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WHAT I'VE BEEN READING LATELY - COLLEEN'S TRAVEL BLOG
I didn’t really take any pictures in March. I’ve been all about the Instagram story lately. I know, I know. I’m a hypocrite because I said I hated Instagram. Sue me. I like the casualness of stories and I hate Snapchat for turning Venice into a corporate campus. But you know what I did do? I read. A LOT. I think on one particularly chill Saturday I read two books in a row. So for this month, I’m trying a little bit of a different format where I just list off some books I read. Let me know if you like it! What I Read: I have been on this kick lately where I’m trying to read the books on my Goodreads to-read shelf, in the order that I added them. So, it’s kind of a strange selection. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert Ugh, this was awful. This book was only 300 pages long, but it felt SO much longer. It was about a woman named Rachel who contracts leprosy as a six-year-old living in Honolulu. Then it follows her ENTIRE LIFE and BEYOND as a leper. It spanned over 70 years, but it felt more like 140 years. Do not recommend. St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell Karen Russell writes really weird short stories about strange childhoods (usually in Florida, a very strange place). The highlight is the title story, about a boarding school for feral children. I thought it was great, but it’s certainly not for everyone. If you like this, Karen Russell expanded the first story “Swamplandia!” into a full-length novel, which I loved (but my aunt hated). The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller I specifically remember my ex-boyfriend’s mom recommending this book for me approximately 1,000 years ago. Well, that relationship is long gone, but I finally got around to reading this book. It’s about a middle aged National Geographic photographer who has a week-long triste with an Iowa housewife while he’s photographing covered bridges. And then apparently they never get over each other and love each other until death and beyond, even though they can’t be together. It was beautifully written, but I just didn’t buy their eternal love. Like, of course you feel like that in the first week. It’s called infatuation. Madeleine is Sleeping by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum I have never read a book with so…