A slow month, but a few things to remark on:
- Wuthering Heights, Penguin Deluxe Edition. I gave away my copy, so I needed a new one. I’m trying to collect nice copies of my favourite books. So far, I have a hardcover Love in the Time of Cholera and this paperback Wuthering Heights. Next might be Grapes of Wrath. I had so much fun following the readalong that I want to flip through it again!
Books Actually Read
- The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice. If I get it together and write a real review of this book, I might guest post it on Reading in Winter (After Dark), which you should definitely check out in the meantime if you enjoy a steamy read now and then. But this book. Wow. I knew it was erotica but I guess I didn’t expect to be bombarded with penetrative, non-consensual sex with a minor on PAGE TWO. And that was the LEAST risque scene in the book.
Books I Want to Obtain
Maidenhair by Mikail Shishkin. Our own Edmonton Journal columnist Michael Hingston reviewed it, and how can I resist? Sounds totally challenging, out there, and really on-trend as all things Russian are so hot right now (see: review of Banana Republic’s Anna Karenina capsule collection on Book Riot)
- Black Swan Green by David Mitchell. Catcher in the Rye for a new generation? I’m in. But can maybe the NEXT next Catcher in the Rye have female protagonist?
- The Blue Sky by Galan Tschinag. Reviewed on A Year of Reading the World, a blog about reading one book from every country. Such a cool concept.
- The Book of Joby by Mark J. Ferrari. Recommended by Rick from The Book-A-Week Project. Rick knows a thing or two about books, so if he says it’s must read, then it must be read!
- The Coyote Kings of the Space Age Bachelor Pad by Minister Faust. This Edmonton author has a crazy web page that looks like it’s out of 1997 but I’ve heard great things about this book. And it’s SET in Edmonton! Go local!
- The Monk by Matthew Lewis because of the hilarious review on Dead White Guys.
The Month Ahead
- Keep plugging away at Infinite Jest. I’m nearing the 25% mark!
- SEE ANNA KARENINA. AM A LITTLE EXCITED. Paraphrasing a tweet I saw somewhere: How pissed is Jude Law that they didn’t make this movie ten years ago so he could play Vronsky? I’m pretty meh on Keira playing Anna, too. I saw the original 1935 movie with Greta Garbo and that’s a hard act to follow. But NO MATTER because COSTUMES and DRAMA and DOOMED LOVERS and EXCELLENT HATS.