Plus a surrealist dystopian novel and how books teach us to forgive
It's like you knew I was having a stressful moment! 🤪
Really looking forward to your Fall Reading Guide! And all that's to come for your newsletter ◡̈
I'm adding Search to my tbr!
For SF, I second your recommendation for Search which I loved and couldn’t put down. I’d also add The Thursday Murder Club series and The Change if she can tolerate some murder. The Change would have been a great flying book for me also, and might work for Elaine.
Another great brain break option that I’ve recently gotten into (in an effort to diversify from romances) is Agatha Christie! Or really any old timey feeling mystery--I just haven’t gotten that far yet. I prefer the Agatha Christie’s style to the more contemporary suspense mysteries (a la Girl on the Train or Big Little Lies, etc.).
I’m loving that recurring NYT column (no surprise there haha)-- it’s very much in line with my thesis work about the sacramental potential of literature, and this installment was particularly good. My go-to definition of forgiveness (inspired by Romans 12, the Hippocratic oath, and Matt Potts) is “not returning evil for evil, doing no harm, overcoming evil with good.” I love to see the ways literature can explore the many facets of forgiveness between people in complex relationships.
Both answers today gave me plenty to add to my TBR as school starts back up, thank you! And thanks for linking to the Book Riot article, I had a lot of fun writing it!