It’s early Sunday morning, the birds are chirping, a light fog is lifting, and I have a batch of Zucchini Raisin Bran muffins in the oven. Yes it’s that time of year, when my garden’s zucchini threatens to take over the planet, and I have to get creative in the kitchen. Plus the weather has been very hot and dry around here, which calls for light and easy dishes that don’t generate a lot of heat. The muffins are a favorite recipe I discovered last year, but I’ve also found some new zucchini-focused main dishes to try this week: a salad and a curry. We still have way more than we could possibly consume. I tried (unsuccessfully) to convince my husband we didn’t need to plant as much this year. I’ve already started my 2011 zucchini campaign, while the evidence is right there in front of us.
While this has been a hot week for gardening, it’s also been a “hot” week for reading. Last Sunday I posted my review of When Everything Changed, a nonfiction book about women in the US. It left a strong impression; during the week I found myself reflecting on my activities, and on events going on around me, marveling at how different things would have been 50 years ago. I have a blog post percolating in my head about this — look for it in this Wednesday’s Midweek @ Musings.
I finished two books this week:
- The Master, by Colm Tóibín, a fictional portrait of the author Henry James (read my review). I knew almost nothing about James and had never read any of his work (shame on me!) A brief bit of Wikipedia research helped, and I was off and running. I enjoyed getting inside this author’s head, and have decided to read one of his books for the 1 percent Well-Read Challenge — most likely Portrait of a Lady. If you’ve read Henry James, recommendations are welcome!
- Beside the Sea, by Veronique Olmi, a tense and haunting novella that I first learned about from Jackie at Farmlanebooks. I read this in one sitting, on a train. In my review I wrote, “I still gasped out loud when the novella reached its inevitable climax.” I wonder what the woman sitting next to me thought?
This week I also went on a bit of a rant about required summer reading in schools. I’m for it, not against it! But sometimes the school can do certain students a disservice. Read the post and let me know what you think.
The muffins are almost ready — time to roust my other half out of bed so we can get out to the garden before it gets too hot.
Have you had a “hot” reading week?
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