After a week of rain and overcast skies, the sun finally made an appearance today. And it’s starting to get warm again! I was beginning to think winter had returned (November is generally associated with scorching hot summer where I live). Oh, and the gardenias didn’t die after all! They are blooming beautifully, as are the jacaranda trees, which are a sort of tree with no leaves and beautiful lilac-hued flowers. In spring/early summer, a lot of the blossoms tend to fall onto the pavements, so the streets are often blanketed in lilac! It’s absolutely delightful. Okay, down to business. So I’m a day late; today’s Monday, but I’m going to blog about my day yesterday, so it’s still technically Sunday Salon.
Yesterday was the first completely relaxed and obligation-free Sunday I had in a while, and it felt extreeemly good to just loll around. I’m still very behind on my reading though, because I’ve had exams. To be honest, I haven’t even started The Great Gatsby yet, and that’s been on Currently Reading status for about two weeks now. The reason whyI’m not in a hurry is because it’s a re-read. I probably will pick it up sometime today, after I finish de-cluttering my rooms (they’ve degenerated into utter chaos due to exams, and other negligence-inducing factors).
As for the rest of my TBR stack, I’ll be getting back to it as soon as my eyes have recovered from post-exam trauma. I’ve decided to take it slow for a while. Meanwhile, I’m waiting for several of my library reservations to come in:
- The Waves, Virginia Woolf
- A Fraction of the Whole, Steve Toltz
- Empire of the Sun, J G Ballard
- The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga
and I’m wondering if I should add two more books to that list:
The first has been popping up on blogs everywhere. The second was – as most will be aware – nominated for the 2008 Booker prize, and I’ve heard enough about this year’s list to keep me away. Okay, I sound like a complete hypocrite because I’m going to be reading The White Tiger and A Fraction of the Whole, but only because the first won, and the second is Australian.
It’s just that I’ve never seen a writer successfully get away with writing in epistolary form. And I’m not a very forgiving or merciful reader. Nevertheless, if even one person sincerely recommends the books, I’ll promise to try them – so should I read them or shouldn’t I?
Actually, let me extend that question to the other four books on my list. JRSM over at Caustic Cover Critic recently informed me that The Waves is self-congratulatory wank pretentious and overbearing. And is a book really worth reading just because it won the Man Booker Prize? I never would have thought to describe a book as ‘trendy’, but there you have it. The White Tiger is hot on everyone’s reading lists because it has WINNER OF THE 2008 BOOKER PRIZE [literally] stamped over it, in large hot-pink letters.
I have no qualms about reading Toltz. I can instinctively feel that I’m going to like A Fraction of the Whole. I’m not entirely sure about the Ballard, but I think I put it down for the A to Z project, so I’ll have to read it sooner or later. And now I’m off to enjoy Official Day 1 of my five month summer break. Hope everyone has a good week!