Friday, 24 June 2011

And the Small Rain Down Doth Rain

We are on our second of three forecast rainy days, although there is a bit of blue sky showing to the west just now, and this means that I can catch up on my inside work.  Later. Just now I have a quiet house and lots of bits bottled up in my, alas, untidy brain.

Although June raced by in a blur of meetings, paperwork, gardening, trips to the city for JG's cataract surgery and similar delights, I can't exist without reading.  I got a big box of new books from Amazon two weeks ago and have been reading them in every stolen moment since.  The YD wanted to borrow one, but I hadn't finished it and she is waiting (patiently) for me to pass it on.  Jaqueline Carey's third volume in the Naamah series, in fact.  Fantasy, fairly well written but badly edited, and fun.

I got distracted by 'The Wild Girls', a new Ursula Le Guin, however.  (Sorry, YD!).  Just published by PM Press, it contains a short story - not one of her best - two essays and an interview.  The first essay is a reprint from Harper's Magazine and it is a must-read, for anyone who loves books. Its title is 'Staying Awake While We Read' and it is at once a polemic against today's publishing industry and a paean to the joys of books.  She makes what is to me a most enlightening argument for reading as a social art.  'The shared experience of books was a genuine bond,' she says, discussing the history of reading for pleasure. Yes!  Look at the number of us who blog about what we read, post reviews for our blogging buddies, stick book lists in our margins, fill in endless memes about what we have and have not read.  Le Guin says 'was', but where I hang around on-line, the bond is very immediate.

I also ordered two new books in Barbara Hambly's Benjamin January series that I haven't read.  The second one came, but I am resisting reading it until the one before it in the series arrives.  This is serious restraint, guys.  Hambly is an amazing writer. 

Mostly I grab up a new book,collapse into a chair and am gone until I read through it.  Meals?  Clean clothes?   You'll have to wait - I have ninety more pages to read. This was an  annoyance to my family, especially to the daughters as small children.  In those days we went to the library in a group, all chose books and lugged the piles home.  I have a clear recollection of one trip when, newly arrived home with her books, the YD asked 'Daddy, will you read to me?' and got the answer 'Not now, Daddy is reading his book'.  Same question to mommy, same answer.  Same question to big sister, wistfully.  Same answer.  Big sigh.  ' I will have to read it minefelf,' she said, missing front tooth much in evidence.  And she flopped down on the floor and did that.

These days JG and I get two papers in the mailbox each morning and one of us trots down the lane to retrieve them before breakfast so that we can read while consuming our toast and cereal.  'What a talkative pair we are,' said JG a few mornings ago when the only sounds in the kitchen for quite a while had been chewing noises and the rustle of turned pages. 

The rain is now pelting down and the bit of blue has disappeared.  No thunderstorm activity, though.  Yet.  It's forecast, though.   I think I had better shut down here, just in case, and unplug the computer and internet box.

And finish the Carey book before the YD loses patience.

7 comments:

  1. I ordered my own copy from amazon ... so take your time! (love)

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  2. LOL ! You guys are funny. We usually visit the library on a weekly basis and load up with dozens of books (the kids' books are short), but with the end-of-school activities, we hadn't gone for a while. It was a physical absence. Today is the end of the last hectic week on my calendar and I'm so ready to kick back with a book myself! (Though perhaps not so much kick back as pedal the stationary bike, I think.)

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  3. I LOVE the poem mentioned in your title....off to go find it *happy shivers*

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  4. The Game of Thrones series is pretty good. I am not on the third book. It's a middle ages type of society, early MA I guess, so there is plenty of fighting etc, but it's still pretty good. I am putting the Paks series off for now -- those books are harder to find anyway.

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  5. I just got my box from Amazon and have been trying to pace myself. The first part of the summer is devoted to the Civil War and President & Mary Lincoln. After that, I am trying to tread cautiously back into contemporary fiction. Nothing serious. It is summer, after all.

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  6. ahh a rainy day and a good book . . .

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