It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted a Friday Reads…it’s due to a combination of a reading slump and a crazy busy few weeks at work. HOWEVER, my monster fundraising event is over, I’m reading a book I’m enjoying, and I am ready for all the Friday reading!
Last time I posted, I was reading Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. If you listen to our podcast, you heard me RAIL against this book. It was like “The Office” but more depressing and intense, and not as funny. It got good blurbs and reviews, but it totally missed the mark for me. It was written in the mid 2000s and focuses on a professional office, a time and experience I cannot relate to on pretty much any level except that I was alive in the mid 2000s, and I think that was a big part of the disconnect for me.
Right now, I’m reading A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. This is my mom and I’s June Pulitzer pick, and I’m a little over half way through. The story follows a family living on, literally, a thousand acre farm in Iowa, and the book is narrated by the oldest daughter. I am really enjoying it so far, and it feels like a mix between the quiet daily life of Willa Cather and the family saga of Shirley Ann Grau. I’m hoping to finish it this weekend, and will have an update and brief review next week.
And that’s all I’ve got for this week! 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.
Until next time, happy reading!