I have been doing a certain amount of Amazon work of late. I have a double excuse, Xmas is approaching and so purchases MUST be made, also I have this course I am working on and the students will have to be reading books, plus I am teaching some writing skills. (EEEKKKK I am ENTIRELY unqualified!) SO, some purchasing has happened.
I have also gotten tired of not having books around that I am dying to read.
Darling Books Beth kicked it all off with a fantastic gift of a BAG of books that I took without even reviewing them. I SO needed to read!
Then I've been doing some shopping, in BCN I have found a couple of books, on the trip to Wales...I went back on the plane with books stuffed into my back pockets, down my sleeves, tucked into my belt and down my pant legs. I kid you not. They said we could only bring one bag on as carry on! I had a knapsack with a meager change or two of clothing. Even I cannot fit approximately 40 paperbacks into one knapsack with all that, but I'd be D*MNED if I left even one behind. It was a relief to get past the luggage police and put some of it back into a plastic bag, let me tell you!
I am such a weirdo.
Anyway, I have been contentedly reading up a storm of late. You see I am a fast and voracious reader, so if I only have a few books on hand I self-strangle on the reading, but now!! The only good thing about sitting up all night was that I finished a novel each way.
Let me just tell you what I've been up to because I am SO excited!
I am currently reading:
Mort by Terry Pratchett, and to my fantastic fabulous and brilliant Aunt...thank you endlessly for introducing me to these!
Writing for Story by Jon Franklin, a good read, as it should be. This one is for the course, but I am enjoying it whatever the reason.
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye. I have chosen this for the course and I am kind of fearful of reading it. I know it's good, but I also know it's going to be hard.
Housekeeping by Marilyn Robinson, ditto for the course, I have to read it fast as it has gotten mixed reviews and if it is terrible I have to know soon so I can axe it from the course and substitute something else. I have two contenders,
Black Boy by Richard Wright
The Warrior Woman by Maxine Hong Kingston
I am also looking forward to:
The Art of the Personal Essay: an anthology from the Classical Era to the Present
Roald Dahl, Tales of the Unexpected
Charlie Connely, Attention All Shipping: A journey round the Shipping Forecast
Salman Rushdie: Midnght's Children and Enchantress Florence
Paul Thereaux, Dark Star Safari: overland from Cairo to Cape Town
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus
Olver Sacks, Musicophilia - I am seriously excited about this one. One of those books you gasp when you see and snatch from the bookstore shelves in case someone else grabs it!
Anthony Woodward and Robert Penn, The Wrong Kind of Snow
Camilla Gibbs, The Petty Details of So and So's Life
Haley Shogren and White, Environmental Economics in Theory and Practice, as heavy and dull as it sounds, but I am fascinated.
Carolyn Jourdan, Heart in the Right Place
Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything. Seems like it would make a great audio book for my summer commutes.
Driving Sideways by Fess Riley
Running with Scissors, by Augusten Burroughs
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, I did see the movie first, now I'd like to read the book
Red Plaid Shirt by Diane Schoemperlen
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
All that is Solid Melts into Air, but Marshall Berman
Haruki Murikami in Catalan
Kevin Crossley-Holland, Short! A book of VERY short stories. (for teaching story writing to students)
that'll do for now.
There are a few more, but I am not quite as excited about them...and there are so many more!
Ooooohhh it is so nice to have good books, I even took one with me to walk the dog.....he led me today, that's for sure, till we got to the mountains and the views were their usual beautiful selves and a certain fuzzy someone needed to have pine cones pitched for him.
I am developing quite the arm I have to say, and I haven't murdered or fired the architect, yet, so all is well I suppose! Could they move any slower?????