it’s monday! what are you reading?

I have been enjoying Sheila at Book Journey‘s weekly “It’s Monday! What are You Reading?” posts on the sly for a while now and thought it was about time I give it a shot! I don’t believe I’m any busier than anyone else necessarily, but with a full-time job, two part-time jobs, and Civic Orchestra I probably won’t be able to finish any books this week. But here’s what I’m working through:

My husband gave me Alex Ross’s Listen to This for my birthday in 2010 and I started to feel guilty that I hadn’t gotten around to it yet… nearly two full years later. It had been a while since I read a book about music anyway, too, and I’ve been itching for one lately. Listen to This is a collection of essays by The New Yorker writer Alex Ross, from classical to popular music, mostly artist and composer profiles, some history, some observations on the field of professional music in general today. I am really enjoying it! However each subject differs so much from the last that I find myself reading only one chapter at a time to absorb each topic better. I’m about two-thirds through at this point, with nine chapters to go.

Next, I’ve been reading A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, about four people who are forced to live together in a small apartment in an unnamed city in India during a government-declared state of emergency. It took me about twenty pages to get hooked but so far, I’m finding the setup lovely—the writing is sort of dreamy and flowing without being flowery or too emotional. I’m not very far into the book yet—I’m just starting into Part III (of XVI) now—and the details are all so vivid with compelling characters already. I have trouble putting it down, in that sense, it feels like I’m getting through it quickly… despite its 600+ pages. I need to get further in before I can really properly analyze!

Lastly this week, I’m going to hopefully get a jump on reading The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien for Banned Books Week, Sept. 30–Oct. 6. I saw it in a post on the Book Journey blog and was interested in participating. I feel the need to get through some books I own but haven’t read yet, and coincidentally I already had this on my shelf. The Things They Carried is on the ALA’s 2000–09 top banned/challenged books list. Every time I see one of those lists I’m amazed at all the great books there—I always forget! Anyway, I’m concerned about the next couple of weeks being pretty busy so I wanted to start it early if possible.

I’ve had fun looking several other “It’s Monday!” posts! People are reading so many varied, great books. Looking forward to the Banned Books Week, too!

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