Hello and welcome to another Sunday Salon. Autumn is on its way to southeastern Pennsylvania; the trees are just beginning to change color. Some days are quite warm, others cool. There’s lots of work to be done in the garden, too, clearing out 2012’s detritus and planting bulbs for spring. I love this time of year!
- Elizabeth Taylor’s The Wedding Group is the October readalong for the Elizabeth Taylor Centenary, and it’s the first book I read this month so I’ve already finished (read my review). It was typical Taylor in many ways, and I enjoyed it even if it’s not one of her best.
- Burger’s Daughter is by Nobel prizewinner Nadine Gordimer. It’s about the daughter of two activists who struggles to establish an independent identity after both of her parents have died. I enjoy Gordimer’s work, but she challenges me, too. I read about 1/3 of this book and was having difficulty concentrating, so I set it aside for a bit. I plan to return to it after finishing my current book, which is …
- The Ant Heap, a translated work by Hungarian author Margit Kaffka. I received this as a gift a few years ago, and am embarrassed to say I’ve not read it yet. (To be fair, the giver gave me a huge stack of books and I read some of them right away!) It’s a short novella, with a lengthy introduction that is actually a short biography of the author. I liked that, because I really knew nothing about her. The novella itself is about life in a convent and seems rather progressive for its time (early 20th century).
- The Secret History, by Donna Tartt, is one I finally caved in and bought at a used bookshop after seeing it time and time again. I’ve heard good things about it, and understand it’s mystery, which suits me at the moment.
- Homer’s Odyssey isn’t the classic you might be thinking of; rather, it’s a memoir about a woman who adopted a blind cat. This, too, was a gift, from a fellow cat-lover. I was a bit skeptical about it but the LibraryThing reviews convinced me it’s a worthwhile read, and a feel-good story, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that!
Also this month, The Classics Club has me pondering the eternal question, “Why do I read classics?” That’s kind of ironic since only one of my October reads is a classic, and it’s a “modern classic” at that. Well, on the whole I do read a lot of classics, so let’s just call October an anomaly, and I’ll be back with my answer to that eternal question later in the week.
Are you reading anything good this weekend?