Welcome to my weekly Saturday feature here at Erin Reads, where I highlight new books that have entered my life, what I’ve been reading, and what’s happened on Erin Reads over the past week.
Today’s vlog: all the books I picked up during my trip home for Thanksgiving!
Novels by Indian authors (I’m hoping to read more of these this year):
- The Age of Shiva by Manil Suri: A novel about a 17-year-old Indian girl.
- A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry: A story set in India in the 1970s and compared to Dickens.
- The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar: I didn’t like the first two Umrigar books I read, but people say this is their favorite, so I’m giving it a shot!
- Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese: Recommended by my sister, this was the only book I didn’t pick up from the clearance shelf.
- A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell: A young girl and her father flee to Italy in 1943 to escape the Nazis.
- Brigid of Kildare by Heather Terrell: The story of St. Brigid, this novel alternates between contemporary and historical story lines.
- The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir: This novel centers on Elizabeth Tudor.
- Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison: I picked this one up for my classics project.
- Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner: This came so highly recommended by JoAnn at Lakeside Musing I couldn’t not pick it up!
- Snow by Orhan Pamuk: After struggling through The Black Book by Pamuk, I’m ready for another challenge!
- A Sonata for Miriam by Linda Olsson: I loved Astrid and Veronika, so I’m looking forward to Olsson’s newer novel.
- Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat: A novel about Haiti.
- The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen: I’m starting with this one instead of Freedom because I found it first!
Read This Week
This week was a slow week for me (again!). My sister and I tacked a visit onto the end of our trip home for Thanksgiving, so while I acquired a ton of books, I didn’t get many read. I’m about half way through both The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and Unexpectedly, Milo by Matthew Dicks. I’m enjoying both and hope to finish them next week.
Erin Reads Recap
- In my Sunday Salon post, I looked ahead to my December reading and shared one of my favorite Christmas songs.
- On Monday I reviewed Stranger Here Below by Joyce Hinnefeld. I didn’t think I’d like the book at first, but by the end, I found myself really enjoying it.
- Tuesday I posted my fourth and final post for Trish’s The Odyssey readalong!
- I shared some of the classics I retrieved from my parents’ house over Thanksgiving in preparation for my classics project.
- On Thursday, I finally unveiled my Classics Reclamation Project (C.R.P.)! I’m quite excited for my project and am still looking for recommendations. You can see my current list here.
- Finally, yesterday, I shared my thoughts on The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk, which I read for the World Party Reading Challenge. It was challenging, but worth it!
How was your reading week? Do tell!