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Lazy Sunday Lit. Talk

It's time to share what we're reading and help others find their next great books! Bonus: Your chance to (please, please, please) convince me it's ok to walk away from a book I'm just not that into.

You know the drill:

1. Last book you finished

2. Current book

3. Next on the "to read" list

I've sort of been in this "dark lit., written by women" spiral lately: in the last few weeks, I've read Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping, Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres, Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects, and, most recently, A.S.A. Harrison's The Silent Wife.


The Silent Wife had some good moments—I was compelled to continue but I found the conclusion... unsatisfactory.

A friend sent me Heather Gudenkauf's These Things Hidden, which I started Fri. but have not gotten terribly invested in. So, it is technically my current book but I might put it down in favor of something else. Or, I might struggle my way through the end, then resent the fact I didn't put it down and move onto something better.

I don't know why, but I have a hard time quitting books! I feel like, Maybe it'll get better? Maybe I have to get to the end to really appreciate it? and it makes me so reluctant to walk away in the middle. Is anyone else like this?


Anyway, I don't have a firm idea of what's next but we did visit the used bookstore last night so I have a few options:

Joyce Carol Oates's The Accursed which looks awesome and totally fills my dark lit. by women needs, although maybe it's time to cool it with that.


Wallace Stegner's Crossing to Safety, which I picked up on a whim. I've only read a couple of his poems, but the beautiful language was quite memorable.

I also picked up another Jane Smiley: The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton. A Thousand Acres was so dang good, I'm excited to read more of her stuff.


Ok, your turn! What are you reading? What are you excited to read? And this thread's a chance to solicit suggestions, too!

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