Currently Reading Snapshot

Books I am in the middle of:

Mockingbird by Julie Trimingham

The Mammoth Book of Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Stories edited by Richard Dalby

The Amnesiac by Sam Taylor

Flickering Shadows by Kwadwo Agymah Kamau

Also, Sallie has been reading this one out loud to me, one story at a time:

Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins by Emma Donoghue

Other Books:

I recently finished In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens by Alice Walker. I may write down some more thoughts on this later, if I feel inspired.

I recently abandoned Grange House by Sarah Blake because it felt over-written and because I had zero interest in the love-story parts of it. Give me a straight ghost story any day! But if you start adding anything hinting at a love triangle, it had better be really really well written or I’ll drop it quick.

Finally, Red doc> by Anne Carson is currently hibernating. It’s a book that I want to give 100% heart and attention to, and I just don’t have enough freedom from distraction right now. I mostly have to snatch my reading in small moments–that’s why I always keep a book on the back of the toilet!–and that’s very much not how I want to read this particular book. So it is waiting in the wings for a time when I feel able to set aside the 500 other things pulling at my attention and really sit down for a solid chunk of reading.

I think that’s everything! I hope to do one of these snapshot posts on a semi-regular basis because it will be useful and interesting to me to have a little summary I can look back on to see what I was reading “back then.”

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lists

I am going to add this: http://listverse.com/2010/04/08/top-10-underrated-fantasy-stories-before-1937/ to my bookmooch wishlist.  The ones on there that I haven’t read before, that is.  And one that I have read before, The Worm Ouroboros, because I’d like to re-read it and I have no idea what happened to the old paperback that I read back in high school.  I hardly remember the story, even.  Just that I really liked it.  Which made me happy to see it included on this list, because then I was reminded of the book’s existence, and I can seek it out.