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Even though I’ve been doing it for years, I always forget just how taxing the start of the school year is. I have some really great classes this year, but still at work my mind is going in fifteen directions all at the same time. When I get home it takes some time to slow that down. This last week, books just weren’t working for settling down my whirling thoughts. Instead, too much mindless TV filled my evenings, so I only finished a single book. Each week now will start to get a little calmer, so hopefully my reading will pick back up. How’s your reading going this fall?
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Last Week’s Read
- The one book I finished last week was The Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen. It’s a story about a girl who allows a misunderstanding to evolve in a big lie that changes her life. I liked much of the story, but still felt it had some flaws. Mini-review coming next week.
- I’m reading Right After the Weather by Carol Anshaw and at about 30%, I like it, but still can’t see where the story is headed. It takes place in the fall of 2016 and I just read about the main character’s reaction to election night, bring back a lot of my own painful memories. That’s not what the book is about, but shows how strong the writing is.
- I really struggled with finding my next audiobook, feeling unsure about everything. Then I started seeing After the Flood by Kassandra Montag popping up on Instagram from readers I trust. I like a good dystopian story every now and then, and this one is REALLY working for me. The narrator, Hillary Huber, is great and the premise excellent. Taking place about 100 years in the future, after climate change has flooded the Earth, the story follows a mother on a quest to find the daughter that was taken from her seven years earlier.
Likely to Read Next
- Sadly, I wasn’t granted an ARC of Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson, but I’m number one on my library’s hold list, so expect to get it Tuesday or Wednesday. I’m very much looking forward to this multi-generational story of two families and all that binds them together.
I hope you have a great week in books!
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Beth F says
I like Hillary Huber, so I might listen to After the Flood. I still like dystopian fiction — what can I say?
It’s really good. I think you’d like it, Beth.
Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life says
After the Flood would freak me out! I already worry about climate change too much – but it goes to show what an impact it has on our world, all the way to the art being created and books being written.
I hope you have a better reading week! Back to school week is always so tough on everyone – good luck with your new year! 🙂
Thanks, so much Erin. After the Flood does really make you think about how the Earth hasn’t always been the way it is now. It was once covered in glaciers and it will change again>
Kathy Martin says
I hope the school year does settle down soon. I met Woodson once but haven’t read any of her books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!
That’s exciting that you met Woodson. I’ll let you know about Red in the Bone.
Red at the Bone sounds good. I hope you enjoy it when the hold comes in. My weekly update
I’ve been seeing After the Flood around a lot lately, and it really sounds like my kind of book!
I’m well over halfway done now and love it. I recommend trying After the Flood.
Those books all have such lovely covers.
I recently added The Liar to my “to-read” list. I’m excited about it. I can’t wait to read The Dutch House. Have you read it yet?
I did read The Dutch House and loved it. My review actually is posting tomorrow (Thursday). It’s now my all time favorite Ann Patchett book.
Susie, I downloaded Red At the Bone from Edelweiss so have it coming up soon.
I also have After the Flood and happy to hear you are enjoying it!
I have a DIL and several friends who are teachers and I’m very familiar (second hand of course) with the stress of a new school year. I hope things settle down soon for you.
Thanks, Jan. I’m almost halfway through Red at the Bone already and have enjoyed it. It’s very short, so quick to get through.
The school year stress usually lasts for me until about Thanksgiving! It’s why I dislike fall so much. Hopefully when I retire in a few years I’ll learn to appreciate the season.
Sarah's Book Shelves says
Glad you’re vetting Weather for me – haha! I’ve got After the Flood on hold at the library for the same reason it caught your eye!
I liked Right After the Weather. It’s really different, but for me was a solid read, and interesting in that the main character is a set designer (a job I don’t think I’ve ever read about).
Looking forward to Red at the Bone as well. Side note – glad to see your site is on Instagram as well, which I just saw now in the sidebar!
Keep us posted about if you like Right After the Weather. You have me curious about that one. You must be exhausted after your day teaching. I would be zombie. No wonder your mind is racing about. Hope it becomes manageable.