Happy Monday book friends! I hope you are having an excellent start to your week! My weekend started off well with a half day off on Friday. I took full advantage of the shortened day and the sunny weather by heading out for lunch and a quick walk down by the beach with my BFF. Apart from that, my main goal this weekend seemed to be catching up on sleep! And of course reading!
I started GIOVANNI’S ROOM by James Baldwin yesterday. This is our buddy read pick for June for the #ClassicsBuddyRead and our discussion is this weekend. This book is set in the 1950s in Paris, centering initially on a young American struggling with his identity and his attraction to other men in a society that endlessly says that it is wrong. Though this is a pretty short book, it is one that I want to spend time on. Baldwin’s writing is beautiful and while I am only a chapter into the book, the character’s struggle comes through the page loud and clear. I am looking forward to continue reading throughout the week and to our discussion this weekend!
I have been flying through books this month, but I do have a couple in progress to finish up this week:
THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray (out from Berkley on 6/29/2021) is historical fiction based on a real woman. Bella is a young Black woman who is passing as white. She doesn’t have a lot of experience, but she is bold and talented and knows how to get what she wants, so she is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate his library. I am finding this very interesting and I look forward to finishing it after our buddy read discussion this afternoon.
MALIBU RISING by Taylor Jenkins Reid is my current audiobook and I am really enjoying it. This book centers on the Rivas family. In 1983, the four Rivas siblings are planning for Nina’s annual party, a splashy affair that brings out the big names in Malibu. The story alternates with a second timeline starting in the 1950s following the siblings’ parents and their tumultuous relationship through their father’s stardom and their mother’s seemingly endless love. TJR’s writing is just so easy to settle into and I am excited to finish this book!
I do have a lot more books that I hope to get to this week to keep my June reading momentum going strong. What are you reading this week? I’d love to hear!