5/16/2016

The Weekend Reads | May




Seeing as it's been a rather bookish and writing filled-few days I thought I'd kick this week off with a blog post about what I'm dubbing weekend reads. Simply put, books that are short enough for me to finish in a day or two and are thus being saved to read on the weekend. There's a mix of short stories, novels, even a loosely structured poetry book as well...

Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O'Porter-After listening to Dawn O'Porter's podcast episode with Emma Gannon, I became quite fixated on reading every single thing she's written. Maybe not quite everything but her novels to begin with. Paper Aeroplanes is the story of two teenaged girls in England during the 1990's. They're both quite different personalities but unite over their somewhat dysfunctional family dynamics. Apparently this is loosely autobiographical, as Dawn took details and character traits from her diaries of the time. I'm looking forward to reading this during the upcoming weekend.

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson-This is the latest pick for Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf book club and given it was on the slimmer side I thought I had more of a chance of reading it this month. I've actually slipped behind in book club reads lately but this one took my fancy so I had to get a hold of it. It's a memoir that charts the relationship between the author and her gender-fluid partner Harry Dodge. From what I have read so far this seems like it's going to be quite poetic if that makes sense and very visual. I am intrigued.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout-This book was one of the Undone Book Club picks earlier in the year and after waiting on the extremely lengthy waitlist for it, I finally read it a couple of weekends ago. This tells the story of Lucy who is in hospital after an operation that is taking her a while to recover from. It also charts her reunion of sorts with her Mum who she hasn't seen for many years. It's very nostalgic and takes comfort in the refreshing sort of conversations we tend to have in isolated environments. It's very beautifully done and is the kind of story that would translate well to a play. Highly recommend+it was longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction which says positive things, I feel.

Grief Is The Thing With Feathers by Max Porter-Don't read this book if you're going through a bit of a rough period. It is not lighthearted and touches on the rather intense and many-faceted workings of grief and loss. That being said, as this is structured more like poetry, it is a quick read. I did enjoy this book but I didn't find myself loving it so I gave it 3/5 over on Goodreads. 

-Have you read any of these books before? What did you think of them?

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