My husband heard me laughing out loud at what I was reading and looked up with surprise. Lately, he’s more likely to catch me crying at what I’ve read. I have been working my way through the Forest of Reading White Pine nominee list and a variety of #ownvoices texts to diversify my reading. My reading experiences have been much wider, but these materials aren’t easy to read. In the past few months I have read about human trafficking, abuse of all sorts, generational trauma, and PTSD amongst other things.
My most recent reading selection was Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao. This slice isn’t meant to be a review, but the book was beautifully written. I have since recommended it to a colleague. When I suggested it to her, though, it was with the caveat that it’s not a light read. Just when it seemed like the characters couldn’t sink any lower, society found a way to additionally exploit them.
So when it came time to return to my “To Be Read” pile I was clamouring for something lighter. The book jacket promises murder, mystery, and thievery; just what I need to cleanse my palate before I jump back into the murky waters of angsty YA.