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I’m Reading The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

Yesterday, I finished up Less by Andrew Sean Greer, so I started my next audiobook. Today’s task is to get as finished with The Night Watchman as I can. I’ve got a lot of books to get through that I’ve acquired over some time. I don’t really like to write actual reviews of books anymore, because if I’ve invested time in finishing the book, that means I at least respect it and would hopefully only say constructive things about it to the author in-person. I’d probably only answer what I didn’t like about it if asked directly, which won’t happen. These Pulitzer Prize-winning authors have, as their title states, won a Pulitzer, and probably have enough writing experience to be comfortable doing their own thing regardless of what anyone says. I always imagine I’m in a workshop group with the authors or something. Maybe that just means I’m not the best at workshopping.

Anyway, this one is 13 hours of audio, so I’ve got to pretty much wear my AirPods Max headphones all day. I’ve got to really pay attention to this one too, because it switches between characters quite a bit. It’s a fictional novel based on historic events, inspired by the author’s real grandfather. It’s set on the Turtle Mountain Reservation. I’m only an hour into it, which may be 50 pages or so? Probably not quite 100 pages yet. Somewhere in-between.

Anyway, maybe over time I’ll go back and add more thoughts and stuff to this post, and maybe other blog posts about other books. Again, I’m not a “reviewer”, just a reader who writes a lot, too.

I have to go to the office now. I’ll post a very short story tomorrow.




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2 responses to “I’m Reading The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich”

  1. Kyle Avatar

    That book is very popular at my work lol, I hardly ever see it on the shelves.

    1. Eric Shay Howard Avatar

      😀 It’s definitely interesting, and the Native American history aspect probably helps too.

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