|It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey|
The past few days I’ve been reading a short story a day from Flannery O’Connor‘s last collection of stories, Everything That Rises Must Converge. Along with every-other person who has attended high school in America during the last forty years I read A Good Man is Hard to Find as a teen (the story, not the collection). I re-read A Good Man last year and liked it so much that O’Connor has been on my mind ever since. And since May is short story month and I’ve been writing short stories this year, I thought now was a good time to dip into more Flannery. Her stories immediately grab me and hold me tight as she slowly cranks up the tension.
Still on Robert Caro’s The Passage of Power. There are 27 discs in this audio book and I’m on disc 15. I only listen to it in the car and as my commute is, at most, 20 minutes it’s taking me awhile to get through this one, but it is engaging. Makes me want to take a road trip.
1. For The Classics Club Spin #2 I’ll be reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise. I want to read more Fitzgerald and put two of his novels on this spin list. My lucky number (#6) came through for me again! (All copies of this novel are checked out at the library where I work as well as at my local library. I downloaded a digital copy on my old Kobo so I can start reading it later tonight.)
2. Thomas over at My Porch is hosting a Barbara Pym Reading Week, June 1-8th. I’ve never read Pym. In fact, I’d never heard of her until I started reading Thomas’s blog. Have you heard of Pym? Read anything by her?
The library where I work had nine Pym novels on the shelf this morning. I chose An Academic Question. Why? Because none of the other books had this fabulous photograph on the back cover:
|Pym at work at the International African Institute, Fetter Lane, London.|
I adore pictures of writers at work, and Pym looks like she’s having such a fun time writing that I couldn’t leave this book in the library and checked it out to read during Barbara Pym Reading Week.
3. More short story month: I also checked out The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter. Her novel A Ship of Fools is on my Classics Club list and I thought I’d warm up with a few short stories.