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It’s Monday, May 18, 2015. What Are You Reading?

Well…it’s been a very lackluster reading week/weekend for me. I finally finished Life After Life for two book groups I am hosting this week at the library and probably won’t be reviewing it here on the blog. I liked it but didn’t love it and wonder if it was because it was required reading or the style in which it was written. A God in Ruins is out this month and I still want to read it to find out more about Teddy but it’s not an urgency I feel. My struggle with the book brings up many questions about my reading (because I hate it when I struggle with a book). Especially since this was the second attempt at reading it.

  • If I don’t like a book by an author, will I read other works by them?
  • Does the style of the writing trump character development and plot development?
  • Does reading a book required for a book group make it more of a chore than reading for pleasure?

Yes, maybe and sometimes.

Maybe this should just be a blog post!

18803640[1] 17166000[1] 23602562[1] The Travels of Daniel Ascher

So this week, I am still reading H is for Hawk and The Best American Essays edited by Cheryl Strayed. Both are highly enjoyable and I’m looking forward to digging in deep, now that my book group selection is in the bag.

Our Souls at Night is also going to be read this week and I’ve read some beautiful and touching reviews already-spoiler free, so thanks for that. The Travels of Daniel Ascher is another ARC I requested because it sounded so interesting and there aren’t many reviews on it yet. It’s translated and quite the sensation in France, so I’m gonna give this one a go. It’s only 200 pages.

What are you reading this week?

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4 thoughts on “It’s Monday, May 18, 2015. What Are You Reading?

  1. I’m trying to make progress on a few books for online book clubs: Garden Intrigue by Lauren Willig, and A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore. Both are fun and light, but it’s a matter of finding the time!

  2. I think my answers to your three questions are the same as yours. I will generally give an author two shots, unless the first just really lights ZERO fire in my pants. Two is a VERY interesting question, so yes, blog post. 🙂

    I am so verklempt about the last Kent Haruf. He has been a favorite of mine and I’m just so sad this is the last one. I’ll be curious to see what you think of Daniel Ascher. I love getting a book not many others have reviewed. It’s not about competition, just shining light on something (if you enjoyed it) that might not be getting much attention. There’s always a feel-good quality about that for me.

    I had an interesting reading weekend, even though not much time. Finished Freedom’s Child, which I liked and will write up, and am *thisclose* to finishing The Truth and Other Lies. Which I’m really liking, but a friend who usually likes similar books just finished and didn’t like it. So now I’m just crossing appendages it doesn’t tank for me.

    Looking forward to your thoughts on H is for Hawk, which has been languishing on my stack for way too long.

    Hope your reading loses its lacklusterness. 🙂

  3. Interesting to hear that you liked but didn’t love A Little Life. I’ve been hearing so much buzz about it that I’m immensely curious, but I’m worried that I’ll fall victim to the post-hype disappointment.

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