I unlocked a reading achievement last March. I finished Middlemarch. Yes, that 800-pager Victorian classic. And I love it! I hope to write a proper review of it soon. Since I followed a reading plan for Middlemarch and since I found myself in what I call a life situation, I only finished a couple of books. I’m worried that I won’t hit my reading goal of 52 books this year, but if I keep encountering books like Middlemarch, I wouldn’t mind the scant numbers.
- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy – 3 out of 5 stars. I’ve never felt so conflicted about a book, ever, so I settled with a mediocre 3. It’s also our book club’s book of the month.
- Middlemarch by George Eliot – 5 out of 5 stars. Buddy read with H and Ycel. My first 5-star for this year, and we all agree that it’s a tough act to follow.
- Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain – On page 172 of 307. No progress, but I’ll spend my Holy Week vacation finishing this.
- High Fidelity by Nick Hornby – On page 105 of 245. Our book club’s pick for April.
- Lila by Marilynne Robinson – On page 16 of 261. I was prompted to start it when it won the NBCC award for fiction, but I had to pause because of my reading commitments (the book club book and the buddy read).
- Inverted World by Christopher Priest
- October Light by John Gardner
New Books – None. What? This is not happening! But expect a deluge next month. I am waiting for three books from The Book Depository and I just paid for a dozen books at Undertow Books. Hah!
Here’s a couple of addenda to this report:
- I’m retiring the TFG: The Book Club posts. If you’ve noticed, I haven’t posted anything about our book club since the start of this year. That’s not because I quit our book club. I’m just lazy. Besides, our book club events deserve their own home. Wink, wink.
- I’ve been thinking of two topics that I wish to discuss in the near future: rating books and speed reading. I hope to dish out my “think piece” on each topic this month.