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!
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.