It’s been an absolutely gorgeous weekend here in southeastern Pennsylvania. We’ve had a blistering hot summer, with temperatures rising into the 90s all too often. But Saturday’s temperatures peaked around 75, and it was sunny and mild. Just perfect for a relaxing long holiday weekend.
I’ve been looking forward to reading this weekend, because the past week was a busy one. My daughters went back to school, which also meant attending parents night on Wednesday. My workweek was packed full, including a dinner meeting and an evening conference call. While it was all worthwhile, it really reduced my free time!
But I was still able to read The Siege, even though it took longer to finish than I would have liked. It’s a marvelous novel, shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and very moving (read my review). On Saturday, I began reading J.G. Farrell’s Troubles, which earlier this year was awarded the Lost Booker Prize. It’s a bit quirky but enjoyable, and I should make good progress before returning to work on Tuesday.
I have 5 more books lined up to read during the rest of September. On Saturday, I picked up two books from the library:
- Cold Earth, by Sarah Moss: I read a review in Belletrista, and it sounded fascinating.
- Life & Times of Michael K, by J.M. Coetzee: another Booker Prize winner, part of my nearly complete pursuit to read all winners
And then, patiently waiting on my shelves are:
- Postcards, by Annie Proulx
- The Bell, by Iris Murdoch: I love Iris Murdoch, and this book is on the “1001” list
- Precious Bane, by Mary Webb: a Virago Modern Classic
Have you read any of these books?
What books do you look forward to reading this month?
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