This picture is only mildly appropriate as Seattle is flipping on an almost daily basis between summer heat and rainy chills (wear shorts? or a sweater?). It might also be a good metaphor for my reading. Somehow, I got a little crazy with the number of books I have to read in June and now I’m blowing hot and cold on almost every one. So, today this is not only ‘Monday what-I’m-reading’, it’s also my ‘what-I’m-not-reading’ post.
Published by Sarah Crichton Books
Publication date: June 14th 2016
Published by Touchstone
Publication date: June 7th 2016
All right…I’m going to Florence next month! EEK! Am I excited? YES. All caps, *squee*, emoji overload excited.
Homegoing: I’m mentioning this one with trepidation because it has been so highly regarded by the press and by several book bloggers I trust. Sadly, I could not get invested in the characters. The novel is about slavery and is set in Africa and the United States. It covers generations of two families, with each family member getting a chapter. The heart of the novel is two half-sisters, but with the switching back and forth between the two and their descendants from one chapter to the next I lost track of the connections. There is a family tree, but having to refer back to it every time a new chapter started kept me from getting into the flow.
If I Forget You: This one is also tough in a different way. I adored Greene’s last novel The Headmaster’s Wife and still think it is one of the best unreliable narrator novels I’ve ever read so I was jazzed to read his latest. And then…I wasn’t. It almost feels like it was written by someone else. I wasn’t expecting another novel of twists and turns but I was looking forward to the great prose I remembered and it isn’t there.
How about you? Are you reading anything fabulous this week? Or are you too busy enjoying beautiful weather and vacationing?