September has not been a good month for reading. I have literally worked 2 days this month at work with all of the FMLA unpaid leave for my dad’s brain cancer surgery and recovery.
I have been understandably frustrated, exhausted and tired.
I thought the best way to get back into the reading saddle was to read some juvenile fiction.
Checked out 3 books, 2/3rds threw one of them.
The one I should finish today or tomorrow is by the wonderful and amazing Shel Silverstein called “Lofcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back.” Not sure how I missed this one in my reading travels just a lot of fun, and very Shel Silverstein. Nice to see him do a longer narrative book. ***1/2
Also checked out “boom!” by Mark Haddon (who wrote the wonderful “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” which is a modern classic in my view.
And the potentially fun, “Star Jumper: Journal of a Cardboard Genius” by Frank Asch.
Other reading this month includes some personal sociology in the very cool books “Fat Sex” and the continuing reading of “Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation”. I am halfway through each of them. Been reading GO: TNG a piece at a time for a couple months now.
Literally the only book I finished this month is the John Steinbeck classic “Of Mice and Men.” Brilliant book, much, much sadder than I expected. ***1/2
And also loving Patricia Smith’s very dark poetry book about Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans “Blood Dazzler.” Poetry can do amazing things. ***1/2 Reminds me a lot in an odd way of Dave Eggers’ amazing “Zeitoun.” Both capture the soul of New Orleans well.
Have also read the first 30 pages of “Moneyball” by Micheal Lewis this week, which has been on the I should read this eventually list for a long, long time. I love “Liar’s Poker ****” but by and large don’t get that far with Michael Lewis.
That’s it for now, expecting to get more reading in as my head settles, and I feel back home again. Nice to be home.
Nice that my dad is improving. Hoping he can get back home soon and get his left side moving better. Glad his brain and mind is doing much, much better.