Monday, August 10, 2015

It's Monday! (8/10/15)

It's Monday! is sponsored by Sheila at Book Journey.
Happy Monday! Will someone please explain to me how it got to be August 10? And will someone please explain to my garden that it must start producing vegetables if it will beat the frost? I know everyone is saying this, but the summer HAS gone much too fast.
It's been a rather uneventful week reading-wise. I read the same four books all week and didn't finish any of them. It took awhile, but I really got into The River of Doubt. It's one of those epic-adventure-everything-goes-wrong kind of books, and it's fascinating. Teddy Roosevelt was unbelievable. I can't imagine most of our recent presidents taking off on an unexplored waterway in the heart of the Amazonian jungle.
Sister Mother Husband Dog has also picked up. The first essay in the book was a long, meandering one about her sister, Nora Ephron (responsible for most of your favorite chick flicks), and it was not representative of what I've read in the book since. I'm enjoying her voice.
The Best American Poetry 2011. Hmm, well, you win some, you lose some. This is a loss. I actually skipped one whole (long) poem because it was like someone threw words on paper, saw what stuck, and didn't bother to arrange them. Poetry like this gives all poetry a bad name. Blech!
And my Mansfield Park audio is getting really good. Unfortunately, it's almost over. I have only one more Jane Austen novel to read, and I can now say I see her novels as quite formulaic. That doesn't necessarily bother me--I wish there were more, in fact--but nothing is much surprising me either. Austen does allow her Mansfield characters to actually speak their minds which is rare, as I remember from the other books. Refreshing.
I should finish a couple of these this week.
What will I pick up next? I really can't decide. I'll just choose something from my August book pile:

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