As you may remember, I set a goal to read thirty-five books this year, that number being knocked down from last years fifty. Although I reached fifty, I wanted to spend more time enjoying the books I read, and not just plowing through them to meet the goal. At this point, I've read eleven books already and I'm well on my way to reaching my goal.
Admittedly though, my book choices so far have not been brain stretchers. It's been hectic here--Jay's worked weird hours, my mom's had some personal stuff she's been dealing with, the kids have been, well...kids. In general, life has just seemed a bit harder lately. So when I have the time to read I've wanted something mindless. (Foxtrot anthologies anyone?)
In my defense, I intended to read real literature. A few weeks ago my best friend Dawn and I decided that we should read some classics together. (As "together" as two people 300 miles apart can be.) Our first (and probably last) choice was Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Neither of us has read it and we figured since Bella in Twilight is always going on about it, it must be great. I got about 15 pages in before I gave up. Sadly, I just didn't get it. And I was tired of looking up words in the dictionary. I'm still not sure what a penetralium is. And the words I did know, were used in a context other than what I was used to. For instance, ejaculation. As in, ".....his pious ejaculation had no reference to my unexpected advent." What? When I mentioned this to Dawn she said, "Yeah, there does seem to be an awful lot of ejaculating for such a boring book." So my copy of Wuthering Heights sits on my nightstand waiting to be returned to the library while I deal with the realization that I'm dumber than Bella.
Right now I'm reading Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips, which is about Greek gods living in modern day London. So far I'm enjoying it. Plus, I'm reading Midnight Sun, which is part of the Twilight saga. Specifically, it is Twilight, just from Edward's point of view. But it's only available through Stephenie Meyer's website and I have a hard time reading anything on the internet that is longer than blog length so it's taking me a while to get through.
Next up, I'll be reading Coraline. I'm incredibly anxious to read this since I've never read any of Neil Gaiman's books and I've heard great things about this one. Honestly, I would have started it already but I'm waiting for my son to finish what he's reading so we can read it together. I hope he enjoys it.
So there you have it--a little update on what I've been reading lately. As usual, you can always follow along with what I'm reading this year by clicking over to Goodreads. Just be warned there is nothing very scholarly on my list at the moment.