… between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive, which about sums up where I’ve been for the last couple of months, so we won’t go into that, too depressing. At the moment, I am within less than two weeks of being finished with my semester, and then I am (sing it with me if you know the harmony) ON SABBATICAL until February. This is… welcome.
But what, I hear you ask, have you been reading in this land of the not quite perished?
Not as much as I’d like, my tiffins. But I did get through a few volumes. I don’t think I can catch up with reviewing all of them, unless something miraculous occurs, but if there’s any interest, I might get to a few of them. Tell me in the comments if you’d like me to go back and review any of these:
Playing in the Dark, by Toni Morrison
Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi (Teresa did a lovely review of this quite recently)
The Gold Bug Variations, by Richard Powers (I actually didn’t finish this one because I couldn’t bear it, but I did read 200+ pages of it, so I could give an adequate review of why I didn’t finish it, so there’s that.)
Stories, by Anton Chekhov (a collection of thirty, translated by Pevear and Volokhonsky)
Turning To One Another, by Margaret Wheatley
Country Driving, by Peter Hessler (Hessler writes beautifully about contemporary China.)
Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger
The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
Essays, by George Orwell
Trigger Warning, by Neil Gaiman
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle (a re-read, obviously — I must have read this twenty or thirty times as a child — but reading it with my book group in today’s atmosphere was very rewarding and enlightening.)
The Emily of New Moon series, by L.M. Montgomery (this was the first time I’d ever read this, and I will probably review it whatever you say, because I found reading it and comparing it to the Anne books so interesting and delightful.)
Golly, I’ve missed this blog! I’ve missed writing about my reading! I am eagerly looking forward to summer, and to reading what I like, and to spending time blogging. Tell me something nice about what’s going on with you: are your pets cute? Is the weather nice where you are? Did you recently get a cavity-free checkup at the dentist? Have coffee with a friend on the patio? Read a poet you hadn’t read before? Fill me in, fill me in.