Tuesday, August 13, 2013
I've been doing some sneaky reading. You know the kind - five minutes here while Lovely Husband does the bath time routine; five minutes there in bed before my eyelids start to weigh a tonne. All those little five minutes means I've actually finished a few books in the last couple of weeks.
The top two books, I've read before and picked up again when I'd run out of the unread ones. Fear and Trembling is a beautiful book - the story itself is a little 'meh' but the writing is elegant and lovely. It was originally written in French, so I'm not altogether sure whether it's an effect of the translation or the original writing. I suspect both. Q's Legacy is a book nerd non-fiction story about finding your reading niche, your reading mentor (of sorts) and also how she came to write her most famous book, 84 Charing Cross Road. Helene Hanff pretty much leads the charge in my non-fiction reading - I reread all her books regularly (especially 84 and Letters from New York). This is the one I've read the least times but occasionally it calls from the shelf.
Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris was a tax-refund treat, the very last of the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) mysteries. Even though the last few in the series were getting a bit same-same, I wanted to see it out. And, really, it was pretty same-same itself, but I needed the emotional payout after the investment of time and brain space I'd put in over the last couple of years.
The Rosie Project was a surprise book that my Mama smuggled into the house in her suitcase when she came to visit. She pushed hard for me to read it, following me around that first night while I cooked dinner, reading the first few chapters . It worked because I liked it. It's a Melbourne book. It's funny. It's got academics in it. It's got a strangely unlikeable but likeable lead character.
Have you read anything good (or not so good) lately? Are you a sneaky reader too?