My son starts kindergarten Tuesday. His dad and I are feeling all kinds of feelings, as you can probably imagine. Excitement, nervousness, sadness, disbelief all rolled up into one state of what I call general “floopiness.” Consequently, I can’t seem to concentrate on reading. I finished Lumberjanes Vol. 1 on July 15 and since then I’ve been reading things in dribs and drabs. (It was cute, by the way. I’ll definitely get the second volume and see how I like it.) I find myself wanting to watch movies and The Great British Baking Show on PBS more than I want to pick up a book. (I am slightly obsessed with that show – it’s everything delightful! Beautiful, intricate baked goods, humble, adorable British people who seems to genuinely like one another and want one another to do well – I just love it.)
I had to return Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl to the library today – woe is me! I was only 164 pages into it, but it still has a pretty lengthy holds lists. I couldn’t keep it any longer in good conscience. I really am enjoying it. She’s a marvelous writer, marrying memoir with passion for botany. She makes botany really interesting! She makes me want to plant trees! I may go ahead and buy it before a copy makes its way back to me at the library.
I’m listening to The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown on CD in my car. It’s the sort of thing that I probably wouldn’t pick up to read in paper form, but Michael Kindness’s glowing recommendation on Books on the Nightstand persuaded me to try the audio book. Oh, and the fact that it’s narrated by the late Edward Herrmann, a.k.a. RICHARD GILMORE from Gilmore Girls! As promised, he does a fantastic job narrating. I’m a little over halfway through and think I’ll be able to finish before I must return it to the library. (More holds!) It’s pretty fascinating, weaving the biography of one of the young boatmen in particular with history of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the rise of the Nazis in the lead-up to the 1936 Olympics. I am enjoying it much more than I thought I might!
I’ve started Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon but haven’t gotten far. It’s definitely intriguing. Some sort of shapeshifting alien has landed off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria, and a diverse cast of characters are all dealing with the aftermath. I think I’ll try to get back to this one tonight! And I’m also halfway through Fables Vol 9: Sons of Empire . Graphic novels seem to be about my speed these days with my short attention span.
So it seems that I’ve got a case of what Stefanie from So Many Books calls “The Middles.” I predict that in a few weeks, when my family settles into our new schedule, I will bounce back with more focus and a renewed zeal for reading. I hope that you all are having a good summer! Tell me what you’re currently reading in the comments. Or if you’re like me and having trouble concentrating, what is holding your interest these days?