Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunday Salon: February's Accomplishments, March's Goals

So February was, in theory, given over to 2011 releases and I did read several:

Enough About Love, by Hervé Le Tellier,
The Fates Will Find Their Way, by Hannah Pittard, and
The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, by Alina Bronsky

But for the most part I didn't. Or rather, I tried to, but the other books I tried to read I didn't really cotton to so I put them down. I did read a Booker winner, and a Booker nominee (Moon Tiger and Heliopolis, respectively) and some graphic novels, and some other stuff, so that's good.

March? March is Irish Month here at Boston Bibliophile. I'm starting with Troubles by J.G. Farrell for my Booker choice and then I'm reading The Matchmaker of Kenmare, Frank Delaney's latest, for review as well. And I have a stack of Irish novels to read, not all of which I will get to:

The Dork of Cork, by Chet Raymo,
The Outside Boy, by Jeanine Cummins,
The Midnight Choir, by Gene Kerrigan,
Ghost Light, by Joseph O'Connor,
Black Laces, by Marcella O'Connor,
John the Revelator, by Peter Murphy,
The Secret Scripture, by Sebastian Barry, and
Skippy Dies, by Paul Murray.

I'll post reviews as I read. And all these count toward the Ireland Challenge hosted over at Books and Movies. The last three books are Booker nominees as well and count towards that challenge. Erin go Bragh!

This week has been kind of quiet; my short story was workshopped last Tuesday at my writing class and the experience was only somewhat traumatic. No, not really; it went fine. I have to turn in another short story in a week and then there are only a couple weeks left of this great class. Late in the month I'm starting a 6-week acting and improvisation class which will be something really different for me.

Today I'm continuing with Troubles, which I'm really, really loving. I picked it up at a used bookstore a while back, before it won the Lost Booker Prize. It's fabulous- the writing is witty and sharp and full of verve. It's the kind of book I just want to read and read and read. With my husband away at his writing group for most of the afternoon, it looks like I'll get my chance to do just that!

More Sunday Salon here.