✧ The Professor & the Madman by Simon Winchester
This one is the group read for the Seasonal Reading Challenge. I’m a little more than halfway through. So far it’s not as thrilling as advertised, but it is pretty good.
✧ Octopus Pie: Volume One by Meredith Gran
Got this from NetGalley, and I’m liking it more than I thought I would. It’s cute and has heart.
✧ Killing and Dying: Stories by Adrian Tomine
This one is a loaner from one of my professors. So far I’ve read two of the stories and really liked them.
✧ Red Rosa by Kate Evans
Favorite book of the year, so far! It was amazing and that is partly why I’m dragging my heels on a book review… I want to do it justice!
✧ The Vegetarian by Han Kang
A short surreal work, set in South Korea. Recommended for those who like their literature unusual or unsettling.
✧ Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter
Crime-thriller with a dash of romance and a good helping of violence.
✧ Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
I have a book club meeting for this book in a week, so I should probably crack the spine on this one soon, maybe even start it tonight.
✧ Art Students League of New York on Painting
This arrived in the mail today, compliments of Penguin Random House. So far I’ve only thumbed through it but it looks super good–my boyfriend was drooling over some of the art in it too!
✧ The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage by Sydney Padua
Yeah, this still needs to happen.
Around the Web
Some interesting things I read online this week…
✧ Alexander Chee on the prejudice against historical fiction (I admit I’ve been guilty of this one)
✧ A short piece on author photos (actually one particular author photo)
✧ Great review of Kissinger’s Shadow at the LARB
✧ Karl Marx’s Capital signed by Carly Fiorina selling on eBay–proceeds go to Bernie Sanders’s campaign (3 days left!)
✧ Some perspectives on Americans’ use of “I love you”
✧ A futurist discusses “what we know about the progressive future”
✧ Temporary worker at the Super Bowl talks about the experience and some social issues surrounding it
WWW Wednesday is a book meme hosted at Taking On a World of Words