Monday, November 10, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This past week was a slowish reading week for me; I finished The Proof of the Honey. But I've been reading several other books which I will probably finish more or less at the same time, as I tend to do.

I started Howard Jacobson's new Booker-shortlisted book, J, and I like it. This is a book that's met with wildly different reactions. Someone liked it enough to short list it for one of the world's most prestigious literary awards, and Ron Charles even gave it a good review, but then SFX Magazine called it "atrocious." I like that he engenders such vastly different reactions. Once I ran a book club meeting at a synagogue for The Finkler Question and that book also provoked strong reactions. I like a writer who's willing to step off the sidewalk so to speak and really get people thinking.

I'm still working my way through Stone Mattress, which I have now realized is not a collection of interrelated short stories (only the first three are connected) but which I am still really enjoying. It pretty much takes Margaret Atwood to get me to read short stories these days.

And finally still on A Spy Among Friends, Ben Macintyre's latest, and loving it. This one will probably be with me for a little while longer but I'll probably finish up the Atwood in the next day or two, then it's on to something else.

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bermudaonion said...

I think I would like Stone Mattress - I like short stories more and more these days.

Mystica said...

Stone Mattress on my TBR. Hope I get to it soon