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.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Vampires in the Lemon Grove - With fantastical features like girls who have been turned into silk worms and magical war tattoos, Karen Russell's Vampires in the Lemon Grove covers a lot of ground. What comes in common with all of the short stories is a sense of being very dedicated to an idea, like a vampire's sobriety of go keeping hold of a glass window long enough to stake an official claim, and then somehow realizing that that idea will fail. The slow disintegration of psyches and unveiling of events can be a bit too slow at times, but overall plays well with the fantastical elements. There are certainly spooky aspects, like the life-sized doll of a runaway child, and these play well into the overall stories without devolving into a gimmick. The talent in writing is evident though I didn't care for quite all of the stories mostly because the plots at times could be painfully slow to develop.

Currently reading

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