I might have to change my featured image for this monthly post because I got behind in both March and August. “New results,” pfffft. “New beginning”? Sure! Books I need to catch up on:
- In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware (currently reading)
- God, the Moon, and Other Megafauna by Kellie Wells
- A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton
- Detroit Hustle by Amy Haimererl (currently reading)
On the first day of the year, I laid out my 2018 reading goals. Here’s what’s on the list for October:
#1 Fat Fiction: Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman
Brief Description: “Small-batch independent yarn dyer Clara Ziegler is eager to brainstorm new color combinations — if only she could come up with ideas she likes as much as last time! When she sees Danielle Solomon’s paintings of Florida wildlife by chance at a neighborhood gallery, she finds her source of inspiration. Outspoken, passionate, and complicated, Danielle herself soon proves even more captivating than her artwork…”
#2 The Oldest Book Shelved: Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood, added to my library in August 2012 after I scooped it up at a granny garage sale.
Brief Description: “Cat’s Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto . . . Engulfed by vivid images of the past, she reminisces about a trio of girls who initiated her into the fierce politics of childhood and its secret world of friendship, longing, and betrayal. Elaine must come to terms with her own identity as a daughter, a lover, and artist, and woman – but above all she must seek release from her haunting memories.”
#3 Newest Book Shelved: Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk Takes from the Gulf State by Zora Neale Hurston
Note: I must confess I’m cheating a bit with this category. I made a big spreadsheet at the beginning of the year, but of course I’ve bought books since then. I often put my newest-newest books as my random pick. Shush, don’t judge.
Brief Description: “. . . an extensive volume of African American folklore that Zora Neale Hurston collected on her travels through the Gulf States in the late 1920s. The bittersweet and often hilarious tales — which range from longer narratives about God, the Devil, white folk, and mistaken identity to witty one-liners — reveal attitudes about faith, love, family, slavery, race, and community.”
#4 Random Pick: Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
Brief Description: “Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman’s daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those ‘excellent women,’ the smart, supportive, repressed women who men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors . . . the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived in a vanishing world of manners and repressed desires.”