This week has been a bear. And I don’t mean a cute, Winnie-the-Pooh-getting-stuck-in-a-doorjamb-because-he-ate-too-much-honey bear. It’s been a giant, hungry, roaring, why-did-you-wake-me-up-from-my-hibernation bear of a week.
All this is to say, reading time has been scarce. I’ve gotten some listening in while walking and driving, and I managed a few chapters before sleepy time most nights this week. Put all together, not many pages have been read.
What are you currently reading?
This morning, I looked out my window at the sunny day outside and thought, “I should go for a walk right now.” Alas, an errand called for my immediate attention, and by the time I returned home, it was raining. This is known as New England weather. I love how Mark Twain put it: “If you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes.” Seriously.
Anyway, I went out again and returned home again, and by 6 p.m. the sun was shining once more. So I had my walk after all. All of which is to say: I’m currently listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling. (Not right this moment, obviously. Ha.)
What did you recently finish reading?
Earlier today, I finished The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. Several friends recommended it, but I was wary because French literature and I have had a rocky relationship. My verdict: It’s a lovely book. The characters experience many sad and hard things, tormenting things, things that threaten to pull them into spirals of self-loathing and bitterness and isolation. (Things that almost made me want to throw the book out a window.) But that’s life, isn’t it? What I appreciate most about this book is how the characters carry on fighting for themselves and their happiness, which is all we can ask for, really.
What do you think you’ll read next?
The eternal question … I honestly don’t know. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman was on my to-read list this week for my book group. Then we rescheduled our meeting, which means I’ll probably wait to read it closer to the discussion. I did such a banging job reading my own books in May that I want to keep the momentum going. But I also want to read the latest in Alexander McCall Smith’s 44 Scotland Street series, The Revolving Door of Life. So this one is to be determined…
How is your week of reading going? Any excellent reads to recommend?