What We’re Reading Wednesday, September 21st

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Happy Wednesday, book friends! I can hardly believe we’re so close to the end of September, but then again, the first month of the fall semester always goes by in a flash.

My intro to writing students have submitted their rough drafts, and a good amount of my reading energy this week will go into reading and providing feedback for those.

In non-bookish news, the latest season of Great British Bake Off has begun, which means the third annual GBBO Fantasy League has commenced. We drafted our teams of bakers on Friday and watched the first episode. I feel confident in my first pick, but the rest of the team is a bit of a mixed bag thus far.

Plenty of reading updates this week as I’m back on my audiobook game and in a good routine of morning and evening reading (most of the time). Let’s dig in.

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Recent Reads

I’ve already finished Jeanette McCurdy’s memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died and I have to say, I get the hype. I was a little skeptical initially, wondering if the attention-grabbing title coupled with McCurdy’s fame was responsible for the buzz. But no, this woman has some serious writing chops.

She doesn’t pull punches, and there are a lot of grim, stark depictions of her childhood and her eating disorder that can be uncomfortable to confront. This is a big “check the content warnings” title, but it is truly a powerfully written memoir. My mini review went up earlier this week, here: Mini Review: I’m Glad My Mom Died

I also finished The Family Compound, which I really enjoyed as well. Liz Parker has won me over on the family drama with multiple perspectives. My full review went up late last week, and you can check it out by clicking the thing: Secrets and Lies Abound in “The Family Compound“.

Current Reads

Next up on audio, I’m finally reading essayist Samantha Irby, whose work has been recommended to me numerous times. I’m starting with her essay collection Wow, No Thank You, which is narrated by the author. I’m 17% of the way in and can definitively say that the people who kept saying I needed to read Irby were right. I love a good funny cultural essay, and this book is chock full of them, including a spectalar take on what it’s like to try and enjoy a night out when you’re in your 30s.

In print, I’m finally on to Kerry Winfrey’s latest, Just Another Love Song. As far as second chance romances go, this one has a plausible reason for the breakup that lets me forgive both characters with ease. That’s my pre-requisite for buying in, so I’m enjoying it well enough so far. As always, Winfrey goes hard on the Ohio references, which the Ohio girl in me loves. There’s a whole Ohio themed inn, which is just the cherry on top of the small town vibes in my opinion.

Up Next & On to You

Most likely it’ll be Witchtober by the time I’m picking up something new to read, which means I’ll be tackling my witchy stack. I’m planning to buddy read From Bad to Cursed, so I’ll start that when my friend is ready. We haven’t determined a date yet because, well… adulthood. That means I just have to decide which book to read first this month if she’s still waiting on the library copy to come in. Decisions, decisions.

What about you, book friends? Are you leaning into the Fall vibes (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere)? Or clinging to the last hints of summer?

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What We’re Reading Wednesday, January 12th

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Happy Wednesday, book friends! We’re a full week into our academic semester at the the university where I work, but because classes are virtual, it still feels a bit like limbo. 

At home, wedding planning is ramping up because apparently April isn’t that far away. Thankfully, there’s not much else to do or anyplace to go since working in person these days means a lot of potential exposure to good old Omicron. 

In short, I’ve still had plenty of time and energy to get some reading done, and I’m excited to announce that I’ve finished my first few reads of 2022! Let’s dig in to the good stuff, shall we? 

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Recent Reads

Last week I finished two of my first reads of 2022, coincidentally on the same day! 

I wrapped up the first book in my Book of the Month stack of shame, The People We Keep. In all, I really enjoyed this one, though I don’t know that it’ll go down as a top favorite read of the year (is it too early to say that?). You can check out my full review (and get a close-up on those spectacular donuts) here: “The People We Keep” Will Keep Hold of You

Also finished last week was Stanley Tucci’s food memoir, Taste: My Life Through Food. I wanted to love this food memoir meets celebrity memoir mash up, but something about it just didn’t work for me. Read my attempts to parse out why in my review, here:Stanley Tucci’s “Taste: My Life Through Food” Didn’t Suite My Tastes

Current Reads 

Next up for Book of the Month bookish bingo, How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days

I struggled with whether or not I was interested in this book because, on the one hand, I do not comprehend our cultural obsession with Keanu Reeves. I don’t have a problem with Keanu, it’s just that I’m also not lining up waiting on instructions for how to marry him. On the other hand, though, it’s a friends to lovers romance which I can never resist, weird premise or not. 

So far I am not loving it. It’s fine, but the pacing is a little weird for me and I think the Keanu thing is a bit too intense for a protagonist of any age, let alone one who is meant to be 40. We’ll see if my opinions change I wrap up reading this one in the next day or so. 

Audiobook-wise, I’m working on Elissa Washuta’s White Magic. Washuta’s prior book, My Body is a Book of Rules, was on the bibliography for my MFA thesis, so suffice it so say I love her work. 

I decided to do this one on audio for something different, and it’s incredibly well performed (though, sadly, not by the author). I’m taking it a bit slower than I often do with audio because 1) my favorite podcasts are back from holiday hiatus! and 2) the content i s heavy and I need to sit with it a while. 

Next Up & On to You

I owe myself some NetGalley shelf time next, so I’ll be reading Rachel Krantz’ memoir, Open, which comes out January 25th. 

Also hoping to tick off the next BOTM bookish bingo read, though I’m undecided on which one to tackle next. Leading contenders at the moment are Project Hail Mary and Beautiful World, Where Are You? Let me know if you’ve got thoughts on which one I should hit up next! 

That’s my week in books and reading. Now it’s your turn. What’re you reading this week, book friends? 

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