February! Still cold. More snow – a lot – coming down. It’s time for something special. No, I’m not talking about Valentine’s Day, nor even about International Book Giving Day.
My special something? A Reading Week.
Now is the perfect time to gather all those books you’ve been wanting to read. And read them. A terrific February treat to go with those Valentine’s chocolates and the Olympics!
On my list:
- “One Good Story, That One” by Thomas King. I pounced on this in The Word, one of my two favorite second-hand bookstore in Montreal (the other is Odyssey) as soon as I saw it because I so enjoyed King’s novel “Green Grass, Running Water.” I’ve made a start on this collection and love the cover design, love the stories, the stupendous dialogue, the way the author plays (and counter-plays) with stereotypes. Great sense of humor and such easy writing. I’m trying to read slowly!
- “All the Rage”, A.L. Kennedy‘s new collection of short stories.
- Latest issues of Grain, Geist, Gulf Coast
- 2013 Pushcart Prize stories
- “Tales of the Unexpected” by Roald Dahl. How come I never knew about these stories? Another find in The Word. I’ve only read the first so far. Chills and thrills. Great tension and black humor.
- “Break It Down” by Lydia Davis. Davis read at Concordia University last year. I’ve never laughed so hard at a reading. I almost don’t want to open this collection because there’ll only be one first, fresh reading.
- Angela Carter’s “Burning Your Boats.” This was another find at The Word (I didn’t find any of the books I was actually looking for but sometimes the best reads are the surprises!). I’m trying to write a couple of folk/fairy tales and thought these stories might prompt some crafty crafting ideas.
- “An Imaginary Life” by David Malouf. Yet another from The Word (it was an especially good day for book shopping!) It’s so hard to find any books by David Malouf in Montreal so I added this one to the pile without even looking inside. Have you read his “Dream Stuff” collection? Mmm.
- “Dear Life” by Alice Munro. Can’t be Canadian and a short story writer and not devour Alice Munro’s stories!
- “The Lost Salt Gift of Blood” by Alistair Macleod. I have read this collection before but want to re-read them. I know I’m going to have to grit my teeth to read “In the Fall” again. It’s a terrific story, really yanks at the heartstrings. I couldn’t get it out of my head for days and it still haunts me. Another great story I remember and will enjoy re-reading in this collection is “The Vastness of the Dark” about a young man finding connection and pride in his heritage.
- “Cubop City Blues” by Pablo Medina is the only novel in the stack of books I’m going to read this week. I read his “The Cigar Roller” late last year and was mesmerized by the physical, energetic, evocative and sensuousness of his writing.
What’s on your list? Let me know what you’re reading right now in the Comments box below.