Happy Monday, my friends! I’m heading into what I am hoping will be my last crrrrrrazy week for a little while. I’ve got speaking engagements on Monday and Wednesday, a Very Important Meeting on Tuesday, and a hearing scheduled for Thursday and Friday (which may be rescheduled, and honestly I’m hoping that it will, because I’m behind on everything after two weeks of almost constant sickness for everyone in the family, and a week of that falling when Steve was out of town and I had to hold down the fort almost completely on my own). I am staring down the barrel of one of those weeks when I don’t know how I’m going to get it all done – even after I worked both days this weekend to try to stay on top of the workload. I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to this week being over, and to taking a big, deep breath next weekend.
So, despite starting the week with the stomach flu and fighting through crazy work stress the rest of the week, I did actually have a good few days of reading there. Diary of a Provincial Lady has been on my list for awhile now (thanks, Amazon recommendations!) and finally I decided it was time to put in a request and call it up from the library closed stacks. I was LOLing within the first couple of pages, and cracking up every few pages throughout the book – and now I can’t wait to read the rest in the series (there are four). How had I never read any E.M. Delafield before? I’m a convert. I finished Provincial Lady on Friday night after nibbling at it all week (didn’t want it to end!) and then read The Story of Hong Gildong, a new translation of a classic Korean work that Penguin has just republished, over Saturday (when I wasn’t working). I enjoyed the gorgeous imagery – the descriptions of mountainous hideaways had me imagining Colorado – and the story was packed full of adventure and thrills.
Now I’m finally checking off another book that’s been on my to-read list for ages (years, in fact): Kindred, by Octavia Butler. Back when I first switched from food blogging to book blogging, a reader suggested Butler to me and recommended starting with Kindred, and I put it on my list accordingly, but had never gotten to it before now. It’s time! What with everything I have going on this week, it may be the only book I finish, but I’ll be sure to let you know my thoughts.
Coming up on the blog: a National Poetry Month post (your annual dose of e.e. cummings!) on Wednesday, and a meditation on never being bored (I never am, and it’s a blessing and a curse!) on Friday.
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date. Thanks for the inspiration!
What are you reading this week?