Welcome to my weekly Saturday feature here at Erin Reads, where I highlight new books that have entered my life, what I’ve been reading, and what’s happened on Erin Reads over the past week.
The vlog is back! This week I have books from several different sources to share.
- Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman: Vishy recommended this book of essays to me when I mentioned Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. I was thrilled to find a copy at Half Price Books!
- My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor: My mom passed this memoir along to me. It’s a brain scientist’s story of recovering from a stroke.
- The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy: Also from my mother; I’m planning to try some of Tolstoy’s short fiction at some point, since I’m enjoying War and Peace so much!
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: Clare from the Literary Omnivore was kind enough to give away a copy of this one, and I was lucky enough to win. I’ve never read it, even though I really enjoyed The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
- Madre: Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun by Liza Bakewell: I’m looking forward to reading this travelogue/memoir/exploration of language by a linguistic anthropologist.
Some personal things came up this week, and my blog reading suffered. As a result, I added nothing new to my TBR list this week. I’m not worried…I’ll be back to adding things soon!
Read This Week
This week I continued my stroll through Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I have about 100 pages left and am deliberately reading slowly to make it last! I also started The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver for this month’s Reading Buddies as well as Are You Somebody? by Nuala O’Faolain.
On audio, I wrapped up A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson for Reading Buddies as well as The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent. I’m currently listening to The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester, which is fascinating so far!
Erin Reads Recap
- I started the week with a Sunday Salon post in which I asked where you stand regarding reading up on authors’ lives.
- Tuesday I sent you over to Bonjour, Cass! where I faced Book Apocalypse.
- Wednesday’s Classics Reclamation Project post looked at my first classic from the 1960s, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John le Carré.
- Next up, I shared my thoughts on Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld.
- Finally, yesterday, I posted the Reading Buddies discussion post for The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.
How was your reading week? Do tell!