A little over a week has gone by since my last "books I'm reading" post, so it seemed to be time to report again.
In some ways, my list this week is similar to last week's. That's what I get when I select a little tome like WAR AND PEACE as part of my summer reading list. It seems as though I read and read and read, and get about one percent of it read. But I have now reached page 100, and Andrei is back from the dead, but some others go there instead, so it's all good, I guess. One of the deaths was a little shocking and numbing at the same time, but I won't give any spoilers away. At least I've made a dent in it. One thing I recommend, though, is to read the preface and introductory information from the translator. The ones written by Joseph Frank are worth the admission price.
I have completed GOODBYE, COLUMBUS PLUS 5 STORIES, by Philip Roth. It was okay. There were two stories I definitely enjoyed. The others...meh. And the title story was not my favorite. But I felt as though I needed to read him, and now I can say I have.
An interlude...at the War College, one of the things the people say there is, if you haven't read a book you're supposed to have read, you're supposed to say, "I'm familiar with that book..." I suppose that means, "I know I've heard that title somewhere." So now I can say I've done more than that with Philip Roth, right?
Back to business. I'm reading GUARDS, GUARDS, which is good, light-hearted fun from Terry Pratchett. That's the kind of book you can sit down, open the book, and, what with one thing and another, 30 pages pass. I'm about a third of the way through right now.
I am also actively reading TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. This is another book P brought home for English class. It sits on the end table, I pick it up and start reading. What can I say? I am magically and magnetically drawn toward books. Again, this is a classic I should have had the opportunity to read while I was in high school, but my English teachers never seemed to be on the same page as anyone else. So I missed this one. But, boy, is this one--so far--a real pleasure to read. I didn't enjoy Jack London quite so much. But this one has humor, and likeable, believable characters, who are good, but not too good, and who grow during the book. My friends did me a disservice when I asked them what it was about, and they said, "Oh, it's about a girl dealing with her father when he's a lawyer for a black person." Wow...it's about so much more than that. I'm about halfway through, and can't wait for the next opportunity to steal it from my son to read some more.
I'm reading other stuff, too, because...well, there are books to be read, and I'm going to read them, by God. But the aforementioned are the most active ones on my list right now. TTFN.