19 days in to October and I’m definitely feeling a reading slump. I’ve gotten 5 books under my belt this month, and they’ve all been good, but last night I was rifling through my TBR book pile and thinking, why are all the books in this pile so depressing? I finally picked up Fay Weldon’s Worst Fears for some acerbic, biting, machine-gun paced prose, finished it, then started in on Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant, but I think I need to add some lighter, faster things to my TBR pile. To that end, this is what I’ve put in my bookdepository cart:
The books I’ve gotten through so far this month have been the ones that have been lighter, easier.
Anne Helen Petersen Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman (So good! The chapters on Serena Williams and Nicki Minaj, in particular, I thought, were excellent. The Hillary Clinton chapter was also objectively good, but felt familiar – I’ve read too many thinkpieces on Clinton since the election for it to be otherwise.)
Robin Sloane Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore (Excellent, fast-paced quest through Google, bookstores, archival dives, told by a very likeable protagonist. If imagining bookstores as magical places full of promise and adventure is your thing, you will like this.)
Fay Weldon Worst Fears (Man dies, and his accomplished, beautiful wife finds out he’s been cheating on her. Worth reading for how well it captures the sheer, complex bitchery between women, and the utter trashness of men.)
I also reviewed Rozan Yunos’ Monsters, Dragons & Fairies: Myths and Legends from Borneo and Brunei, over at The Scoop. Thanks to everybody who’s reached out and given feedback and thoughts on the column, I’ve appreciated every comment.
12 days to the end of October. I’d need to be getting through a book every two days now to meet my October target of 11 books – doable? My schedule makes me doubt it, but we’ll see! I feel like I’ve been reading a lot of not-so-great stuff lately, and I do want to nourish my brain and soul with some quality nutrients, so am diving determinedly back in to TBR.