Did I tell you I am taking another yoga class? For the summer session it is twice a week for the next five weeks. I love taking yoga but it does cut into my online time, so just a very little randomness today (as I keep watching, and this is a good thing really, my 'finished reading' pile get larger while my review posts continue to dwindle . . .).
I decided on two nonfiction reads. Why not live dangerously. They are actually related and one book sort of led into the other. I like the idea, as a few of you also mentioned, of reading essays and being able to dip into them a little more easily on a day to day basis. So, I have picked up Tolstoy, Rasputin, Others, and Me: The Best of Teffi to read alongside Memories: From the Moscow to the Black Sea. I started reading a few of the short essays in the first book and she pulled me right in and so it was just natural to pick up my NYRB subscription book with much more enthusiasm. Maybe I'll write about what I've read so far tomorrow, or next week. I can already tell this is another winner from NYRB.
I have been reading Katharine McMahon's novels, three fairly close together now, as I have decided she is an author whose work I want to read all of. I've just finished the third book, a reread, and had all but decided on which of her books to pick up next, when I have changed my mind. Me, books, change my mind, yeah--again. I'll keep going but I need a little change of pace with another author who I read a couple of years ago and then decided that I needed to read all her books, too. I liked the book so much I then had to start collecting all the other books she had written. Those books sit in a pile by my bed next to all those books by Katharine McMahon (you know how it goes--you are looking at one book and then some other book sitting next to it catches your eye), and I had this urge to change course slightly. So, now, the newest book selection dilemma. Which book shall I start with by Deborah Moggach. I easily have ten or so on hand so tonight I will be sifting through the pile and making a new choice. (It takes so little to make me happy sometimes).
As an aside and in reference once more to Katharine McMahon, I see that she might have a new book coming out later this year (looking at The Book Depository). Is that only wishful thinking? I cannot find any other reference save a tiny mention: "I am in the strange and rather wonderful position of finishing the first draft of a new book, whilst waiting for the imminent publication in paperback of my latest" (The Woman in the Picture--which I loved and still must write about).
I got loads of bookish email these days. Somehow when you subscribe to one newsletter more and more ads and newsletters seem to pop up. This is both good and bad. Good because how else might I have come across author Charles Portis, who I had never heard of before but now really want to read. Bad because I seem to add more and more books to my wishlist than ever before!
And then there is this wonderful beach reads list that I must now explore. I like it especially as it is not at all your typical beach reads sort of list. And a great list of forthcoming books about women that I will be looking over more closely. On first glance there are a few I had already heard of and a few more I hadn't. And I am excited to see that the sequel to a book I very much enjoyed is on that list and I am really looking forward to reading.
And then there are book accessory deals that come to my attention and I find I really, really want one of these. I mean you can never have enough tote bags to tote all those books around with you! Buy a tote and get a pouch for free. Sounds like a good deal to me.
And just one more (short story!!) goodie. The O. Henry Prize Stories for 2016 have been announced. I have read one. There are links to a few more and then maybe I will start trying to track down the rest. Maybe this is a prize list I can actually manage to read from--maybe even read the whole list (the book comes out in September and it will have the whole collection of them). Because you can never have enough short stories to read, right?
What bookish randomness have you come across lately? Do share!