Whoaaaaaa… it’s 2016?! I mean, I know that it’s 2016, obviously, because I’ve been working on New Year’s posts for a couple of weeks now (you’ve already seen our year in review, and there are more posts coming – in fact, it’s probably going to take me most of January to get caught up on everything, if not into February). But still, it seems like 2015 really went by in a flash – even more than they usually do – and now we’re staring down the barrel of the first work week of 2016. I missed posting last week, because Christmas, but I actually hadn’t finished any new books over the course of the preceding week so I had nothing new to report anyway.
Rolling right along. I wrapped up the last of my 2015 reading by finishing The Sword of Summer (the first in a new trilogy, focusing on the Norse gods, by Rick Riordan) and then reading the last few essays in Marilynne Robinson’s new collection, The Givenness of Things, in the same day. Is it possible to have two more different books in the same sentence? Riordan’s books are uproariously funny and fast-paced (although, as a matter of fact, they’re incredibly well-researched and deceptively smart) and Robinson’s essays on theology, history and philosophy are academic and cerebral. Two very different reading experiences, indeed.
And now it’s onward. I haven’t gotten much reading in since wrapping up the last two 2015 books several days ago. I started Rebecca Makkai’s The Hundred Year House and am enjoying it, but have been reading it slowly and choosing to spend more time in front of the TV than I usually do. I gave Steve a Disney Infinity for Christmas and we’ve been playing our way through the Star Wars game that came with it – he’s an avid video gamer and I’m not, but every so often it’s fun to play together when he has a game that looks appealing. (The last one was Super Mario Galaxy, many moons ago before children, so you can see how rare that is.) I picked out the Disney Infinity because it looked like something that we might be able to enjoy together, and we are. We’ve also been watching more television than usual – we’re a few weeks behind on Supergirl, thanks to November travels, and we’re trying to get caught up (I haven’t been able to stay spoiler-free, which bums me out) and we’ve also fallen down the rabbit hole that is The West Wing. (I watched it back on first run but haven’t seen the entire series, and Steve had never seen it at all. He’s really enjoying it, I’m having fun rediscovering my old favorite characters – Josh and Leo! – and we’re both loving all the shots of our home city, D.C.) Last night started Downton Abbey, so I expect reading time to take even more of a hit until I find out who Lady Mary is going to marry. (And please, Downton writers, some happiness for Edith? I know the show is already wrapped and aired, but in case things end badly for her I’d like it if you could go back in time and fix that, please and thank you.)
Happy New Year! What are you reading – and watching – this week?