Reading This Weekend #2

With an assignment for University due next week I definitely need to spend the majority of my weekend working on that, which marks the entrance of the wonders that are short story collections. They're perfect to pick up during breaks, I think they tend to work best when they're read through fairly slowly, and they often offer just enough without giving too much. And I like that.

The Boat by Nam Le
This was a collection I picked up on a bit of a whim, I'm currently a couple of stories in and it's been a little bit of a mixed bag so far but I'm not disappointed. I mean, it's published by Canongate, one of my favourite publishing houses so I think the likelihood of my being disappointed was always quite slim. Le has captured an essence of humanity within many very different characters and they're so intriguing; the human condition at its clearest. I adored the first story, the second wasn't quite as immediately engaging but it has stayed with me and I suppose that's the feeling the collection has given me so far. The themes are pretty heavy, but they're beautifully written and don't immediately give everything of themselves. The stories keep popping into my head throughout the day and I find myself still considering why events unfolded the way they did, and why people made those particular decisions.

Corpus Christi by Bret Anthony Johnson
This arrived on my doorstep yesterday and I'm looking forward to it so much that I might pick it up on my lunch break this afternoon. A collection of stories from Corpus Christi, a town often hit by hurricanes in Texas. I don't really know much else about what to expect, which is quite exciting. I get the impression that they're going to be incredibly atmospheric and really explore how events can impact on life. Some snippets of reviews I've read hint that it's a bit of an emotional ride, but I'm ready to have my heart broken in the name of a good story if that's what it comes to. It also smells really good. Ahh that new book smell. Perfect.

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What are you going to be reading this weekend?

Comments

  1. The cover for The Boat is so beautiful, and it sounds great. Any book that can keep you engaged and can keep you thinking about it even after you put it down is always worth a read.
    This weekend, I'm going to finish The Nightingale hopefully!

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    1. I agree, it's a special quality that not all stories can hold. Sounds wonderful, happy reading! :)

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  2. I'm reading Tinder by Sally Gardner at the mo. I love Canongate too, especially their myths series :)

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    1. Ooh amazing! I read Maggot Moon last year and loved it, so I'd really like to read more of her work. From what I've heard of Tinder it sounds wonderful with those gorgeous illustrations! :)

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  3. I definitely want to pick up some short story collections but have no idea where to start! Do you have any other recommendations? xx

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    1. I agree that there are so many it can be pretty overwhelming! I've just started exploring the genre and have learned that some are really great and others can really fall flat. I really love 'No One Belongs Here More Than You' by Miranda July and 'You Are Not The One' by Vestal McIntyre. And if you have any favourite authors that have short story collections, go for those too. xo

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  4. You always have really interesting book choices for stories I'd never think of picking up myself - checking these out on goodreads atm.


    Mel ♥
    everyword

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  5. I love you unique taste in books Jennie - you always introduce me to so many amazing new authors! I don't usually read short stories, but these collections both look beautiful. I especially love the sound of Corpus Christi. Maybe hurricanes are more fascinating if you're not at risk from them!
    Thank you!
    Beth x
    www.thequietpeople.com

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  6. I'm reading "No-One Belongs Here More Than You" by Miranda July at the moment which is a short story collection, I've heard a lot about the Boat recently so might read that next (or in a couple of books time, get some novels in between!). I don't tend to read short story collections much which is stupid as two of my favourite books are collections, and my all-time favourite book is the Nine Stories collection of short stories by JD Salinger, I've used every single one in some form over the years (songs, plays and film). So incredible. xx

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    1. Love Miranda July. Will definitely check out nine stories! xo

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  7. Just found your blog, this is so great hearing recommendations. I've stopped reading for pleasure since university and really want to get back into it!

    Would love if you check out my blog! Just followed you :)
    Raincouver Beauty

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