started Hammer Head, with much anticipation. I’m a total construction nerd, and wish I’d done what she did years ago. I’m excited to read about her journey, she is setting it out in a really nice way. Also finishing up Ghettoside, which is a devastatingly great read. Starting Oryx & Crake on audio. Too early to tell, but seems interesting thus far.

  2. I just read Hammer Head and it was SO GOOD. Definitely what I needed to read at that moment. Also, I’m in a review writing slump too. No shame. This week I’m reading I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son by Kent Russell! It’s a book of essays about hypermasculinity. I like it so far!

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