Reading Round Up: October
The ability of freely reading after a long day of teaching and grading becomes an increasing struggle. Books are still a go to for defragmenting my brain, yet I find myself falling asleep way too soon as I relax while reading. It’s taking sooo much longer to get through my TBR stack. Sundays are becoming my reading days. And napping days. I do a bit of both.
Here are October’s highlights:
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Realistic slice of how one neighborhood copes with diversity.
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Overall, a thoughtful contemplation about what to do when the realization that life might be shorter than initially expected. While the foreign names and places were sometimes difficult to keep straight, the challenge of absorbing deep truths proved worthwhile.
NOTE: As much as I appreciate Jeremy Irons, I found the film adaptation so different from the novel I had to resort to my “the movie is the movie and the book is the book” philosophy. The book, of course, is so much better.
- Reading Goal Update
Though my usual reading time is cut almost in half with my attention diverted to school again, I’ve managed to read past my yearly Goodreads goal of 101 books, and I am now at 121 titles for the year. Should I reach for 135 like I have previously? Ooh, that might be a challenge to consider…
I forgot all about Night Train to Lisbon, I think I got it mixed up Remarche’s The Night on Lisbon.
Have you read it?
I’ve read neither…yet.
I found Night Train a mixture of compelling and disquieting. I am finding European novels to be very different from my usual American fare in topic, style, and pace. A nice nudge out of my comfort zone.