Another Monday, a new week and a new start to my reading. I’m not going to get all pessimistic, but my April reading has been less than stellar so far. Lots of reading, but not a lot of things that I loved so much I couldn’t wait to share them. Backlist, previously released books, continue to be my best reading. Having said that, I’m heading off into two very different reading directions this week.
The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown: I’d love to say that I have some fabulous formula for finding the best books to read, but it’s not true. Sometimes, as in the case of this book, it’s as superficial as the cover and the subject. I don’t read a lot of paranormal fiction, but the subject of witches (or at least man’s perception of certain types of women as witches) always catches my eye.
A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume: From England in the 1600s I’m heading north to modern day Ireland with novel. It may be about a twenty-something woman, but something about the premise of finding the balance between being and doing makes me hopeful for prose that resonates.
In non-fiction I have two options for this week:
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem: Do I really need a reason for this book right now? I want and need to hear from this strong woman who has done so much for so many of us. This also marks my return to audio books, which, embarrassingly I had not figured out to how to use from my library until now!
The Way She Wears It by Dallas Shaw: It may seem a bit odd to be listening to one of the world’s greatest feminists and reading a book about appearance and style, but I’ve never had a problem reconciling feminism with an interest in fashion and style. Plus, since leaving the world of business clothes behind I’ve floundered with my sense of style and am looking for some help in moving beyond sweats and jeans.
How about you? What are you reading/listening to/watching this Monday?