It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 19 November 2018

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” 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. Here is what I read the week ending 19 November 2018. To learn more about each book, click on the book cover!

It was another not-so-great reading week. I wonder if this is my new norm. If it is, I am okay with that. I have not stopped reading after all. It is time to focus on the positives.


FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:

The Incredible True Story of the Making of the Eve of Destruction My Sister, the Serial Killer

The only thing The Incredible True Story of the Making of the Eve of Destruction has going for it is the nostalgia factor it evokes with its setting and with the protagonist that carefully annotates all cultural references she makes in her journal. Anyone who grew up in the eighties and nineties will enjoy the clothes, the food, the attitudes towards everything. You will remember the duck and cover drills and may even think about your own fear about nuclear holocaust during the height of the Cold War. I enjoyed those parts of the story, even as it brought back some long-forgotten concerns of World War III and mutually assured destruction. That is where my enjoyment ends, however. The remainder of the story is too flippant for pleasure, mocking the movie industry and the fallout of having a movie made in your hometown. It tends to lighten the genuine threat of atomic warfare that was that era through poorly concealed jokes and way too much gallows humor. It is not even well-written enough to allow you to forgive some of its faults. I muddled through to the end because I was mildly curious to find out how it ended, and I am glad that I was able to assuage my curiosity to that end. I don’t regret reading it, but I do wish it had been better than it was.

My thoughts on My Sister, the Serial Killer are all over the place. On the one hand, I want to love it because I know it is getting a TON of press right now, popping up on best of lists already even though it was just published. On the other hand, I am not certain why it is being added to such lists. I read it. I enjoyed it. I get the satire, just as I get the enabling. I understand the idea of nature versus nurture. I don’t understand what others see in it though. It is entertaining, but it didn’t make me feel that giddiness I associate with a stellar novel. It won’t make me think beyond writing a review. As of right now, I feel it will be one of those books that I will remember reading but won’t be able to extract much more than that.


DID NOT FINISH:

Nothing


CURRENT READ:

In the Night Wood


CURRENT LISTEN:

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness


NEXT UP:

More witchy fantasy I think. I enjoy that genre too much and have a ton more of it to read.


So, what are you reading?

4 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 19 November 2018
  1. Sarah's Book Shelves
    November 19, 2018 | 7:04 AM

    I just read Serial Killer too! But, I didn’t realize it was popping up on Best of the Year lists….I really liked it and did find it weirdly funny. But, it was just a solid 4 star read for me.

    I wonder what I would’ve thought if I’d known about the hype before I read it…

    • Michelle
      November 19, 2018 | 10:30 AM

      It’s on the Tournament of Books long list. It was a selection for Goodreads Book of the Year. I have seen it on a few other lists too. I liked it and found it both funny and sad. However, I don’t quite get the hype. I don’t find it THAT satirical, and I am scratching my head trying to glean the reasons others are raving about it.

  2. Amanda
    November 19, 2018 | 11:17 AM

    Interesting about Serial Killer. I have it on hold now so I’ll try to keep expectations realistic. I love that you have “witchy fantasy” as a genre. I’m right there with you to love those books. I am counting down until the new Nora Roberts is out!

    • Michelle
      November 25, 2018 | 3:25 PM

      I think my problem with it is that I don’t have the sibling relationship described in the book. My younger brother sold me out faster than I could form any sort of protest. He never understood the concept of sibling sticking together and protecting each other. I suspect that if I had that type of protective relationship with my brother, my feelings about the book would be very different.

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