March was pretty overwhelming in terms of coursework (thus the mini hiatus here on the blog), and getting back into the swing of things after spring break was tough, so I decided to boost my spirits by purchasing some new books! I’m pretty excited about all of these, especially The Heart’s Invisible Furies and Pachinko, because it seems like everyone has been gushing nonstop about how amazing they are.
I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately, and, not only that, but it’s been hard to find time for pleasure-reading. As an English major, I do so much required reading for class that it’s difficult to want to continue reading, even if it’s for fun, in my free time. A gal can only read so much, right? Hopefully these books will help me get back into the reading mood.
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
I’ve been meaning to read Sweetbitter since it came out, and watching the trailer for the brand new series adaptation rekindled my interest. I’ve been dreaming about moving to New York lately, so it seems like Sweetbitter was reintroduced to me at a perfect time; not only that, but I just re-watched No Reservations and I forgot how much I love narratives from the restaurant world.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
The Heart’s Invisible Furies was pretty much everyone’s favorite book last year! I’m a wait-for-the-paperback kind of gal, so when the softcover edition was finally released at the beginning of March, I snatched it up immediately. I’ll admit I don’t know much about the plot, but I’d like to keep it that way. I can’t wait to see what all the hype is about.
The Idiot by Elif Batuman
I’ve been craving a vivid campus novel, and I’ve had my eye on The Idiot for a while. (Could the simplistic millennial pink cover be any more gorgeous?) When Batuman’s book made the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018 longlist, it moved up a few slots on my TBR. I’ve heard mixed reviews: some say it’s odd and poorly developed while others say it’s an incredible bildungsroman with a distinctive writing style. Either way, I’m looking forward to finding out for myself.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
It seems like Pachinko has been all over my Instagram feed these past few months. Ever since it was nominated for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction, I’ve heard nothing but good things. I’ve read some of Lee’s shorter pieces, essays and whatnot, and I was absolutely captivated by her voice. Plus, family sagas are my jam, so I’m pretty hopeful that Pachinko will be a new favorite.
Any ideas which book I should pick up first? What books have you been excited about lately? Let’s chat!