Hubbub and noise don’t really bother me when I’m reading. While friends were watching the final World Cup game on Sunday, I finished the Importance of Being Earnest and read “the Ballad of Reading Gaol” by Oscar Wilde. I occasionally glanced up when curses and exclamations were made, but otherwise tuned it all out. I was apparently really zonked because I then fell asleep on the couch and stayed in that state through the overtime and hooplah of the Netherlands’ loss to Spain. Mac’s hyper jingle jangling when he returned from his walk woke me, of all things.
While sitting in the Hub’s backyard and among the chatter of children, I continued Great Folk Tales & Fairy Tales of Ireland edited by Mary McGarry. I’ve been reading it once in awhile over the last year or so, but now that’s finished as well.
11-year old Lou, who has recently started reading in English, brought out Lady and the Tramp to read to a friend and I. It was easy for us because she already knew the story so we could focus on pronunciation: here not ‘ere, should not shooed. It reminded me of the Rine in Spine scene in My Fairy Lady, but instead of a Cockney accent it was Parisienne and unlike Eliza and Higgins we were having beaucoup fun.
With a read-along of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein looming ahead I thought I would try to find a copy among the Hub’s stacks. No such luck, but I ended up borrowing several other books:
Isaac Asimov’s Foundation and the Martian Way and Other Stories, the first of which was a possibility for last year’s Sci-Fi Challenge, but I’ll be reading it for this year’s instead. The collection of four stories caught my interest simply because I have yet to read anything by Asimov.
Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood are at different ends of the spectrum, one being happy golightly fiction and the other about a homocide in Smalltown, USA. I’ve been wanting to read Breakfast at Tiffany’s for quite a few years because the movie has been a long-time favourite. After watching In Cold Blood, which is a great film about Capote’s research for the book, the book made my reading list and caused me to recognize the name Capote.
George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London was “highly recommended” by Anothercookiecrumbles after I raved about Nineteen Eighty-Four. I’m really intrigued by Orwell’s experiences and insights while living among the poor, plus I think he was brilliant and would like to read a lot more/everything by him.
Ayn Rand’s the Virtue of Selfishness came up during a good philosophical discussion some time ago. The book’s been in the back of my mind since then and I’ve been wanting to read some Rand anyway. I figure it might be a good introduction before taking on Atlas Shrugged or the Fountainhead.
What books have you brought home recently? Have you read any of the books or anything by the authors mentioned? If so, what did you think?