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.
I’ve decided to continue with the vlog format for My Week in Books, since it seemed many people enjoyed it. I’ll also include a little more about each book in text form, as several readers don’t or can’t watch vlogs.
I had way too many books come into my life this week to share them all, so I split them into books I bought (this week’s video) and books I won/was given/was sent for review (next week’s video).
If you’re not a vlog person, here’s a summary of the books I talked about. If you watched the vlog, you’ll probably find the rest of this section pretty redundant! Titles link to GoodReads summaries.
- Shakespeare Wrote for Money by Nick Hornby: the third of three compilations of Hornby’s essays for Believer magazine. I adored the first installment (The Polysyllabic Spree) and already own the second (Housekeeping vs. the Dirt), so now I have them all. Don’t you just love the titles?
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: I’ve never read this classic! I know…shameful! I plan to read it very soon, and now that I have an edition I really like, I have no excuse.
From a library sale where you paid for your stack of books by the inch (cool!):
- Don’t Look at Me Like That by Diana Athill: I don’t know anything about this one except that Athill is supposedly a good writer. The book is very thin, so at $1 per inch, it probably cost about a quarter.
- Three Junes by Julia Glass: I’ve never read Julia Glass, but every review that mentions one of her books says “It was good, but not as good as Three Junes.”
- The Linnet Bird by Linda Holeman: Recommended by a bookstore coworker and compared to Sarah Waters’s novels, this one is set in Calcutta and England in the 1800s.
- The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre: Classic spy fiction recommended by The Literate Man, and my first le Carre.
- The Anglo Files by Sarah Lyall: Nonfiction written by an American who’s lived in Britain since the 1990s. The back of the book calls it “part anthropological field study, part memoir.”
- The Awakening by Kate Chopin: Another classic I haven’t read! It’s on my list for my upcoming, not-yet-revealed classics project, though.
- Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith: I loved A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and have always wanted to read Smith’s other famous novel, about a young couple’s first year of marriage.
- The Appointment by Herta Muller: When Muller won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2009, I hadn’t even heard of her. This was the first of her novels I’ve come across at a library sale, so I picked it up.
Read This Week
This week has been devoted to getting through The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk for the World Party Reading Challenge and Burning Valley by Phillip Bonosky which I’m reading because it’s set in western Pennsylvania, where I now live. Neither is a particularly fluffy read, so it’s taking me a while. I made it through Burning Valley, but I’m going to need some more time for The Black Book!
On audio, I got through another chunk of The Odyssey for Trish’s readalong. To keep myself from getting too far ahead, I switched to Roald Dahl’s The Witches for the second half of the week. It’s one of the few Dahl novels I hadn’t read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Now I’m working on Jean Kwok’s Girl in Translation.
Erin Reads Recap
- I started the week with a Sunday Salon post in which I talked about my experience vlogging and asked others to share their experiences. I’d still love to hear more points of view, so feel free to head over and add your thoughts!
- On Monday I reviewed the new YA novel Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. I really liked it, except for one big spoiler-y problem.
- Tuesday I posted my second check-in for The Odyssey readalong. The books for week two were the ones that recount Odysseus’ famous adventures, so it was fun to revisit them. (There was also a bonus video at the end!)
- I reviewed To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf on Wednesday, which I listened to on audio. I loved the audio production, but I wasn’t too keen on the book itself; I liked Mrs. Dalloway much better.
- Thursday I posted my entry for Chronicle Books’ Happy Haul-idays contest. If you leave a comment on the entry post, you’ll be automatically entered to win all the books on my list!
- Finally, yesterday, I continued my audiobook miniseries by talking about some of my favorite young adult and middle grade audiobooks.
How was your reading week? Do tell!