Monday, July 25, 2022

It's Monday! What Am I Reading?

I've got three excellent books going right now.

Still working my way through Robert K. Massie's wonderful Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman. What a book! I'm just loving it. It's written in these morselly little chapters and I just savor two or three every day.

I'm also reading Shirley Hazzard's The Transit of Venus, another "depressed people having affairs" mid century novel set in England about two Australian sisters, Grace and Caroline, and their lives and loves. It was originally published in 1980 but reads like something much older, and I am here for it. The writing is so delicate and nuanced and the relationships are beautifully drawn. It got a write up in the Times not too long ago and has a wonderful introduction by Fates and Furies and Matrix author Lauren Groff.

Finally I'm reading Dineh, by Ida Maze, the current selection of the Yiddish Book Center's book club. It's a coming of age novel set in Belarus in the late 19th century. 

What are you reading?

1 comment:

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Looks like you have some good ones going on. That Catherine the Great and it's short chapters sounds delightful. I think I read Transit of Venus years ago but can't recall for sure. I do know I owned it at one time:)