Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners but is now currently being hosted by Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.

This week’s book:

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Blurb from Goodreads

A modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone set on a glacial lake, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck, and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. It is a town “chastened by an outsized landscape and extravagant weather, and chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere.” Ruth and Lucille’s struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.

Why I Want To Read It

Happy Monday everyone! That is if there is something to be happy about Mondays. I know, most of us don’t really like Mondays because it means going back to work or school. But hey, Mondays, seen from a different vantage point, can mean new opportunities, and new doors. Mondays can mean fresh starts. Speaking of starts, I hope you started your week right. I hope that in this coming week, you will be accomplishing everything you set out to achieve. I hope that your week will be productive. However, if you are not up to it, I hope you spend the week resting and recovering. More importantly, I hope everyone is doing well, in body, mind, and spirit.

To kickstart the blogging week, I am posting a new Goodreads Monday update. In the past few days, I have been focusing on completing my 2022 wrap-up writeups while, at the same time, setting my reading goals for the year. I have already ticked off one of my targets as I shared some of the 2023 books I am looking forward to. I have still several lists to do, from my 2023 Top 23 Reading List to my 2023 Beat the Backlist Challenge but I will be taking it in strides. While it would be logical to feature an anticipated 2023 release, like what I did last week, I will be deviating this week as I will be featuring a backlist book I have, Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping.

Robinson has long been on my list of writers whose works I have been wanting to explore. Like most of the writers I have been reading in the past seven or eight years, it was through must-read lists that I first encountered the American writer. Some of her works have been listed as must-reads. I have also learned that she won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize with her 2004 novel, Gilead. Her 2008 novel, Home, meanwhile, was listed as one of the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. However, it was another book of hers that I was able to obtain, and that is Housekeeping.

Published in 1980, Housekeeping was Robinson’s debut novel. Prior to the novel’s publication, Robinson was a noted scholar of Renaissance art. Housekeeping proved to be a literary sensation, earning the nod of critics and readers alike. It was even a finalist for the 1982 Pulitzer Prize and awarded the PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel. It was also ubiquitous in the greatest or the best novels of all time lists. These are all more reasons for me to read the book. Maybe I ought to include it in my 2023 Beat the Backlist challenge seeing as it has been nearly three years since I acquired my copy of the book? I’ll see.

How about you fellow reader? What books have you added to your reading list? Do drop it in the comment box. For now, happy Monday and, as always, happy reading!