It’s Monday, what are you reading? I am on a roll with the women authors this year. I finished two fantastic books, The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (audio) and The First Collection of Criticism by a Female Rock Critic by Jessica Hopper, this week. Just excellent books, the first on gender and family and the second on music—reviews coming this week. Yesterday I started My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem, which I won in a Goodreads giveaway back in October. I’m sorry to say I haven’t gotten around to it until now because it’s great, I’m already a quarter through!
Last week I enjoyed my usual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with Irish music and Irish food—shepherd’s pie (with ground lamb), soda bread, and this year (new) I made Guinness stout chocolate-chocolate chip cookies with Bailey’s buttercream frosting and sparkly green sprinkles. The recipe I went by yielded more than double what I was expecting so we have a ton leftover!! I also didn’t get around to making colcannon, even though I have the ingredients, and I picked up bangers at the Local Pig on Thursday with the ground lamb, so I guess I’ll be extending my St. Patrick’s celebrating into next week as well. We watched Brooklyn and Boondock Saints too.
I downloaded a couple of audiobooks for a Wisconsin trip next weekend: Get In Trouble by Kelly Link and The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg.
Happy Pi(e) Day! Happy St. Patrick’s Day Week! (Yes I know it’s “just a day” but I can’t wait to listen to my Irish music and cook shepherd’s pie, colcannon, and soda bread). Anyway, the last week or so during my orchestra commutes I’ve been listening to The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson. It’s a really fantastic memoir about Nelson’s experience creating a non-gender-normative family with her artist-husband Harry Dodge, who is gender-fluid. Some of the language might be graphic, but it’s real and true life. I’m enjoying it and already about 70% finished. I also started reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel before bed, but only a few pages in so far! I can already see why everyone raved about it last year.
Side note: I’ve noticed that in 2016 so far I’ve only been reading books written by women. Not a bad trend! I could probably keep it up for a while longer this year, I have a bunch more on my shelf that have been sitting and waiting to be read.
I’m back in a reading groove a little bit after finally finishing A Little Life. Since then I’ve read through Notorious RBG and listened to Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher and If You Ask Me by Betty White. I was sick there for about a week and played a concert, I’m working on a new drawing, and now the weather is starting to turn in KC so I’m a bit distracted from reading, but I feel like I’m almost back on track. It’s refreshing, though, to feel much less pressure this year than I have in recent years.
Anyway, my current read this week is The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica Hopper and it is phenomenal so far. Very satisfying after reading Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.
It’s Monday, what are you reading? Well I finally, finally finished A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara last week. Phew! It’d been a long time since I read such a chunkster. It was good, but I do have some mixed feelings about it. Review coming this week!
After that, I dabbled in a few books off my shelf but finally decided on Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik. I think it’s the perfect choice after the weightiness of A Little Life. I just realized that all (three) of the books I’ve read in 2016 so far have been authored by women! This maybe a lofty goal but I’d love to finish RBG and one more (short) book before February’s out… my rehearsals have started up again so I might be able to squeeze in an audio book during my commutes this week!
It’s Monday, what are you reading? I kind of can’t believe we’re at the end of January already, and I’ve only finished one book. That’s not to say I haven’t been reading, though; I’m really trying hard to get back into a groove after hardly having the motivation, attention, or energy for it for several weeks. I’m about halfway through A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara at the moment, and hoping to finish by the end of this week! My feelings about it are a little torn, though, more than I was expecting. It’s had the greatest reviews, but there are a few stylistic things that are working against my Loving it (capital L). No spoilers! I am enjoying it a lot, though, and will definitely finish.
Other than that, the holidays are officially over (winter break ended, rehearsals starting back up) so I’m back to my usual, busy routine! I’ve missed playing bass… and so glad the holiday concerts are OVER 🙂
It’s Monday, what are you reading? I mentioned in my recent monthly recap post that my first book of the year is (finishing!) Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.
Otherwise… happy Bout of Books 15! I have very, very few goals this time around—basically just read Hunger and catch up on review posts.
I downloaded a couple of audiobooks to have on the back burner, especially once my orchestra rehearsals start up again (for the commute). But I really want to buckle down and focus on one book at a time again, I’ve been a bit scattered the last couple of months.