Sunday, March 02, 2008

Sunday Salon: indecision

Sorry I missed last week but I was busy and didn't read much anyway. It's hard to believe it's March already. I don't know where the time goes! I am looking forward to spring though, even with the hayfever it brings with it.

As for my current reading, I'm almost done Housekeeping vs. The Dirt by Nick Hornby. This second collection of his 'Stuff I've Been Reading' monthly column in the Believer magazine is just as amusing to read as the first one was. It's what to pick up next that I'm having a bit of trouble with. Too many choices!
Here are some of the books I could or should be reading in the next few months.

Beloved by Toni Morrison - which I was supposed to read last month for My Year of Reading Dangerously but I just wasn't in the mood after The French Revolution in A Tale of Two Cities.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk - At the moment I'm possibly leaning toward this one or The Road. Not entirely sure why though.
The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
Surfacing (or something else by Atwood)
Suite française – Irène Némirovsky
Mercy Among the Children – David Adams Richards
..or something else entirely!

Any thoughts on what I should read next?
I'm off to bed now where I hope to finish the Hornby. I guess I'll have to see which one appeals most to me tomorrow. Mine's already over but I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Sunday.


  1. The time does fly by, doesn't it? February went so fast. It looks like you will be busy reading for the next couple of months. I haven't yet read any of the books you list, but The Road and Suite Francaise are both on my TBR shelf waiting to be read.

    I hope you enjoyed spending the day with Hornby (someday I'll read one of his books too!). Have a good week, Tanabata.

  2. You've got some "heavy" books lined up in March! I've read The Road and Suite Francaise - loved them both although they are a bit dark and brooding. Beloved and Mercy Among the Children are also supposed to be a bit difficult...I'm looking forward to reading your reviews!

  3. Hi

    Suite Francaise was my favourite read of last year, it is an absolutely beautiful book with some very interesting appendices. Irene Nemirovsky is to some a very very controversial author but I can only feel deep sadness that she never got to complete her book due to dying in the gas chamber.

    I think I love it for it's in parts it's film like quality alongside it's illustration of the behaviour of the Parisian upper classes and how they saw possessions as more important than their fellow man.

  4. The only one of those I've read is 'The Tenderness of Wolves' which is a superb novel. Mind you, I have both 'The Road' and 'My Name is Red' close to the top of my TBR piles as well.

  5. I thought that Beloved was an excellent book, but it's also extremely depressing and a very heavy read, so you'll have to see if you're in the mood for something like that. The others I have not yet read, but I've heard great things about Surfacing.

  6. Literary Feline- Besides the 2 books of essays from his reading column, I've only read 'About a Boy' by Hornby.
    I did finish the Hornby so I have to make my mind up about what to read next. I'm still leaning toward 'The Road'. I think I still crave short books after 'A Tale of Two Cities' which wasn't that long really but did take a long time to read.

    Wendy- They are all pretty heavy aren't they. I can see myself slipping in a mystery somewhere if it all gets too much.

    Lacer- I have heard so many good things about 'Suite Francaise' and I do plan to read it this spring. Thanks for stopping by and saying hi! :)

    Table Talk- Oh a vote for 'The Tenderness of Wolves'. I do want to read all the books I listed just having trouble choosing which one to start next.

    Nymeth- I've heard mixed things about 'Surfacing' actually but it's not terribly long so I figure it's worth a try. And I do want to read 'Beloved' at some point I just haven't been in the right mood to pick it up yet.

  7. I wanted to start a new book last night but couldn't make up my mind at all... I must have opened four or five books and nothing. I had to read a magazine instead. So, which one did you go for?

  8. Iliana- LOL. I went to the library and got a different book entirely which I've already finished (it was YA, a quick read) so I have now started, but only just, The Road. I'm still being drawn to the short ones!


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