Once again it’s Sunday, and I wonder where the last week went. Life has been busy lately, all in a good way. We’re now 10 days into Orange July, the annual reading event devoted to reading at least one book that has won or been nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction. I’ve posted about this a lot but it’s the focus of all my reading at the moment so I’m afraid I’m a bit Orange-obsessed!
We’ve had some great conversations in the Orange January/July group on LibraryThing. Recently a member commented on the books she’s been reading, and how all of them seemed rather intense. I thought about the books I’ll be reading this month, and I have to say there isn’t a light fluffy read among them. And then I wandered over to the list of Orange books I’ve read. My goodness, what a lot of intensity!
There are books dealing with war and its aftermath (Half of a Yellow Sun, The Memory of Love, The Siege). Others explore relationships (Amy & Isabelle, Unless), or explore difficult issues (Room, We Need to Talk about Kevin). I’m sure you can find more intensity there; my point is, a month like Orange July does require a certain degree of stamina. It’s worth it — Orange Prize nominees have been some of my favorite reads — but I also know that come August I’ll probably need a lighter read, just to ease the tension.
What about you? Do you find the Orange reads more intense than others?
Read more from The Sunday Salon here.