We’re expecting snow again. Just about everyone around here is saying, “But it’s April! Why are we getting snow?!”, but I’m remembering how we’ve gotten blizzards in the first week of May for the past few years. I’m just keeping my scarf and hat nearby. That said, I am looking forward to some warmer weather and to plants and flowers blooming.
I’m coming to the end of the Vorkosigan Saga. I’m sure some of you are happy to hear that, given how long I’ve been raving about it. I’m on the second-to-last book, Cryoburn, and I’m actually taking my time going through it. I suppose I’m putting off finishing it up because I don’t want the series to end. I mean, sure, I can go and re-read it, but you can only read something for the first time once.
After Cryoburn comes Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, and then I’m done. Perhaps there will be another book in the Vorkosigan Saga in the future, but who knows? I have a feeling that Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen is meant to wrap up the whole saga. That’s how the synopsis reads to me, anyway. I guess we’ll see!
I managed to finish two books this week that were not part of the Vorkosigan Saga. It helps that I had been slowly working on them for the previous couple of weeks (or longer).
- The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit
- Arresting God in Kathmandu by Samrat Upadhyay
The Mother of All Questions is another collection of brilliant essays on feminism and toxic masculinity. As always, Solnit presents ideas that make me wonder why I didn’t think of that particular topic before, given how it seems so relevant and obvious.
Arresting God in Kathmandu is a collection of short stories by Nepalese author Samrat Upadhyay. Reading it was work. And not in a good way. Most of the stories were about men unhappy with their lives who either ended up being unfaithful or considered being faithful to their dutiful wives, or about young women who were condemned by family for not wanting to settle for traditional lifestyles. On the whole, the stories carried the vibe of, “everything is terrible, and no one is meant to be happy”.
My current reads are
- Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold
- The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar
I plan to start reading some poetry books, since April is National Poetry Month. I’ve downloaded a collection of Rumi’s poetry, and She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems, which is a collection of poetry selected by Caroline Kennedy. I’ve also downloaded the audiobook version of The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss. I’m pretty much hooked on audiobooks now. They’re great to listen to while I’m finishing up the day at work, and for some reason I’m more accurate with my paperwork when listening to audiobooks than I am if I’m listening to music. I admit that it’s going to be a little odd listening to a narrator other than Grover Gardner.
This week’s posts:
- Goodreads Monday: Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession
- Twenty Questions Book Tag
- Book Review- Memory
- Book Review- Komarr
- Book Review- A Civil Campaign
I couldn’t think of anything to write for Top Five Friday last week, so I’ll try to think of something this week. I have a few more book reviews on the agenda, too.
And that’s a wrap for today! I’d better get going, or I’m going to be late for the day’s events!