Tuesday, June 29, 2010


This weekend, along with my darling fiance and four of or good friends, I will be spending two nights on a houseboat in the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp. I am looking forward to reading, relaxing, and hopefully catching some fish!
As for reading, I just finished A Reliable Wife (for bookclub) and am in the middle of the Elegance of the Hedgehog. Up next is Orphan's Tale- In the Night Garden. Other recent reads have been Skinny Legs and All, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight. Last month's bookclub book was also terrific- In Other Rooms Other Wonders. I also traded in a bunch of my old book at a used bookstore this weekend, and have a ridiculous amount of store credit now, so I'm sure I'll be picking up some more books soon.
Any personal favorites y'all think I should keep an eye out for?


  1. I really liked the sequels to The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo and if you liked that, you may want to keep an eye out from the Kurt Wallander series from author Henning Mankell.

    How are The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight and The Elegance of the Hedgehog? They both look interesting!

  2. I really liked the Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight because it made the rather grim setting interesting instead of completely depressing and I liked a lot of the characters. And even the unlikeable characters were compelling.
    The Elegance of the Hedgehog is good so far- I'm about half way through it. It's kind of about the internal lives of two of the characters that defy what people would expect.

  3. Oh and my friend just lent me the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!

  4. 'Skinny Legs and All' is delightful! Tom Robbins is a trip. Most recently I have enjoyed: Sarah Waters' 'Nightwatch' (and I highly recommend her others, particularly 'Fingersmith') and Sloane Crosley's 'How Did You Get This Number?' (but I preferred 'I Was Told There'd Be Cake'). In the way of memoirs/essay collections, I absolutely love Jen Lancaster, always. I am about to start 'Stories' (edited by Neil Gaiman).

    Is that photo of the actual houseboat you'll stay in, or a houseboat-ish approximation?

  5. Kate, it's the actual houseboat. Benjy found a picasa album of some guys who had a guys weekend on the boat we'll be staying on and clearly had a good time. Of course, over the course of the album it devolves into them shooting beer cans and wearing Mexican wrestling masks, but while they were sober they took some pretty swamp pictures.
    Here's the mask-