Sunday, March 23, 2008
TSS Week 7
Do libraries make anyone else weak in the knees? I have been spending a lot more of my time there lately and I find that it is comparable to a meditative act.
Anyway, I suppose that rather than being the year I read dangerously, this is the year that I read choosily. For some reason I am finding it much easier to drop books that I'm not into. This past week I said goodbye to both War of the Worlds and My Antonia. I was about 1/3 into WW and 1/2 into My Antonia, but I couldn't take either anymore - they both bored me. I am secure enough in myself to admit this, though these are both deemed classics.
In other news, I finally started reading Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. This book was recommended to me years ago by a college classmate who swore by it. The only Vonnegut I've ever read is Slaughterhouse-Five but that was enough to make me a fan. Cat's Cradle is odd - naturally - but I like it!
I also took a short Italian novella out of the library in order to brush up on my language skills. It is called La strada che va in città or The Road to the City. It has been pretty readable so far, and quite enjoyable. The author, Natalia Ginzburg, was Palermitana like the part of my family featured in my novel :)