Saturday, June 26

Decisions, Decisions!

Dear Blog,

It's been a while. I barely recognize you. While I was off last week gallivanting in the ocean, I callously left you here to be ignored. Even if I had brought my laptop, I'd've hardly seen you - the wifi at this house was a lie. A temperamental, fickle temptress.

So I guess I'll just have to bring you up to speed.

I spent the past week with my family in a cottage in Nags Head. Highlights: my nine-month-old cousin, finally finishing the puzzle after working on it all week, and a bucket full of shells brought back from our daily walks down the beach.

I spent the week doing pretty much one of two things: being on the beach, and reading. Often at the same time. Consequently, I finished FIVE WHOLE BOOKS! Can you believe it? The whole summer I've managed to slog through one book, then in a week I knock out five! Here's what I read:

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (this was mostly finished by the time I got to the beach)
God is Dead by Ron Currie, Jr
Push by Sapphire
Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

Love in the Time of Cholera, Push, and Remains of the Day were stellar. God is Dead was very good. Survivor was okay, not great. I enjoyed them all, though, and I'd recommend them all.

So now I have a decision to make - what next?

My options are Fool by Christopher Moore and The Color Purple by Alice Walker. I was supposed to read The Color Purple for my American Novel class last semester, but what with all the snow we never got to it. I'm sure it's going to be a terrific literary work. Fool was recommended to me by my dad, and I must admit, Christopher Moore isn't the greatest author on the planet. BUT it's based on King Lear, one of my favorite Shakespeare plays.

What do you think? Which one should I read?

And I'm going to the library on Monday, so give me suggestions on what I should check out as well, dearest readers! I'd be much obliged.


Alex said...

I wondered if I should pick up God is Dead eventually... perhaps I shall. I'm actually reading If on a winter's night a traveler right now, but... I'm having trouble focusing on it. Perhaps it will work better as a concurrent read... just need to figure out what the second should be.

Lauren said...

In my opinion, God is Dead wasn't as good as Everything Matters! but it was a pretty quick read. And the chapters (like in If on a Winter's Night) don't have too much to do with each other, so it'd make a good book to read just now and then.