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.
Only a few new acquisitions to report this week, for once!
From the Half Price Books clearance section:
- When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins: I’d like to read more nonfiction in 2011, and I’ve heard this book is interesting and well written.
- The Three Theban Plays (Antigone, Oedipus the King, and Oedipus at Colonus) by Sophocles (translated by Robert Fagles): I read Oedipus the King in high school and just finished Seamus Heaney’s version of Antigone, so I thought this would be a nice collection to have.
- The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly: After reading Revolution last year, I’ve been curious to read others by Donnelly. I won this book from Jessica at The Bluestocking Society (thanks, Jessica!).
- The Absent Traveler: A Novella & Other Stories by Randall DeVallance: I received this one for review from Atticus Books, and it looks quite interesting. I haven’t typically been a big fan of short stories, but I’m warming up to them and am looking forward to trying this collection.
Read This Week
This week has been one of finishing up books I started at the end of 2010. I completed The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri for my book group’s January meeting and A Cup of Friendship by Deborah Rodriguez, which comes out later this month. I also finished my first book on my Sony Reader, Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I started War and Peace by Tolstoy as part of Jillian’s year-long readalong. (I think I’ll just not mention this one here from now on, since I’ll be reading it every week of 2011!) Oh! And I zipped through The Burial at Thebes, Seamus Heaney’s version of Sophocles’ Antigone.
On audio, I wrapped up Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll and The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. I started Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld for fun and Gilgamesh, translated by Stephen Mitchell, for my Classics Reclamation Project.
Erin Reads Recap
- I started the week with a Sunday Salon post in which I looked at my reading stats for 2010. It’s the first year I tracked anything in earnest, so I had fun looking at how the year shaped up.
- On Monday I talked about Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby (audiobook) and my different reactions to Hornby’s fiction vs. nonfiction.
- Next up were my thoughts on Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, which I read earlier in 2010 but never discussed on Erin Reads.
- Wednesday’s Classics Reclamation Project post looked at Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, which I listened to.
- Thursday I shared my reaction to The Burial at Thebes, Seamus Heaney’s lovely version of Sophocles’ Antigone.
- Finally, yesterday, I sent you over to Eat the Books, where I participated in The Bookeater 10.
How was your reading week? Do tell!