Can I get some Zzzs please?

Good morning. My body seems to be doing some dry runs in preparation for when Wee-reader makes his appearance, as do the sleepless nights. I was waking up at 5ish last week (Sunday was the exception as I only got up at 830! Woohoo for small wonders), and this morning, after getting up to go to the toilet at 130, I never managed to fall back to sleep. I passed the time with my iPod Touch, using the Kindle app on Night Mode (i.e. white font on a black background), finishing one e-book and starting another as the early morning wore on. Hope you slept better than I did!

Elizabeth And Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim was such a delight. It was my company before bedtime for a few weeks and it was such a gentle, lovely read to send me to sleep. Von Arnim talks quite a bit about her gorgeous garden and her seemingly idyllic, pastoral life in her country house in Germany, of playing with her charming young daughters, bantering with her husband ‘Man of Wrath’, entertaining a not-so-welcome house guest over the holidays. This book was such a gem of a read! The Solitary Summer is the companion to Elizabeth and her German Garden, and I can’t wait to get started on that. However, I decided to read Jules Vernes’ Around the World in 80 Days and found myself about 1/3 through the book.

Reading off a screen tired my eyes so at 5pm, I threw in the towel and headed to the family room, where I lounged on the couch and continued reading Emma Donoghue’s Room, which took a little while to get into (five-year-old Jack’s narration is quite frustrating sometimes, especially when he anthropomorphizes the objects in their Room), but as I read on, I began to better understand the constraints of their situation, and it has grown on me. I’m going to head back to the book after posting this.

But first, I ought to write a little about the books I haven’t yet written about. Like Ali and Nino: A Love Story by Kurban Said, who writes with such flowery flourishing prose that sometimes overwhelmed me and made me a bit of a disgruntled reader. On a better note, I liked that it was set in Azerbaijan during WWI and the Russian Revolution, and told the love story of an Azerbaijani Muslim boy and a Georgian Christian girl. It was different and perhaps a little ‘exotic’, but the story and its characters never grew on me. I felt very distant from the story and Said’s tone, which sounded, as Eva said, like a westerner looking in.

Lady of Quality was the first Georgette Heyer that I’ve ever read, and it was a fun romp, if a little bit draggy at parts, especially since it is inevitable that Annis and Mr Carleton get together. It reminded me of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but simpler, with fewer dimensions. Still, I’m interested in picking up more from Heyer. I loved the Bath setting and the feisty Annis, and it made for some pretty good light reading, especially in the midst of some heavy ones.

What have you been reading?

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