I had a pretty good week reading-wise. For the Orange Prize, I read The Pink Hotel by Anna Stothard and Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles. Both were excellent reads especially The Song of Achilles which gave me a reading hangover. I finished it in one day and couldn’t read anything else after that; I was so stunned by it. I’m almost completely recovered so now I’m looking for a new book to read. I also read:
- Her Mother’s Face by Roddy Doyle (reviewed)
- Bad Island by Doug TenNapel (a great graphic novel)
- No Bears by Meg McKinlay
- At Night by Jonathon Bean
- The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N. Harrington
- Bink and Gollie, Two for One by Kate DiCamillo
- The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
- Mr. Gumpys’s Outing by John Burnington
- A Family of Readers: The Book Lover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Literature by Roger Sutton (non-fiction)
I recommend every book that I read this week. The children’s books are great bedtime reading material.
After reading The Song of Achilles, I want to read more books set in Ancient Greece and/or those inspired by that period, so I’ve decided to add The Iliad and Anne Carson’s Nox to this week’s reading list. Nox is an elegy that Carson wrote to her brother. It’s an accordion book that comes in a box. I also plan on reading:
- Arcadia by Lauren Groff
- Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
- A Mercy by Toni Morrison (for Orange July)
- Girls in the Grass by Melanie Rae Thon (re-read, plus I’ve decided to re-read all of Thon’s books this year)
- Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
I know what you’re thinking, Vasilly, that’s a lot of books. True, but since I’ve dropped my math class (yes!), I can read as much (or as little) as I want. Plus, I’ve signed up for Michelle’s (True Book Addict) High Summer Read-a-thon which starts tomorrow. Since I’m starting today, consider this my sign-up post.
I’m off to curl up with The Iliad. What are you reading today?