If I didn't already have far too many books in reading progress at the moment I would look for the book on my shelf that had the hottest, most sultry, sunshiny setting I could find. Let's just visualize that for a second. A beach, the hot sun shining down, sweat on the brow but the ocean just feet away. We're under a beach umbrella maybe, with just our toes poking out, but we can hear the waves coming languidly in. We have a cool refreshing drink nearby and a book in hand--maybe a book with an icy setting since it is so hot out we need to feel the coolness in our minds (only in our minds). Let's just soak up some of that sun and heat for a moment.
Ah. I needed that. It has been a wintry-mix-every-other-day sort of week. I have had to put those yaktrax on the bottom of my shoes on several mornings to avoid falling on the ice. I can handle cold and I can work with snow, but ice is a problem. It just keeps coming every other day as we seem to be right in the middle of colder north winds and warmer south winds. One more day tomorrow of it and then nothing until mid week when another burst arrives. February has been a sloppy, messy, cold month and I am sorry to even talk about it, so let's move on to a far more interesting topic--books.
Although I was hoping to accomplish more reading, I am still determined to finish three more books this month, including my first NYRB of my 2018 subscription. Fewer books than last month, but then February is a short month. I was probably a little too enthusiastic in my starts and might have to reassess the reading pile and be more realistic in what I can actually manage and what I want to read most at the moment. I definitely need some quiet hours in a coffee shop maybe to sit and read without distractions!
Lots of interesting--good and bad--bookishness this week. Like the nasty weather, let's get the bad over with first.
I am shaking my head in disbelief and chagrin over this. I truly think this country's leaders have lost their way and certainly the more important priorities these days. But when "we" choose a leader who does not even read, then I guess we all have suffer the fallout.
And we definitely need this kind of wake-up call, too!
Here's a list of books you might not often see (maybe it needs to go up above under the 'bad news' section?).
Check out these great and iconic New Yorker covers. Someday I want to choose one of their covers to order from their print shop and have framed for my wall.
If you are in London in March, please check this out for me and tell me what it's like--a bookstore after my own heart! I wonder which books they are going to stock?
Here's a list of the "greatest living crime novelists' favorite crime novels.
Along with reading and maybe finishing a few books this weekend, I plan on writing a few postcards, too (I have even started once again with Postcrossing). So I will leave you with these very cool literary postcards I came across this week (and I even ordered a few of them!).
Despite the cold and ice, the sun is shining today, so I will at least imagine warmth. Happy reading and writing or sunshining (as in sitting by a sunny window with a book and warm beverage in hand) this weekend everyone!