More Short Stories for a New Weekend

[Daym, I put my glasses on and saw how blurry that picture actually is. Oops. Maybe I should start wearing glasses when I do take pictures. Oh well.]

Another weekend for short stories, for books. Yum. So. Aside from Ben Greenman‘s all-too-beautiful book What He’s Poised to Do [that I’ve already shamelessly gushed over] — which I foresee finishing any time now, haha — here are the books I plan to dip into before Monday descends upon me once again. Grr. Anyhoo: I’ve sampled me some Ernest Hemingway and read my first Rebecca du Maurier anything from this selected-stories edition, Don’t Look Now. I’m hoping to make more progress with these [dead] [slightly intimidating] [but mostly dead, with fat books] two especially. Holly Goddard Jones is a new-to-me author I figured I’ll give a go-see — I haven’t even taken a peek inside Girl Trouble, so, well, we’ll see. MmmWeekends.

I’ve got one last story each left in Dave Eggers‘s How We Are Hungry and Justin Taylor‘s Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever. It’s been a weird experience with this two. They’re both not what I thought they were. It’s been eye-opening — both on the disappointing side, and the unexpectedly me-likey side. I am very confused now. I’ll whine about this some other time.

So. Happy weekend, everybody. Happier weekend to the people going to the Book Fair. I am not bitter at all. Nope. Not me. Ahem. How’s the rest of humanity spending its weekend?

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5 comments

  1. I would love to spend some serious time reading this weekend, but with the way my schedule is working out this semester it seems like every weekend is going to be full of homework since my weekdays are so full of other stuff. I hope to finish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo this weekend and get started on Slouching Towards Bethlehem.

    1. I try not to bring work home with me. So far, I’ve been lucky. The biggest obstacle to weekend reading is that I would want to sleep the weekend off. Augh. But I try to make time. Good luck with Dragon Tattoo and Didion! I’ve been intrigued about the Millennium series ever since, haha, Mockingjay came out. And I’m afraid I haven’t read anything by Didion.

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  3. Looks like you have a good weekend lined up! I’m on a bit of a short story kick myself lately – still dipping in and out of Lorrie Moore, recently finished Alice Munro’s Too Much Happiness, and just got my hands on Lydia Davis!

    I read How We Are Hungry years ago (and must admit that I was primarily attracted by the cover) and found it hugely disappointing. I’ve been sort of turned of Eggers ever since, despite the fact that I never managed to give any of his full-length novels a chance.

    1. I am so excited for your reading — Moore and Munro and Davis, as you know, are some of my favorite authors. :) I have yet to read Too Much Happiness though. I’ve been looking for a trade paperback edition, but all that’s available here are mass markets. Might cave in, or might go to Book Depository once my wallet allows me. :)

      Ah, I have the oddest relationship with Eggers. I can’t read his novels, no matter how many of my friends swear by them. I actually have three of his novels on my shelves, and all of them have been lent to me by my friends. So I thought I’d try out his fiction. And, well, the relationship has gotten more complicated. Also, that cover’s gorgeous. I know I’d have bought it even if, by some fluke, I hadn’t heard of Eggers before.

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