I feel like I owe you all something bookish for the weekend. But doubt that I will finish reading anything all that soon. Besides being busy with other things (and enjoying the early fall/Indian summer weather) I am in the middle of several books that are going to take me a while to get through.
The shortest is Shirley Jackson’s memoir Life Among the Savages. I have been half finished with this for some weeks now. I am enjoying it and will finish it one of these days. It just feels like I may have temporarily fallen out of the mood for this one.
Next shortest is E.M. Forster’s posthumous collection of short stories The Life to Come. I read this years ago and am now enjoying reading one a night. This one might get finished up this weekend.
Next shortest is Nobel laureate Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook. This one clocks in at just over 600 pages. This is the Lessing novel that everyone has heard of but not many have read. I find it fascinating in good and bad ways and will have plenty to say about it when I finish. I have been tabbing things as I read so I remember to write about them.
And the next shortest is the 1,350 page War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Some of you may remember me writing about starting this one late last year. Well I read about 100 pages of it in 2009. By the time I picked it up again in early 2010 I kind of forgot who was who and what was going on. Still, I pushed forward for another 150 or so pages. Flash forward eight months and I haven’t touched it since. Until last night that is. I read on Dovegreyreader Scribbles yesterday that she is leading a year-long read of this weighty door stop. And I thought this might be my chance to actually get through it. I was thinking of following along (about 100 pages a month) or doing the alternate schedule (a chapter a day), but once I started reading it again last night I decided I am going to finish it by the end of the year rather than follow along. Frankly it is a little too compelling for me to stretch it out too much. Plus I worry gaps in reading will make me forget too much. So last night I forgot about the 257 pages I have already read and started from the beginning. With the previous attempts under my belt, re-reading the first 60 pages has been so much more enjoyable. I feel like I am in the groove. So fingers crossed on this one (again).
And of course I promised you all the result of our color choice for our library. It won’t be Persephone gray, but it will be a nice dark gray that should make for a very atmospheric space. You can see below the color we chose: Benjamin Moore’s “Ashland Slate”.