After our Tybee Island trip, I went through a spell of not reading for a while. I read a lot while I was there, then lost my taste for it when we got home. I finally (and delightfully) feel like reading again.
Here’s a list of books I’ve found delightful over the past few weeks/months:
- The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
- How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
- The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
- The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks
- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Right now I am reading News of the World by Paulette Jiles on Kindle and Audible and Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer — hardcopy.
I finished listening to A River Runs Through It — a book I bought on Audible back in 2013 when Clare and I drove through Missoula. I didn’t realize it was really just a [long] short story. There are two other stories on that recording that I doubt I will listen to.
Karen from book group chose A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra as her book choice for our September 2017 discussion. I tried to read it, but it didn’t appeal to me. While I understood the writing was beautiful, I couldn’t get past the violence. It was set in Chechnya during the first and second Chechen wars and really terrible things happened during that time.
Determined to read it, I picked it up again about a year later. I started over and didn’t get much farther than I got the first time, but this time I didn’t just understand that it was beautifully written, but saw that it was.
Not too long ago I was again determined to finish it. It sat there in my Kindle and Audible libraries looking at me with contempt because I’d abandoned it twice. This time I didn’t start over, but picked up where I left off. I alternately read and listened to it, finding it easy to switch between formats. I was surprised that I remembered what I’d read in the past and only a few times had to look back to remember who a character was. I finished it this evening and said aloud to no one, “what a beautiful and terribly sad book that was.”
The book Karen (again!) has chosen for her book discussion next month is Have You Seen Luis Velez by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I borrowed it from Amazon Prime Reading as soon as my tears stopped after finishing A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. I loved it right away.
It has been brought to my attention that I need to go to Costco to buy a whole bunch of cheese to send to Clare. We also need toilet paper. I hate shopping at Costco because 1) people, 2) pandemic, and 3) I always buy things I don’t need.
Even though it was not on my original “to do when retired” list, I had the sudden urge to update my LibraryThing list of books to correspond with the books we actually had in the house. I knew this would be a long undertaking because we have lots of books.
Today I finished the living room bookshelves. It took all day but was actually delightful. Next I will tackle the bookshelf in our bedroom but probably not tomorrow.