I have been drowning in amazing books lately. Every time I tell myself I’m going to work through the mountain I already own, I get a beaut in the mail or get the overwhelming urge to go to the library. So here’s what’s going on in my book world this week.
Inbox (books acquired)
Gracious: A Practical Primer on Charm, Tact, and Unsinkable Strength by Kelly Williams Brown. It’s possible that Kelly Williams Brown is going to keep writing books I need to read the moment I need to read them. Remember Adulting? That was her. She’s back with this gorgeous little gem about politeness, thoughtfulness, good manners, etiquette, the whole shebang. I’m so excited to start this one.
We are Never Meeting in Real Life. by Samantha Irby. I was drawn in by the bright yellow cover and the snarling kitten. This is a collection of fabulous essays about culture and dating and bodies and life and all sorts of things, with biting wit and a dash of heartbreak. I love it.
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. The people around me have really solid rituals and routines, and I am jealous of their dedication to them. This book is that, but with people like Franz Kafka, Jane Austen, and Agatha Christie. Gimme, gimme, gimme.
Outbox (books finished)
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay (June 13, HarperCollins). A fellow Book Rioter said they felt spoiled by the honesty in this book, and it’s the only way I can describe it now. Roxane Gay’s writing is so gorgeous and breathtaking. And her story is painful and sharp. You should get this on your summer TBR right now.
In the queue (What I’m reading next)
An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley. I met Lucy last week and I’m even more in love with her and her work now. I think this is the last of her books I have yet to read, and I’m torn between speeding through it and savoring it. It’s her thoughts and journals from a book tour through Europe, which she hoped would take her mind off heartbreak and real life. And it’s just gorgeous.
A Good Country by Laleh Khadivi. This showed up in my mailbox months ago, and the world made me scared to read it. The blurb: “An achingly timely novel about the radicalization of a Muslim teen in California — about where identity truly lies, and how we find it.” Teen surrounds himself with sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, then finds a new group of friends who are aware of the state of the world around them and finds himself. Yes, please.
My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues by Pamela Paul. The editor of the New York Times Book Review keeps a notebook of the books she’s read (Bob. Book of books. Ha!). Since she was 16. How neat is that? This is a look at her life story told through the books she read. Because the books we read and when we read them say a lot about who we are as people. I’ve been keeping this as a treat to read before bedtime.
What’s your book life look like this week?