Monday Reading Check In

Monday Reading Check In

Thank you to Putnam for the free review copy of SUPER HOST by Kate Russo!

Another week, and another Monday that appeared out of nowhere. The weekend was a good one for me. I had lunch with my parents for Mother’s Day and got to let Kylee run around with my parents’ pup and get good and tired out. Unfortunately, it also tired me out! Still, I got a lot of good reading in over the weekend and I’m blasting through my TBR for the month!

Most recently, I started SUPER HOST by Kate Russo. Set in London, this one follows Bennett, a man who’s life has taken some unexpected turns. Once an award winning artist, it has been years since his last sale and his representation has decided they’re dropping him, though they’ll consider representing his estate once he’s dead. His wife has left him and moved to the U.S. with another man and his daughter is in art school, showing her depictions of genitalia and other body parts. In an effort to make ends meet, Bennett has moved into his garden studio and has rented out the family home on AirBed.

As the story progresses, Bennett has a few different guests come in and out of his life, apparently destined to help him get back on his feet. The book is giving us chapters from Bennett’s POV, but also chapters from his guests’ perspectives with struggles of their own. There are some trigger warnings here for sexual assault. Though the tone is a bit more somber than I originally expected, there is a good sense of humor that comes through at times as well. I just double checked the listing last night and it looks like publication has been pushed back to February, so keep an eye out for this one in early 2021.

I did start a couple more new books over the weekend as well:

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel García Márquez is this month’s pick for the classics buddy read that I participate in on Instagram. This one tells the story of the Buendia family and the Latin American town of Macondo. This one is full of magical realism, family and politics so far. I’ve been enjoying much of it on audio and it is one that sometimes I struggle to hold attention for, but overall I’m enjoying the story and the humor it contains.

I just started ONLY HUMAN by Sylvain Neuvel on audio. This is book three in the Themis Files series. I really enjoyed the first book, SLEEPING GIANTS when I picked it up for a buddy read last year, but it took me forever to get to fitting the second book, WAKING GODS onto my TBR. I finally started it yesterday afternoon and flew through the entire audiobook in one sitting, so I immediately downloaded book three. This series has a full cast audiobook production and I really enjoyed how the multiple narrators and sound effects add to the mixed media format of the story. I’m excited to actually complete this series (probably tonight).

Did you get any good reading in this weekend? What are you currently reading?

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