It’s the first What We’re Reading Wednesday of September, book friends! I had a three day weekend due to the Labor Day holiday in the States, and while I didn’t spend as much time reading as I had planned, I do feel highly refreshed.
We’re in the second week of the fall semester at the university where I work and teach, and I’m enjoying getting to know our new students. I’m also doing the thing where I just sort of sit at my desk and let the time that should be my lunch break pass me by because there’s so much to do. I don’t recommend this, but it’s a bad habit I’m struggling to shake.
I have started optimistically bringing my book to work with me because I’m definitely going to read it when I definitey take that lunch break. Right? Anyway, you’re here for the reading updates (I assume) so let’s get to them!
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I haven’t finished any new books since last week. I did play a lot of Sims and start a new sourdough starter, though, so… there’s that?
I’m still trying to get through Thank You For Listening on audio. I have truly not seen a single negative review of this book, but it is not working for me. It isn’t badly written and the narration is well done. I’m just… not connecting with it. Hopefully I’ll be able to work out why by the end so I can put it into words for my review.
In the nonfiction world, I’ve started American Detox: The Myth of Wellness and How We Can Truly Heal* by Kerri Kelly. This is a heavy read, which explores the myriad ways in which the wellness industry is misguided at best, and deeply steeped in ableism, racism, and all the -isms at its worst. As someone with a chronic pain condition who has witnessed firsthand how the healthcare and wellness industries gaslight and disregard you once you no longer fit the mold of “healthy” or “curable,” I’m going to have to take this one slowly because it’s bringing up some of my stuff. In a good, affirming way.
I’m also still working my way through Liz Parker’s The Family Compound*, which I’m really enjoying.
Up Next & On to You
I have so many good books sitting around that I’m a bit stumped about what to pick up next. Can’t I simultaneously read all the books at once? Probably not, but cozy curl up with a book and a blanket season is coming, and as much as I don’t love winter, I do enjoy being cozy.
I don’t often light my candles in the summer months since we usually have the windows open and a fan going (no central AC), so I am excited to add this ambiance back into my reading life. Just as soon as it’s cool enough to close the windows and shut off the fans. Soon, I hope?
While I try to figure out what the heck I’m going to read next, I’ll pass the mic to you. What have you been reading lately, and how is it treating you? Any books you know you’re going to dive into next?
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