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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Travails Along the Bookish Road--With Hope

I realize that I'm fortunate to have a started a new business and to be very busy with work. This is a good thing. I'm very glad I'm no longer working as an adjunct professor earning a pittance, though I miss the students terribly. But actually, I suppose I'm mildly bewailing the fact that I haven had time to read all week. I so cherish the luxury of reading that having my sole time arrive just as I'm falling to sleep feels like a cheat.

So! In reference to my previous post, I had to retire Wilde Lake by Laura Lippmann. I read up to page 100 (it's 355 pages), but I didn't feel it lived up to its starred billing as heralded by Publishers Weekly. I'm sorry to report I found it boring. I'm most assuredly not complaining because I have read so many top-notch, thrilling books this year. Wilde Lake simply wasn't the book for me, and I do hope others will enjoy it.

So! You guessed it. To help me over this hump, I am reading L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton. Oh, what a comfort to be back in the so very un-beautiful Saint Teresa, California, stalking around with Kinsey Milhone, with all her hang-ups and feistiness. It's a balm for my overtaxed mental state.

But I'm looking forward to the following books:
  • The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks (I have read the first two chapters. Beautiful prose that one needs to read slowly to grasp its full merit.
  • Dr. Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak, the new translation, published in 2014. It's my hope to read it this summer. But if work is too frantic, I won't force myself to try to do it.
  • The Lake House by Kate Morton.  I adore Kate Morton's books and this most recent one, I'm sure, will be a pleasure.
  • O Pioneers! by Willa Cather will be my next Classics Read.
Yikes! I just found out the newish British gothic thriller The Loney is waiting for me at the library! Something for the weekend.


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  1. Your upcoming reads sound fabulous. O Pioneers! is my favorite Cather so far - enjoy!

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    1. I'm so glad that O Pioneers is your favorite Cather read. I'm looking forward to it, though I've been such a lazy reader this month. I don't think "lazy" is the right word for what's been blocking me. I've just had so much on my mind it's hard to focus. I'm sure it will improve.

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  2. Looking forward to reading your reviews of these books.
    Sometimes a Kinsey Millhone book is just what the doctor ordered ... relaxing, stress-free, like an old friend who makes no demands.
    I read her latest one a few months ago when I needed a reading weekend vacation. It did the trick.

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    1. Exactly, Kathy, reading Kinsey is like catching up with an old dear friend--just the ticket.
      How did you feel about her latest, by the way.

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  3. X was the latest one. I can barely remember it. It was OK. There were two plot lines going on, and it was fun. A diversion, entertaining, quick read.
    Didn't tax my brain.

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    1. Kathy,
      Sue Grafton is now at least 78 years old, and maybe 79. She's determined to make it through to Z, though I wouldn't think less of her if she wasn't able to do it.

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