Monday, November 21, 2016

It's Monday of Thanksgiving Week 2016! What Are You Reading?

Hosted by The Book Date.
(Even though I couldn't get all the titles to highlight properly, please click on the book title for a link to the Goodreads description.)

Nothing to do with what I am reading, but everything to do with what I am actually doing… We had Chinese food for dinner last night, and I just now ate my fortune cookie. 

“You will always have good luck in your personal affairs.” 

Uh, I’ll TAKE IT!!! 

"Lucky # 30,59,29,45,11,3". Don’t play the lottery, but if I did…

What have I finished reading?

I am going to go out on a limb, but it is almost year's end. The best book I have read in 2016 is The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride. McBride is an Irish author. Her writing is lyrical, almost reads like poems/poetry. It took a bit of time to relax into the phrasing and cadence, but once I did, it was magic. And don't get me started on the cover art!

This book is devastatingly heartbreaking. It is most often raw, and sometimes ugly. It ran through my veins. I did not want it to end.

This type of writing will not be for everyone, and I wasn’t even sure it was for me to begin with, but if you like poetry, beautiful writing, some eroticism, and are alright with oftentimes despicable characters, this may be for you, too.

What am I currently reading?

I am listening to The Sellout by Paul Beatty. Haven’t had enough car time lately. Hysterical narrating. Comedic timing is on, and the writing is something else.

I am also just starting All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan. Have no idea what it is about, but my bestie brought it back for me from Ireland. She went into a bookstore just for ME!!!

What will I read next?

I’ll Sell You a Dog by Juan Pablo Villalobos. I love this guy.  (Quesadillas and Down the Rabbit Hole)

The Nix by Nathan Hill.

What are you reading, please tell?

(I am seriously considering not participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge in 2017. While I am a book ahead of “schedule” and I enjoy the accountability and motivations, I do not like making book choices based on length just to successfully fulfill it. I committed to 60 books. Do you participate and how do you feel about it?)


Kimberly @ Turning the Pages said...

I just looked up All We Shall Know looks great. Ireland has some fantastic writers. I hope you like it! I love the GR challenge. I've been doing it since 2010, and I never pick books thinking of whether I'll finish them by the time the challenge is over. I can see how it can be annoying for some though.
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Kathryn T said...

So I imagine some real laugh out loud moments while you are driving! I once read a book that was poetical and lyrical (The Bone People) I thought it wouldn't be 'me' but I became very absorbed.

Jane @ said...

Wow, I'd be keeping that fortune cookie fortune close to heart! :-)

Gina said...

It has a gripping start, I will say! I agree about Irish writers and can't rave enough about The Lesser Bohemians. I have done it since 2011. Every year I up my book number by a few. Some years it is easy to complete. This year has not been as focused on reading as it should be. I weird about finishing something I begin, but mostly this challenge! I should just forget about it all together and purely enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by Kimberly!

Gina said...

Oh, you won't believe what he is saying/reading/narrating! The Bone People sounds strangely familiar. I am going to check it out!

Gina said...

It's already secure in my top-secret vault of a special drawer otherwise known as my very much unlocked nightstand, but safe nonetheless!

Jack said...

I was once called an Uncivilized Barbarian. The name stuck with me for a long while and I wore it proudly. That Lesser Bohemians made me think of it and I am considering writing a response called The Greater Bohemians and one Uncivilized Barbarian...maybe.

Gina said...

You? I don't believe that ;-).

Do it!

westmetromommy said...

I'm glad to hear that you liked "The Lesser Bohemians." I have a copy of it on my TBR, but just haven't gotten to it yet.

Gina said...

Ooh! I hope you like it!!!