Monday, November 16, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I finally finished The Big Green Tent, by Ludmila Ulitskaya, which I think has to be my favorite book this year by sheer size and volume. It's going to take me a bit to process it but it was really, really good.

I'm still working on Flood of Fire but I only have like five chapters to go. So any day now!

As for what's next, I've got a few things in mind. I did start Cities of Salt, by Abdelrachman Munif, about the discovery of oil in a fictional Persian country, and I'm enjoying it very much. It's another chunkster but it moves and I'm reading 2-3 chapters a night before going to sleep.

Since Big Green Tent was my "purse book" I'm open to new candidates, though I think I might indulge in a quick C├ęsar Aira to cleanse my palate before another big book. I kind of want to read the new Patrick Modiano, So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood. Or maybe I'll burn through some shorter novels for a while and clear some space on my bookshelf- for new books! What do you suggest?

And what are you reading this week? Tell me in the comments!

1 comment:

Judith said...

I've just finished Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, which is quite dark, though illuminated by her brilliant writing and her exquisite rendering and introspection into the character of Thomas Cromwell. I heartily recommend it for historical fiction lovers, even if you, like I, are overtired from books about the Tudor age. I'm also reading Seamus Heaney's translation/rendition of Beowulf, and, as a light read before bed, I must confess I'm reading Mistletoe Inn by Nicholas Paul Evans.