Booklog for January 2019

Running a little behind again; the winter blahs are real and they are rude. Writing proceeds slowly but I’m not giving up. Onward and upward.

  • The Mirror Thief (Martin Seay)
  • After the Winter (Guadalupe Nettel)
  • South Pole Station (Ashley Shelby)
  • The Plague of Doves (Louise Erdrich)
  • Our Animal Hearts (Dania Tomlinson)
  • The Map Thief (Michael Blanding)

The Mirror Thief and the Map Thief are not in any way related; the former is a three-story novel braided together, and the latter is a nonfiction account of people who really enjoyed destroying old atlases (in general, but the “thief” part was at museums and libraries) in order to sell the maps. The Plague of Doves is so good it makes me want to peel my skin off, as Erdrich tends to be. Our Animal Hearts and After the Winter aren’t excellent in quite that urgent frantic way, but both very good. South Pole Station just wasn’t meant for me as a reader.

I just finished my second book of February and haven’t opened a new one yet, so no “currently reading” for this post.