Goodness, how time flies! Here we are in the middle of May already. I can’t say that I have been doing much reading, I’ve been too busy gardening instead. But things in the garden should calm down soon and take less attention than they have. Also, this approaching weekend is supposed to be rainy and there are few things as good as a rainy weekend to encourage one to spend lots of time reading.
I was thinking I didn’t do such a good job of finishing books I had going in April, but looking back I did really well. Though I am still reading How We Became Posthuman by Katherine Hayles and Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector by Benjamin Moser. I am going to have to make a big push to finish at least one of them this month because I am tired of telling you I am still reading them and you are probably tired of me telling you the same.
A book I mentioned last month that I was going to read, To Save Everything, Click Here by Evgeny Morozov, I have decided not to read after all. I read the introduction of it today and it just didn’t pull me in and I have so many other things to read I didn’t see the sense in pursuing it further. So instead I started reading New Grub Street by George Gissing. I haven’t gotten far but it seemed to hit the spot.
I am about fifty pages away from finishing Pitch Dark by Renata Adler. It is a short but complex book, requiring full attention. It is my NYRBs Classics subscription books from March. The NYRB folks send such good, rich books that it is impossible for me to keep up with them. I suspect I will get even farther behind since the April book which I will be starting not long after I finish the Adler is The Crisis of the European Mind, 1680-1715 by Paul Hazard. It is an intellectual history and I am very much looking forward to it.
I’ve also been reading Stag’s Leap by Sharon Olds. It is very good. Did you know she won the poetry Pulitzer for it not long ago? I’ve got Edward Thomas’s poetry waiting in the wings.
The in-progress pile also contains Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre and the Making of an Edible Oasis in the City by Eric Toenmeier and Jonathan Bates. The book is about how the two bought a duplex in the city and proceeded to turn the yard into a garden paradise. It is very encouraging for my own gardening efforts and I am enjoying it very much.
Soon to be begun is The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. This is a book I’ve been wanting to read for years but hadn’t gotten around to. What finally got me to read it now is the Slaves. We will be discussing the book starting June 8th so there is plenty of time left to join in if you want to read it too!
Oh, and how could I forget? I am also in the middle of reading Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf. Danielle got the book as part of her Melville House Art of the Novella subscription and since it too is a book I have wanted to read for ages, I asked if she’d mind me reading along. I’ve not gotten so very far, sixty pages maybe, and so far so good. But then I had no doubt about that!
I get a three-day weekend at the end of the month because of the Memorial Day holiday and I am hoping to spend a good part of it with a book in front of my face. I can hardly wait!