Monday, May 2, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I finished The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer, and I've moved on to a new non-fiction read, but otherwise it's pretty status quo for me.

The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell, continues to be a difficult and rewarding read; I'm in the last third and might finish this week.

I'm now about halfway through Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart, by Claire Harman, and still really enjoying it. Did I mention I picked up a hardcover copy so I can keep it once I'm done reading the galley, currently being trashed on the elliptical?

Finally, I started Chocolate Wars: The 150-Year Rivalry Between the World's Greatest Chocolate Makers, by Deborah Cadbury (yes that Cadbury) about the Cadbury chocolate company, its history and travails, and also its future. I am a big fan of Cadbury chocolate so you can see how this caught my attention. I picked it up a long time ago when I was working at the Harvard Coop; one of my jobs there was to shelve the business section and I ended up taking a few things home over time.

I'm looking forward to a month of no-obligations reading- I have no book club meetings in May, so it's all about me for a few weeks. I might go on a "crime spree" for a while once I'm done with The Sparrow and maybe even read a Europa Editions book. Now that the Europa Challenge has ended I haven't been making those books a priority but there are lots I still want to read. I'm doing an inventory of my shelves and adding lots more titles than I've removed so far, many from the Europa collection. So I can finally quantify exactly what's on the shelves. It's kind of scary but mostly interesting.

What are you reading this week?


Mystica said...

My reading has slowed a bit as visiting children and grandchildren in Melbourne but am catching up with new reads at the library.

Melissa said...

I'm so excited you're reading The Sparrow. I loved it. I'm reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanaghaira (Sorry I totally butchered her name) and the Passage by Justin Cronin.