What We’re Reading

Our book picks this spring include Spinster by Kate Bolick and Ruth Wariner's memoir The Sound of Gravel

Guys, I may have a touch of tsundoku*. It’s quite a predicament. A couple of the books in this month’s roundup have been nestled in my bookcase for over a year, patiently awaiting their turn to be read. Well, their time has come! Here’s a look at what’s on my reading list this month.

1. In Mischa Berlinski’s Fieldwork, an expat journalist becomes obsessed with an American anthropologist who has committed suicide in a Thai jail, where she was serving a life sentence for murder. As he learns more about her life and alleged crimes, he is drawn deeper into the murky conflict between Thai hill tribes and various groups of outsiders.

2. Kate Bolick celebrates singledom in Spinster: A Life of One’s Own, weaving together her own musings on the challenges and opportunities of unmarried life with insights from the lives of five progressive female figures throughout history. But her message is less about defying societal convention and more about encouraging women to thoughtfully examine their choices, living lives that are filled with passion and intent.

3. Considering one of my favorite movies is based on this book, it’s a little sad that I still haven’t read The Talented Mr. Ripley. I’ve been meaning to crack open Patricia Highsmith’s classic thriller for ages, and I’m excited to finally dive into this sinister tale of a fiercely intelligent sociopath unleashed upon the Italian Riviera.

4. Ruth Wariner’s enthralling memoir The Sound of Gravel depicts her upbringing in an isolated polygamist community and her subsequent escape. Told from the perspective of the author as a child, The Sound of Gravel is truly a testament to Ruth’s courage, strength of spirit, and the profound love she has for her siblings.

Have you read any good books lately? I’d love to hear your recommendations!

β™₯ Mil


*Tsundoku: the constant act of buying so many books that they pile up around the house and you never have the chance to read them all.

14 responses

  1. I have a serious case of tsundoku too. πŸ˜€ I actually feel quite unnerved by the amount of unread books on my shelves at the moment.
    These sound like wonderful reads!

    • Me too! Especially ones set in exotic locales. It can definitely be hard to find time – I have periods where I go through a ton of books in quick succession, and others where I might not read anything for weeks. And it doesn’t help to have Netflix competing for my free time πŸ˜‰

    • That’s awesome! I’ve been wanting to read #GIRLBOSS – I’ve heard such great things about it. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. I too suffer from tsundoku! But with this next move, I am paring down and sticking to digital.

    I’m always impressed with your reading selection. I don’t know how you find the time. I’m jealous.

    • Ah well, you know I take my leisure time very seriously πŸ˜‰ I hope the move is going well! I’m excited to hear about it…and so psyched I get to see you twice this week! Which reminds me, I will be sending some brunch options your way soon πŸ™‚

      • Lol!

        We aren’t moving until mid-May. I totally forgot that we are getting together twice this week, I’m so excited. Please send the brunch options, can’t wait!

  3. Thank you for all the great reccos, lady! These all look like great books, but the Sound of Gravel sounds SO interesting especially! Excited to hear how you like it!

    • I can’t wait to read it! I feel like it will be made into a movie one day so I should get on it now πŸ˜‰

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