This week has been pretty good reading-wise. I finished A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray and also read Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman, which was just as much fun as I'd expected it to be. After that I could've happily continued reading fantasy but since the end of the month is approaching I decided to pick up my April choice for My Year of Reading Dangerously, Ariel and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I'm now two thirds through The Bell Jar and quite enjoying it but the poetry is a bit beyond me I'm afraid. I wish I could enjoy poetry more and there are poems that I do like but I just can't seem to get my eyes to move more slowly along the words. They race along like I'm reading prose and it's hard to get anything out of the poems that way, they become simply a collection of disconnected words. Sigh. Any suggestions?
Like the title of the post suggests, the last of the books I ordered earlier this month showed up this week. Plus a book I won from Bybee, so it's been another week of good mail. I'm feeling a little bit guilty about my book binge this month but there are worse things to be addicted to, at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
So here are this week's new additions:
Every Secret Thing - Laura Lippman (I first heard about this from Nick Hornby in Housekeeping vs. The Dirt).
Tibet, Tibet - Patrick French (I decided to get this after reading Lotus' great review).
The Lady and the Monk - Pico Iyer (I've never read anything by Iyer and only recently realised his connection to Japan so of course I'm curious to read this).
Thousand Cranes - Yasunari Kawabata (I've been wanting to read more by Kawabata since I read Snow Country and The Dancing Girl of Izu last year).
Spring Snow - Yukio Mishima (This had been on my Amazon wishlist for awhile but recently the price went down so it seemed the time to finally add it to my basket).
Marked - P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast (Heard about this one from Stephanie and since I apparently like vampire fiction now...)
Korea Bug: The Best of the Zine that Infected a Nation - J. Scott Burgeson (I know woefully little about Korea so I'm really looking forward to reading this). Thanks Bybee!
Who knows when I'll get around to reading all of my new books even though I'd love to read all of them right now but I do hope to start a couple of them very soon.
Have a great week and happy reading!