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Restless: August 27, 2008

August 27, 2008

I finished Black Ships last night — I definitely have to own this book, because I will re-read it, just the way I re-read Lord of the Two Lands and Pillar of Fire.

Reading a terrific book is always a good thing, and I’m glad I found another one. The thing is, sometimes there’s a downside; sometimes it’s hard to find the next thing. I have 30 books out from the library and I own literally hundreds of unread books, so I should have no problem finding something to read, right?

Um, not exactly. I started one library book, Laurie Graham’s The Importance of Being Kennedy — I really like her Gone With the Windsors, so I was looking forward to Importance. Sadly, it’s going back, unfinished. While the narrator of Gone With the Windsors is a self-absorbed and foolish snob, she’s surrounded by some lovely, likable people. The narrator of Importance is sharp as can be, but Rose and Joe Kennedy aren’t portrayed in a kindly light at all, and I found I didn’t want to spend another moment in their not particularly pleasant company. (This is the fictional Rose and Joe Kennedy, mind.)

I started Eva Ibbotson’s A Countess Below Stairs and set it aside because I’m not in the mood. I’m keeping that book as long as I can — I’ll come back to it.

Finally, I picked up a mystery that looked good, but I didn’t connect with it, so it’s going back. I gave up at that point and went to sleep, hoping I’d find something in the morning. I picked up another mystery, started it, set it aside.

Thinking about it, I decided that with all my work stress, what I really want is a romance, so I put Sherry Thomas’s Delicious in my bag. I also had Sarah Monette’s The Bone Key in there — I borrowed it yesterday but didn’t get around to taking it out.

Tonight, on the bus, the Monette is what I pulled out. It’s a collection of related short stories inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, M.R. James and Henry James, and it turns out that short stories are what I want right now. I don’t have the stamina for a novel, or the brain power for fiction, but short stories? Just the ticket.

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