My face is all green. That’s mostly due to the avacado/oatmeal clay mask currently drying on my face, but partly because I am sick again. I really need to be done with this whole illness thing. There is nothing to recommend it. I plan to spend the day drinking tea and making soup, and otherwise taking care of myself to see if I can head this off before it gets worse.
I’m also planning to spend the day listening to Lois McMaster Bujold’s Memory on audiobook. You’re probably going to get sick of my continued ravings about the excellence of Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga, but because that’s where I am right now, that’s what you’re going to get.
But seriously, check it out. The original covers are dreadful, but the stories are wonderful.
You can probably figure out that I did not read the works in translation that I listed last week. They are still sitting forlornly on the shelf, wondering when their time will come. Tan Twan Eng’s The Garden of Evening Mists went back to the library, where I checked out a copy of Rebecca Solnit’s latest collection of essays, The Mother of All Questions. It’s slim little volume, so I should get through it soon. Should. We’ll see.
I read nothing but the Vorkosigan Saga this week. It’s interesting when you devour a book series in a short period of time like this. Bujold wrote the series between 1986 and 2010, and the series’ main character, Miles, does a lot of growing up and changing as the series progresses. It’s easy to see those changes since I’ve gone through half the series in just under three weeks. Had I been reading them as they came out, I don’t think I would have seen them as readily. In my current read, Memory, Miles has just turned thirty and has time to reflect back on his life ’til now, and can hardly picture the seventeen year old version of himself, and just how crazy he was then. I can relate to that.
The books I finished this week:
- Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold, audiobook narrated by Grover Gardner
- The Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold, audiobook narrated by Grover Gardner
- Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold, audiobook narrated by Grover Gardner
- Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
My Current Reads:
- Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold, audiobook narrated by Grover Gardner
- The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit
- Arresting God in Kathmandu by Samrat Upadhyay
I’m not going to even put together a list of books to read that don’t involve the Vorkosigan Saga, because we all know I’m just going to ignore them in favor of the rest of Bujold’s series. But never fear, I will eventually get to the end of the series, and then you won’t be deluged with Vorkosigan this and Vorkosigan that. I’m sure you’ll all be thrilled.
With that said, I’m going to go and wash this clay off my face, make some tea, and see about defeating this new illness. And listen to more of the Vorkosigan saga.