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It’s hard to believe that we’re already in November and beginning the holiday season. Every year time seems to just go faster and faster! Today is my most dreaded day of the entire work year – late night parent conferences. It’s not that I don’t enjoy talking to parents, but going from 1-8 with a half hour break for dinner is just so long. My team will be involved in over 50 conferences on Monday, and let’s face it, after about twenty, they start to run together. On top of that, I’ll get absolutely no reading time! Ah well, at least there’s the Veteran’s Day holiday to look forward to on Friday.
Last Week’s Read
Wow! Wow! Wow! Finally a book that I could not put down, or in this case that I could not stop listening to. I absolutely loved The Power by Naomi Alderman and the narration by Adjoa Andoh might be the best I’ve ever listened to. The Power won’t be for everyone, but this dark dystopian tale of what happens when women suddenly acquire an electrical power within their own bodies was definitely a winner for me. It’s easy to see why Alderman won this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Look for a full review soon.
I was so obsessed with The Power last week that I devoted little time to reading After the Eclipse by Sarah Perry. I have about 40% to go and am enjoying Perry’s memoir of her life before and after her mother’s murder. I needed a nice recovery book for my hangover after listening to The Power and Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush seemed like the perfect way to go. My own sister’s birthday was just a few days ago, so in honor of her, I’ll be listening to Sisters First.
Likely to Read Next
With Nonfiction November well under way, I’ve written down so many different titles that I’m awash in nonfiction options. I love the musical Les Miserables and tried (without success) to read the book, so reading about the book in The Novel of the Century by David Bellos might well be my next best option. At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider is the account of a family of five who traveled the wold on bikes for nine months. That’s a book that has got to be full of some incredible adventures! On the fiction front, I’m planning on trying Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner next. This slim debut keeps popping up on different “best of” lists and now I’m curious.
I hope you have a great week in books!
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Sarah's Book Shelves says
So you’re not finished with After the Eclipse yet?! I’m about 40% through. Liking it so far.
And I also have Sisters First…may give it a read sometime this month.
I already abandoned Sisters First. It might be okay in print, but I just couldn’t take Barbara’s narration!
Great list of books. I’ll be checking them out.
Have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by Sherrie.
Kathy Martin says
I’m sneaking in a couple of nonfiction books this month despite the fact that I very seldom read nonfiction. Of course, they are middle grade biographies but they should still count. Come see my week here. Happy reading!
JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing says
Not sure The Power would be for me, but Sisters First sounds like it might be. Good luck with the conferences tonight… can’t imagine how exhausting that will be!
Thanks, JoAnn. We did 49 today! Have a great week.
Jane @ Raincity Librarian says
The Novel of the Century sounds like a fascinating read, I have a friend who’s long been a fan of the original novel, so I think she’d find this really interesting!
I’m interested in Heather The Totality so I’ll wait for your thoughts:) Good luck at conferences!
Thanks, Renee. I think Heather will be up next for me. I’ll let you know.
I’m thinking of going audio for Sisters First, as well; I’m looking forward to that one. You definitely have me interested in The Power; I’ve seen some buzz about it, and it sounds exciting. I found out about Heather, The Totality, late last year; I was drawn to it because of the author and then never got a copy – ha! I may need to get one if it pans out for you!
My advice now would to do Sisters First in print. The narration by one of the sisters was really annoying to me. I already quit on it!
Hope you made it through the parent conferences. Sounds quite grueling. So glad you liked The Power. I will look for the audio. thanks.
Let me know if you get to The Power. I’d love to discuss it with someone and no one I know has read it yet.
I wanted to read The Power and now even more!!