Of course, I read an amazing, wonderful book…and I have to follow it up with a terrible one. It never fails, does it?
I’ve had The Empty Family on my shelf for awhile–it was one I picked up from the $1 shelf at Half-Price. I had liked Brooklyn, so I thought I’d pick something else up from Toibin. I didn’t realize until I got it home that it was a collection of short stories.
Which, ok, short stories do not always doom a book. But, I just have such a hard time with them. There’s never enough time to get into anything. Some authors are great at this. Most just don’t cut it for me.
If you’ve been around for awhile, you know how much I HATE JAMES JOYCE. Nothing EVER happens in his stories. These were a lot like modern day Joyce. There is a main person, usually a gay male, has a very vague problem to solve. There’s some tragic backstory that we get very little of, but it really is super important to the whole underlying issue. It’s all very dark and sad and it’s supposed to be beautifully depressing, but mostly it just comes off limp.
In interesting, nerdy news this week, I figured out that if I were to read one Boxall book every week, it will take me 17.5 more years to read it. A long time, but doable. I don’t think I’ll be dead by then…hopefully.
What are you currently reading? The Quest by Frederik van Eeden For Study: The Ramayana by Ramesh Menon What did you just finish reading? The Empty Family by Colm Toibin (Review Today) The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell What do you think you’ll read next? Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte The Appeal by John Grisham Swerve by Vicki Pettersson (Also picking up library books tonight or tomorrow so…you know this always changes.)
What are you currently reading?
Dubliners & A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
What did you just finish reading?
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Wonders by Paddy O’Reilly
Watch for these two reviews today and tomorrow!
What do you think you’ll read next?
Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
The Empty Family by Colm Toibin