Borrowing Books from Megan’s Collection

Borrowing these four books

Last week, I shared my quarantine to-do list full of books, tv shows, and movies that will keep any isolated person occupied, and today I’ve got several more books for the list. I’m still on my bullshit of choosing books to read while I’ve already got stacks full of unread ones, but bear with me as I introduce a selection of books I’m borrowing from my sister Megan’s shelf. Instead of reading my way through my collection full of non-fiction criminal justice reads or poetry chapbooks (hey, a girl knows what she likes) as I probably should, I thought I’d diversify my genres and go for some fiction. A brief side discussion: I don’t usually enjoy fiction. I know, I know, I shouldn’t say that, but I always reach for a social justice research publication over a novel (Call Me By Your Name excluded from this argument, obviously), mostly because I feel that I get bored quickly of too slow narratives. But I’m trying something new, so I’m borrowing Megan’s books as she and I tend to have similar interests and opinions on literature and most everything else. I chose Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill, Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith (not actually a novel, more autobiographical), On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan, and Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez. I already started reading some of Because They Wanted To—a series of short stories, and the first of which grabbed my attention, but lost me a little in the end. I think I need to re-read this one. Tracy K. Smith’s book is about her own life, and it’s one my sister had signed for me when she came to speak in Hawaiʻi! I adore Smith, so it won’t be a hard book to get through. On Chesil Beach was interesting to me because I was intrigued by the movie trailer, if I’m being honest. Saoirse Ronan and a sad, confusing marriage story? Sign me up. Speaking of sad, the last book I’m borrowing of Megan’s is Love in the Time of Cholera! It seemed like a timely pick and again, the movie trailer reeled me in. Maybe I should just be watching the movie versions instead?