it’s monday! what are you reading?

It’s Monday, what are you reading?—a weekly blog meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Two weeks in a row, I’m on a roll!

This week, in addition to Under the Dome by Stephen King for the Dome Along hosted by Natalie at Coffee and a Book Chick (I’m up to 350 / 1074 pages), I started reading Under the Banner of Heaven by one of my favorite authors, Jon Krakauer. This book is on my 2013 TBR Pile Challenge, hosted by Adam at Roof Beam Reader.

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith is essentially an exposé of the Mormon religion and its history, originally published in 2003. This is the third book by Krakauer I’ve read, and once again he has me captivated. Part history, part true crime, it starts recounting a grisly, senseless murder of a young woman and her baby. On the cover of the book under the title it says:

On July 24, 1984, a woman and her infant daughter were murdered by two brothers who believed they were ordered to kill by God. The roots of their crime lie deep in the history of an American religion practiced by millions…

So far, I am really into this book. It is fascinating, enraging, and terrifying, so it’s really getting my blood boiling. It’s a little bit of an exhausting read, though, what with all the emotions and thought-provoking subject matter (okay so I can’t imagine life like this for myself, but what if I had been born into a polygamous community? etc.), and the historical part is dense—there are soooo many people to keep track of, and the family trees are mind-bogglingly complex. Anyway, this is reminding me of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood or Erik Larsen’s books, where two story lines are meticulously connected—historical, investigative non-fiction. I saw online that there is a response from the LDS Church to this book, and then a response to that response from Jon Krakauer, which I’ll check out after I finish reading Under the Banner of Heaven this week.

Is it weird that I’m reading two books right now that both start with the word “under”?

What are you reading this week?

4 thoughts on “it’s monday! what are you reading?

  1. Interesting books on your plate. As for me, I can’t decide which of the books on my reading list to pick up next. I’m in a bit of a reading slump, unfortunately. I want something light and funny, and nothing on my Kindle fits the bill.

    • Honestly I’m feeling the same as you—I need a lighter, upbeat read next! Of course I did just check out two more horror/sci-fi books from the library last week… sigh. I just read Dad is Fat by comedian Jim Gaffigan, though, which was hilarious! And I have David Sedaris’s new one that I haven’t read yet.

  2. Congratulations on your second anniversary. 🙂 I’m trying to get back into reading King’s novels. He lost me after Pet Cemetery. I did read Bag of Bones, much later. I recently picked up a short story anthology and enjoyed the stories so maybe there’s a flicker of momentum. Have fun.

    • Thanks! Yeah, I haven’t read a King book since high school, and just the classics like Carrie, Misery, etc. I probably wouldn’t have picked up Under the Dome if it weren’t for the read along. It’s more fun with a group, albeit virtual!

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