Monday, February 9, 2015

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It's Monday again! Did you watch the Grammys last night? I didn't (I was re-reading the beginning of Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers - pish posh, fancy) but I caught some of the tweets, which made it feel like I was watching.  I especially loved when Kristin Wiig came out of nowhere to do something (?) and everyone, at the same time, went:


Anyway, it is Monday again, so on to the books - here's what I'm reading:

I finished Someone by Alice McDermott on Sunday afternoon, and loved it.  Loved it! It was nowhere near tragic like I'd suspected, though a friend of mine did say: "Books about the Irish in New York during the early 20th century rarely end well." True, though this one ended okay (spoiler?) What did I love so much about it? It felt like such an intimate peek into someone's life over many years.  It was almost like a memoir, but fictional.  It was beautifully written, and I felt very much like I knew the characters.  All of which I've probably said already.

Next up - Red Sorghum by Mo Yan.  I don't think I've ever seen sorghum in my entire life, but this book is filled with it - it's basically another character.  It weeps, it droops, it sings, it smothers, it sparkles.  At this point I think I'm about halfway through, and I can say that I like the characters enough to find them interesting, and want to see how it ends.  This may not have been a book I would have picked for myself, since there is an (almost excessive) amount of blood and guts (literally), and extensive, detailed descriptions of injuries and dead bodies.  To be fair, it is about a difficult historical period, so I guess that's expected.  The book club meeting is next week, and hopefully I'll have it done by then.

And last but certainly not least, The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.  I've read the beginning/Part I - oh, seven or eight times by now, so at the very least I've got an idea of how it starts.  This is my first Classics Club book, and I've already gone through and marked the pages for each section I'll read.  I think I may throw myself a party when I reach the halfway mark...wanna come?

What are you reading this week?


  1. Both look intriguing. Love the red and the covers. Beautiful and attention grabbing.

    I hope they are good reads for you. ENJOY your week.

    Very nice post.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

    1. Yes, definitely a ton of red - unplanned, haha! Enjoy your reading week.

  2. Ah, Red Sorghum sounds so so good. I'm a sucker for a dark read ;)

    1. It took me a while to get used to, but it's a good one for sure!