I had the, apparently silly, idea that I'd get a lot read over the summer, being as it's too hot to go out to take pictures anywhere on the weekends. The last couple of weeks weren't very good for me though, reading-wise. I'd somehow forgotten just how thoroughly the heat and humidity saps my will to live! Thankfully staying home this weekend, being fairly lazy and avoiding the heat helped get me somewhat back on track with my reading. I've been reading the non-fiction book Shutting Out the Sun slowly for most of this month it seems but today I sat down and finished off the last 40 pages of it. It was an interesting read although I have to say that the gloomy prognosis about the future of Japanese society certainly didn't make me feel any less blue! Only to be compounded by all the scandals and lies and generally negative news lately. Sigh.
I tend to be a one-at-a-time reader but the main exception to this is while reading non-fiction. So to take a break from it, I read 99 Ways to Tell a Story (my review here), a graphic novel inspired by Queneau's Exercises de style. It was a very interesting look at storytelling and all the variations it can entail. I'm also about half-way through How to be a Canadian by Will and Ian Ferguson and it's just what I needed to drag my mood back up a bit. It has me chuckling regularly, and is the perfect way to keep my mind off the fact that tomorrow's it's back into the sauna!
I've been good and have refrained from buying any books so far this month, so I only received one book in the mail last week, Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall. It's apparently being billed as a gothic YA story which sounds quite appealing right now but I have a couple other review books I should probably read first. Here's hoping that the weather won't drag me back down this week as it looks like it'll be fairly busy. But for now it's back to Will and Ian and what being a Canadian is all about! ;)