It’s Monday, what are you reading?—a weekly blog meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Every so often I am able to join in!
It has been a slow month for reading for me. I finished Sharp Objects on November 3, which was my 30th book this year and met my Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge goal. After that, I was able to get through The Hobbit at pretty much my normal pace, but then work was extra, unusually busy until after November 9, I had family in town (including my sweet seven-month-old nephew!), a few extra concerts than normal these last couple of weeks, and my husband and I drove up to Wisconsin for five days over the Thanksgiving holiday. Mostly all fun stuff!
About two weeks ago I began reading Arcadia by Lauren Groff, a book I have been really excited about but waited for on paperback (and not only because the cover is prettier). Arcadia is the story of Bit, the first child born in the hippie commune Arcadia in 1970s upstate New York, and follows him and the Arcadians through the commune’s heyday and beyond, to their encounters with the “Outside” world. Groff’s writing is delicate and tender, dreamy, floaty… somewhat ambiguous, lyrical. It’s a slow burn of a story, but a generally quick read. I wish I hadn’t been so busy when I started this—I could have easily read this in a couple of sittings, I am enjoying it so much. I really love hippies and the main sensibilities they stood/stand for: peace, love, understanding, harmony. So far Arcadia is just beautiful; I’m a little sad that I’m already in the last third of the book.
Otherwise, I received two free giveaways I won recently in the mail: Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (from Lost Generation Reader during the Literary Blog Hop) and Alice Munro’s Dear Life (from the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program). Also, my mom loaned me A Natural Woman, Carole King’s recent memoir. And the three other books I recently bought for myself for funsies/early self-birthday presents (The Light Between Oceans, Beautiful Ruins, Lizz Free or Die)… and the couple dozen sitting on my shelves already…
Already counting down the days until my week-long Christmas break!