Reading Update: July 1, 2010


Well Read. tee-shirt on sale at the Decatur Book Festival, September 2009I am in the midst of reading three books at the moment: Gulliver’s Travels via DailyLit, The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox (paperback), and The Three Weissmanns of Westport (Kindle).

As of today, I have read 80 of 115 sections via email of Gulliver’s Travels. My verdict so far: I am ready to be finished with it. My favorite part has been Gulliver’s stay in Brobdingnag, which might change before I finish the book. As I read, I find myself annoyed with Gulliver for repeatedly abandoning his family on what look like frivolous voyages to me. If I were his wife, I’d have divorced him.

The Meaning of Night is taking me some time to get into. I’m currently on p. 244 out of about 700. I am being patient because my husband says it’s really good, but it hasn’t grabbed my interest yet. My husband keeps saying it will, and he rarely gushes about books. I don’t think I can give the book too much longer or I will have given it too much for too little return. It does have a good atmosphere, and the author captures Victorian England well.

The Three Weissmanns of Westport is indeed Sense and Sensibility set in modern Westport, CT and New York. I like it so far. It’s full of modern pop culture references (Gawker, Oprah, subtle shades of James Frey). I’m not sure how well it will stand the test of time as a result. I think the author does more telling rather than showing, but I’m entertained and intrigued enough to finish. I’m 41% finished with it. I’m reading it for the Everything Austen Challenge.

What are you reading? What do you think of it?


4 thoughts on “Reading Update: July 1, 2010

  1. I liked The Meaning of Night, but it never got to a place where I was deeply absorbed in it and couldn't put it down. And I never did get around to reading the sequel. In retrospect, I think I liked the idea of it enough (with the setting and the letters and everything) that it carried me through the slightly boring bits.

    1. My husband got to the point where he couldn't put it down, and I had to join the hunt for the sequel in our bookshelves. I knew I had it, but we couldn't find it.

  2. I've been meaning to read The Meaning of Night. Will look forward to your review.

    Currently I've got two books going on but I'm still in the beginning of both so we'll see what happens.

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