Reading Roundup: December 2020

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. I loved this book so much I read it twice this month--once to experience it, and again immediately afterward to pull some of my favorite lines for a longer post. Then, unfortunately, I had to return that copy to its owner--but I think I will buy my own. The hardcover is… Continue reading Reading Roundup: December 2020

Reading Roundup: October/November 2020

I don't know about y'all, but I could barely read this fall. Fortunately, I was loaned some short books and gifted some others--because when I did make time to settle down with a book, it felt great. Hard to make time for reading when your city is out on the streets dancing, marching, and making… Continue reading Reading Roundup: October/November 2020

Reading Roundup: September 2020

Short roundup this month. I started a couple of new learning ventures (yes, ventures) in September: another online writing class through the university where I work, and virtual training to become a volunteer Tree Tender in my neighborhood. Both have weekly readings and assignments, so I sometimes find myself completing quizzes on sick tree symptoms… Continue reading Reading Roundup: September 2020

Reading Roundup: August 2020

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi. The first half is a heady, florid coming of age story set in the pressure cooker of a high school for performing arts. I am not sure it is correct to say that I enjoyed it--the suffocating teenaged desperation for any kind of validation is rendered both sympathetic and insufferable,… Continue reading Reading Roundup: August 2020

Reading Roundup: June-July 2020

Like many folks, I started summer by ordering a stack of black-authored books. Most of mine are still en route--if that's you, too, be patient! Some of them are back-ordered as booksellers struggle to meet the demand. But as it turns out, I had little time to read. I felt angry, anxious, and afraid for… Continue reading Reading Roundup: June-July 2020

Reading Roundup: May 2020

I started the month still absorbed by my comfort read, War and Peace, and to be fair I am still reading it. I'm just past the part of the story from which Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet is adapted, now in a war-centric section where there is a great deal of cattiness about historical… Continue reading Reading Roundup: May 2020