Thursday, September 9, 2010

Book Binge

I have a lot of reading to do.
Currently unfinished are Mrs. Darcy and the Blue Eyed Stranger (a book of short stories that is, thus far, excellent- I'd recommend it especially to people raised in the South. My darling fiance gave it to me for my birthday.) and The Orphan's Tale- In the Night Garden (This one has an overall plot but is also composed of a series of short stories- these are more like fairy tales though.) I've enjoyed both so far and intend to finish them.
However, I also need to read The Girl Who Kicked in the Hornet's Nest (because it has been loaned to me by my friend Margee), Stories edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantino (a birthday gift from my darling fiance's brother and his girlfriend), and Pope Joan (for bookclub, although my friend Steph just finished it and didn't like it, so I'm not incredibly excited to read it now).
So of course it's completely logical that I just bought The Secret History. In all fairness, it's been on my wish list since it was mentioned in an article on Jezebel, by one of my favorite of their writers, Sadie. (I really enjoy her taste in books and movies).
On Tuesday, my darling fiance found out that Donna Tartt is doing a book signing at the Ogden on Sunday and passed along the information, saying that The Secret History was one of his favorite novels in high school. His copy is apparently worn to bits from his reading and re-reading it, so I decided to buy my own. I also greatly enjoy his taste in books, so I am looking forward to getting the book, which will arrive this afternoon.
I feel kind of neglectful for planning to read it before all the others that are waiting patiently in line.

What books do you plan to read soon?


  1. I'm currently reading Firewall by Henning Mankell. If you like Stieg Larsson, there's a good chance you'll like the Kurt Wallander series by Henning Mankell as well. Nice, bleak but personal, well written Scandi-crime goodness.

    Next up (saving it for my plane ride to Berlin next week) is Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.

  2. I'm about finished with Long Range Goals, by Beau Dure and 2/3rds-of-the-way-through-with-no-motivation-to-finish, Yalta: the Price of Peace, by S.M. Polkhy.
    I actually just answered that question to recommend GoodReads to you. Keeps track of what you're reading and have read. Just a thought.