WHO HAS TIME FOR READING WHEN YOU’RE CREATING ALL THIS ONLINE CONTENT?! I do. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately in June 2018.

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Reading Lately: June 2018

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I’ve been making a concerted effort to go through the books on my shelves that I’ve never read. Since I moved, I’ve realized how much stuff I’m carrying around, and it’s terrible to realize you’re holding onto books you didn’t even know you had. So, I’m working my way slowly through books I’ve picked up here and there.

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Admittedly, I’m not reading a lot right now. I had high hopes for this month, but then I started teaching two summer classes. And, it’s not impossible. But dang. Teaching my normal class in under a month to two sections is going to be the death of me. But in a good way.

I’m really looking forward to July where I’ll have time off, and I’ll get to read more often.

Past Reading Lately Lists:

Reading Lately: June 2018

The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

I’m not sure where I picked this up, but probably off the sale shelf at Barnes and Noble. The premise really hooked me, and then I promptly forgot I owned it until I moved. The idea is that a woman is found dead, only she was reported dead over 30 years ago. It turns out she was the resident at a mental hospital that housed people with intellectual disabilities during the 1960s and 1970s. Her twin was reported dead at the same time as her, and the story follows a detective as she tries to find out if the twin really died, or if she was still alive like her sister.

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I really enjoyed the premise of this story, but the climax fell a little flat for me. Plus, it was translated from Danish originally, and I think there are just some places where the language feels really clunky because of the translation. I would like to read the other books by this writer though, because it turns out this is one book in a series, and maybe reading the others would fill in some gaps I had.

Meet Me at Dreamlight by Nina V. Rye

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I’ve really been loving it. Meet Me at Dreamlight is a book of poems that is perfect for the weird sort of feeling I get during the summer time. The images are dreamy, and the energy of the writing makes me feel like I’m swaying in a hammock, in that space between waking and sleep.

Dreamlight is defined at the beginning of the book, and I think that really enhanced the feeling. Dreamlight is the state between dream and consciousness, or a feeling of vagueness. And these poems capture that perfectly. There are sections with different themes, like Monsters and Self and Words, but each section really embodies this in-between state sort of vibe. I recommend this book of poems for people who want something to read on the back porch this summer while they’re sipping on some wine.

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Drop me all them recommendations, y’all. Also, have you ever realized that your shelves contain more books that you haven’t read than books you’ve read? What’s the key to getting through them and reclaiming some space?

2 Responses

  1. I just finished reading “White Rose, Black Forest” (found it on Amazon). Not a long read, just a week of lunch time reading sessions, but it was a great introduction to the White Rose movement from WWII, which I hadn’t heard of.

    I’m not sure I’ll ever get though all the books on my shelves, so I don’t even sweat it. I enjoy looking at them, even if I don’t read them all.

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