Escaping into fiction again

When I left you last week, I was optimistic about reading political nonfiction, specifically the following:

  • White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
  • Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History by Kurt Andersen
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
  • What Truth Sounds Like: RFK, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race In America by Michael Eric Dyson
  • When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matters Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Bandele, with a foreword by Angela Davis
  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

I mentioned that “after Trump’s election, I just wanted to crawl under a rock and not come out for (hopefully) the next four years as the world collapsed around all of us.” However, I said something had changed, even though I didn’t know what, and that it “way past time for me to catch up on what’s going on around us and I’m hoping these books will help me on that journey. ” I’m still hoping the books, most of which I now own, will help me on my journey, but after this past week, I am about back to go crawl under that rock. So for today anyway, I’m putting the political nonfiction on the back burner and this afternoon I’m going to try to escape in a fiction book.

At this point, I don’t know what I’ll be reading. Ironically, I picked up one book this week at the library that I thought would be a escape from politics but then when I actually looked at what it was about after I got it home, I discovered that it was political, even with Trump as a character. The book is The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson, with this description: “It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they’re not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harbouring a suitcase full of contraband uranium, on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un …Soon Allan and Julius are at the centre of a complex diplomatic crisis involving world figures from the Swedish foreign minister to Angela Merkel and President Trump. Things are about to get very complicated …” I was with the description up until Kim Jong-un, then saw Angela Merkel and Trump mentioned, and then gave it a hard pass.

Also ironically for such a lover of fiction, I don’t have many fiction books on my Kindle right now or sadly at least, not many that I want to read. I do have one, Crocodile on the Sandbank, the first Amelia Peabody, by Elizabeth Peters that I might try this afternoon. We’ll see. I’ll let you know next week what I decided upon.

Today, Deb Nance of the blog Readerbuzz has a post about The Sunday Salon and is seeking our input on the group, which for now is on Facebook but with limited participation. She is asking what the direction of the group will be. Check out her blog post or visit the Facebook group page.

How was your reading this past week? What do you have planned for this week?

12 thoughts on “Escaping into fiction again

  1. I have a group of ladies that wanted to start a new book/social club but every single thing they choose to read or watch is depressing at hell and full of politics. The Palestinian War? No thank you. Vietnam? Nope. I like to know about these things but this is not an escape for me. Anything politically charged is set aside or forcefully pushed away.


  2. I read several political-ish books last year. I’m not doing that this year. I think my non-fiction reading will stick to history or science.


  3. I love the 100-year-old man first book so I want to read the next book. I, too, have become so stressed about Trump and have read a few books to try and help me understand the impact he is having on all of us. I am hoping to generate a discussion about award books, movies, and music Awards books. Join me in on the conversation


  4. If you want to experience misery, come live down here in Texas and spend time (too much time) attempting to talk with your friends and family about Trump. It’s a no-win (for me) situation.

    So no politics for me. I’m reading fiction too. I’ve just requested the 100-year-old man sequel from the library. Let’s hope it comes in soon for me.

    Thanks for the shout-out about Sunday Salon.


  5. I also just want to play ostrich and stick my head in the sand when it comes to Trump’s politics. I read just enough about it to get an idea of what’s going on and then stay away. I just don’t have the energy to be angry every day AND find the energy for work and school. It’s exhausting. Sigh.

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