Monday, December 15, 2014

What I'm Reading This Week

Last week I posted three reviews. Each book (2 YA titles, 1 adult literary fiction) concerned girls who are coming-of-age. Daphne’s Book is a “vintage” YA title. This One Summer is a graphic novel. And An Experiment in Love is a historical novel focusing on young British women in the 1960s growing up at a time just prior to the modern women’s movement.

Truth be told, An Experiment in Love is the only book that I actually read last week. That’s it. One book. And I had been on a roll for several months, plowing through multiple titles without pause.

I guess I have to relax and admit that this is not the time of year when I get a lot of reading done. I can pretty much just refer you to my Monday post from two weeks ago. I'm still reading all of those things.

Ironically, this happened the other day:

I add books to my hold list at the public library all year long. I'm not sure why this has to be the week that they all become available.

I am going to select one title from this stack to tackle this week, because I get frustrated with myself if I make big reading plans and then don’t follow through. I’ve chosen All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews.

From Goodreads:

You won’t forget Elf and Yoli, two smart and loving sisters. Elfrieda, a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die. Yolandi, divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men as she tries to find true love: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive. Yoli is a beguiling mess, wickedly funny even as she stumbles through life struggling to keep her teenage kids and mother happy, her exes from hating her, her sister from killing herself and her own heart from breaking.

But Elf’s latest suicide attempt is a shock: she is three weeks away from the opening of her highly anticipated international tour. Her long-time agent has been calling and neither Yoli nor Elf’s loving husband knows what to tell him. Can she be nursed back to “health” in time? Does it matter? As the situation becomes ever more complicated, Yoli faces the most terrifying decision of her life.

The author just won the Canadian Writer’s Trust award for this book.

The hedgehog is a new ornament. It makes me very happy. It doesn't really have anything to do with the book, but what says Happy Holidays better than a sparkly hedgehog?

(It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Journey)


Anonymous said...

Haha I feel like the same thing happens to me, but I can't say I have had that many ready at once! I recently learned I can't make big reading plans for myself either as I get frustrated too when I don't meet them! Hope you have a great reading week! :)

Here’s my Monday! Plus check out the giveaway I’m hosting for a YA medieval novel!

jennifer said...

Thanks! I'm usually better at fulfilling my intentions -- but not this month.

Brona Joy said...

Love the hedgehog :-D

jennifer said...

Thanks! I think it's hilarious.