Recent reads, recent loves


Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently


Arcadia – Lauren Groff

So good. At first I thought it was all about living on a commune, but it was more than that. That is merely the first third of the book. It just gets better and better. Groff is just an excellent writer.

Faith Vol 1 – Jody Houser, Francis Portela (Illustrations), Marguerite Sauvage (Illustrations) (my thoughts)

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye – Sonny Liew (my thoughts)
A manual for cleaning women – Lucia Berlin (my thoughts)

The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats, and Ex-Countries – Jessa Crispin
I’ve been a Bookslut reader for a while and was sad to hear of its ending (in May I think?). Crispin is the founder of that excellent literary site. And this is her book about, well, about a lot of things, she writes about writers, and not just writers, both male and female but the wives of writers like James Joyce’s wife, there’s also some travel, as Crispin herself travels from Berlin to Trieste to well, lots of places across Europe, then there’s also insights into her own life, her relationship with her lover. It’s kind of lit crit that takes place in a bar or a coffeeshop, it’s like a conversation with a friend, about books and loves and travel. It was an excellent non-fiction read.

The Makioka Sisters – Jun’ichirō Tanizaki (my thoughts)

Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari
It’s probably cheating a bit to include this one as I’m still reading it. But how I love listening to it. Ansari is hilarious!
The Wrath and the Dawn – Renee Ahdieh

I’ll write about this soon as I just finished it last night! But what a fun read.


Well now, that’s eight. But that will do! 

What have you read recently and loved?


  1. I have A Manual for Cleaning Women on my TBR, so I’m happy to see it here. I’m very intrigued by The Makioka Sisters! I’m putting that one on my list.

    Were you able to watch Aziz Ansari’s show Master of None? It’s really funny and wonderful. Hes so amazingly talented.

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    1. Yup I read it on Scribd. It might not be for everyone (especially more “serious” nonfiction readers, I’m guessing) but I really liked it. And I liked it so much I was thinking of buying myself a copy.


  2. I too am so heartbroken by the closing of BookSlut! Hoping Crispin keeps writing and publishing and being her thoughtful, creative, vocal self.

    Dying to read The Wrath and the Dawn — I hope to get to it this summer (or later, perhaps, when all the books are out — I hate waiting!)

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    1. Ha! Silly me. When I started The Wrath and the Dawn I didn’t realize it was a series. Of course I should’ve guessed it was. So yep I am stuck waiting for the next one!!


  3. So many good ones! Modern Romance and The Wrath and the Dawn go straight on my tbr, I think I will also listen to the audiobook of the Ansari. I love the pic you chose of Faith, sneak peak at a woc character yay 🙂


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