Strange things are afoot at Reading in Bed. I’ve noticed a couple of things since I finished reading Moby-Dick back in July:
- I’m kind of addicted to read-alongs, as I signed up for another one immediately, this time for Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake. And I’m signing up for yet another this month.
- I keep stumbling on books that I connect with on a really profound and personal level. And I’m still trying to figure out how to review them without it becoming a weird confessional kind of exercise. They were: Bumped by Meaghan McCafferty, Rosina, The Midwife by Jessica Kluthe, and Love Letters of the Angels of Death by Jennifer Quist.
- I read Fifty Shades of Grey and didn’t hate it with the fiery passion I thought I would. (I hated it, yes, but I didn’t HATE it, you know?)
- I’m reading, like, SUPER fast. Six months ago I was barely managing ten pages per day. Now I’m flying through books in four days, or less. My secret is that I’m reading multiple books at the same time. This is something I’ve NEVER done. I’ve always been a serial monogamer in romance and in books. It’s like reading Moby-Dick flipped a switch in my brain and now I can just go back and forth between books with ease.
Anyway, these are all good things and I’m enjoying reading, and blogging, and chatting with other book bloggers, more than ever. In fact, after my social media break (social media free August, thanks Momaccounts) I logged on to Twitter and went on an unfollowing spree so that my timeline is now 80% book-related. Bloggers, authors, literary journals, and the like. And I love it.
So things are great at the moment, but I must admit, I’m feeling a tad overwhelmed with all the stuff I have planned for Fall. Here’s a preview.
- Agnes Grey read-along: I mentioned that read-alongs are addictive, right? I signed up for this one on a whim. I’ve followed Unputdownables for a while, and honestly, find the read-along rules a bit intimidating. But, this is the only Bronte sister I haven’t read, and it’s fairly short, and it’s a 1,001 Book and Classics Club pick, so I gotta go for it. Still a few days to join!
- Storytellers Book Club: Intro post coming soon. I’m about to get legit into CanLit. (Sorry, that was awful)
- Local books and events: Tons going on here in Edmonton. In addition to these readings and launches, LitFest and STARfest are on in October. More on those later.
- The Dilettantes by Michael Hingston: Sept. 14th, 2:00pm, Audreys Books
- Love Letters of the Angels of Death by Jennifer Quist: September 24, 7:00pm, Audreys Books
- Pilgrimage by Diana Davidson: September 25, 7:00pm, Audreys Books
- Fran Kimmel (The Shore Girl) and Meredith Quartermain (Rupert’s Land): October 9th, 7:00pm, Audreys Books
- Dragon Bound read-along: I don’t think I can improve on the introductory post, so just go read that. Or if it’s tl;dr, here’s all you really need to know: dragon sex. Still plenty of time to join!
- Novellas in November: Another Another Books Blog event. So far, I’m planning to read The Suicide Shop, which is getting a lot of buzz.
- (Middle)March to the end of 2013: For the last two years, I’ve chosen a big, scary book and challenged myself to read it by year’s end. In 2011, it was The Magic Mountain. In 2012, it was Infinite Jest. This year, I’m going with George Eliot’s Middlemarch. At 904 pages, it’s a doozy. Virginia Woolf famously called it “one of the few English books written for grown-up people.” And I’m gonna assume that unlike The Magic Mountain and Infinite Jest, this one has a hope in hell of passing the Bechdel test.
Save a Book, Read a Blog Post
If blogging was better than ever this summer, it’s thanks in no small part to these blogs – some old favourites and some new discoveries. This will be a regular feature in Reading Roundups, so don’t worry if I missed you this time!
- Another Book Blog: The Book-a-Week Project is back and better than ever. We also have him to thank for the upcoming dragon shenanigans.
- Reading in Winter: One of my original inspirations for starting a book blog and the leader of the Oryx and Crake read-along.
- Fourth Street Review: Great reviews of great American books. And some Canadian ones – she made me giggle when she referred to The Sisters Brothers as a book that “deserved more recognition.”
- Between the Covers: A prodigious reader and reviewer, she consistently made the dirtiest remarks about Moby-Dick during the read-along.
- ebookclassics: Recently dedicated a Ethan-Hawke-in-classic-literary-roles post to me. Need I say more?
Time to get to it. What are your reading plans and goals for Fall?