Remember Simon’s fun meme from a week and a half ago? I had every intention of reading all three of the books I mentioned in the third question, it was just a matter of which one to begin with. And that turned out to be an easy decision. I read An Artist of the Floating World, which was wonderful (read my review). But after that, a couple of things happened that caused a detour in my reading plans.
First, I just couldn’t face another serious book. I needed some brain candy, and I needed it immediately. It was either Julia Spencer-Fleming or Kate Atkinson … now, which one? I had both on my stacks, but the Spencer-Fleming had been there the longest. This was a win-win! I could read something light and fun, and I could make progress towards the one reading goal I’m failing at. Reading To Darkness and to Death has been a delightful break; it’s just as good as the first three books in the series. I’ll have a review up soon.
And then, this week I received my copy of Winifred Holtby’s The Land of Green Ginger, bought on impulse after Virago released several books with these beautiful new covers. As I unwrapped the packaging, I knew it wouldn’t go on my shelves until I’d read it. So this will “count” as my May Virago book, instead of Willa Cather’s My Antonia. I’ll get to that one soon, possibly in June.
I blame my kids for this little reading detour. The end of the school year is in sight, and #1 daughter is nearly finished with high school. Her “senioritis” is contagious. Who wants to read heavy and serious books when there’s fun to be had? Not me ! The question now is, is my detour a long or short one?
Time will tell … are you reading something fun this week?
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