Monday, February 2, 2015

What I'm Reading, Groovy Tote Bag Edition

Hello blogosophere! Monday is winding down, and I’m just now getting to my “It’s Monday!” post. Better late than never, I hope.

Last week I posted two reviews, one for The Martian by Andy Weir and one for Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. The Martian gave me the opportunity to think about hype and my reading habits, and Brown Girl Dreaming made me think about the whole idea of novels or memoirs in verse.

I’m almost done with 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time To Write by Sarah Ruhl, and hopefully I’ll get a review of that up soon. But right now I’m not clear on what I’m going to say in that review. I’m really struggling with this tiny book. I thought it would be an easy, breezy book of essays about a random assortment of things, but now I think that this is a very specific set of musings geared toward people in the theater (which I am not). I have a recurring dream in which I missed class all semester. When I try to get there during the final week, I can’t find the room. And once I do, I can’t understand a thing that’s going on, and the exam is tomorrow. Also, I am naked. I am feeling all of those things as I read this book, except the naked part.

[Do you ever read books where you feel like you are out of your element? Or not the right audience? I’d love to hear about it.]

I did not have time to start The Sleepwalker’s Guide To Dancing last week, so it reemerges on this week’s pile (see last week for a description). I am also adding Cold Killing by Luke Delaney, which showed up on my library shelf (even though I don’t remember requesting it). I haven’t read a police procedural in a while, so I am looking forward to some creepy time later this week. You can read the Goodreads description here

Check out my groovy new bookish bag! This kind of thing makes me so happy. The artist is Sarah Olnos at teconlene design and illustration.

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


Lindsey said...

Hmm...I am interested in the Sarah Ruhl essays but I majored in theatre in college so it might be more up my alley!

Have a great week!

jennifer said...

Yes! You might really like them. They're good essays -- I just feel like I'm not the right audience. Maybe that will change as I finish the collection.

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

I loved the Martian though I wasn't expecting too, the hype machine is generally untrustworthy I find.

Have a great reading week,
Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

jennifer said...

I agree -- but I also notice that the hype machine also brings me to some books I wouldn't ordinarily touch. Thanks for stopping by!