— Feathers and Wax

What I’ve been reading: Spring 2017

I know these posts are generally accompanied by photos of actual books, and this one won’t be any different, but I have to admit that audio and e-books are kind of taking over my reading lists now. Anyone else out there an avid audio or e-reader?

It’s been a few months since I switched from listening to music to listening to audiobooks (and sometimes podcasts) when I go running, and it’s been pretty life changing. I tend to focus a lot less on how much running sucks when I’m listening to something intriguing or entertaining, so my run times are getting faster AND the list of books I’ve read is growing. What a win-win.

I also read e-books on Scribd’s internet platform during slow times at work sometimes (shhh don’t tell my editor). Essentially this all means that I’m “currently reading” multiple volumes at a time and these lists of what I’ve been reading might balloon quite a bit!

Recently read:

I’m nearly done with my winter list. “Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl” was definitely a favorite from that group, and I’m now chomping at the bit for more female musicians to write memoirs because it’s basically my favorite genre now. C’mon ladies, let’s hear about your rock star lifestyles! I’m also so happy that I re-read “The Handmaid’s Tale” now that the new Hulu series is out (loving their adaptation so far).

And I’ve read a couple books on my spring list already. “Tell Me How It Ends” is a heartrending look into the experiences of immigrant children from central America who are facing deportation from the US. I read Luiselli’s novel “The Story of My Teeth” back in fall 2015 and loved her style of prose. It was eye opening to read this non-fiction work by her about her own experiences helping translate for immigrant children. These stories are immensely important considering today’s political climate, and I hope that people pay attention to them and find empathy for immigrants here in the US.

Speaking of Luiselli, I also read “Suite for Barbara Loden” primarily because I picked it up at the book store in Marfa and noticed a quote from Luiselli on the front cover with glowing words for Nathalie Leger’s story. It was an interesting little book about a uniquely 1960s-female kind of exhaustion, and is the kind of novella you can read in the space of one day.

I also finally read “Men Explain Things to Me” (as an e-book on Scribd) and it is highly relateable for practically any woman in the world. You could tear through in a day or two and I highly recommend you do just that.

As for audiobooks, I finished Phoebe Robinson’s “You Can’t Touch my Hair” and Issa Rae’s “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” and liked both. Robinson in particular has a laugh-a-minute kind of delivery that’s perfect for distracting me from exercise.

Currently reading:

I’ve been listening to David Sedaris’ “Me Talk Pretty One Day” while running, and I’m really digging his deadpan delivery and sarcastic sense of humor. I’m already familiar with his style from listening to “Santaland Diaries” and some of his segments on “This American Life,” so listening to a full novel-length recording of him has been quite a treat.

It’s admittedly taking me FOREVER to finish “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” but in my defense, it’s such a dense volume that takes a lot of focus and results in a lot of reflection. I’ve found myself re-reading paragraphs in my utter amazement at the statistics and historical references Michelle Alexander cites. It’s such a fascinating (and enraging) work.

I’m also midway through “The Secret History of Twin Peaks” and hoping I finish it before the new Twin Peaks season premieres on the 21st! Primarily I really appreciate the design of this book, even if some of the content has come off a little hokey to me — there are lots of references to the Illuminati and UFOs, hehe. At least it’s gorgeous to look at! It’s also sprinkled liberally with references to actual Twin Peaks characters, which I find fascinating.

To read:

In my attempts to get to know more contemporary authors, particularly those who are not from the US, I’ve bought a copy of “The Vegetarian” by Han Kang. I’m looking forward to delving into a story about a woman’s metaphorical metamorphosis, set in South Korea.

I picked up “The Edible Woman” after a friend suggested it, shocked that “A Handmaid’s Tale” was the only Margaret Atwood I had read. She’s right, I should definitely read more of her work.

And I’m rounding this list out with another topical-for-now non-fiction work: “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.”

What have you guys been reading lately?

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