Saturday, August 23, 2008
Classes begin for me next week. I have bought my new pens and pads, a new laptop is on order (yikes!), and I have now registered for all my classes. I guess I have to face the fact that summer is drawing to a close and that my fiction reading is going to be curtailed in favor of textbooks on neural structure, action potentials, and multisensory integration. Well, that has its pleasures too and it means that fall is soon to begin - my favorite season. Leaves changing, coolness returns to the air, red wine takes precedence over white, and I can wear sweaters.
As I looked over my reading so far this year I realized that I have read 51 books - 46 novels and the rest non-fiction. I don't count my textbooks. 16 of those books were written by women, 32 of their authors are not American, 6 were translated from other languages. That also puts me 1 book away from my original goal for the year of reading one book per week. So I will aim to push myself over the edge before classes start on Wednesday, that way I can consider the rest of my reading for the year gravy and make my choices for sheer pleasure (as if I don't?). Which brings me to my fall TBR pile. I have promised Matt that we're going to read Middlemarch simultaneously. I have already begun, in fact. So if that leaves me time for anything else, I would like to read Darkmans and finish up the Man Booker Challenge. There is no way I will complete either the Chunkster or the Russian Reading Challenges, but I do hope to at least read Among the Russians by Thubron, I enjoy his writing and it is short. Natasha's Dance will, for the third year running, worm its way to the bottom of my reading pile and as for The Gulag Archipelago fuggetaboutit. I have Jude the Obscure on the way and also John Banville's Eclipse, a recommendation of the Incurable Logophile. Jeanette Winterson's fantasy Tanglewreck sits on the pile and seems a likely light read to distract me some time between my assignments and I have borrowed Angelica from the library but, having started it, it seems transparent and stilted and I don't think I'm going to make it through. So that leaves me a shortish revised list for the fall. I like that:
Jude the Obscure
Middlemarch (just started)
Among the Russians
Proust and the Squid (in progress)
Red Cavalry (in progress)
The Solitudes (started, don't know if I'll get through it)
Rhythms of the Brain
Neuroscience of Cognitive Development
Making a neat little list means I am sure to diverge from it, it's inevitable, but it's a place to start.