How does time manage to feel like it has flown by and yet still feel like it is going along at a regular pace or even passing slowly? That’s how I feel about summer. It is August already and I want to say, wow, has the summer flown by! But yet it has felt slow and full, pleasantly busy. Anyway, here we are well into August.

I feel like I have been reading a lot. Well, except for this past weekend when I felt rather brain dead for some reason. I am blaming allergies. I am still reading The Crisis of the European Mind by Paul Hazard. I don’t know why it is taking me so long to get through it. Well, yeah, I do, I don’t spend enough time reading it. And it’s not because it isn’t good. My goal for August is to finish it. It is my April NYRB subscription book, it is time to be done. I did read my June NYRB book, Turtle Diary by Russell Hoban. I finished it last week and will be writing about the book tomorrow most likely.

Stag’s Leap by Sharon Olds is still lingering too. I am almost done, have only a handful of poems left. And I have also been picking away at The Collected Poems of Edward Thomas.

Tristram Shandy, I am almost done. Will probably finish later this week. So much fun! For those of you who have read it, I am in the midst of Toby preparing to make his attack on Mrs. Wadman. What a hoot!

I just realized how close I am to finishing several books. How exciting! Perhaps August will be a month of finishes, especially finishes of the lingering sort. I need to come up with some fresh books to linger over.

In July I had hoped to start reading Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. That didn’t happen. And I had hoped to start in on something by Patrick Leigh Fermor. That didn’t happen either. Oy. I did start reading The Nature Principle by Richard Louv, a book about “Nature Deficit Disorder.” It had such a promising beginning but after about thirty pages I gave up on it because it was going in circles; the same thing over and over. If one is going to write an entire book, one has to have something more to say than “nature is good for you” repeatedly. Bah.

I received a marvelous book from the kind folks at Pomegranate, Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey & Peter F. Neumeyer. Neumeyer is a children’s book author and he and Gorey collaborated on a number of books. These letters cover about two years of time in the late 1960s. It’s a gorgeous book and some of Gorey’s hand-painted envelopes are reproduced in full-color. I am about 50 pages in and enjoying it very much.

Upcoming reading this month includes the next Slaves book for discussion, Excellent Women by Barbara Pym. It will be a reread for me, but I read it so long ago the details are fuzzy. And Pym is always delightful. It will also serve as a pleasant antidote to the fall semester starting up next week at the law school where I work. The 1Ls have orientation and they will be wandering around lost, anxious, and eager to impress. I should probably find my copy of Pym soon and get started on it.

Bookman also tells me I have to read Heavy Weather by Bruce Sterling. I have no idea what it’s about. Wait, let me look… Ah storm chaser hackers. Well that’s something you don’t read about every day. It’s science fiction and takes place in some future time. Bookman says it is excellent and I have been kind of wanting to read some SF lately, so.

Will I manage to get to Mantel or PLF this month or will they drop off the radar for a few months? The RIP challenge starts in September so If I haven’t started them by then, they will have to wait until November for another chance. And there is no accounting for a surprise book or two. Who knows when my turn will come up for a few library requests I am in line for?

Now, to go finish some books!

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