Busy week for reading. I've posted reviews of most of the books I finished this week, and am working on another review for a book sent to me by Coffee House press – Extraordinary Renditions by Andrew Ervin. It's not due out 'til September, though. So maybe I'll keep puzzling out the meaning of it until a little later in the summer, though I may go ahead and write the review now while it's fresh in my mind. It left me wanting, though not necessarily in a bad way. Ah, but 'tis too early to talk about that now.
And, what am I reading now? Well, let me tell you! First off, I'm finishing the (long) short short for the Imperial Russia Challenge – Turgenev's "The Diary of a Superfluous Man." July 15th is my tour date for review/thoughts. I need to finish up and get my ideas together.
Also, working on a book for the Canadian Challenge, Brian Moore's so far wonderful The Great Victorian Collection. Not far into it, but it's apparently about a man who wakes up and finds a huge treasure trove of priceless Victorian antiques/collectibles have suddenly appeared in front of where he's living. A bit like Angela Carter's The Magic Toyshop, a particular favorite of mine.
Otherwise, since I've finished a number of books lately I'm left staring, dumbfounded, at the piles and piles of books around me.They're all clamoring for attention but I honestly don't know what's next. Maybe by next Sunday I will.
Just such a busy, tiring week. The heat and humidity have knocked me out. I feel like I could sleep 24 hours a day. Plus, the weather doesn't do my sore knee any favors. Then there's been the need to pick the next four months worth of reading for the Book Clubbers fiction group here at the library. That took a lot of investigation and readings of first chapters. But finally I think I've chosen:
A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson
Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama
The Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society by August Trobaugh
And that's it for me this week. This hot weather's just knocked me out!