I survived the first week of school, where every day feels like an entire week! September and October are always tough months for teachers, with lots of meetings and routines to establish, but that first week is killer. I always use books to try and offset any stress I’m feeling. That becomes even more true this time of year. Even though I don’t have loads of time for reading right now, I so appreciate the opportunities to escape into a book. I suspect many of you use books as an escape, too. So, what’s your current escape?
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Last Week’s Reads
- What a stroke of luck that I finally picked up Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak! I had no real expectations about the book, but had grabbed it at the library and then let it sit around my house for a couple weeks. I finally picked it up over Labor Day weekend and I loved it. This was the perfect end-of-summer read for me and I’ll be sharing a full review on Thursday.
- I also finished listening to Siracusa by Delia Ephron, a book that had long been on my backlist. I liked that it had four different perspectives, each well-read by a different narrator, but overall the story was just okay for me. It held my interest, but didn’t wow me.
Book I Could NOT Finish
- I REALLY tried to get through The Topeka School by Ben Lerner, but finally decided to let it go at 55%. Reviewing books I don’t finish isn’t the norm for me, but next time I do a Clearing the Shelves post, I’m going to talk more about this one. I read enough that I have a lot to say about this book that for me had many flaws.
- I had thought I’d probably listen to The Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, but then an ARC request finally came in, so I started it yesterday. I’ve read 25% so far and really like this story of a 17-year old girl who gets swept up in a lie of her own making. I missed Gundar-Goshen’s debut, Waking Lions, but her writing here already has me thinking I’ll go back and try that one.
Likely to Read Next
- I’m a little bit at a loss for what to listen to next, but think I may try The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan. I don’t know much about this mystery-thriller and have never read Macmillan before, but the early Goodreads reviews are strong. I’m in the mood for something a little different and it feels like the right time for a thriller.
- Here for the second week in a row sits Right After the Weather by Carol Anshaw. This time I’m confident it will come next. I really am looking forward to this story of a woman living in parallel worlds and that’s only the start!
I hope you have a great week in books!
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