Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The month of June was a whirlwind, both on the blog (Pym Reading Week, Audiobook Week, Going Public...In Shorts, and The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop) and on the home front. In the above photo, you see a combination of books waiting to be reviewed and a couple in progress. I finished Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy yesterday afternoon, just in time for the July 1 Classics Spin deadline. It has left me speechless, but what an amazing book! It truly redefines my idea and expectations of a tragedy.
In addition to Tess, reviews are in progress for Cooked by Michael Pollan, Still Alice by Lisa Genova, and The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell.
My current audiobook is The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier. I picked up a print copy from the library in case I decide to read, too.
In print, I'm loving The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. Unfortunately, we were away for several days and I forgot to bring it along. Can't wait to get back to it tonight. I've also just started The Whole Fromage by Kathe Lison.
July marks the beginning of a new era - life without Google Reader. I've switched to Blogluvin' and have added a button to my sidebar if you'd like to follow me. Keeping up via Blogluvin' does not seem to be quite as easy as with Google Reader, but I have found the iPad app less cumbersome than accessing the main website from my laptop. Commenting is a problem on a handful of blogs though.
Events for the month:
Karen and Tamara. The rules are the same as in years past, but I have not officially signed up yet. I hope to read Gigi by Colette (for The Classics Club) and The Whole Fromage by Kathe Lison. Watching Midnight in Paris, yet again, is also a given.
Heavenali. I picked up a copy of Hotel du Lac at the library book sale last summer and plan to read it later this month.
These plans may be derailed by my current literary fiction binge. I can't remember the last time I've read so many recent releases, and now it seems all my library holds are coming in all at once. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Kopell are ready for pickup, and I've also just received notification than an e-book of The Dinner by Herman Koch is available for download.
However... all my reading and blogging will have to wait as the 4th of July approaches. The holiday is a very big deal in our little village - a road race, parade, concerts, sidewalk sales, and, of course, fireworks over the lake (without a doubt the best display around). Our oldest daughter is coming home from NYC tomorrow, Twin A's boyfriend has already arrived, and preparations are well underway for our annual Independence Day bash. I'll be closing up shop here for the rest of the week so I can fully enjoy the festivities.