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This has been a really slow reading week for me. Not because I didn’t care for what I was reading, but because time was simply hard to find. I had meetings to go to, tests to grade, and news to watch. The coronavirus seems to be all anyone is talking about, especially here in Washington. We had a sort of “best practices” training at school last week, and are trying to keep kids calm and keep their school days normal. No easy task with middle schoolers! We’ll see how long normal can reign as the virus keeps spreading. In the meantime, I plan to get a lot more reading in this week.
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Last Week’s Read
- What a lovely surprise! Last Couple Standing by Matthew Norman is about a couple who sets out to avoid the plague of divorce hitting their friends by opening up their marriage. As you might suspect, this doesn’t work quite the way they’d planned. I laughed throughout this book and really loved the couple stumbling through their odd plan. I’ll be reviewing Last Couple Standing soon, but in the meantime you might want to put in a library hold.
- The Shape of a Family by Shilpi Somaya Gowda has also turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. This story of a family trying to find their way through grief after their 8-year old son dies felt exactly right. My family also lost a child when I was a teen, so I know the truths/realities in this story. Much of it has obviously touched me. I have less than 10% left and can’t wait to get back to it.
- I’m halfway through listening to The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. I knew not to expect anything like Station Eleven and you shouldn’t either. This is the story of young woman, her brother, the older man she becomes involved with and a Ponzi scheme. At the halfway mark, I know the characters well, but have no idea how it will all come together, but am eager to find out.
Likely to Read Next
- Next up, I plan on reading Valentine, a debut by Elizabeth Wetmore. Told by multiple women, Valentine tells the story of an entire community’s reaction to a young teen brutally raped in a Texas oil field. The publisher promises, “…a haunting exploration of the intersections of violence and race, class and region in a story that plumbs the depths of darkness and fear, yet offers a window into beauty and hope.”
Being in Washington, I’m sure it’s been extra-hard keeping everyone calm! Good luck this week!
I’m betting by next week we won’t be going to school. Seattle just announced today.
You have some interesting books here! I definitely want to read Last Couple Standing and Valentine sounds compelling. Good luck this week! Spring break coming up soon, perhaps? 🙂
I only have about 15% left in Valentine and I’ve loved it. The writing of women in this book is excellent and very atmospheric. Spring break is still 3 weeks away, but t suspect we’ll stop going by next week thanks to COVID-19.
Laurel-Rain Snow says
Last Couple Standing is going on my list, and I also like the look of The Shape of Family. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.
Let’s stay safe and immerse ourselves in our books!
Books and soap!
Kathy Martin says
I do hope you and your school remain virus-free. Minnesota has its first confirmed case though it is in a different part of the state from where I live. Come see my week here. Happy reading
happiestwhenreading | Carla says
I’m excited for The Glass Hotel and I’m super curious about your thoughts on Valentine!
With 15% to go in Valentine, I have really liked it. Her writing is wonderful and she so thoroughly delves into the women of Odessa, TX in 1976. I’m impressed!
All of these books look good! I too want to get to Valentine and The Glass Hotel. Stay well out there!