Wednesdays are a time for taking note here on the blog, focusing on the ‘Currently’, a mid-week check-in. The book community is often focused only on reviews, the final, completed thoughts. I’d like to reclaim some of the journey of reading, the in-between time. To focus on the experience along the way. Of course I’ll still be sharing my Currently Listening as well—I love creating playlists each week, setting the tone for that week’s specific feelings and experiences. It’s all part of my current status.
I’ve despaired on Twitter about my current state of reading—I recently moved all of the books I own that are on my imminent TBR (as opposed to the long-term TBR of life) to a shelf in my bedroom…which has resulted in a complete overload. I’m like a little kid in a candy shop when it comes to choosing a book to read before bedtime. During the day I just carry around my Kindle and read whatever I have on loan from the library, but my bedtime reading is usually a time to really get into a book. But there are just so many now, right next to my bed, calling out to be read. I’ve started 7 different books on the bedroom TBR…now I just wish I had a day of reading to devote to each one.
My main read this week has been my Kindle book, which I’ve ben reading on breaks throughout the working day.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
- I haven’t read any Southern Gothic in a while, but it used to be a favourite genre of mine so I’m really enjoying the gothic, old Virginia/Appalachia vibes.
- I know this series is beloved, but I still don’t know much about the story. I’ve been loving magical realism lately and this seems to fit the bill, at least in the opening chapters.
- I’m going home to Maryland next week and I’ll have two weeks with limited Internet (and lots of reading time) so I’m quite hopeful that I’ll fall in love with the series so I can binge all four books.
Currently: Waiting On
Waiting on Wednesday is a series hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spines, be sure to stop by her blog to follow along!
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
Why did no one tell me that Anne Tyler had a new book out this year? New Anne Tyler books in consecutive years is just too much for my little bookworm heart. Her upcoming release is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, which includes literary retellings of some of Shakespeare’s iconic plays, reinterpreted into novel form and modern settings. Others in the series include Jeanette Winterson’s The Gap of Time and Howard Jacobson’s Shylock Is My Name. I’ve been meaning to read this series for ages—I can’t believe I let a new Jeanette Winterson novel pass my by for this long. Anne Tyler is tackling The Taming of the Shrew…which is not my favourite Shakespeare play. But if anyone can make me appreciate the story better, I’m sure it will be Anne Tyler.
After featuring one of my favourite songs last week—When My Time Comes by Dawes—I was inspired to go back and revisit one of my favourite, often overlooked albums. Cut to the weekend—I was working 12 hour days and all throughout I was listening to North Hills by Dawes, on repeat. In my personal music history, there are two or three albums that I’ve listened to nonstop throughout my young adulthood. Then there’s an album like North Hills, home to several songs that have seen me through difficult times, but as a whole I haven’t listened to the album very often since its release (in 2009—how the heck did 7 years pass by?!). Well, it caught me this weekend and I’ve fallen back in love not just with my favourite songs but also all the gems that I had forgotten about. That Western Skyline is another song that has kept me company through some difficult travels. God Rest My Soul, Take Me Out of the City, and Peace in the Valley hit so much closer to my heart now than when I was eighteen and just discovering the album.
Once I stopped listening to North Hills on repeat, I returned to my usual musical landscape. My playlist this week is a bit of a hodgepodge, but what else is new? Thanks to Beyoncé and Ezra Koenig's weird 'collaboration' across media, I was reminded of one of my favourite songs from the early aughts (Maps by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, which eventually became my Guitar Hero showpiece). What a strange world we live in. Six years ago Ezra Koenig tweeted a riff on a Karen O lyric from '03, and in 2016 Beyoncé is inspired for her own song 'Hold Up'. Anyway, special mention goes to Paul Simon’s, Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes. Who doesn’t love this song? Every year I can’t help but listen to this song when the weather gets sunny and warm. It’s just one of those tracks that makes me happy, no matter what.