Monday, August 13, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I finished The Day Will Pass Away, which was depressing, and read Eventide, by Therese Bohman, a very good Swedish writer whose books I always enjoy. This one was about a middle aged art professor who is teetering on a professional windfall. It is not a high-intensity page-turner by any stretch but an intensely character-driven study of midlife. Bohman gets women profoundly and her books are always arch and perceptive commentaries on the stages of a woman's life.

I wanted to start the Patrick Melrose series by Edward St. Aubyn but I misplaced my omnibus edition, so instead I picked Out, by Natsuo Kirino, a grisly Japanese crime novel I bought in Seattle a couple of years ago at the now-sadly-closed Seattle Mystery Bookshop. It's good.  On the long side, but the pages turn and the tension hasn't cracked yet. It's about a woman who murders her husband and the group of friends who cover it up. It was made into a really poorly-reviewed movie in 2002. I think maybe it needs a reboot. I could see HBO do a really good job making a limited series.

On the bedside table is still A.S. Byatt's A Whistling Woman. I'm finishing up David Sedaris's latest, Calypso, on audio. My nonfiction read right now is Madeleine Albright's Prague Winter, her memoir of World War 2 Czechoslovakia. I'm enjoying it but I'd bet I'd like it even more on audio than print, especially if she reads it. But the print is great.

What are you reading?


Melissa said...

I'm reading two things, one is work related and one isn't. I'm reading Ready Player One and How to Survive a Stalker.

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

I just finished The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah Maclean and started The Art of Fielding!