Haven’t done a lot of reading this week and the last 2 weeks. The reason, the Olympics and fleas. And of course Olympic fleas are really into the jumping events, and of course having fun in the Olympic village to make more fleas.
Last week’s post was about the last book I finished “Jerusalem” by Guy Delisle as well as touching on Joe Sacco’s two great books on Palestine/Israel: “Palestine” and “Footnotes in Gaza.” Jerusalem was an excellent book. ****
Throttle by Joe Hill and Stephen King: Very cool that this father and son came together to write a tribute to Richard Matheson’s “Duel”. Definitely prefer the Stephen Spielberg movie to this short. Something was very, very spare about the movie (****) that I didn’t get in the book. Also didn’t love the ending. *** I may have the strangest list of Stephen King books that I have read: Throttle, Mile 81, Blockade Billy, The Tom Gordon pop-up book and the Montana Kid.
So in 2 weeks, that’s all I finished which if you read these on Fridays you know is very, very little. And both “Throttle” and “Jerusalem” I finished last week.
But I have read little bits of a ton of books:
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien: loving this so far, not sure why I am not engaging it harder (my guess is the Olympic Fleas) 31%
Moby Dick by Herman Melville: I think I will get through this whale of a story a chapter or two at a time so it will revisit my #FridayReads posts a lot. 16%
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler: Yep, literally went from Moby Dick to this. I like to read chick lit on my Kindle sometimes, including young adult. Lots of fun so far, hit my brainpower better tonight so far. *** 11%
Au Revoir to All That: Food, Wine, and The End of France by Michael Sternberger: Depressing thesis that French food isn’t what it once was. That the French are eating faster like Americans and chefs are using premade cheats again like Americans. Hopefully this doesn’t mean French cuisine turns to Applebee’s … shudder. 10%
Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman) Excellent compilation of writings by genderqueers and transsexuals. Often hilarious, often makes you think, great stuff. Even includes a cartoon by a Facebook friend, Katie Diamond. Now I want to read the original Gender Outlaws and learn more about gender studies. ***1/2 pg 54 of 302 and lots of pieces after this.
Ballistics by Billy Collins: I think it’s really better to read one book by a poet at a time. I have too much Billy Collins out of the library I think. The books are flowing together. pg. 19 of 112
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen: YA book about being stranded that a co-worker strongly recommended. Was buried for a while but reading through it. Good stuff. *** (pg 61 of 195)
The Town of No by Wesley McNair: Good stuff from a Maine poet. pg 24 of 85
Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury: After reading “Bradbury Speaks” I may have hit my fill of Ray Bradbury essays. Good stuff but too soon. Some browsing around and pg 4 of 174.
The Man Who Quit Money by Mark Sundeen: Heard about this book somewhere in the Social Media megaverse and intrigued by it. Money does make things easier, revolting from it is a radical step. Interesting so far, makes you think about what it means to be human in a way. pg. 18 of 260
Slam by Nick Hornby: Recommended by Book Riot. Not sure how far I will get with this YA Nick Hornby. As much as I love “Fever Pitch” and “High Fidelity”, I haven’t really got into other Nick Hornby fiction. Even though he helped me get the idea for this #FridayReads post. pg 6 of 309
Shakespeare Wrote for Money by Nick Hornby: His book “The Polysyllabic Spree” inspired this column (I have a signed copy from my days in NYC (Housing Works Bookstore). Interesting stuff so far, read a few months of it. Interestingly in September 2006 he read no books with the World Cup (France?). I think this is similar to my Olympic/Flea experience. pg 38 of 131 (and the last essay)
Questions About Angels: Poems by Billy Collins: More poems by Billy Collins on pg 44 of 91 (I told you I checked too much out at once).
Click: One Novel, Ten Authors by David Almond, et al: Interesting experiment, first chapter seems a little boring, wondering if I will get through this one. pg 4 of 217
180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (ed by Billy Collins): Not bad, but too diverse for my taste. Feel similar about most poetry compendiums. One of the reasons I find “Agreeable Friends: Contemporary Animal Poetry” ed. by Alice Persons so great.
Nine Horses by Billy Collins: Yet more Billy Collins, more contemporary than some of the other books and probably the strongest book of the group. pg 48 of 120
Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella: Not as good as “Confessions of a Shopaholic” but fun. pg 53 of 417
Going Gray … by Anne Kreamer: pg 68 of 206. Good stuff, but dragging a little for me. Will see how it goes.
Books likeliest to finish this week. “Questions About Angels”, “The Earth, My Butt.”, maybe “Nine Horses” and probably something else not on this list.
I guess I read a little of a lot of books this fortnight. Still feeling like I should finish more books but so it goes.