Friday Reading Rainbow (1st of 2019!)
Greetings, 2019 people! You are so shiny!
Some Reading Resolutions
- I want to read 52 books this year! That’s one for every week, but since I usually read more than one book, I think I can do it.
- I should read more of the books that I actually own (and maybe make room for some new ones).
- Post more frequent reviews and recommendations here
9 Books I want to read in 2019
- Fruit of the Drunken Tree, by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
- Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel (for once in my life I think I’ll attempt to read a sequel immediately after I read the first book??)
- Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
- The Midnight Cool, by Lydia Peele
- Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee
- Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng
- The Steady Running of the Hour, by Justin Go
- The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas
- Virgil Wander, by Leif Enger
Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
I’m approaching the last pages of this epic saga. I’m still so wrapped up in Cromwell’s schemes, and I like how little inner monologue he has — we kind of have to figure him out without much help from him (he has bigger things to worry about). I’ve been fascinating with Anne Boleyn since I was a little contrarian / anarchist child and since I have a mole on my neck (a sign of being a witch, or so they said with her!). She’s portrayed here as capricious, savage, and ambitious to an extreme. It’s delightful to watch her smash things.
Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, by Eric Foner
The American Civil War is one of my favorite eras of history; it’s conceptually rich and dramatic, and there is so much evil and violence, yet so much hope. I want this book to shed some light on the human experience of enslaved people. It also doubles as some preliminary research for the novel I’m writing (The Western).
“Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning,” by Beth Gordon in Into the Void.
“Marriage,” by Luisa Muradyan.
What are you reading this weekend? I hope it brings you joy (and a warm mug of coffee!)