Monday, January 5, 2009

The Reading Week

Hmmm .... as of right now, apart from my seemingly eternal re-read of The Lord of the Rings, the only book I have on the go is The Count of Monte Christo _ aka: the longest book in the world. Damn thing is huge! And I'm only on page 85. I'm thinking I should go back to the library and see if they have a two-volume set rather than the single giant paperback I'm contending with.

I finished (finally) My Sister, My Love: The Intimate Story of Skyler Rampike by Joyce Carol Oates (review coming; probably) and I also read, last wee, Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiria (review also probably coming) which I'm counting as my first '09 finish as I started it in the last days of '08. I'm not counting My Sister, My Love because I started in October, or something equally ridiculous.

Apart from The Count of Monte Christo, on my hopefully-to-read list for this week is The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran; a sequel to Nefertiti, which I had somewhat mixed feelings about at the time:

However, I love me some ancient Egypt, so The Heretic Queen it is. Plus, it's due back at the library soon. :)

I'm debating whether to go for another review book for work, or one from my own shelves, which would get me started on the Read Your Own Books challenge. I'm thinking the latter, and I'm thinking Nation by (now) Sir Terry Pratchett.

Technically speaking, challenge-wise I'm starting all right. Interpreter of Maladies and The Heretic Queen and, come to think of it, The Count of Monte Christo all count towards the Support Your Local Library and the 100+ reading challenges (she said optimistically) so I just need to throw in one for Read Your Own Books.

I'm trying to read books that I already have rather than going out and buying new ones but I can't dismiss that possibility entirely (can any of us really?).

On that philosophical note ... I have to go cook dinner. :)


Ana S. said...

I think Nation by Sir Terry is definitely a good choice :D

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed Interpreter of Maladies. And I wanted to put The Count of Monte Cristo on my tbr but I so get discouraged with long books! And I've already committed to The Pillars of the Earth which everyone says goes fast. We'll see. It's still buried in the middle of my stack but it is IN HOUSE.

Maree said...

Nymeth: Nation has graduated from the shelf to my bedside table.
Care: Actually, The Count of Monte Christo is going surprisingly quickly. It's all action from the get-go. Although 1400-some pages of action ... hmm ....