There was a point in my life when reading more than one book at a time seemed like cheating- unfair to the characters and to my frazzled brain that was trying to keep track of everything. Welp. That is certainly not the case anymore. To me, books are like chihuahuas- the more, the merrier! I'm able to sink into one story like a hot bath, and then just as easily curl up with a different book before bed. I was going to share my review of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing today, but I'm re-reading parts of the book that I couldn't stop thinking about... so I'll save that for next week. Instead, I'll share what I'm reading and what I'm about to put on my nightstand next.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi: This is a book that will stick with you long after you've closed the back cover. Gyasi brilliantly shows how we are not as removed from our ancestors as we may believe, and the impact of every generation. Per Goodreads, "Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indelibly drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day."
A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin: My sweet friend gifted this book to me and I'm so grateful she did. I'm also embarrassed I wasn't familiar with Lucia Berlin. The woman can craft a sentence. It's simple and smart and makes me crazy that not everyone knows about her.
Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay: I just started listening to this on Overdrive- potentially my favorite app. It's the first in a series titled the Library Lover's Mystery... that's me, I'm a library lover. It seems like a wonderful series to listen to as the weather starts to cool and we all start to spend more time indoors.
Books I'm about to crack open- in no particular order: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas; The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by (duh) J.K. Rowling; The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris by Tilar J. Mazzeo; and On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephan King.
What are you reading right now? Nothing? Well get thee to a library!