Dry as a Desert…

desertSo – I’ve been reading quite a lot (as normal), but you know what? I haven’t come across a title that has been *really* good in quite a while.

There have been some quite good ones, some so-so ones, and some DNFs, but nothing outstanding.

And yet, I am surrounded by books but none of them really jump out at me at the moment.  (What a great problem to have!…) It’s that classic case of “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink” scenario.

So – I’m moping around, picking up titles, trying them and hoping that this one will be “the one” to break the drought.

I really don’t think it’s the fault of the books/authors – it’s just a phase I’m going through.

Here is what has been picked up and put down unfinished in the recent past:

  • In Cold Blood – Truman Capote (read 75% and then kept putting it down and not picking it up to read – always a problem in a serious reader)
  • London Under – Peter Ackroyd – I was so excited to find this title as it’s all I like to read about: Victorian, little known details (in this case, the history of sewers, tunnels and the Tube), and yet I couldn’t get into his style of writing. I am trying to pinpoint what it was that didn’t click with me, but it’s hard to get right now. It might have been a bit “Dick and Jane go to town” writing style for me.
  • Some nondescript fiction…

I think I am searching for something meaty, something with some heft on the classic side of things. I am also ready for something different from Victorian women and the inter-war village shenanigans of England…

I pulled a pile of interesting non-fiction from my TBR pile last night, and will go through them to see what catches my fancy…  It’s a wide selection of topics: Africa, medical viruses, immigration in the US (both illegal and legal), following a rubber duck as it floats around the world on the sea’s currents…

Oooh. The anticipation is killing me. I’ll let you know my final choice.  🙂


2 thoughts on “Dry as a Desert…

    • Eva – the books that I mentioned in that post included the following:

      * My Traitor’s Heart: A South African Exile Returns to face his Country, his Tribe and his Conscience (expat Afrikaner goes back after apartheid) – Rian Walan
      * Saturday is for Funerals (progress in AIDS pandemic in Botswana) – Unity Dowe et al.
      * Mighty Be our Powers; How Sisterhood, Prayer and Sex Changed a Nation at War (Liberia) – Leymah Gbowee
      * Strength in What Remains (immigrant to US from Burundi) – Tracy Kidder
      * The Devil’s Highway – Luis Alberto Urea
      * The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – William Kamkwamba
      * Underground America (lives of undocumented immigrants) – ed. Peter Orner
      * Level Four: Virus Hunters of the CDC – Joseph Fisher-Hoch and Susan McCormick

      and… and…. and… 🙂 (Some of these titles may well have come from you at some point as we have similar tastes at times.)

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