Howdy Everyone! How are all of you today? How’s your reading going? Mine has been pretty crazy lately and I feel on the verge. No, verge is not right, that makes me sound like I am about to tip over into a breakdown or something. It’s more like I am surfing a wave and and I am not entirely certain if I am going to be able to ride it all the way in to shore or whether it might crash down on top of me. I am sure there is a surfing word for that precarious moment but I don’t know what it is. You’d think I would since I grew up in southern California, land of sunshine and surf. Body surfing and boogie boarding is the most I ever did on those ocean waves though and I was never all that good at either of them.

So the book surf is up. I am speeding my way through Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. I am enjoying it. It is an entertaining science fiction thriller. I have six more days before I have to return it to the library and I am about two-thirds of the way through. I can do this!

Volume six of Saga is finally mine too. I started reading it but put it down so as not to devour it and then have no more Sagas to read for I don’t know how long.

Also mine from the library is the poetry book Salt by Nayyirah Waheed. I haven’t had a chance to begin reading it and there is a waiting list for it so no renewals. I am thinking even if I started it now I won’t be done by the time I have to return it (it’s rather fat for a poetry book) so I might just return it to the library and get back in line for it. Sometimes that is what needs to be done.

Because I also have Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West. It is due in eleven days. I plan on finishing Dark Matter ASAP and then diving into Shrill. It has a very long holds queue so I do not want to return it and have to get back in line.

After that I will have to dive in to The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable by Amitav Ghosh. Yes, that Ghosh, author of the most excellent Sea of Poppies. I have not read the other two books in that series yet. I know! I know! The Great Derangement is nonfiction and I am really looking forward to it.

I am a little over halfway through Kim Stanley Robinson’s Gold Coast. It is the second book in the Three Californias series. It takes place in an Orange County, California that is so over-developed there is hardly any green space left and the freeways are so numerous they over-shadow entire neighborhoods and traffic is always bumper-to-bumper. The sad and scary part is that it is all too real. It is also making me really want to read Gold, Fame, Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins. The two books have nothing to do with each other except for the southern California setting so I am not sure why I am feeling compelled toward the Watkins but there it is.

Tomorrow night is the Claudia Rankine and Marilyn Robinson event. I am so excited! I will try and take notes so I can report back on it.