What I did on my summer holidays, 2
Week two of my summer holiday is almost over. I didn’t get much further on my week one to-do list, but I’ve forged gamely ahead with my primary objective for week two: READ LOTS.
My hours of diligent sitting on the porch, and consumption of many fortifying mugs of tea have paid off. I’ve managed about a book a day. (Last night’s three hours of insomnia helped enormously with yesterday’s book!!!) As you can see, Daisy does what she can to offer moral support. Practical support, too: any ants that come too close are summarily consumed.
If you’re curious, the list is as follows:
Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow, by Faiza Guene (Okay. Not great, but okay.)
Arlington Park, Rachel Cusk (Didn’t finish; found it tedious and characters thoroughly unlikeable)
Future Babble, Dan Gardner (Great!)
The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam, Chris Ewan (Fun read; denouement chapters dragged a bit, but I’ll look for other books by this author.)
The Epicure’s Lament, Kate Christensen (Very good. Protagonist is an AWFUL man, but a really good book.)
Nicholas and Alexandra, Robert K. Massie
Lavinia, Ursula LeGuin
Sunny late summer/early autumn days spent sipping drinks and imbibing books, with a pathetically adorable cone-head puppy companion. It doesn’t get much better.