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I'm taking a quick break to check in on the blog and update you on my reading. It's been a little spotty overall, what with all the going and running and grading and holiday madness. However, I am trying my bestest to keep reading SOMETHING at all times.
I'm still slogging through The Count of Monte Cristo for the Estella Society Readalong (#countRAL). I say slogging because I'm on a slow part and I cannot wait for this bit to be over. Done. Gone. Vamoose! When I'm not stuck in a slogworthy chapter, I really enjoy the book. But wow, Dumas, how about that wordiness??? And y'all think Dickens is bad. Puhlease!
In short, Wolff's family is white, but her dad acts black after the neighborhood where they live changes around the family. All the stereotypes = achieved. It's really an interesting book -- especially from the point-of-view of Mishna as a child trying to navigate various cultural stereotypes between her home neighborhood and a predominantly white and privileged private school. The reviews in my book club were mixed, but it made for good discussion. I would like to finish it if I can get it up and running again.
Because I haven't been making much progress with all the technical issues and the overwhelmingly long books, I decided to pick up a couple of shorties to keep my enthusiasm from flagging.
Nine Horses, by Billy Collins, is a book of poetry I first read many years ago. I always love Collins for the quiet dignity in his poetry and the humor. While this book can't hold a candle to my favorite, Sailing Alone Around the Room, it was nice to revisit it. I found a few gems I'd forgotten.
The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, vol. 2 is an exception to my rule. I accepted it for review from the publisher because I enjoyed the first Tiny volume so much. Expect a review of this one later in the week.
I have so many new books in my house, I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with where to go next! I'm leaning toward The Knife of Never Letting Go or Girl of Nightmares. Both are YA that should move along at a good clip and keep me enthused.
What are you reading? Are the holidays and other obligations stalling your reading progress?