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Reading Right Now

I haven’t done one of these in a while, but here’s a look at the books I’m reading (right now).
…Breakfast Book…
Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs, by Sally Mann
The Amateur Librarian // Reading Log November 2015
Sally Mann’s memoir is like looking through a box of old photos, full of Southern scenery, artistic process, and conflicting family memories. It’s up for the National Book Award this year and I’ve heard lots of great reviews, so I got on the hold list at the library and checked it out a couple weeks ago. Each chapter could be a separate essay, and right now I’m in the middle of the backlash to her Immediate Family photography, and it’s fascinating to see her process and how the media attention affected her life.
…On the Kindle…
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story by Dan Harris
The Amateur Librarian // Reading Log November 2015
After listing all the un-read ebooks I’ve piled up, this one stuck in my mind when I was ready to start something new. The author’s interview with Gretchen Rubin on her Happier podcast was enough to convince me to give it a try, and I liked that the author doesn’t take “self-help” too seriously. The author’s irreverant tone is engaging, and the incidental behind-the-scenes look at TV news is a bonus (plus it’s actually funny!).
…Audiobook…
The Secret Keeper, by Kate Morton
The Amateur Librarian // Reading Log November 2015
I can already tell Kate Morton is going to be a new favorite. I’ve only been listening to the audiobook for a week or so and I’m hooked. A grown daughter figuring out the mysteries of her dying mother’s past, with flashbacks to World War II, is making my daily commute a lot more interesting. The two British narrators make it even better – from now on, I’m on the lookout for narrators with accents because they are so much fun!

What are you reading right now?

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