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 books to share this week: three from Half Price Books and one from the library for my book group.
From Half Price Books:
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie: This YA novel is one of my very favorite audiobooks, but I’d been told the drawings in the print version were not to be missed. I’m glad to have a hard copy of my own.
- Bookworms edited by Laura Furman and Elinore Standard: A collection of book and letter excerpts from a whole slew of authors and readers about reading. I think this will be one to dip into here and there instead of reading straight through.
- A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel: Manguel tackles the history of reading in chapters divided up by topic: being read to, the shape of the book, learning to read, etc.
From the library:
- The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Ranier Maria Rilke (translated by Stephen Mitchell): This novel is my book group’s pick for February. Stephen Mitchell did the translation of Gilgamesh I just read, so I have faith that at least the translation will be good!
Read This Week
Early this week I zipped through The Absent Traveler by Randall DeVallance, then got stuck on two slower books. I picked up Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi for the World Party Reading Challenge and Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen for my classics project. I’m enjoying both (yay for finally making progress with a Jane Austen novel!), but they’re definitely not quick reads. I have another classic, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Ranier Maria Rilke (translated by Stephen Mitchell, hooray!), awaiting me, so I might have to sneak in something lighter in between.
On audio, I put Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld on hold to listen to Gilgamesh. As soon as I’d finished the epic, I bounced right back to Leviathan, which I finished quickly. I started its sequel, Behemoth, right away and have been gobbling (or the aural equivalent of it) my way through it! Now if only I didn’t have to wait until later this year for the third book…
Erin Reads Recap
- I started the week with a Sunday Salon post in which I asked readers to fill out a quick survey. A huge thank you to everyone who did! I’ll be posting my findings tomorrow and Monday.
- On Monday I talked about The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, which I listened to on audio.
- Next up was a War and Peace check-in in which I shared some of my favorite Tolstoy character descriptions.
- Wednesday’s Classics Reclamation Project post looked at the audiobook version of Gilgamesh, translated by Stephen Mitchell.
- Thursday I shared my thoughts on A Cup of Friendship, a new novel from Deborah Rodriguez being released later this month.
- Finally, yesterday, I announced my birthday contest — go enter!
How was your reading week? Do tell!