In a Reading Rut

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I’m in a reading rut. I’m sure it was bound to happen after my hectic week of deadlines and really late nights. I started two different books and have only read past 50 pages in one of them. That’s slow for me. It’s not the books, they’re actually great so far. My brain is just too tired to read, especially when I collapse in my bed at 3AM.

Mercy of Thin Air by Ronlyn Domingue

The first book I’m working on (I’m a promiscuous reader) is Ronlyn Domingue’s debut novel, The Mercy of Thin Air. I actually broke my self-imposed library ban to borrow the book. So I guess I’m reading on a deadline. I think I only have another 10 days before it has to go back! I was blown away after reading The Mapmaker’s Warso it seemed natural to pick up Domingue’s first novel. The Mercy of Thin Air is written from the point of view of ghost. I’m only about 20 pages. So far, I like the ghost, but haven’t read enough to give you more of an opinion about the book.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

My other book another novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. It won’t be released until May (I’m reading a galley). I can tell that this novel is going to touch my heart in an unexpected way. Let’s hope no tissues will be harmed in the reading of this book. It’s not sappy at all, but the characters are carving out a life in a war ravaged land. Need I say more? Read the book blurb.

This week should be much better, as I’ll be riding the Metro one day this week for a work thing. You know what that means. About 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading time. Hopefully, I’ll catch up on sleep too so my brain can function normally. Or normally enough to digest some literary fiction.

What’s on your nightstand this week?

About Thien-Kim

Thien-Kim is Editor of From Left to Write. She sneaks in her reading time late at night after her family is sound asleep. She also writes at I'm Not the Nanny.


  1. I just downloaded Joyce Carol Oates’ newest book, The Accursed, after reading an excellent review by Stephen King. I’m also still reading Raising Cubby (oops). :)

  2. The Marra sounds good to me. I hope you end up totally loving it :)

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