What a crazy week this has been! My cousin, who’s ten, was in town for most of this past week, and since he’s high energy, it’s taken a lot of energy especially out of my mom, who also had to deal with my 87-year-old grandmother. Plus. my sister was in town for the weekend, so it’s been mostly crazy around here. All of my posts this past week have been scheduled; and I only got around to writing a bunch of outstanding reviews yesterday afternoon.
It’s quieter here now that my mom has driven my sister back to New York, and I’ve spent much of today catching up on sleep and, of course, reading. Right now I’m reading one of my Virago Modern Classics: The Rising Tide, by Molly Keane (though it was originally published under her pseudonym MJ Farrell). I’m really loving it; the author really knew how to combine wonderful (sometimes exasperating) characters with a great plot. I’ve been cruising Ebay for more books by Molly Keane, since I’m living her writing style. This is easily one of the best books I’ve read this month.
Also read this week were Elizabeth Chadwick’s To Defy a King (didn’t love it as much as I thought I would, but it’s good nonetheless) Laura Joh Rowland’s Shinju (mystery set in 17th century Edo, now Tokyo), and Bright Young People, by DJ Taylor, nonfiction about the Bright Young Things of the 1920s and 1930s. Evelyn Waugh was one of them, and the book, although I didn’t totally love it, has inspired me to read Vile Bodies, a copy of which that’s been moldering on the shelf since at least last November when I bought it at a library paperback sale.
How has your weekend been? Read anything good lately?