It's Monday and it feels like fall! At last. The heat and humidity have vanished and I'm enjoying the cooler days and almost chilly nights. This could be the week to break out the fall decorations and maybe even bake an apple pie.
Germinal by Emile ZolaI'm nearly halfway through this chunkster (596 pages, nearly 20 hours on audio) and it is excellent! The blurb talks about "a brutal depiction of the poverty and wretchedness of a mining community in northern France under the second empire", but I'm impressed with the respectful, humane tone Zola employs in his portrayal of the miners. I'd love to just sit and read for hours on end, but it will probably take another week, at least, to finish. Meanwhile, it's fun to chat with other readers on twitter, instagram, and litsy. #GerminalAlong
Amsterdam by Ian McEwanThis book has been on my shelf for years, so I'm happy to be finally reading it with Athira toward the end of the month. Feel free to join us!
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du MaurierThe ebook is only $2.99 right now, plus this is one of the original books on my Classics Club list. And since RIP XI is here...
Realistically, it will take me the rest of the month to read Germinal and Amsterdam. Plus I'm also dying to read A Gentleman in Moscow and Commonwealth, so this will likely be my only book for RIP XI.
On the blog//
Book Brief: Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent
#GerminalAlong: The Adventure Begins
It's Labor Day, and I'm Reading Again!
The week ahead//
With the cooler temperatures, I feel like getting back in the kitchen again... soups, apple and pumpkin treats, and some new dinner recipes, too. Hopefully I'll discover a few winners.
Did you hear about the Charlotte Brontë exhibit at The Morgan Library & Museum? It opened last week. As we begin planning a trip to NYC to see our daughters next month, I've already placed it near the top of my list.
What's new with you this week? Have you read any good books?
This post will link to It's Monday, What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.