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Despite so much going on over here between work, house projects, yard work, and just daily living challenges in this pandemic era, I've been able to squeeze in time to read as well, which I'm thankful for, because the news has been abysmal these past few weeks for various reasons and I'm continually worrying about where humanity is headed, even more so than I did before.

A library haul after months...My biggest highlight in books this past week was that the library opened for holds pickup. I'd been checking their website every week to find if next week was going to be the week it opened. So when the notice finally came through last week, I was beyond thrilled. I was also very unsure what books to request from the library since I had gotten very used to reading online. Still, I had a few requested when they called me to schedule a one-hour window for pickup. I did request a ton of books after that though, so I expect a bigger bag this week. 

Some of these are books to rea…

Yet another Monday (Jan 23, 2012)


It's Monday! What are you reading this week?

Sheila @ Book Journey wants to know what we're reading. I'm only too happy to oblige!

So far this year, I've been reading slower and been more thoughtful while reading. I like it this way, because I appreciate the time and thought I've been putting into choosing a book to read. They may not turn out to be five-star reads (In fact, I've only had 1 four-star and two 3-star reads so far), but all three books left me feeling satisfied at the end, a feeling that doesn't always come to me. Moreover, since I'm not planning my reading in advance anymore (at least I haven't so far this year), I probably have only one book going at a time. Right now, it is Tayari Jones' Silver Sparrow, a candidate for the Indie Lit Awards in Fiction category. I'm enjoying it, but there won't be any of my thoughts published on the blog until the winner is announced.

Which pages were turned...
-  Lately, I've been in mood for some short fiction, a medium that I used to shun previously, simply because the brevity usually left much to be desired for me to sufficiently enjoy the read. So far, this month, I've tried two short stories, both available in the public domain - The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (read my review) and Hell-Heaven by Jhumpa Lahiri from her short story collection, Unaccustomed Earth (will be posting the review next week). I've enjoyed both, so I will keep looking out for more short stories. But I doubt I'll be reading an entire collection anytime soon.
-  Last week, I read Banana Yoshimoto's The Lake - my first read by this author. Can't say I was impressed - I'll be posting my review next week, after I have thought more about it.

...And other news
-  In case you missed, here are my 2011 favorites and plans for 2012.
-  My guest post on Marjane Satrapi's Best and Worst over at Alyce's At Home with Books.
-  A potpourri of random thoughts that I wanted to talk about over the past few weeks.


Comments

The Yellow Wallpaper is quite thought provoking, don't you think?

Sam @ The Little Munchkin Reader
Mystica said…
The Lake was also my first reading of her books. I was not impressed either.
Debnance said…
I vow every year to read more slowly. I agree with you that I enjoy my reading so much more when I slow down.

Here is my It's Monday! What Are You Reading? I hope you will stop by!
bermudaonion (Kathy) said…
I really want to read The Silver Sparrow - it sounds right up my alley and I love that it's set in Atlanta.
Helen Murdoch said…
I have been debating about reading Lake since I remember really enjoying Banana's Kitchen many years ago. Maybe I'll keep debating...
Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said…
I've been slow reading so far this  year too.
Tasha Gorringe said…
Have a fab week! See what I'm reading here. Tasha @ A Trillian Books xxx 
Silver Sparrow looks intriguing.  Hope you have a wonderful week!

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zibilee said…
I have heard good things about Silver Sparrow, and  few had it on their best of lists for last year. I hope you enjoy it! I am still in the midst of my three very different reads, but I hope to be making some progress today!
Pussreboots said…
Enjoy your books. My last semester beings on Wednesday. This is my last week of reading tons for a while. Please come see what I'm reading.
Hope you enjoy Silver Sparrow. Tayari Jones is a very talented writer.
Silver Sparrow sounds interesting - I hope you are enjoying it!

Shelleyrae @ Book'd out
Athira / Aths said…
I definitely found it very thought-provoking. Some parts even incensed me a lot.
Athira / Aths said…
I was worried it was just me, so I'm glad to hear that I'm not alone. 
Athira / Aths said…
I never realized how speed was actually affecting my reading experience. So I'm glad I took the decision this time to try going slower. 
Athira / Aths said…
I hope you get to read it soon. It's definitely a wonderful book.
Athira / Aths said…
Haha! I hope I will feel an inclination to read Kitchen. I've heard a lot about that one. 
Athira / Aths said…
Yay! I'm trying to feel less bad about it.
Athira / Aths said…
Silver Sparrow is good so far! I can't wait to finish it. 
Athira / Aths said…
The book is really nice! I'm definitely enjoying it.
Athira / Aths said…
It is wonderful so far!
Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness said…
I've heard lots of good things about Silver Sparrow - I hope it's great!
Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness said…
I've heard lots of good things about Silver Sparrow - I hope it's great!
Athira / Aths said…
It is great so far! 
Athira / Aths said…
It is great so far!