Reading Roundup: February 2021

One day my neighbor dropped by for a masked, distanced outdoor visit and handed me a book she had recently finished for her book club."It is by a man, though," she amended."What am I supposed to do with it?" I asked, making her laugh. But weirdly, most of the books I read in February were… Continue reading Reading Roundup: February 2021

Reading Roundup: January 2021

Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty. Oh, I enjoy the Daevabad trilogy so much. This book is a honking 900 pages long, and I read it in three days. Under the circumstances it wasn't quite as escapist as it could be to read about a violent coup and an ongoing attempt to hold a city's… Continue reading Reading Roundup: January 2021

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