THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
While The Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang appears to have been on many of your TBR lists, my review convinced many of you to try something else. I haven’t read a lot of fiction from Chinese or Chinese-Americans, and I feel lazy recommending Amy Tan because she’s already well known, but it’s true that I’ve enjoyed her short stories.
For all of you who like self-help books, or wonder what kind of person would read one, How to Be Fine: What We Learned by Living by the Rules of 50 Self-Help Books by Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer is sure to be a favorite. You don’t have to listen to their podcast to follow along; in fact, this collection seems to be a final assessment and reflection on the authors’ experiences with self-help works.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Tuesday covers the first seven days of May in the Flannery O’Connor read along of The Complete Stories. My post will share a bit of context on O’Connor, point out larger themes, and share thoughts on each story. I end with questions to encourage your to express your reactions to these short stories, but please feel free to make any comments you like.
Thursday brings another pair of reviews: Brightly Burning by Mercedes Lackey, part of #ReadingValdemar for those following along, and Love Literary Style by Karin Gillespie, which I’ve been nattering on about lately because everyone is reading, or wanting to grab a copy of, Beach Read, whose premise sounds similar. Read whichever of my reviews appeals to you!
BOOK I’M READING ALOUD TO MY SPOUSE:
Slowly, I think Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson is wearing on me. Is it because I’m reading it aloud? Because she thinks everything has to involve the word “stabbing,” be it a cut on her hand, a car ride alone with her husband, a cat paw under the door? This lady is either terrified of really being stabbed, or she’s hyperbolic for the sake of humor in a way that’s making my eyes roll — very slowly.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE:
Thanks to Nick for his recommendation. Are any of these titles on your TBR pile?