On My Nightstand: August 3, 2020

Yes, my reading routine has been looking just a tad bit different these days.  For starters, I don’t have a nightstand at the moment, but I do have a lovely cardboard box and a makeshift lamp to read by, right beside my mattress on the floor!  Regardless of my temporary reading environment, I haven’t had much time or energy to pick up a book lately, but hopefully the books I’ve left unpacked will let me dip into reading again.

Today is one of our last days in my childhood home, having lived here for the past sixteen years of my life (!!), so you could say I’m waxing nostalgic, but at the same time I’m even more excited for the adventure ahead!  The moving truck comes tomorrow, and the next day my mom and I will be driving with our pets to our new home in Massachusetts!  It’s been quite an experience moving 400 miles to a new state in the middle of a pandemic, and I feel like I haven’t been able to do much reading, but I’ll be internet-free for a few days so hopefully that will put an end to this slump!

Without further ado, let’s get to the books I’m reading at the moment.

Currently, I’m in the middle of RODHAM by Curtis Sittenfeld, which is such a fascinating read, conceptually.  With her previous works AN AMERICAN WIFE and ELIGIBLE, and now RODHAM, Sittenfeld has solidified herself as a master of retellings and alternative histories; RODHAM offers a speculative look at Hillary’s life if she’d never become a Clinton.  At first, I struggled a bit to get into this one, but once I got used to Sittenfeld’s time-jump structure, I’ve been obsessed with the future she has imagined for Hillary!  The “what-ifs” can be a bit depressing to read at times, especially now that I’ve read up to the 2016 election, but this book is truly so much fun to read and I’m loving losing myself in Sittenfeld’s amazing imagination.

My romance pick of the moment is UNDERCOVER BROMANCE by Lyssa Kay Adams, the second book in her series of “Bromances.”  I read the first book a couple of months ago and I absolutely adored it; the series revolves around a cast of Nashville’s “alpha” men who read romance novels in order to improve their romantic relationships.  The plots are always crazy enjoyable and I’m looking forward to a lighter read, especially after the emotional rollercoaster that is RODHAM, so I’ve saved this one for the long car ride to Massachusetts!  I can’t wait to dive in.

I am also slowly but surely making progress on Howard Zinn’s A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.  Nonfiction books–especially thick, dense history books like this one–usually take me a few months to get through because I read small bits here and there between fiction titles.  I’ve been working on A PEOPLE’S HISTORY for about a month now, but I’m absolutely loving it!  I’ve always been more of a history and English girl than a science and math girl, so spending some quality time getting a fresh perspective on American history is completely fascinating and eye-opening for me.  Luckily, I was blessed with high school teachers who weren’t afraid to show us the many, many faults in American history, but I’m still learning so much from Zinn- while becoming more and more disappointed in my nation’s history.

Last on this stack is Caroline Leavitt’s WITH OR WITHOUT YOU.  When Algonquin asked me if I’d be interested in a copy of this book, all I had to do was take a peak at the synopsis and I knew the answer was yes!  Leavitt’s new novel follows Simon and Stella twenty years deep into their marriage; as Simon’s band finally gets a real chance at stardom, Stella falls into a coma and her husband must choose between staying by her side, or leaving to follow his dreams.  I love stories like these, ones that explore complicated relationships and tough choices, so I’m beyond excited for WITH OR WITHOUT YOU.  Review coming soon!

As always, I’m also knee-deep in reading query submissions at my summer internship job.  I’m interning at a literary agency, where my main responsibility is managing submission inboxes, and I read somewhere between 20-50 queries a week depending on what else I’m working on.  This is the second agency internship I’ve done, and, though the work can feel monotonous at times, I absolutely love working with authors and being a part of the publication process.

So there we have it, a mixed bag of books, as always!  Between finishing up packing at the old house and unpacking at the new place, I can’t wait to spend some time in these reads.

8 Comments

  1. 3yellowdaisies

    Moving can be heartbreaking, and challenging especially from your childhood house. I also lived at mine for 16 years until my mama and I moved out. It take some time for us to get used to the whole idea of not living there anymore. But this feelings are only temporary. I hope the move went really well. I hope you’re making wonderful memories in your new house.

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