This was sort of an odd week, reading-wise. I felt like most of the reading I was doing was moving really slowly – not bad books, just things I couldn’t get through quickly – to the point that it was really sort of aggravating. On the other hand, I had two books (“Life After Yes” and “The Bucolic Plague”) where I was so captivated by the narrative voice that I simply refused to put it down and finished the entire book in a single day. Although still impressive, “Life After Yes” was finished by reading off and on all day last Sunday. “The Bucolic Plague,” though, I started Friday night after getting home from a fabulous day I’ll talk about soon and then dinner with the in-laws and after Daniel was put to bed. I started it at 7:30 and read the entire 300 pages in what was, essentially, one sitting (I got up to stretch my legs a couple of times, but that was it).
But really, Friday was just a fabulous bookish day in general. First of all, my first blogging buddy, the lovely Jennifer from Literate Housewife, who will always hold a special place in my heart, was in town for work and to visit her sister, so we got to spend most of the day together. To make things even more bookishly awesome, Danielle, our main publicity contact at Sourcebooks, a publisher in the Western suburbs of Chicago, was gracious enough to spend 30 or 40 minutes showing us around Sourcebooks, along with Beth another great publicity person at Sourcebooks. We got to see the building and sit and chat with Danielle and Beth about books, blogging, and Sourcebooks, and it was absolutely fabulous.
And of course, what book blogger visit to the greater Chicagoland area would be complete without me dragging said book blogger to one of my very favorite places, The Bookstore in Glen Ellyn? Sadly Margie was out of town, but we did get to spend some quality time with Sue, who was working alone while we were there. We even had the chance to help some customers, one who told me that The Bookstore needed to hire me to work there, and another who assumed they already had.
I suppose between my awesome day Friday and two books good enough to be consumed in the course of a day, this was on balance a terrific week, as far as books go, even if I did have some minor reading stagnation. Here’s what I finished this week:
You’ve already seen reviews of the first two last week. “Coop” and “The Bucolic Plague” will show up next week in my theme week, Harvest Week, which you will hear more about tomorrow. I’ll be doing another theme week in early December focusing on some recent releases from Algonquin Books, one of my favorite publishers. That’s still a couple of weeks away, though, so let’s get back to what I posted over the last week, in case you missed anything. Covers link to the post:
Happy Thanksgiving this week to all of my American readers!