Three books arrived, this weekend, and I've been considering returning for one reason: I miss reviewing children's books. I'm still having an off reading year and I'm still just trying to tolerate it. It's distressing when you're used to reading 3-4 books per week and you frequently (not just occasionally but frequently!) realize you don't feel like reading at all when your normal reading time rolls around. It is what it is. I'm sure I'll move past it someday, but 2016 is just not going to be a high-volume reading year and I'm learning to live with it.
The new arrivals, from top to bottom (all from HarperCollins):
- Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
- Intimations by Alexandra Kleeman (short stories)
- Mercury by Margot Livesey
At least two or three other books arrived from HarperCollins but I neglected to set them aside to photograph. However, I'm reading one of them.
Current reads (sorry, no picture):
- Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye - I'm finding this one beautifully written but a bit of a slog. Might just be my inability to focus for long; I think it's a solid read and I'm going to continue.
- A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression by Jane Ziegelman and Andy Coe (this is the HarperCollins) - Beginning with ravenous soldiers returning from WWI to feasts held in their honor, this book proceeds onward to describing how "efficiency experts" tried to teach housewives to reduce their movements and minimize their kitchen time, also encouraging them to build smaller kitchens for efficiency. Farm wives kept track of how they spent their days, using pie charts. Amazingly, they didn't care about efficiency. They were accustomed to working 16-hour days but loved the satisfaction of a job well done. Absolutely loving this book. The writing is a little flat but the content is engrossing.
July ended up being my worst reading month, by far, in an already sluggish year. But, for good reason. We were on vacation for nearly two weeks and it was a go-go-go vacation to Australia.
We were on our feet almost all day, every day (except for the two days of bus tours). I brought home a few Australian books, naturally, all inexpensive classics because Australian books are shockingly expensive but these were reasonable and I want to continue with my Australian reading:
Top to bottom:
- For the Term of His Natural Life by Marcus Clarke (a book I read electronically, last year, and have wanted to own in paper, since)
- The True Story of Spit MacPhee by James Aldridge
- The Commandant by Jessica Anderson
- Sydney Bridge Upside Down by David Ballantyne (pretty sure this one is set in New Zealand, in spite of the title)
- The Chantic Bird by David Ireland
I'll post my pitiful stack of July reads, tomorrow. There are two more Australian books in that stack. The fact that I began the month with a chunkster (which I had to quit reading when it started to fall apart) and then read another probably contributed to my thin stack. I'm hoping to purchase a replacement of my 1970s copy of Gone With the Wind and return to it, soon. That's the book that started falling to pieces as I read it. Fortunately, it's so memorable that I know I'll have no trouble picking up where I left off.
What's been up in your world?
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