Happy Friday! The weather sucks here, which means its perfect reading weather, plus I only worked a half day, so I am building my nest of blankets and books this afternoon.
Last week, I was in the middle of two sort of lack-luster books: Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys and Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi. I finished both of the books, and wasn’t in love with either of them. I’ll refrain from too much talk about Reading Lolita, since Peter and I will be talking about it at length during this week’s podcast, but generally I thought it was an important book but not great writing. Winter Tide, on the other hand, was too all over the place for me. I didn’t connect with any characters and I felt perpetually behind, like I was always trying to catch up with the plot. I think there was a lot of really interesting pieces, but the writing style lost me a little. It’s also super rooted in Lovecraft and Cthulhu and while I find that stuff intriguing, I don’t completely understand that world, so I’m sure that added to my confusion. All in all, both of these books were just okay.
This week, I am in the middle of two more books! First, I’m reading Gutshot by Amelia Gray. This is a collection of short stories, and I received this book in my last Quarterly box. Y’all, it is WEIRD. I’ve read two “chapters” or sections, and I still can’t quite put my finger on what ties the stories together in each section. I actually don’t know if there’s supposed to be a connection…but they’re grouped, so I assume there might be? Either way, the stories are gruesome and disturbing and really strange, and I’m getting more and more into it as I read. I’m not the biggest fan of short stories, mostly because many stories are so good that I want to read a full novel, but this is definitely a collection I can get into.
The other book I’m reading this weekend is Dr. Potter’s Medicine Show by Eric Scott Fischl. There are a ton of characters – accidental outlaw brothers, a drunk dentist looking for revenge, the creepiest of traveling circus shows, and some sort of supernatural situation. I’m about 100 pages in, and it’s packed with characters and information, so I’m still trying to get a hold on what exactly is happening, but I’m enjoying it so far. My goal is to finish it this weekend so I can report back.
That’s what I’m reading! I’d love to know what you’re reading, if you have thoughts on these books, or if you’ve got recommendations for what I should read next, so let me know in the comments or over on Twitter.
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Until next time, happy reading!