Monday, May 9, 2016

It's Monday, May 9th! What Are You Reading?

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Life has left me with precious little opportunity for reading lately. That is a-okay because I have been spending time with people, those I love, and as much as I am enamored by books, flesh is always better. A warm hug defies description sometimes.

What have I recently finished?

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. In almost all cases, in my humble opinion, the book is better than the movie, and I really liked the movie. To find out that this is the first of FIVE makes me want to jump for joy. This book is yummy!!! If you love thrillers, give it a go!  

I also recently discovered that Highsmith has written a collection of short stories, and Carol, Strangers on a Train, and Little Tales of Misogyny! I have hit the freaking motherlode! She can keep me happily busy for the next six months.

What am I reading now?

The Little Virtues by Natalia Ginzburg, a simple but lovely short story collection.

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney because who doesn’t love some dysfunctional family dynamics?

Purity by Jonathan Franzen since I promoted it to my book club, and I have less than a month to finish and annotate it properly (so I can speak intelligently about the book I recommended for discussion. Pressure!).

What will I read next? 

As I was typing, my fingers accidentally wrote “What will I need next?” Ha! I am waiting for a book I ordered through It is an Advanced Reading Copy of The Course of Love, which is the long awaited followup to On Love by Alain de Botton. If you don’t know about The School of Life, check it out. He has written some outstanding books. I loved On Love. I am anticipating the love I will feel for this one.
Okay, now it is about you! What is going on in your reading world?


  1. Patricia Highsmith's writing was a discovery for me last year and I have since devoured a number of her books - one of my new favourite authors for sure. I'm glad you enjoy her work too - I was also surprised there was more to the Ripley story, I have yet to read any of those yet however.

    I hope you enjoy your upcoming reads!

    Reading With Jade

    1. Hi Jade!

      Of the other Highsmith books you have read, which did you like the most? Almost on a daily basis I start feeling "Too many books, not enough time!" In reality, it will be a while before I get to Ripley #2, but that doesn't mean I am less enthused by the realization there are five!

  2. I hope to read The Nest too, love reading about dysfunctional families.

    1. Can't wait to get to it. I've heard many good things! And yes, I love reading about them too!

  3. Side note: I just stumbled up something I thought you might be interested in ;-)

    Still waiting on A Man Called Ove...

    1. Thanks so much! I will check it out. You know how much I love prompts!!!

      You'll get it. What have you been reading in its place?