This week my letterbox was rather full and it’s all my own doing. Ages ago, I heard about the five dollar note challenge – basically, you save your $5 notes rather than spending them. While the internet tells me to do this daily and put it in a bank account to access in old age, I chose to do it differently. (Plus, I have some days where I don’t buy anything). I empty my wallet of $5 notes weekly and save them for something fun. This time, I spent it at Readings, one of Australia’s finest bookshops. (Unfortunately, my $5 savings didn’t extend to an actual trip, so I bought online).
Here’s what I bought:
From the Corner of the Oval Office by Beck Dorey-Stein is a memoir of Beck’s time in the Obama White House as a stenographer. I’m reading this at the moment and she writes brilliantly. It’s not just about politics, but relationships, growing up and seeing the world in an unusual way. (Please don’t be put off by the pink cover).
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is about Romy, starting two consecutive life sentences in prison in California. Inside is an entirely different world to outside – trying to get basic necessities is difficult as is the casual violence. Since then, it has been longlisted for The Man Booker Prize.
Sex and the City and Us by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong looks at the phenomenon that was SATC – the columns, the TV show and the movies. It has interviews with the cast (including SJP) and the writers and how it changed the cultural landscape.
Promising Young Women by Caroline O’Donoghue revolves around Jane, an internet agony aunt and jaded twenty-something. But one night Jane becomes The Other Woman. Sure, the agony aunt in her knows what to do but Jane does not. Everything turns on its head. (This is also published by Virago, so I know I’ll get a good read).
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler – I’ve been a little late to the Anne Tyler party (this is only my third book by her) but I can’t get enough of her enticing stories. This story follows Willa, someone who has always had her path laid out by others. But when Willa’s son’s ex-girlfriend needs help, she crosses the country to do so. There she finds that unexpectedness can in fact be fun…
Big Girl Now by Anjum Hasan follows Sophie Das moving to Bangalore at age 25. But a murder sends her back home and Sophie starts to question where she belongs and what is meaningful – her family or the thrills of the big city.
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza is the first book selected by Sarah Jessica Parker for Hogarth (just continuing the SATC theme here…). I’ve liked the books that she’s previously recommended so I thought I’d try this. Hadia and her Muslim-Indian family are preparing for her wedding but there are issues. Can this marriage based on love be accepted by the older members of the family? Will younger brother Amar behave? How can the cultures of yesterday and today co-exist?
If you want to look at other books received this week across the globe, drop by the Mailbox Monday blog for links to everyone’s mailbox goodies.
It’s Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Book Date. Click on the pictures to read more about the books.
What I Read Last Week:
Didn’t finish anything!
What I’m Reading at the Moment: