So I finally finished a book today. Kurt Vonnegut’s collection of short stories “Welcome to the Monkey House.”
It actually took me for than five years, as I read a story and forgot about it a bunch of times. I think I was two thirds through recently and just finally plowed through.
And if I remember, the earlier short stories are better.
The funny thing is if I had it from the library I would have easily finished it within a month. It’s definitely good enough, I would have returned it finished before the renewals were out. And I am a huge Vonnegut fan, although I didn’t like “Galapagos.” *** (also 3 Goodreads)
Also Finished this week:
“Slammed” by Colleen Hoover, I flew through this the first time four years ago, and flew through it again. The fact that it deals so much with loss and it’s slam poetry put it way, way ahead of most YA. Here is my Goodreads review (5 GR (goes from 1-5)), and 5 on Amazon, and would give ****1/2. One of the best books I have read this decade. And one of the ones I most fly through.
“Point of Retreat” by Colleen Hoover, #2 in the Slammed series, I am 85% of the way through, will probably finish it today or tomorrow. The fact that my poem “Write Poorly” is in this book is still absolutely crazy to me, reread from 2012. **** (5 GR)
“Rumi: Bridge to the Soul” translation by Coleman Barks. I have been reading a poem or two or three at a time for several months now. It’s very good but I honestly do want to like it more. I wonder if I might get more out of it in a paper copy. (71%, at poem 61 “Two Lovings”). ***
“Confess” by Colleen Hoover — I don’t get wrapped up in this like I do the Slammed series. Although I do like how Ms. Hoover goes between the male and female leads. Probably finishing this this week. Weird to read in large print but it’s what the library had, on page 300 of 412
“My Life Cracks Me Up” by Rick Cormier — Fun stories from an awesome guy. I wish I got to know him more and went to more drum circles when he was in Maine at the Yarmouth UU church. He’s out in New Mexico now. These fun anecdotes got him to write the much better and fascinating stories of being a psychotherapist with good clinical advice “Mixed Nuts” which I read earlier in the year. ***1/2 pg 186 of 295
“Voices of Bipolar Disorder: The Healing Companion: Stories for Courage, Comfort and Strength”, many authors telling their stories about bipolar disorder, I am reading this out of order, probably about 20% of the way through.
“Shelter” by Robin Merrill — just got it now while writing this. One of my favorite Maine poets, curious to read her fiction.
Books checked out:
“This Girl” by Colleen Hoover, #3 in the Slammed Series. I started reading this but then I realized I wanted to read the first two books in the series first. I make fun of my wife for doing this all the time, but she just did like 15 books in the Pendergast series Lincoln and Child, which is a lot more than two YA books. Currently at start of Chapter 3, page 26 of 285
“Moscow 2042” by Vladimir Voinovich, recommended in a Facebook post as one of the best books you have never read, he also said it reminds him of Orwell’s 1984 in a Soviet setting, written in 1986. I am looking forward to this. But I am slammed with other things to read right now.
“November 9” by Colleen Hoover, it’s possible I overdid it with the Colleen Hoover books from the library. I have four out right now.