Thursday, July 3, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

It’s a holiday weekend here in the U.S., so let’s keep today’s question simple–What are you reading? Anything special? Any particularly juicy summer reading?

I'm reading Pravda, by Edward Docx, and Fatelessness, by Imre Keretsz, and A Voyage Long and Strange, by Tony Horwitz. A Voyage Long and Strange is about some forgotten or lesser-known stories from early American history; the first chapter was about the Viking explorations and settlements in northern Canada. It's very well-written- very engaging and fun. I gave a copy of it to my father in law for Father's Day and I'm actually really enjoying it myself!

Fatelessness is a Holocaust novel set mainly in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. It's good but difficult- grim and intense. Pravda is a modern-day family-suspense drama set mainly in St. Petersburg. It's awesome so far. Densely written, good characters and an intriguing plot. It's been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and deservingly so, I think. I'm about 15 chapters in and it's about 50 chapters long, so I do still have a way to go. But they're short chapters!

But it's not all about the grim and difficult. I'm reading volume 3 of Happy Mania, my chick-lit manga series, and just got volume 1 of Absolute Boyfriend, which if anything is even fluffier. Because you can't be so serious all the time.

What are you reading this weekend?