What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment

"A thirteen-year-old is a kaleidoscope of different personalities, if not in most ways a mere figment of her own imagination. At that age, what and who you are depends largely on what book you happen to be reading at the moment.”

 

While not 13 anymore, the desire to read almost anything and everything in order to read for fun and for experience is still around. I'm currently working on my PhD in a physical science, but I love to read and books are one of my non-science hobbies.

Unbecoming: A Novel

Unbecoming: A Novel - Rebecca Scherm With strong echoes of [b:The Goldfinch|17333223|The Goldfinch|Donna Tartt|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1378710146s/17333223.jpg|24065147], another interesting combination of heist & literary fiction. A young woman (Grace by birth, Julie by fleeing criminal choice) has escaped to Paris, under an assumed name, having effectively gone to ground after an historic house in her hometown is robbed, a former boyfriend/partner/human-she-was-involved-with in prison as well as his accomplices. Tracing her background and involvement with not just her future partners-in-crime but the whole class boundary between her poor background and her male romantic partner's wealthy family, her past is a combination of crime thriller and anatomy-of-a-crime story. It's atmospheric and psychological (though not as obviously fictionalized as [b:The Girl on the Train|22557272|The Girl on the Train|Paula Hawkins|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1421709869s/22557272.jpg|41107568] or [b:Gone Girl|19288043|Gone Girl|Gillian Flynn|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1397056917s/19288043.jpg|13306276]).

Currently reading

Native Son
Richard Wright
The Great Glass Sea
Josh Weil
The Elder Edda
Anonymous, Andrew Orchard