I really love this image, don't you? A sunny window and a book or magazine in hand. What more can a person ask for, right? I keep telling myself I need to choose a few new "reading" images for my reading notes posts, but then I return always to my favorites.
Another week comes to an end and another month has flown by. Wasn't it just January? I'm not sad to put July behind me as I love fall and I actually like the start of school--a bright sunny day but a crisp one with just a hint of falling leaves and the changing of the seasons. I know I am getting ahead of myself, but a little heat and humidity in summer goes a long way for me. Needless to say I am looking forward to cooler weather in the mountains--in just three weeks time!
I have decided that I will take almost all 'in progress' books with me on my vacation, but I am going to allow myself one new start. At the moment I am thinking it is going to be a mystery, and you should see the pile that has sprouted up next to my bed in contemplation. This is, of course, going to be an agonizing choice.
But for now, I am working at chipping away at the pile of books I am currently reading. I had such high hopes this month for making real progress on them. I thought I was going to have a spectacularly good reading month, when it has turned out to be yet another disappointment. I'm not quite sure what to do about it. Not worry and just enjoy the books I do pick up, is the obvious solution. But there is a little voice niggling away at the back of my mind. Shh. I keep telling it to go away, but it won't be quiet.
The book closest to being finished is Winston Graham's Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall 1783-1787 with less than 100 pages. If I read it solely today, might I manage to finish it? An iffy prospect, but maybe I will give it a go. I have thoroughly enjoyed it, by the way, and the TV adaptation. How can you miss between waves crashing along the Cornish Coast and a dark, handsome broody Ross Poldark? I have the next book ready to go, Demelza: A Novel of Cornwall 1788-1790, but I likely will wait now that the first season is quickly approaching the last episode.
Next up is Laurie King's O Jerusalem, which I recently mentioned. Less than 150 pages to read and I feel no less close to a solution to this particular mystery. Laurie King's mysteries always feel a little like intellectual puzzles and I tend to let them (and most mysteries in general) just roll out and take their time being solved. I could happily dive right into the next book in the series, but I have not yet decided if I will do so.
I do plan on moving quickly on to the next Ursula Marlowe mystery, Unlikely Traitors, however, as soon as I finish The Serpent and the Scorpion. I am rereading the books as a matter of fact, in anticipation of doing just that since the third book, after a long hiatus, was published not too long ago. I had almost given up on the chance there might be a new book, and now that I have it I can't wait to start reading.
Did I ever tell you that I finally settled on Elizabeth Peters's Legend of Green Velvet as the next book from my own stacks to read? So far, it's been quite a fun read. It was written in the 1970s and other readers might call it somewhat dated, but I have to say I am really enjoying it. Okay, so a fellow American traveler does call our heroine, Susan, a "chick", but somehow that is all part of the book's charm. Or maybe I should say, it's really groovy.
Along with Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady, these are the books I have mainly been spending my reading time with. There are some really odious characters in the James novel. I feel a major manipulation and draining of an heiress's inheritance coming on. It reminds me a lot of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's Dangerous Liaisons to be honest. Is there any hope for Isabel Archer, I wonder? If I keep up a steady reading pace, hopefully I won't have too long to wait and find out.
Also this weekend I have my short stories to read--one by Andrea Barrett and my New Yorker story (which will be a surprise as I have not yet received my issue and haven't looked online yet). Hopefully both will be good. And if I can manage to squeeze in a little nonfiction reading as well, I'll be very pleased indeed.
What are your weekend reading plans?