In the High Peaks

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.


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

    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.

  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.

    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.

  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.

    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.