Can you believe it is June already? My how the year is zipping by! My books in progress are still only two with a few peripherals, of course. My main bedtime squeeze at the moment is The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu. I have never read Chinese science fiction before and I am very much enjoying it. I think anyone who likes science with their fiction and alien invasion stories would find it appealing.

My daytime friend is sometimes The Three-Body Problem, but also a book of essays I accepted for review called The Great Regression. It is about the current global political situation featuring a cast of international writers. I havenโ€™t gotten very far yet, I am on the second essay, but so far it is illuminating. It is really difficult sometimes in the U.S. to gain an international perspective on the current political climate even when I listen to public radio and follow the Washington Post or NY Times, so I really appreciate these varying viewpoints.

Just picked up from the library is a graphic novel called Spill Zone by Scott Westerfield. It looks to be an industrial environmental disaster thriller-type story. I will let you know!

Also just from the library is Twilight of History by Shlomo Sand. It is an interrogation of the academic discipline of history. Sand is Israeli and has written some controversial books so I expect this one might be difficult but really interesting.

I have a week-long vacation planned for later this month that I am greatly looking forward to. I hope to fill it with lots of reading, gardening, cycling and more reading. There is always room for plans to go wonky, but golly, I really need a reading binge and will try hard to make that happen!

One of these days I will get around to writing about a number of graphic stories/comics I read recently, the book Trainwreck by Sady Doyle, and a bunch of poetry collections I have read over the last few months.

And maybe somewhere along the way I will manage to catch up on my blog reading. Sorry if I havenโ€™t been visiting much lately, my brain has been full with work stuff and hasnโ€™t left much room for other things. But I think that will gradually be changing, so bear with me!