We just returned home from the most beautiful, serene vacation spot in the world: Maui. Check it out!
I devoured several other books, too, of course: John Green's Turtles All the Way Down, which actually lived up to all the hype around its publication; Alice McDermott's grimy-yet-beautiful dive into a turn of the century Irish-Catholic working class neighborhood in Brooklyn, The Ninth Hour (link goes to my review); and Seanan McGuire's latest in the Wayward Children series, Beneath the Sugar Sky. I'm sorry to say that I found the McGuire book somewhat limp. I had such high hopes for this series after reading the deliciously dreary Down Among the Sticks and Bones, but the other books haven't even come close to that effort. Alas!
I am just finishing up Souad Mekhennet's extraordinary memoir of her time investigating Islamist jihad movements in the Middle East, I Was Told to Come Alone and I can barely wait to tell you all about it! Then I'm going to get back in touch with winter and read Katherine Arden's The Girl in the Tower, which is a follow-up to her icy, terrifying, utterly irresistible Russian fairy tale, The Bear and the Nightingale. I also haven't yet peeked at Chloe Benjamin's The Immortalists; am eager to return to and finish The New Jim Crow; feel like it's finally time to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; and need to speed-read Cassie Beasley's Tumble and Blue, since I stole it many weeks ago from my daughter's school library whilst volunteering and am starting to feel really guilty about keeping any longer. And of course, I just never know what else may strike my fancy! What's at the top of your TBR stack?