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!

♥ 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.

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What We’re Reading

Winter is a great time to catch up on pleasure reading, am I right? It’s so chilly and dark outside that you don’t feel guilty about staying in with a good book. (Though to be fair, Seattle has been enjoying some unnaturally lovely weather the past couple of days. It’s unsettling.) Either way, Jules and I have resolved to step up our reading game this year, so it’s about time for an installment of What We’re Reading! These five titles are currently at the top of our reading list.

 

What We're Reading

 
1. Career of Evil is the third installment in Robert Galbraith’s (aka J.K. Rowling’s) series of darkly captivating mystery novels, and Jules can’t put it down. If gruesome thrillers are your thing, check this one out!

2. I’m as far from outdoorsy as it is possible to be, but one of my favorite genres is adventure/survival nonfiction (go figure). Endurance is the brutal story of Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition in 1915. It’s extremely satisfying to read this while you’re sitting by a warm fire.

3. Roxane Gay delves into the complexities of modern feminism through a lens of pop culture and politics in Bad Feminist, a smartly written, hilarious, and endearingly relatable collection of essays.

4. We’re a little late to the game on this one, but my book club is finally reading All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize winning-novel set in occupied France during World War II. Doerr’s Four Seasons in Rome is one of my favorites, so I’m looking forward to reading some of his other work.

5. Both Jules and I are anxious to read When Breath Becomes Air, the much-lauded memoir of a young neurosurgeon diagnosed with terminal cancer. Part stoic introspection, part scientific reflection on mortality, this book is sure to be a tearjerker.

Have you read any good books lately? I’m flying out to Ohio tomorrow for my friend Emie’s 30th birthday bash, and I still need to figure out what to download on my Nook for the trip. I really want to read #5 on the plane, but not sure I should attempt it in public…any other recommendations?

♥ Mil

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