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What I’ve Been Reading

It’s that time again to talk about some of the things I’ve been reading lately. I’ve got a bit of a weird sampling this month. I tend to read a wide variety of things, and so this month I’m taking a sampling from three different categories.

  • Fantasy: Leigh Bardugo has been on my “to read” list for ages. Her Grisha Trilogy is always checked out of the library, but I finally managed to get my hands on the entire series. I whipped right through this. Unlike a lot of the fantasy I come across, this felt like a really original world. I also really liked the characters. I’m looking forward to reading more of her work.
  • Nonfiction: I’ve been meaning to read The Year of Magical Thinking for ages. Whenever I read stuff about grief, this is the go-to book that people mention. I’ve been grieving the death of my kitty, and it finally seemed like the right time to tackle this.
    I get why people refer to it so often. It’s an honest, vulnerable account of what grief really looks like. It deserves all the accolades it gets. That said, I had a hard time with the ending because it’s unresolved. I get that that’s the point—grief isn’t tidy, doesn’t just stop. But still, I longed for a bit of resolution nonetheless.
  • Literary Fiction: I have to admit, I don’t tend to read a lot of literary fiction. Usually, I only read books that have been highly recommended to me or that I’m forced to read for book club. I’ve heard about this book for ages, but never picked it up. Well, I got a wild hair, and decided to finally give The Red Tent a shot.
    This was such a surprise to me—in fact, it was the surprise reading delight of month. I know it’s hugely popular, but I honestly didn’t expect to be sucked in. Biblical stories are usually not my jam, but I couldn’t put this down. I was fascinated by the life of this woman and her family. Also, the writing is really accessible—deceptively easy to read. I say deceptively because it takes excellent craftsmanship to make something flow with such apparent ease. I highly recommend this book.

What about you? Anything you read really blow your skirt up this month?

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