I’m thinking it will soon be time to take a bit of a break. Renovations in my house are almost at an end; they are, however, taking a toll on my time and energy. It’s time to enjoy what’s left of the summer before it disappears completely.
Where am I now? First, I finished reading an absolutely fascinating historical fiction novel about the Dreyfus Affair, To Live Out Loud, and I’m hoping to have a review ready for tomorrow(?). I’ve heard about the ‘Dreyfus Affair’ before but really knew nothing about it other than it concerned a spy/traitor. Paulette Mahurin‘s foray into the facts through the eyes of a friend of Émile Zola is riveting and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
I’ve begun reading William Faulkner‘s Intruder in the Dust in my current thirst for Southern authors. (Apparently, there is a movie about it, as well, made the year I was born.) I’ve read two Faulkner books before (As I Lay Dying in university and The Sound and the Fury twice, once in my teens when I really didn’t get it, then again later after reading As I Lay Dying when it made much more sense) and so am familiar with his stream of consciousness style. What really strikes me so far, as I’m just a few chapters in, is that it appears to be a great follow-up to Go Set a Watchman and To Kill A Mockingbird in that it concerns a negro who is resented for his attitude. At the beginning, he is being arrested for killing a white man. No more about that for now.
My copy of the video Capote starring Philip Seymour Hoffman arrived so I hope to watch that soon, and then, of course, there’s still Rachel Carson and Amelia Earhart for my own Women Who Changed the World Authors Challenge which I need to get on with, plus I need to read another mystery for my Mystery Monday meme. At least I finished my Eclectic Reader Challenge and Mahurin’s book is number 91 for my Goodreads Challenge where I set my goal as 100 books to read this year. I’ve signed on for a couple of blog tours for September for Revell Reads, so am looking forward to those.
That’s it for now. Happy reading!