Speed Dating from the Shelf (#5)

ft. Pig, My Freshman Year, and A Certain Age

Twas a cold and blustery day. I bared the cold with my bag of books, trekked uphill both ways to the coffee shop, and plopped down for a creamy hot chocolate steamed by my dear barista roommate. It was time for some Speed Dating from the Shelf.

Started out this Speed Dating session with Pig. This is Scottish literature, a.k.a. very different from what I normally read. And it sounds Scottish. The word choice is not what I’m used to. This is the story of a boy who visits his grandparents at their farm until his Grandma dies and his Grandpa gets put in the nursing home. The boy offers to take care of the old sow that lives on the farm, and his parents eventually agree as he’s old enough to be on his own. Supposedly there’s some wild romance, but I haven’t gotten there yet. So far it’s just very dark and blunt. A very sad beginning, written with limited detail, yet still intriguing.

My Freshman Year is actually I book that I ended up skimming the remainder of. However, when I first started it, I found this book highly fascinating. As I mention in my review, I love ethnographic studies, and there’s a lot to be gleaned from Nathan’s research around racial diversity and student interactions in college/university. Also the concept of community, which is often talked about generally, but rarely delved into.

“It is hard to create community when the sheer number of options in college life generate a system in which no one is in the same place at the same time.”

However, after the segment I initially read for my speed dating session, it goes way downhill. You can read more about that in my review.

Finally began A Certain Age, which I’m reading as part of TLC Book Tours. This story opens  on a scene of Mrs. Theresa Marshall, an esteemed 44 year old lady, with her lover, Captain Octavian Rofrano, a young boy of 22 recently returned from the war. I’m immediately sucked in to the excitement of the 20s, a mentality that Williams promotes through her writing. However, it doesn’t seem to be all fun and games, there may be something dark on the horizon. I’ll be interested to see where it goes!


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