Tildes' Book Backlog Burner Event: Week 3 Update Thread
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- How did your week go?
- What books did you get through?
- How did you feel about them?
- What's up next for you?
(Optional!) Focuses for Week 4 (Last Week!)
- ANYTHING GOES!
I come to you this week with a heavy heart, letting you know that I did almost no reading.
Between work, video social obligations, plugging away at my game backlog, and CRDQ, reading simply wasn't in the cards for me. I'm still not even done with Foundation, and not only is it not a very long book, but I was already almost done with it last week!
I'm hoping to read more this week, but I'm also wondering if I shouldn't just prioritize my games for this week and then pivot to reading for May instead.
Ha. I put off the last hundred pages of The Song of the Lark for like 6 months and did no reading in the duration. I say: as long as you get some in, you're good!
The Sot-Weed Factor by John Barth The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
The Sot-Weed Factor is read. Albeit an impressively wrought tale and a damned funny satire on historical novels (surprisingly, reading about people shitting their pants in 18th-century vernacular doesn't get old), it didn't really hit my soul as I hoped it would. Sometimes these books use crude humor and whacky scenarios to lead up to some poignant thought or idea that hits harder because of that contrast (like hearing your otherwise mild-mannered teacher finally lose it and let out a curse word). Not so, with this book. Or...I missed it.
Now, onto Underworld by Don DeLillo. Needed something to cleanse all that archaic dialogue that has built up in my head.
Well... I got jazzed on the idea of reading and bought another book: Anniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl by Uwe Johnson. It's a pretty massive work where each chapter represents a year in the life of the main character. Set in 1967-1968, it might make a good following to Underworld.