I will admit, I have not been living up to my reading fiend reputation this spring. See my post over the weekend in which I admit to a major reading slump. But, there may be light at the end of the tunnel!
I have been doing what I call the Romance Weed of 2018 this spring where I am re-reading (and getting rid of a lot) of my romance books. I am a sucker for a historical romance but I find I re-read the same ones a lot so no reason to hang onto all of them. I am less in love with most of the contemporary romances I still had – most of them have been sent on their way to make room for ones I actually enjoy reading.
But what else have I managed to read this spring? I finished up the Annotated Northanger Abbey, a birthday gift this year. Jane is always a good read and the annotated editions are my favorites. I am a nerd when it comes to Austen and context! I next read John Green’s latest title, Turtles All The Way Down for book club. I really enjoyed this, if that’s the right wording. I found the character study of a teenager dealing with her first relationship while suffering from severe OCD and anxiety fascinating. The mystery plot and the fun best friends and their drama that surrounds the main character were engaging but sort of beside the point. The book shines as a character study and as a way to glimpse into a brain that just cannot shut off once it gets started down a thought path.
I have also been trying to read the “oldest” books on my Kindle. I read two of those this spring, Confessions of a Public Speaker (which was interesting with some good tips for someone like me, who does public speaking only when it’s absolutely necessary and still loathes it) and Georgeanne Brennan’s memoir, A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France. This wasn’t quite what I was expecting; it’s more a series of essays around a recipe rather than a linear memoir. Beautifully written, Brennan has a talent for evoking the time and place in Provence that she is writing about and making me want to give the south of France a second chance someday (I was not impressed my first visit in high school).
Lastly, I’ve already finished my book club book for June. I wanted to send the club off with a nice fluffy beach read (we will be on hiatus until September after this meeting) so I went to a current favorite, Jenny Colgan. Despite a slump, Colgan’s books were ones I devoured this winter and into spring whenever a new one fell in my lap. Every time I read one of her books, I want to run off and start some business that will improbably somehow be a success and lead me to meet a delightful cast of characters. Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe did not disappoint. If someday I suddenly buy a book truck or bakery in the middle of nowhere, you can blame Jenny Colgan.
I also finished a book I picked up at a reading last summer (don’t judge me). A bit Southern gothic, a bit just odd but delightful, Gradle Bird has a cast of characters that are all damaged and just looking for someone, anyone, to love them. That love, however, comes at a cost for some of the characters. While there are tragic elements to this story, it is ultimately uplifting and a perfect summer read. You can practically feel the humidity coming off these pages as J.C. Sasser evokes the typical summer weather of Georgia perfectly to compliment her story.
I am, in the spirit of my newfound reading zeal, DNF’ing my current read. It was my second time trying to read The Golem and the Jinni and clearly, this book and I are just not meant to be. I made it further into the book this time but it’s just not grabbing me and nothing really seems to be happening. I mean, things are happening, but they just don’t seem to be moving anything ahead in the story so I’m moving on to the next titles in my stack and hope for better success as I go!