Friday, September 23, 2005

Weekend Reading

Well, I'm looking forward to the weekend. I brought a stack of books home from the library yesterday and I plan to read and read and read. That's one thing I didn't do on holiday and that's very uncharacteristic of me.

I usually manage to squeeze in a novel or at least a few guidebooks, but I didn't even crack the cover of "How to Speak Swahili" or finish perusing the guide to French countryside real-estate that I found in my British hotel room at the beginning of the trip.

I did manage to do a few "Su Doku" number puzzles though, which I'd never heard of before, although it is apparently a craze sweeping various nations. Jen showed me how to do them while we killed time at the Vancouver airport. Half the people on the overlander truck(who were mostly British) had a little book of Su Doku with them.

But once you are jet-lagged, anything which requires logic is no longer an option.

These are the books I'm hoping to at least open this weekend:

"Dance of the Happy Shades" by Alice Munro (Canadian short stories. I'm halfway through it and I like her descriptive style, but I'm finding the stories a little melancholy.)

"Downsize This: Random Threats from an Unarmed American" by Michael Moore (I like his inflammatory style, and he's usually preaching to the choir as far as I'm concerned. Yes, he's my favourite muck-raker, bless him.)

"The 20-Minute Gardener: The Garden of your Dreams without Giving Up Your life, your Job, or your Sanity" by Tom Christopher & Marty Asher (Well, really, it sounds like it has a good concept).

I WAS going to tackle the mountain of local newspapers that piled up in my absence but then decided there are more interesting things to read and recycled the whole lot.

The only thing note-worthy I might have missed was an article about my friend Kim and her book "The Tattooed Wolf", but at least two people saw it and cut it out for me. Congrats Kim! I think it's a lovely picture of you. :)

What's everybody else reading this weekend?

2 comments:

blackcrag said...

Well, I am not reding it (too busy right now), but last night I attended a reading/presentation by journalist Kim Bolan on the 1985 Air India bombings. The book she wrote on it is Loss of Faith: How the Air-India Bombers Got Away With Murder. I plan to read it once my workload lightens a little. Soon, I hope.

kim said...

Thanks for the congrats! I hope you like the article -- it was a bit...um... bigger than I'd envisioned!

Reading material at the moment.... lets see.... I'm currently reading "Dominion", by Michael Scully, but it's remarkably depressing, so I've put it down for a few days and have been sticking to back issues of "Fortean Times". :)