Weekend Reads: Margaret Atwood with a Slice of Pie

Hi readers! Here’s a quick update on what I have lined up for my weekend reading.

img_5019I just finished Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora and felt a bit overwhelmed by trying to decide what to read next since I recently acquired so many secondhand books. I know, this is definitely a luxury problem. On Wednesday night I piled up a stack of potential reads on my nightstand and read the first couple of pages of each to decide what my next read would be.

In the end, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood withstood the trial. Margaret Atwood has been a favorite writer of mine ever since I read The Handmaid’s Tale. Alias Grace will be my fourth book by her. I also picked up The Robber Bride (you can see it in the stack there above the Marlon James) and am looking forward to getting to that one. There’s just something about Atwood’s writing that really resonates with me. Each work seems like a beautiful puzzle, and I love trying to figure out how it fits together as I read.


 

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I update my current reads on my Instagram account, ohthisbook!

6477877As you know if you’ve read my previous “weekend reads” posts, I also like to keep a book going on my kindle. I’ve chosen The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley to keep me occupied digitally. It seems like it will be a light, fun read. I’m about 15% in now and Flavia is such a fun character. I like her quirky personality and her zest for learning. I’m not really into the depths of the mystery yet, but I have a sense that things will get rolling soon. It’s not a very long book, and I think it will involve a lot less brain power than Alias Grace so it seemed like a good option.

Middlemarch is still on my back burner. I’m not really actively reading that one at the moment. I think I just didn’t take it up again when my physical copy finally came. Life’s been pretty demanding lately – lots of job interviews, article writing, and researching going on, and it’s nice to have a little escape from all of that by reading a fantasy book (like The Lies of Locke Lamora that I’ve been reading the last couple of weeks). I felt that trying to stay with the classic in the last weeks just felt like more work to me. Hoping things will settle down soon and then I can either attempt to dive back into Middlemarch or put it aside and start a classic that is a bit smaller. Since I started it on my kindle, I didn’t actually realize how big it was! I’ve got Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles sitting on my shelf as well which is a bit smaller and has really been beckoning me lately.

What are you all reading at the moment?

Have you read any of the books in my nightstand photo above? Any thoughts?

Happy weekend reading!

 

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6 thoughts on “Weekend Reads: Margaret Atwood with a Slice of Pie

      • She does actually have a lot of books! That could be part of the reason you keep running into her. 🙂 Also, she’s just very good! If you like literary fiction or enjoy trying to work out symbols in literature, you’d definitely like her books. The Handmaid’s Tale was my first book by her and it might still be my favorite. The Edible Woman is one I’ve wanted to read for a very long time.

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