I feel lost when I don’t have a good book to read. Sometimes I just can’t figure out what I’m in the mood for, and my whole life suffers as a consequence. Everything becomes duller. This recently happened to me. I went through a string of books that were only okay, and after a few … Continue reading Recovery from a book slump
My reading life in 2021 was rich and satisfying. I found authors who, after reading a couple of their books, I want to read everything they’ve written (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lauren Groff). I delighted in Nigerian literature (I loved Tomi Adeyemi’s Legacy of Orïsha series). I read books that awed me with their execution (Ducks, … Continue reading Reading in 2021
Given the lockdown and the increased amount of time we all spent at home in 2020, I would have expected my reading to soar. I feel like I read a lot, and I did!, but I didn’t really read that much more than I did in 2019. I read 60 books in 2019 and 65 … Continue reading Reading in 2020
When I was contemplating a subscription to The New Yorker, I talked it out with my friends wondering, will it be worth it, or will it just stress me out because it comes so frequently? One friend laughed and sent me this bit from The Good Place, which is one of my favorite scenes from … Continue reading I got through my New Yorker backlog!
Last year was a big year for my reading life. After reading a few phenomenal short story collections, and because I dared to try writing fiction, I wanted to study short stories. I subscribed to The New Yorker for a weekly dose of curated short fiction. I started with a 12-issue trial, and when in … Continue reading Reading in 2019
Since finishing my Andrea Reads America project, I’ve felt both thrilled and overwhelmed by the reading possibilities before me. I didn’t have my next book planned when I finished the project, and that caught me off guard. After six years of a pretty structured reading life, I suddenly didn’t know what I was going to … Continue reading I am free again in my reading life!