What Are You Reading Wednesday?

I haven't done one of these in ages!

What are you reading now?
The Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson - I like this a lot, partly because it brings back good memories of my Central Asia trip. That said, the author has made some questionable writing decisions. The chapters weave back and forth between two seemingly unrelated plot lines. The better one set in Kashgar around the turn of the century, where a group of British lady missionaries decide to set up shop with predictably poor consequences. This is by far the most vivid and interesting half of the story. The other plot line is set in modern-day England, and thus far features an Islamic scholar and a mysterious dude from Yemen. Also, there is an extra-marital affair and some bother with immigration laws. I like all the characters well enough, but this half of the story seems unnecessarily dramatic and complicated.

What did you just finish reading?
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powell -- I didn't finish this book so much as stop reading it. The book is about a confused Iraq vet, and it was compared a lot of The Things They Carried by adoring book critics. Maybe I owuld have liked it better without that comparison? I spent most of my time thinking it didn't live up to Tim O'Brien, and the writing contains lots of ornate sentences that don't actually mean anything.

What will you read next?
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - She's one of my favorite authors, and I'm so psyched that she has something new!
lots of ornate sentences that don't actually mean anything -- Ha! I hate it when writers attempt to be too clever by half. Interesting assortment of books!
I am currently re-reading Necessary Losses by Judith Viorst as recommended by my therapist, but I'm having a fair amount of trouble with it this time through as--although the author has many useful things to say--the book is very heterocentrist, ciscentrist, and gender essentialist in its underlying assumptions. (For example, I've just gotten to a point where I had to skip three chapters because they don't apply to me: I'm not in a male-female relationship and probably never will be, I have no intention of ever having children, and there was something else that I'm blanking on.) Oh, and she's big on PiV sex as the way to "oneness."

I've also been reading a number of Adult Children of Narcissist blogs, because I'm trying to break free of my own ACON childhood, and reading others' experiences with their narcissistic mothers is helping.

As to what I'm going to read next...I don't know.