Monday, August 08, 2011
It's Monday, what are you reading?
The first week and a bit of August has been a pretty good one for me reading-wise. As a carry over from my July book travels, I'm still making my way slowly through The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo. It's interesting to read about the history and importance of tea to Japanese culture, moreso as it was written specifically for a western audience. I always seem to take longer when reading non-fiction though and part of the problem is that I keep getting distracted by other books. Ah, the allure of fiction.
I picked up Sylvester or the Wicked Uncle by Georgette Heyer last week and simply devoured it. It was my first Heyer, if you can imagine, but it will definitely not be my last. Such an fun read! I have another Heyer book on my stack for this month, and I keep eyeing it, but I really must read a couple other books first.
After my Heyer interlude, I went back to Smuggled by Christine Shea, which also got temporarily set aside by the Heyer. It took me a while to properly get into it, but the last 100 or so pages went very quickly. The story focuses on the situation in Hungary and Romania during, and after, WWII, and it was a perspective on the war that I hadn't read before, so I found that quite interesting.
Then yesterday I spent a couple of enjoyable hours reading Stone in a Landslide by Maria Barbal. It's the story of a family in a small village in the Pyrenees. I don't think I've read anything translated from Catalan before. I guess it ended up being a week of various firsts.
Now I'm just about to start The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson. It is a modern gothic tale that has been compared to Rebecca and The Thirteenth Tale, plus it is set in Provence and I do so have a thing for France. It sounds like a perfect escape from the hot, muggy weather here that just won't let up.
What are you reading this week?
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