Friday Reading Rainbow (1st of 2019!)

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

Currently Reading

FICTION:

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.

NONFCTION:

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).

POETRY:

“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!) 

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