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Hello there! I hope you’ve had a great week in books and in life. This last week was just your basic average week for me, nothing special going on, just very busy at work as the quarter ended on Friday. Students get the day off today so we can finish up grades and get ready for the new semester. This marks the halfway point in my work year, but the second half always feels much faster than the first. On the reading front I’ve continued to have ups and downs, nothing close to a slump, but enough to be frustrating!
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Last Week’s Reads
- Both of these books are the good news in my reading week. The Cactus League by Emily Nemens took me completely by surprise. I didn’t know it was connected short stories and would have passed had I known, but I ended up loving almost all of them. The author did a great job highlighting the lives of various people loosely connected to a baseball team during the weeks of Spring Training. I’ll be doing a full review next week.
- When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald also took my by surprise. Listening to the first couple of hours I was interested enough to keep going, but sort of on the fence about it. Shortly after that, I found myself looking for excuses to listen and realized I was truly enjoying the story of Zelda and her quest to be legendary. A full audiobook review will be up this Thursday.
Book I Could NOT Finish
- I tried but just wasn’t feeling The Lucky One by Lori Rader Day. Even after 25% I still wasn’t sure what the story was about and just didn’t care!
- I made the tough decision NOT to read American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins for a variety of reasons. It’s true I’d looked forward to it very much, and may change my mind at some point, but for now felt like I needed to trust the many Mexican and Latinx voices speaking out about problems in the story. I returned my unopened copy to Amazon. There’s been a lot of vitriol around this book on both sides, and I really don’t want to enter into that fray right now even though I have A LOT of thoughts on it.
- I really wanted to read a book that would grab me and not let go, so I picked up March release My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell. At 27%, I like the story, but it hasn’t quit done the job I’d hoped it would. I’m hopeful that will change very soon.
Likely to Read Next
- My February ARC’s have not been overwhelmingly great and I’m a little unsure of my last one, Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin. I’m trying to keep an open mind, but have read a few so-so early reviews. I’ll try it next and decided for myself.
- Since finishing When We Were Vikings I’ve been a little at a loss for what to listen to next, so have been catching up on podcasts instead. I’d really like to listen to Samantha Power’s memoir, The Education of an Idealist. My hesitation has been around its 21 hour length. Still, I plan to start it soon, but may break it up into chunks, interspersed with other books.