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!
*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.