Thursday, June 10, 2010

what I'm reading now, and what I need to read.

The book stack is piling up again. I've got to get through the library books first:

  • The Lacuna/Barbara Kingsolver: a rich, dense read. I'm going through it at a slower pace than usual because it's meant to be read at a leisurely place. Not speed reading beach fare at all. 
  • Chronic City/Jonathan Lethem: several years ago I read 'The Fortress of Solitude' and dug it. It was my Chicago brown line reading for a while. I like his characters. I like that NYC is his setting. 
  • Remarkable Creatures/Tracy Chevalier: on a whim. She's the author of 'Girl with a Pearl Earring', which was a perfect little novel, even though I usually don't like the 'mix fiction with reality' genre too often.
  • Solar/Ian McEwan: I love his stuff and this one's on the hold shelf waiting for me. Picking it up is on the weekend to-do list.

and then the books that I need to read next that are hanging out in a reproachful manner on the bookshelf:

  • The Lonely Polygamist/Brady Udall: the title says it all.
  • The Wild Things/Dave Eggers: I'm willing to give this a shot. It's Dave Eggers, after all.
  • The City & The City/China Mieville: interesting sci-fi more in the vein of Philip K. Dick than the robots run amuck stuff.

I'm hoping to wrap this all up by July. For the 4th of July Tahoe trip, it's going to be the new Anthony Bourdain book, which I've pre-ordered. Natch.

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