Brr. It's cold outside! Perfect weather to stay indoors and under a blanket (and with feet on hot water bottle), which I will be doing very shortly, I think. I have lots of things I could tell you about . . .
I am six stories into my Short Story Advent Calendar, and yes, I am enjoying the whole experience immensely. It was an investment I am happy I made and well worth the price! And I promise, I will tell you all about what I have been reading soon.
Boccaccio was my first choice of Penguin's Little Black Classics. Now that was an interesting reading experience (and another I will be telling you about very soon). The only down side to these little excerpts is no introduction or biographical information or criticism to put the work into context. So let me do a little research and then I promise to share.
I have finished the second of Jane Smiley's The Last Hundred Years trilogy and want to tell you all about it as well. I am enjoying getting to know the Langdon family. We are now three generations in and one more book to go. However, as much as I like the Langdons, this is a flesh and blood family with all the dysfunction and turmoil and happiness and sadness that comes along with them and I think I need a small breather.
. . . so, I have picked up (changing gears big-time) Mary Stewart's Stormy Petrel. Life can be weird sometimes, weird and difficult and you just need a little literary comfort occasionally, and now is one of those occasions. Also, perfect pairing--Mary Stewart and a hot water bottle on a very-cold-almost-winter day.
I could tell you all about any of these things, but it's midweek and it's cold and I am feeling very unambitious and did I tell you my PC is in the throws of death. A very loud, painful death. It feels alternately like it is ready for lift off or that it is ready to explode. Neither scenario is pretty. I rarely turn it on these days, so spending time in front of it contemplating what I have read last and wanting to write a proper, thoughtful post is not easy or fun.
Which brings me to the next topic. I am in need of a new computer. Rather than a PC I have decided a laptop is in order. One that has a DVD drive so I can watch movies on it. My DVD player also died this year. I am easy to please and I don't expect to lug a laptop with me, so I just need something average size (not too big and not too small) and portable that I can use for basic computer needs (email, blogging, bookish surfing). Any suggestions? I am only tech savvy in a most basic way. So, if you have experience with buying something like what I am in the market, advice is most welcome.
So that was the mishmash and here is the (bookish) miscellanea.
I knew there was a reason I wanted to visit Iceland. Maybe. Someday. You never really know.
Have you been getting the Season of Stories in your inbox? I have but I am afraid I have fallen behind in my reading (must create a folder to keep them organized I think). If you are enjoying the daily short story bookishness, here is a list of more literary goodness that you can subscribe to--there are even more short story opportunities. (And you can never have enough short stories, right?). And for my poetry-loving friends I believe there was a poem a day sort of subscription, too! I plan on partaking of a few of those myself.
If you are in the UK, lucky you, since you get to enjoy a new Maigret TV-adaptation on Christmas Day! Alas, I won't get to watch it, but I did at least get to see the preview . . . Maybe it will air here in the US eventually.
If crime is not your thing, maybe you'll be interested in the remake of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. I think that is the one book I have reread most often. I am not sure I can do it again, but it seems (sadly) relevant these days.
Have you started your 2017 reading list yet? I have (I started it a while ago . . .). I have just added Sarah Perry's The Essex Serpent to it. I already have it on my reading stack as a matter of fact.
That's about all the bookishness I can muster today. I think Stormy Petrel beckons.