Books acquired: Too many to list.
Books read: “The Loved One,” Evelyn Waugh; “Let Me Count the Ways,” Peter DeVries; “City Lights,” Dan Barry; “The Lurking Fear,” H.P. Lovecraft.
Notice anything about my list this month? I mean besides that I bought 12 books and can’t be bothered to list them. All the books I read have an L in the title. Yes, on purpose. It was an oddball experiment to trick myself into reading a few books from my shelves I might not have gotten to otherwise.
Either my reading has taken a playful turn, or I’m so overwhelmed that I’ve abandoned all principle. I’m hoping it’s the former.
“The Loved One” is a British satire on America’s obsession with grand funerals for pets and people alike. Funny, albeit not as funny as I’d hoped. “City Lights” is a collection of New York Times columns on people and places in the city, all gracefully written. The two winners this month were “Let Me Count the Ways,” a comic novel (disgracefully out of print) about a couple with diametrically opposed views and their confusing effect on their son, and “The Lurking Fear,” a collection of cosmic horror stories by the revered pulp writer, who is not for every taste, certainly, but who was for mine. It’s the first Lovecraft I’ve read, but not the last. Ditto with DeVries.
For those who like to know where/when the books came into my hands (hi Doug!): I bought “The Loved One” in 2008 at the late, lamented Second Story Books in Claremont. “City Lights” was purchased at the NYT shop at LaGuardia before my flight home in 2009. “Let Me” was bought at Powell’s in Portland in 2007, as was “The Lurking Fear.” I felt better about revisiting Powell’s a week ago after reading two more of my unread purchases from that trip. In fact, I read the last half of “Fear” on this vacation.
As for August, I’m trying to bear down on a couple of Twain collections I’ve been reading since May, with hopes of finishing one, or both. Not doing the one-letter thing this time, although I’ll probably come back to that in some future month.
What are you folks reading, and have any of you read any of the above?