Mini Update Sticky Post: January 1, 2020

Later in December, I started to read Ian Urbina’s The Outlaw Ocean, inspired by an interview via The New York Times Book Review. It’s terrifically engaging non-fiction, and I’m reading a chapter every few days. This year could be the year that my non-fiction reading truly does increase!

From my own shelves, I’m reading Thomas King’s first novel, Medicine River, and rereading Wayson Choy’s The Jade Peony. And my reading of the Tevye Stories (by Sholom Aleichem), inspired by Mel at The Reading Life, continues.

As for other short stories, I’ll be beginning Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find this month. That has inspired a mini-Flannery project, thanks to a long-time shelf-sitting collection of her letters also occupying a place on my shelves.

This coincides with what I hope to be an ongoing series of The Writing Life, so I am also spending some time with Zora Neale Hurston on the page this year, too. Having enjoyed the Jump at the Sun documentary so much, I’ve got another film lined up to watch and, as always, several books on hold at the library.

And as if that’s not enough? A novel by Tove Jansson, with Paula’s Tove Trove event in mind. And Jessica Anderson’s Taking Shelter, with Bill’s celebration of Australian women writers in mind as well.

So many books to talk about! Including what’s currently in my bookbag, notebook, stacks and reading log.

Also, I’m still reading Mavis Gallant, one story at a time. (Which began anew on October 22nd: In Transit.) There are two full collections after this one: join in, if you wish.

How about you: what are you reading these days, and what are you looking forward to reading soon?

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