I did not read much this week and that is sad. I also spilled half my lunch on a book (and on an insurance audit, oops), so that is also sad.
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
I believe Lyndsay recommended this one. The author, Marina Keegan, died young. Five days after her graduation from Yale, she died in a car crash. This book chronicles her writing, both fiction and non-fiction. I am not a short story person, but this book grabbed me. Although in some of her stories I could see overlapping themes that might have otherwise become tiresome, she had a voice beyond her years. A voice that could have had the potential to become a brilliant writer, made even more prolific by her death. I think, of course, it's easy to marginalize this book and admit that other young women who die in a car crash who maybe didn't go to Yale or have an upper-middle class upbringing probably wouldn't have their writings posthumously, but in the end, it's still a book that struck a chord with me.
The Magicians: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy)
I love it when I find out about a book series after it's all been published, so I don't have to wait around for new books to be released. This is like Harry Potter (and a little bit of Narnia) with a kick. High school senior Quentin is bored. Bored with life, bored with his friends, bored with the world around him when he suddenly finds himself whisked away to a secret magic college. This book chronicles his four years in college and expands into the adventures of the magic world beyond. While this is a fantasy novel, it's also a book where the characters seem unbelievably human and at times, unbelievably frustrating. I loved it and can't wait to read the other two.
What are you reading?