I’ve spent the last 45 minutes or so laying in bed and reading. What a wonderful morning! In a few minutes I need to get up and get packing to go back home, but I decided to stretch out my lovely, restful reading time by a few extra minutes by posting my Salon. Unlike last Sunday, I will actually get some good reading time in today, on my four hour flight back to Chicago.
I’m working on two different books today, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about either of them. The one I’ve been reading so far this morning is Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a dystopian novel. The writing is well done, absolutely and I am definitely not DISliking it, but I seem to be reading it almost in a daze, as if I cannot respond to it until it is complete. This is my first experience with Margaret Atwood, and I am reading it right now for a group read on LibraryThing. I am definitely engrossed and do not want to put it down, but it is just such an odd feeling while reading it, very detatched.
The other book I will definitely be working on today is “Storm Over Morocco,” by Frank Romano. I chose this book from ReaderViews to review. I began it on the airplane on Friday, but had to put it down after 5 chapters or so because the tone was just very intense and I needed a break. It isn’t bad, again I’m not disliking it, but I just couldn’t take it for very long and I am a bit reticent to get back to it. He’s not really even at the really intense part of his story, it is just something about his method of storytelling, I think. I can see this book really sucking me in a little farther down the line, but it is almost scaring me at the moment.
If I manage to finish both of these books, I will probably go on to “S: A Novel of the Balkans” for the Reading Globally theme read on the Balkans, which is going on right now. However, I think that there is a definite possibility that I will finish “The Handmaid’s Tale” and still need something to intersperse with the intensity of “Storm Over Morocco.” If that is the case, I don’t think a story about war and rape is quite going to cut it. In which case I’ll start reading my book for book club this month instead, Jeffrey Eugenides’ “Middlesex.”
Well, Saloners, I must go pack and talk wedding plans with my mom. Before I go I want to leave you with this comic that someone posted on LibraryThing today. Hilarious.