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Lazy Sunday Lit. Talk: So long, Spring Break Edition

How is it the end of spring break already?! And why don't I have more time to read? (Whinge, whinge, whinge.)

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I'm a bit disappointed that I didn't get at least one more book in before break is up. We visited the library on the way home from work on the last day of classes and I checked out 4 books, hoping to read 2 of them this week. But I've only just about made it through 1. I hope you all got more reading done than I did!

So, you know the drill:

Last book read?

Current book?

Next on the "to read" list?

I didn't get to my library books sooner because I was finishing up Wallace Stegner's Crossing to Safety. The book started out great, with lyric descriptions and fascinating narrative choices. However, toward the end, it started to feel anti-strong women, kind of. I'm still deciding what I think because those attitudes were the narrator's and even he sometimes doubts those attitudes but... they still come through. Part of my indecision about this book also comes from the abrupt ending. Has anyone else read this one? What did you think?


Currently, I'm nearing the end of Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill and Lisa Pulitzer. Hill is the niece of the current Church of Scientology leader, David Miscavige. She was a third generation Scientologist and the book is about her experiences within the church, as well as leaving it. She gets lost in her own wording and the Scientology jargon but her story is compelling. I'll finish up today.

Next up is Going Clear by Lawrence Wright. I've been meaning to read this one for a couple years now. I was actually looking for Wright's book when I spotted Hill's—why not just go for a whole anti-Scientology fest, right?


How about you? What's going well in your lit. life right now? What should the rest of us read? What should we avoid?

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