The act of reading ... begins on a flat surface, counter or page, and then gets stirred and chopped and blended until what we make, in the end, is a dish, or story, all our own.
— Adam Gopnik
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March 18, 2012

Sunday Reading {reading on Sunday!}

For the first time in months, I'm not working this afternoon and I don't have any fixed plans. I'll miss the time-and-a-half, but I've also missed my winter-Sunday-afternoons-devoted-to-reading-and-maybe-cooking-a-big-potful-of-something, and I promised myself last night that I would turn away from a big domestic project and spend this afternoon on a walk and a long, long read.

I just wish my current book -- one I started last week when I needed something to read on a trip, and not necessarily pay close attention to --  was more inspiring.  (I have this notion that if I leave my current book on the coffee table and it calls me to me whenever I walk by there, it can be considered inspiring.) I'm not sure if it's the writing (good, but not great) or the subject {interesting, fascinating even -- there's a revelation, or a theory, about Wallis' anatomy that will knock your socks off -- but not uplifting, somehow}.  To me, this just proves, by contrast, how great a great biography is.  But even though a lot of other books are calling to me  -- Middlemarch, Edith Wharton -- I think I'll press on with this one a little longer.

There's enough left in the Ngaio Marsh mystery on my Ipod to last through my walk, but last night I also started listening to The House I Loved, by Tatiana de Rosnay, and I think this one will be a very good listen.  {Has anyone read this, or her earlier book, Sarah's Key?} Sometimes when I put books on reserve at the library, by the time they arrive I've forgotten what they're about {oh! I can go to the library today! I haven't been there on a Sunday since November}. It was nice to be reminded that this one is set in Paris, in the 1860s, as Rose Bazelet fights against the destruction of her family home when Napoleon and Baron Haussman raze entire neighborhoods as they lay out a new city.

In any event, the windows are open, the tree outside is budding out, I'm drinking tea and my reading chair is waiting. I hope your Sunday is as nice as mine is turning out to be.


Carolyn said...

Ooh, your Sunday sounds lovely. I think a walk and a good read would be perfect. I also love the way you describe an inspiring book as one that calls to you from the coffee table! And a book set in 1860s Paris!? I'll have to read it eventually.

JoAnn said...

I'm a couple of days late, but your Sunday sounds wonderful! Hope this week is shaping up to be just as good.

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