I didn't get a chance to post last Sunday and I almost didn't today either. My head is not my friend lately. But anyway, time for a quick look at what I've been reading. Let's see ... since I last posted to the Salon two weeks ago I've finished Maus I and II (review here), Cave in the Snow (review here), Daisy Miller, and today I finished reading A Geisha's Journey.
A Geisha's Journey is part picture book, part memoir, and it was fascinating to read about the world of the hanamachi and enjoy the beautiful pictures at the same time. It makes me want to visit Kyoto again and wander around the geisha areas in the hopes of catching a glimpse of them.
I haven't reviewed the last two books yet but will do so this week. And even though the last two were both really short, I'm feeling pleased to have gotten through a few more books than I normally might have this month. I'm also pleased that I enjoyed Daisy Miller since I don't always get on with Henry James. One of these days I'll have to work up the courage to try one of his longer, wordier novels.
But now, just in time for the start of Carl's R.I.P. Challenge, I'm so in the mood for something gothic or spooky. So I think I'm going to start Sisters of Misery next. Never mind that it's still hot and terribly humid here from all the rain we've been having, I'll have to just pretend that the leaves are turning outside and the nights are crisp and cool. Hopefully it won't take too long for the weather to catch up to my reading mood.
As for recent acquisitions, I've been tempted by lots of books lately, but only two new books have arrived in the last couple of weeks. Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa, a graphic novel, and just yesterday Yellowknife by Steve Zipp, a Canadian author. (Thanks Steve!) I also got the Murakami Diary for 2009 that I mentioned awhile back. It's just as fun as I imagined and it makes me want to pull out something else by Murakami soon as well. With all the books clamouring for my attention these days, it's quite noisy around here!
Have a great week!