Happy Monday-after-Indie-Bookstore-Day, y’all! Who else has a book-buying hangover? Nugget and I made a pilgrimmage to Talking Leaves, our local indie, on Saturday to wish the booksellers there a Happy Independent Bookstore Day and spend a little time browsing. I can neither confirm nor deny the rumors that we left with all six of E.F. Benson’s Mapp and Lucia novels (recommended for Downton Abbey fans who particularly enjoy the sparring between Violet and Isobel, and I can’t wait to dig in). The rest of Saturday we spent on the hiking trail, obviously. Sunday was dreary and rainy, and Nugget and I made another bookstore run to get out of the house – this time to Barnes & Noble to spend a gift certificate. And now it’s down to another week with not enough time to read. Isn’t that always the way?
Despite not having nearly enough time, I did manage to churn through a good number of pages this week. First I turned to Spark Joy, the newest volume by former Shinto temple maiden and destroyer of dreams Marie Kondo. Like many readers who eyerolled their ways through The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I did actually find Spark Joy to be a little more useful. KonMari still strays into nutjob territory now and again, but at least she answered the question I had while reading her first book – my bottle of Advil doesn’t exactly give me joy, but you don’t really want me to throw it away, do you KonMari? Anyway, after a healthy dose of tough talk coupled with some “thank your socks for serving you” nonsense, I turned to A Darker Shade of Magic, the first in a new series by V.E. Schwab. It was a fast read – even with the need to world-build – and enjoyable. I’m on the wait list for the second volume and can’t wait for that email letting me know it’s on the holds shelf for me. Now I’m about 75 pages into The Regional Office is Under Attack! and starting to get into the story. It’s a lot of fun (although I did skip a chapter early on after getting extremely upset about a squirrel) but I do wonder if I might have done better to hold off until some of the hype wore off, because as it is it’s so ubiquitous that I feel like I’m due for a letdown no matter how great it is. Isn’t that just the worst?
On the blog this week, my reading round-up for April coming up on Wednesday (twelve books!) and a hiking recap on Friday. Check back!
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What are you reading this week?