I just spent all day in a faculty and staff retreat at work and even if it was one of the better ones we’ve had it is still tiring which means my brain is not firing on all cylinders at the moment. Really all I can think about is that tomorrow is Friday and then I get a three-day holiday weekend and then I get lost in thought about how I will spend those three lovely work-free days. There will definitely be time spent reading. So then I have to think about what I might read. Thinking about reading is all part of the pleasure of the reading experience, isn’t it?

One thing I definitely have to read is my latest Library Journal review assignment. I was hoping to catch a break for a month or two but nope. When I applied to do reviews I had to indicate what categories of books I wanted to review and among my choices was literary biography. In my mind it was a very narrow category that included writers like Henry James and Elizabeth Bishop. Turns out literary biography is a big category that pretty much means biographies about writers, which is totally fine just not what I expected.

My assignment is an authorized biography of the crime writer Anne Perry. I don’t read much in the genre of crime or mysteries and I have never read an Anne Perry novel, though I have seen the movie Heavenly Creatures about when she and her childhood friend committed murder. I was worried I wouldn’t like the book and was psyching myself up for it — it doesn’t matter if I like Perry the writer, what matters is the book and whether or not it is well-written and something a library might want to consider buying. I started reading the book the other day and, while I haven’t gotten very far in it, I can say that it gets off to great start that made me want to keep reading. So Anne Perry fans, you just might have an interesting biography to look forward to when it is published in July.

I will also be reading King Lear. I’ve started it but haven’t gotten far. I’d like to read as much of it over the weekend as I can because next weekend on June 1st, Bookman and I will be going to see the National Theatre Live broadcast of it at a local movie theater. I’ve read the play before but I have never seen it acted so I am looking forward to that. When I see a Shakespeare play I do like to have read the play beforehand so it is fresh in my mind and I don’t have to spend time sorting out who is who and what is going on but instead just sink into the performance.

I’m also in the middle of The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon. It’s a strange book, kind of surreal sometimes and other times realistic but I am thus far enjoying it. I have it from the library with no renewals because there is a waiting list so it has high priority on the reading pile. But if I get the chance, I’d like to start reading the new Rebecca Solnit book, Men Explain Things to Me.

It is only a three-day weekend though and there will also be time spent gardening. I should probably give Waldo and Dickens some attention too. And my husband. Bookman would probably like it if I said more to him than what’s for lunch and dig me a hole for the pond there. It’s a cut into my reading time but some sacrifices are worth making.

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