Monday, June 27, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

To be honest, mostly what I'm reading today are "Game of Thrones" reviews. Last night's episode, the season finale, was so good. Just, wow. I won't talk about it in detail in case you haven't seen it yet. Let's just say my household is still recovering from epic showdowns and epic set-ups.

Book-wise, I'm 80 pages away from finishing my re-read of The Passage and have its sequel, The Twelve, all lined up. I've been able to maintain my pace of 100 pages a day simply by ignoring the TV, last night excepted. The Twelve is 200 pages shorter than The Passage so hopefully I will be ready to read The City of Mirrors by next weekend.

I'm enjoying my re-read mightily; getting re-immersed in this world has been fun and seeing connections I missed before is helping me appreciate Cronin's accomplishment. But I'm glad "Thrones" is over for the year because there's only so much heart-pounding media I can take in at once!
I'm also reading Independent People, by Halldor Laxness, historical fiction set in the early 20th century, although it feels much earlier than that. It's my subway book. The spartan setting and the harshness of the landscape and peoples' lives, and the total lack of anything modern makes it feel like it could be the 1700s or even earlier. The characters feel like pioneers. Anyway it's really good, very absorbing and very different from the post-apocalyptic viral-epidemic American-western trilogy I'm reading at home.
Finally I started The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses, by Kevin Birmingham, which is a fascinating history of Joyce, his opus and censorship in the early 20th century. Even the introduction was riveting. I'll be on this one for a while as it's gym reading. At home we're in the process of moving, which means lots of errands and appointments for me, which means a disrupted schedule. Which will mean less gym and less reading. But I'll hang in there.

What are you reading today? Have a great week!