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What I’m Reading This Summer So Far

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I have a bit of a book problem. So far we haven’t gotten to the point where I need an intervention — although my husband has said a few times in our 11-year marriage, “Let’s stop buying so many books for a while, okay, babe?” — but I do have to keep forcing myself to finish a stack before I get another, either from the library, book sales, or online. It’s a bit of a problem, and I do recognize it’s sometimes gluttonous.

I like to keep a lot of books going partly because I’m greedy and partly because exactly what kind of thing I want to read differs wildly by how I’m feeling at the moment. Some books are restful, some are work, and some are frightening. I can’t read the scary or hard-work books right before bed, for example, or they will keep me awake.

Anywho, many people have a bit extra time over the summer to read, so here’s what I have on the docket at the moment in case something here strikes your fancy too.

Literary

The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady,” by Edith Holden (Rizzoli). I got a beautiful 2018 cloth-bound edition of this young British woman’s 1906 nature diary for Christmas and have been reading along with it this year month by month. So, I read the January entries in January, the February entries in February, and so forth. It is gloriously illustrated by the author’s own hand and is full of poetry and other seasonal observations of the natural world in Holden’s native Warwickshire. This is definitely a bedtime book for me.

“East of Eden,” by John Steinbeck (various). My book club is reading this and even though I suggested we read it I hate it. It has taken the encouragement of several friends to keep me going. It’s billed as an “American epic novel” that recreates the events of the biblical book of Genesis, but I find it as sexually and bloodthirstily terrifying as “Game of Thrones.”

Your mileage may vary; people whose taste I think is very good have told

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