Monday, February 26, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I finished up reading Alan Hollinghurst's latest, The Sparsholt Chronicles, and finished volume 1 (of 8) of Osamu Tezuka's graphic series Buddha. I ran out of other graphic nonfiction to read, so it's time to take on that particular behemoth. I don't know if I'm going to keep or discard the books after I'm done; I feel like it's something I may want to revisit, and it's a lot to collect, so we'll see.

I started Vladimir Lorchenkov's The Good Life Elsewhere, about a group of Moldovans who want to emigrate to Italy. I'm really just on page 5 so I can't say much else.

I'm over 600 pages into The Luminaries now, and it's still really really good. No wonder it won the Man Booker Prize. What a tangled web we weave...

In audioland I'm enjoying Jen Kirkman's I Know What I'm Doing and Other Lies I Tell Myself. I know I should be reading more serious books but sometimes I just like listening to women telling their stories. I'll probably finish it this week and then pick something new.

Finally I'm still reading Renoir: An Intimate Biography. I like it, and I'm learning a lot, but it does seem like the author is fighting really hard to convince us that her subject was a good guy. I get that standards were different in the nineteenth century but still. I also don't like the fat-phobia that creeps into her discussion of Renoir's wife Aline from time to time. But if you're interested in the subject of Renoir and his times it's well worth reading.

What are you reading?

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