Books at My Bedside

The Unfinished World and Other Stories by Amber Sparks, 172/223: This is an interesting collection of short stories, all unusual, some beautifully so, others disturbingly so. Most of them are very short. Brevity is good, especially when you’re tired. I might already have finished the book had I not gotten stuck in the longest story, my least favorite so far. Overall, though, it’s been a great read, and I expect to finish it soon.

The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde, 250/306: I wanted to give this book another try while it was still new, because what is the point of paying full price for a new hardcover if you’re not going to read it right away? So I did, and I’ll say this for Fforde, he’s clever as All Hell. And it’s a good thing that I can appreciate his cleverness, because satire is not my favorite genre. It was hard going at first, but I feel like the pace of the story has picked up, and I expect the last 50-odd pages to go quickly.

The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot, 0/88: I read an excerpt from The Waste Land recently (see below), and I thought, “Hey, I have never read this poem, and maybe I should.”

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

On the Bus With Rosa Parks by Rita Dove, ?/88: I don’t know exactly how many pages or poems I’ve read from this poetry collection so far. I pick it up every so often, and my plan is simply to keep at it until I’ve read them all.

Overture by Yael Goldstein, 28/293: I haven’t made any headway on this one recently. The pages are dense, and I’ve been feeling too lazy to deal with that. But, I still have hope that I’ll pick the book up again before I forget what happened in the 28 pages I’ve read so far.

P.S. Since my last reading report, I put aside The Maze Runner by James Dashner, because I wasn’t in the right mood for it. I finished Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley and gave it an A+ grade.

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