Sunday, January 29, 2012
The Sunday Salon: January Reading Blahs
I skipped last week's Salon because my day was consumed with looking at several houses, which was infinitely more interesting and exciting than anything I would have had to say about my reading week.
(The house stuff will have to be a separate post because I have much more to say, but the Reader's Digest version is that we wound up finding a house we liked AND putting an offer in on it AND having that offer accepted, all of which means we'll be moving exactly one month from now. This is just 5 minutes away from where we are now, which keeps us in the same town and the kids in their same school.)
Anyway, so back to the books. Is it just me or is anyone else also having themselves kind of a "blah" reading month this January? Is it the weather, the post-holiday slump ... or what? I can't really put my finger on what's going on.
Last week, I also read (and reviewed here) Smut by Alan Bennett, which came my way via NetGalley. This was my first time reading Alan Bennett, and I liked the two stories ("The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson" and "The Shielding of Mrs. Forbes") in this book. Both stories center on the aspects of our personalities and character that we keep hidden from others, our reasons for doing so, and how these qualities shape us. There is a significant bit of language and eyebrow-raising scenes in these stories, but it is there to illustrate Bennett's point that sometimes the people who think they know us best are the ones who know us least of all (including ourselves).
I have no idea why that wasn't the case.
There's some rough language in here, (which again, doesn't offend me). There's also some frequent use of the r-word, which greatly DOES offend me, as a mom of a child with autism. In this case, I absolutely understand the point and the usage of it in this novel - but it was still jarring, listening to it on audio while driving. I cringed everytime I heard it, and by Chapter 4, I couldn't take it anymore and turned this off. I purchased a copy of this at a book sale awhile back, so perhaps I'll try it again in print form. (When I unpack it from a box that's in storage, that is.)
(And I just love that cover, don't you?)
OK. My grocery shopping and box-packing awaits. Hope you're having a good Sunday!
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