Moving so slowly through The Subtle Knife but someone tweeted about the end and self was so upset that she’s picking up the pace to get it over with.
There are years that stand out in her memory for being particularly rich and focused.
For example, the year she went on a memoir binge and read nothing but memoirs.
Then, the year she only read translations.
Then, the year she only read books written by women.
Then, not too long ago, the year she only read travel books.
Then one summer, she only read Henning Mankell. She read seven of his books one after the other.
It’s with no small surprise that self looks back at the books she’s read so far 2018 and finds that her favorites have been novels. Because she hasn’t been able to enter the required headspace to appreciate a good novel for a very long time.
Here are the novels she’s read so far this year: Moshi Moshi, Conclave, The Mandibles: A Family, La Belle Sauvage, The Golden Compass
And they’ve all been really good!
After she finishes reading The Subtle Knife, she’ll read the last book in Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, The Amber Spyglass.
Then she’ll move through some novels she read in her childhood: Treasure Island, The Old Man and the Sea, Lord of the Flies, Wide Sargasso Sea. (This shouldn’t take long, most are very short. More like novellas, really)
Finally, she compiled a list of 20 novels published 2017. She tried to stick to small presses. Avoiding blockbusters at all cost. Reading through that list will probably get her through 2018.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.