It’s Monday! What are You Reading? is a weekly meme to update you, my readers, on what I’m currently reading, what I’ve read and what reading is on the horizon (and of course to get more suggestions for books to add to your ever-growing TBR list). Please join in and check out what everyone else.
My reading life has not picked up since my last What I’m Reading and to be perfectly honest it’s slowed down to the where it’s almost nonexistent. I was sick twice and the latest was with a bad case of bronchitis. It snuck up on me and hit me like. . . Well, see below👇
Needless to say, I didn’t care for reading. And unfortunately, I didn’t get the Christmas in July post up. My apologies to those who wanted to participate. I’m thinking about doing something else though so stay tuned and I didn’t do a very good job of promoting my book giveaway, so I’ll probably repost it later.
Anyway, on to What I’m reading.
Currently Reading and Books I Need To Finish
Unfortunately, this list has grown. I started reading The Screwtape Letters and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man before I got sick with bronchitis, but because of it didn’t finish and missed both book clubs.
And since I have so many books I need to finish I’ve decided to focus on those rather than starting anything new.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie – I don’t know what happened with this short little book. I stalled a couple of times. The book isn’t boring. It reads pretty fast and it’s well written, but for some reason, I just haven’t been able to pull it together to finish. Maybe it’s the subject of re-education. I don’t know. Hopefully, I can get it read over the long Memorial Day weekend.
A Fable by William Faulkner – I’m not a Faulkner fan, but this was a book club read. I read a few reviews that said it wasn’t like his other novels (i.e As I Lay Dying or The Sound and the Fury) so I was excited. Well, well, well it may not be like his others but it’s still a chore.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston – Their Eyes is a reread and part of my Back to Classics reading challenge. I wanted to reread this to see if I still feel the same way I felt some 20 years ago when I initially read it in college and for the most part, I do. I still have a love/hate relationship with Janie, which I will get into more when I finish and do my review.
The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis – This is an upcoming book club read. I’ve wanted to read more C. S. Lewis. Something beyond the Chronicles of Narnia series. So, for a book club I co-organizer I said, ‘What the heck. I’m doin’ it.’
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce – This is an upcoming book club read. I say this is when Joyce’s writings were still normal. You know before Ulysses and Finnegan’s Wake.
I have a bunch of ARC’s that I need to get to:
- The Thirst by Jo Nesbo
- The Leavers by Lisa Ko
- Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker
Upcoming July Reads
Kafka on the Shore Haruki Murakami – I’ll be reading this for book club next month. Fingers crossed. I don’t get sick again. 🤞🤞