With so much time to myself, I read a lot. In March, the New York Times published The New Vanguard, 15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century. I decided to read all 15. Most are wonderful, some are more so, some not so much. I have read all by one book on this list.
Last week, the New York Times posted their 10 best books of 2018. For the fiction category, I have already read all by 3 books and will soon request these three. I have long since stopped buying books, not because I’m cheap – well, I am, but because I don’t want to hold on to the physical book after I’m finished and rather have someone else get a chance to read it. So I request books from my local library. When notified that my book is ready, I lumber out to the library like an old man, peruse the periodicals and pick up my book.
I borrow recommended books from my mother. She scribbles notes in them cutely in pencil. We may not have the same tastes, but I do like that we can share books. For some of the racier and violent scenes, I’m shocked that she has read these scenes too. I’ll take one or two books when I leave Wellesley to read on the plane. I return them to her bookcase when I come back the next time.
Spinach gave me a book on the 2-hour job search (or how to lure informational interviewees into passing your resume on to the hiring manager). I did not need the specific advice of the 2-hour job search, but the book did kick off my job ramblings for the position I landed about three weeks later.
I begin soon the Moon Guide to Cuba.
It’s not just books. I wake, have breakfast, then read online the New York Times. Ruben and I battle each day for fastest score on the Times mini-crossword. He usually wins.
On Thursday, I read all of the SF Weekly newspaper to learn more about the city I live in, its politics and events. I quite like the writings of the head editor, Peter Lawrence Kane.
I read at every meal. I read before bed. I have read so much. When this period of rest concludes in January, this will have been the time of books and reading. I know well celebrated novelists of 2017-8.