This Week’s Blog Posts:
While there were no book reviews this week, I did share two posts about what’s coming and what happened in my reading life. August: The List gave readers information about what I’ll read this month, including a collection of translated works by women in Latin America, which fits perfectly with Women in Translation Month. There was also lots of interest in the mysteries starring a fat women, known as the Corinna Chapman series, by Kerry Greenwood, an Australian author.
On Friday, I discussed the summer reading bingo challenge sponsored by the library where I work. While I crammed in more books than was wise and still did not win, I did win the summer reading challenge at the library I patronize. Hooray for my Hacienda gift card!
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
#ReadingValdemar is on the 12th book of our 2019 plans. Storm Rising is the second novel in the MAGE STORMS trilogy. Review coming Monday.
Although I’m nervous about it, I wrote a post sharing my thoughts on the Literary Fiction Book Tag, which I’ve seen making the rounds on book blogs. I have questions and concerns. I haven’t written a Time to Ponder Books post in ages, and this one may be divisive. Coming Wednesday.
Short Stories by Latin American Women: The Magic and the Real, edited by Celia Correas de Zapata and translated by a variety of writers, is the oldest book I possess on my TBR. However, I chose to DNF. The first short story was about a plain teen who wins a beauty contest because her father is rich. Then, an angry man rides into town, murders the rich father, and rapes the daughter. Apart, they both think about each other for 30 years, so the day he can no longer resist and goes to her house, they realize they are in love and get engaged. Before she can marry him, though, she kills herself without saying anything. Uhh, wut? I read on, but found the stories wonky, likely from poor translation. I switched to Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman. Review coming Friday.
Book I Own by a Male Author:
Currently, not reading any.
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse:
David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens. He’s a young man in search of a profession, with his schoolboy friend Steerforth to advise him. Anyone else have sneaking bad feelings about Steerforth when they read this novel? Especially when it comes to the newly-betrothed little Em’ly. . .
Books Added to the TBR Pile: