It’s been a whirlwind of a week, ladies and gents, but mostly a great one and I’m pretty thrilled with all this reading. After news of James Salter’s passing last week, I decided to set down This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! (it has a very light tone that just wasn’t working for me at the moment, though I plan to come back to it later) and pick up The Hunters. It didn’t knock my favorite Salter novel (All That Is) from the pedestal, but I always love reading his words.
I don’t know what gave me the itch, but I finally jumped for my first Haruki Murakami book this week and flew through Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. I love, love, loved it and I can’t wait to read another.
On Saturday, I went to an open casting call for extras for a movie that will be filmed here in Richmond. No, I don’t have big acting dreams, but I’m really excited about the movie and love the director, so I thought I would go. I knew I would be waiting for a while, so I brought my copy of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me to read in line. It was a long enough wait and a short enough book that I was able to finish…and maybe I’ll get a call to hang out in the background of a scene—who knows?
Now I’m about halfway through Elena Ferrente’s My Brilliant Friend, which is my book club read for this month, and I’m still not sure I get the hype. It just seems very…okay? Unremarkable? I don’t know, but I’m hoping something shifts. My other new read is Mislaid by Nell Zink, and even though I’m just a few pages in I’m quite excited to see where it goes.