Morning, friends! Last week was Bout of Books and it gave me the push I needed to dig into my reading. I also wrapped up the semester's grading for all my classes, so I had more guilt-free time to lie around on my couch with books. It was a magical combo!
I managed to zip through The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig. I wasn't exactly sure what I was getting into when I started it. I think I picked the book up at a used bookstore on a whim many years ago, and it's been lounging on my stacks ever since. This one is very much a historical romance novel, and it was so stinkin' much fun. I don't read romance often, but when I find the right one, I quite enjoy them. While I was annoyed with some of the typical tropes, I did enjoy it overall: a spunky heroine, a swashbuckling nobleman, the French court. Yes, yes, yes.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is another book that's been on my stacks for ages. Every time I've picked it up, I've put it down after a few pages, so I thought I'd come at this one from a different angle by listening to the audiobook from Scribd. That was the change I needed. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and sucked me right in. I finished this one in about three days, and by the time I got to the last fourth of it, I just lounged in my bed until it was done. I could not walk away from it.
Finally, I sucked down issues 1-5 of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson. I've put this off and put it off, but once I dove in, I absolutely adored it. There's a bit of a Lumberjanes vibe from the quirky, girl-power protagonist, and it is offbeat wonderful.
I also started and DNFed a few books this week since I'm trying to give myself less crap about doing that. Books that didn't make the cut:
The topics and/or writing of these--The Earthquake Machine by Mary Pauline Lowry and Pain, Parties, Work by Elizabeth Winder--were just off for me, and they've both been languishing on my shelves for years, so they are leaving the house. There are plenty of other books to dig into rather than spending more time struggling with these.
Now I'm on to the next book...Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron which won the Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and is about...
Jean Patrick Nkuba from the day he knows that running will be his life to the moment he must run to save his life. A naturally gifted athlete, he sprints over the thousand hills of Rwanda and dreams of becoming his country’s first Olympic medal winner in track. But Jean Patrick is a Tutsi in a world that has become increasingly restrictive and violent for his people. As tensions mount between the Hutu and Tutsi, he holds fast to his dream that running might deliver him, and his people, from the brutality around them. (Goodreads)
All of these books are my own books, and most of them have graced my shelves for three to five years, so this week has been a #SmashYourStack and #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks win!