A couple of months ago I started reading Margaret Atwood's The Handmaids's Tale per recommendation of blogger Lucy Williams' new-that-month book club (and also per my search for a more portable read than Anna Karenina, The Handmaid's Tale is very light weight-wise if you're looking for something for a similar reason). It was amazing, thought-provoking, gripping, and heart-wrenching. I'm even more glad I read it now that I know that the series based on it is being released on Hulu quite soon. One of life's little pleasures, let me tell you.

Anyway, I can never stick to following absolutely any book club ever for more than one or two months but, this read lead me to Atwood's other works. I'm currently working on The Blind Assassin, which is longer and more intertwining a story than The Handmaid's Tale. It gets more involved and thrilling about halfway, at least it was the case for me. So it wasn't as gripping of a page-turner as THT but by about the half-way point I really wanted to know where all of these various parts of the story were leading. It has been similar in this sense to Girl on a Train - a slow start with some interesting elements - it takes some time to pull you in (once it does though, you're in it to the end).

But I digress.

After I finish The Blind Assassin I might go back to Tolstoy to read at home, but am searching for other more portable books to carry in my bag. Also on the list is Sense and Sensibility, the only Austen novel I have ever put down without finishing. Perhaps therein lies my answer...

Regardless, if anyone has some recommendations, send 'em my way!

- a.