With L gone for the week to Camp Grandma and Grandpa in Connecticut, I had imagined that I would be able to put things in order at home and finish up some neglected projects. Instead, the heat has addled my mind, and I can just about manage to get dressed in the morning. Thank goodness we’re going on vacation soon.
How I long to be there already, sitting on the front deck with a book on my lap and the view of the mountains before me! I’ll be bringing too many books. Or maybe not — in past years, the four- or five-hour car ride across New England has given me more than enough time to finish a book. Perhaps this year that book will be The Savage Detectives, which I’ve been reading on and off since December. Afterward, I hope to read …
- My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, which I ended up with when it turned out that the bookstore didn’t have a copy of The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. (As I learned from this article, via blue milk, Messud introduces her “lonely protagonist … with a passage that begins, ‘I’m a good girl, I’m a nice girl,’ and ends with ‘FUCK YOU ALL.'” So you see of course I must read this book.)
- The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean, which I got for $1 at a sidewalk sale.
- In Beauty Bright by Gerald Stern. Because Gerald Stern!
- Feminist Mothering, edited by Andrea O’Reilly, which essays I’ll be reading instead of Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider because the copy I placed on hold at the library has not yet arrived.
So there’s some randomness to the collection, which I’m fretting about a bit, because vacations are rare and the only time I get to indulge in books. Will I ever actually get to Audre Lorde’s essays or The Woman Upstairs, let alone Neil Gaiman’s new novel, among others? A friend recently mentioned that instead of watching movies or TV, she would rather enjoy her evenings by sitting and reading with her husband. That sounds good. Maybe when we get back.
In the meantime, I won’t be posting for a couple weeks. See you here again at the end of July!
What do you plan to read this summer?