Whew! This week really got away from me in both reading and blogging. I haven’t finished a book in about two weeks. It’d be a little distressing, if I weren’t enjoying the things I’ve been distracted by so much.
I blame my sister for getting me hooked on a goofy BBC/SyFy show – Merlin – the story of a young Merlin and Arthur Pendragon before Arthur is crowned king of Camelot. The special effects are pretty terrible and it seems that someone is at risk of dying in every episode, but the relationship between Merlin and Arthur is charming and funny.
The really unfortunate (perhaps) part about this particular television binge is that October is the month that I seem to have the most new books to think about reading. October was an extremely popular month for new releases when I was at Book Expo America earlier this year, and I have several other October releases I’m looking forward to reading (described below in 140 characters or less).
Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe — From Madison Avenue office in the 1960s to multi-million dollar modern American mythology, a behind-the-scenes look at a comics franchise. (Harper)
Former People by Douglas Smith — What happened to the 2 million nobles in Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution? The destruction of the aristocracy before Stalin’s Russia. (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux)
Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson — A history of cutlery, from the knife and fork to gas ranges and sous-vide cookers, to explore how we’ve prepared and consumed food. (Basic Books)
Do You Dream in Color by Laurie Rubin — A blind mezzo-soprano tells her story of finding her identity while asking “Who am I?” and “Where do I fit in?” (Seven Stories Press)
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe — Mother (dying of cancer) and son bond over books while waiting for her chemotherapy treatments. (Knopf)
Judging a Book by Its Lover by Lauren Leto — “A send-up of — and inspired homage to — the passionate and peculiar world of book culture” from readers to authors. (Harper Perennial)
The Slumbering Masses by Matthre J. Wolf-Meyer — We worry a lot about getting enough good sleep, but perhaps modern life is the cause of all our problems? (University of Minnesota Press)
Familiar by J. Robert Lennon — Woman is given a second chance at her old life after her son’s death, but wonders if the new/old life is what she actually wants. (Graywolf Press)
Next weekend is Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon (SO EXCITED!), so I’m planning to get a few books read then. In the last read-a-thon I participate in, I finished three books and three comic books, so I might be able to knock a couple off this list then. We’ll have to see!
I also have very few new books on my plate for November or December, so even though I’m drastically behind for this month I may still get caught up by the end of the year. I wish I were reading more, but sometimes it’s just more fun to watch television about boy wizards.