When it comes to reading, I have been all over the place lately. Picking up books, reading in teeny tiny bursts (and very slowly on top of that), then abandoning the books a day or so later to try something else. I’m not giving up on those books, necessarily; I’m just feeling scattered. Here’s what I have been and currently am reading:
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
I finished this last week and have so many thoughts swimming through my mind. I was struck by how applicable (and timely) its themes are today, not only with regard to racial tensions, but a number of other issues as well. Yes, it’s rough around the edges. It’s also beautiful.
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
This sci-fi novel sure is perking me up! I love everything about it so far. It’s weird and creepy and thrilling and exciting. Apparently it’s the first in a trilogy—I’m hooked.
Unbowed by Wangari Maathai
I learned about Wangari Maathai last year while working on a Girl Scout award with C. She was such an amazing woman, and her memoir doesn’t disappoint. She is one gifted storyteller! I’ve been reading this book for a month now, which is crazy slow for me, but I’m savoring all of her words.
I Was a Revolutionary by Andrew Malan Milward
These short stories are a bit outside my comfort zone; I’m finicky when it comes to reading history, even moreso when war is involved. But this collection is historical fiction—yes, with an especially heavy dose of history so far—but it also has a distinctly literary feel. The writing is just fantastic. Even though I keep putting this down and picking it up again, I’m compelled to forge ahead.