This morning we went out with our cameras for the first time in ages. But boy was it hot out! This is why I tend to want to just hide indoors with the air conditioner all summer. I did get a few shots of some water lilies though, and it was nice to take my camera for a little spin.
As for reading, this week I finished Beyond the Blossoming Fields by Jun'ichi Watanabe, which I found completely fascinating. I also finished Shakespeare Wrote for Money by Nick Hornby. As always it was such fun to read his thoughts on reading. It's so sad that he's not writing the column for The Believer magazine anymore.
So now I've started Polite Lies: On Being a Woman Caught Between Cultures by Kyoko Mori. A Japanese American who has lived most of her adult life in the US, I'm looking forward to reading her essays about the differences in culture. I've read the first two so far, and already I've found myself nodding in agreement with much of what she had to say about Japan and the Japanese.
Even though it's sweltering, or maybe because I wish it were autumn already, I've been thinking of more autumn type books lately, specifically those that I'd like to read for Carl's R.I.P. Challenge which is coming up soon. So here are a few that I'm particularly coveting.
Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange
I first heard about this one over at Stephanie's blog when she mentioned books for her Everything Austen challenge. Not being a fan of zombies, I've had no desire to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but vampires! This sounds like a fun twist that I just might enjoy.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
We watched the first two episodes of Jekyll, the BBC series, which is a modern re-telling of the classic, and it made me want to read the original. Moving interrupted our watching of it, but I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the series when we get a chance to rent it.
something by Edgar Allen Poe
Can you believe that I've never read any Poe? Terrible, I know. And I think that this year I should definitely rectify that. Any suggestions on where I should start?
The Vampire of Ropraz by Jacques Chessex
I saw this on the Three Percent website, and it sounds positively delicious. Inspired by a true story, it's "a lyrical tale of fear and cruelty".
The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston
This is a true crime story, about a kind of Italian Jack the Ripper. I heard the author on Simon Mayo's Book podcast and the story behind the story is fascinating in itself, including uncooperative police and the fact that Preston was essentially kicked out of the country because of this book.
The Nature of Monsters by Clare Clarke
Sylvie really liked this one, plus it's set in 18th century London, and it just sounds really good.
And of course I can't wait to read Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger.
What books are you coveting recently?
Week in review:
Favourite publishers (Monday Musing)
Wishing I were here... (photo, Friday Fill-ins)