Big difference

mostly dead

… 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.

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9 Responses to Big difference

  1. Jeanne says:

    I’d like to hear some of your thoughts about Homegoing. I got a copy of it after Teresa wrote about it, but have lost some of my zest for reading it. My pets are cute and exasperating; my big white hunter cat brought in a mouse the other day, dropped it in the kitchen (alive) and then ducked back out the cat door. So useless.

  2. Hi Jenny, I would very much like reading your comments on “The stories” of Anton Chekhov. I have been reading “The complete stories” of Chekhov in a beautiful Dutch translation during the past 45 days and I simply find them the most beautiful books I have ever read. I have read them now for the third time. Greetings, Erik

  3. Elle says:

    Oh no, why didn’t you like Gold Bug? I just read The Time of Our Singing and decided I wanted to read everything Powers has ever written…but maybe some are better than others?

  4. Amy Rea says:

    Tell us about Chekhov! Oh–and pro tip: If you love L.M. Montgomery’s works, do yourself and favor and don’t read her journals or bio. Not because she was a horrible person, but because she was profoundly depressed her entire adult life, and they make for some awfully harrowing reading that casts a pall on the fiction she wrote. Learn from my personal experience.

  5. Welcome back. Sabbaticals are good medicine for many ills, I am told.

  6. Karen Lucas says:

    I’m reading Russian fiction – at the time of Catherine the Great right now.

  7. lbloxham says:

    I am near the end of the second Emily book. I’m enthralled. No spoilers. I want to finish #3 before you blog.

  8. Linda says:

    I’m interested in your thoughts on the Chekhov stories as well! Also on Homegoing as I’m planning to read it sometime soon, and The Underground Railroad because I’ve heard such mixed things. Our weather here in MA has been terrible, I’ve just recovered from a 2-month recurrent eye infection (which I guess is good? But it was a long road), and my dog is poorly behaved but I guess she is just as cute as ever, which is something :)

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