The last couple of weeks of my life have been chaotic, between traveling to Connecticut, changing jobs, and now, I’m in Virginia for a couple days. I haven’t had a lot of good time to “settle” into a new routine, and because of that, my reading has been a little all over the map. I’m a pretty good reader while traveling, so I’ve at least been able to sneak in pages between destinations. Here’s a look at what I’ve been reading and have in my bag right now while I’m trying to find that new groove. I guess I’m also a little all over the map in what’s been catching my interest, too!
Sex Criminals, Volume 1 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky: I heard about this one so long ago and preordered it so long ago, and when it showed up in my mail this week, I was really excited since I’d forgotten I bought it. It’s a comic book featuring a main character who is a librarian that, when she orgasms, she is able to stop time. The story picks up when she meets a partner who has that same special talent. I’m not too far into it, but I am really keen on the artwork.
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison: I can only remember having read one collection of essays in book form before, and that was Eula Biss’s Notes From No Man’s Land, published by Graywolf Press. So when Jamison’s collection started getting some buzz, my interest was piqued. Then someone shared one of the essays in this collection titled “A Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain,” which you can read in full here, and I knew I wanted to pick up the book. I’m about half way through the collection and have had some hits and some misses, but Jamison’s writing is knockout.
The Break-up Artist by Philip Siegel: I haven’t cracked this one open yet, but I have it with me while I’m out this week because it looks like a lighter-hearted read. It’s a story about a girl who falls into the business of breaking up relationships.
The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno: I know very little about this book, and I wouldn’t have put the galley on my ereader had I not seen someone mention that it’s a great read alike to Stephanie Kuehn’s forthcoming Complicit. I read and loved Kuehn’s book, so I’m eager to see what makes this a read alike and if it’s as successful in being a psychological thriller that actually surprised me with its twists.
Before I left, I shoved a ton of other galleys on my ereader, as well, including Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist (another collection of essays), Carrie Mesrobian’s Perfectly Good White Boy, Micol Ostow’s Amity, and Kat Rosenfield’s Inland.
What’s been on your reading plate lately? Anything recently released or coming out soon that I should have on my radar?