Happy Monday Readers!
Snow is on the way… more snow. Blerg. I don’t actually know why I’m complaining about it when I’m just going to stay inside, and then warm temps later in the week will do away with most of it. But that’s what we do, isn’t it? Complain about snow.
Here is what I will be reading this week:
Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by JD Vance
I have about 3 hours left of this audiobook. I don’t hate it as much as I expected I would, so that’s good. If you saw my March TBR post, you know I was on the fence about reading this book at all, but it was a book club selection. I got my mom to listen to it with me, as she has recently discovered a love of audiobooks and I needed the extra motivation to get through it. I’m not sure how I feel about it. I don’t know how much I trust the author. I have a feeling this is going to be like ‘A Million Little Pieces’ (which I haven’t read…but Oprah made sure we all know about it, didn’t she) and we will find out later that a lot of the story was embellished. I just feel like this book is trying to make a sweeping statement about an entire population based on personal experience. I found this blog post and suggestion for another book that I found interesting. I will probably be looking to get a copy of ‘What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia’ in the future. Maybe. I really don’t enjoy nonfiction so much, but my interest has been piqued.
Educated: a memoir, by Tara Westover
Another memoir?! Who am I?! I am really liking this one. I picked it up initially because I had a feeling it would show homeschooling in a very negative light and I wanted to read it and get all angry and defensive. But it’s less about that than it is about her bat-shit crazy father. I am really liking this book. It’s the reason ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ got cast aside halfway through, I like this one a lot more. I’m almost halfway through this and it’s due back at the library soon, so it has priority this week.
806, by Cynthia Weil
I read the beginning of this, and I’m not very excited about it yet, but it seems like a quick contemporary read. I have an eARC of this from NetGalley and the book is released on the 13th, so I’m a little late getting to it.
The Upside of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli
I just bought this on Saturday. Based on the cover and genre I had no interest in this book until I watched this vlog and was so moved by her response to the book and realized…. middle and high school me would ONE.HUNDRED.PERCENT! relate to the main character. So I want to read it soon before I lose interest in it. Also, I think I want to read ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ by the same author, so I figure this would be a good way to gauge whether or not I might like that one.
What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!