It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 6 November 2017

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover!

Just keep reading. Just keeping reading. Someday, I might dig out from my backlog of review copies.


FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Louise Erdrich’s latest novel is quite the departure for her, but it has all of her signature storytelling and amazing writing skills. The apocalyptic air of the novel is compelling, as is the unknown future into which society seems to be devolving. A fascinating and sobering read.

Jennifer Egan’s book is a fascinating glimpse into a woman’s world in the 1940s. I was immersed into the struggles for acceptance in working in “a man’s job,” as well as the strict confines established by society and that thing called reputation. The secondary story of the New York gangster life was equally compelling, especially since it is so much more human than your traditional gangster story. I totally understand why this book is earning accolades and echo the applause. Ms. Egan made me forget who I am and where/when I was while reading. It’s the rare novel that can do that every single time you open it to start reading.


DID NOT FINISH:

Not a thing this week.


CURRENT READ:

Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather


CURRENT LISTEN:

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Waiting for it to get terrifying.


NEXT UP:
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman Never Coming Back by Alison McGhee


So, what are you reading?

9 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 6 November 2017
  1. Sarah's Book Shelves
    November 6, 2017 | 6:28 AM

    I’m planning to try The Rules of Magic at some point too. But, sad to say I didn’t feel the way you did about Manhattan Beach…DNF’d pretty early on after feeling like I was slogging through.

    • Michelle
      November 7, 2017 | 2:55 PM

      I was thinking about you while I was reading Manhattan Beach knowing that you DNF’d it. I never really felt like it was a slog. In fact, for the first time in a long time, I was finding myself looking forward to reading it rather than finding excuses. To each her own, right?

  2. Brandie
    November 6, 2017 | 9:39 AM

    I chose The Rules of Magic for my Botm – can’t wait to get it! I hope you enjoy it.
    I was just looking at my out of control TBR. I’m never going to catch up!

    • Michelle
      November 7, 2017 | 2:56 PM

      Yeah, but your TBR isn’t just review copies, is it? Because if we were to count all of the unread books I own, I need to quit my job now and it would still take me a good 5-10 years to read them all.

  3. Julie
    November 6, 2017 | 2:36 PM

    Loved Rules of Magic!! It was so nice being with the Owens’ again.

    • Michelle
      November 7, 2017 | 3:00 PM

      I never read the original book, just watched the movie. I am looking forward to it!

  4. susan
    November 8, 2017 | 4:12 AM

    I’m glad you liked both the Erdrich novel and the Egan one. Various bloggers have been pretty cold on the Egan book so I’m glad you say it’s good & worthwhile. It received so much hype. I hesitated after initial blog reviews but now I will put it back on my TBR.

    • Michelle
      November 8, 2017 | 9:48 AM

      I know someone who couldn’t even finish the Egan novel. I approached it from the historical perspective and enjoyed what I learned about women working in the industrial fields during World War II. We like to think that everyone was Rosie the Riveter and welcomed with open arms, but Egan shows that is not the case. I found that part of the story fascinating.

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