If we don’t count tomorrow’s leap day–which made this years’ Dare just a little bit longer, by the way–we are at the end of month two of The TBR Triple Dog Dare. So, I thought I’d ask, have you found anything really good in your TBR stacks yet?
I’ll admit, I haven’t found anything that totally knocked my socks off, but I have found a couple of wonderful books that I am going to put in the to-be-re-read-someday stack.
Grace Ogot’s novel, The Promised Land to start with. This little piece of East African fiction has been on my stack for almost a year. I found it for well under a dollar, I think I got it for a quarter at my local library’s monthly sale. My brother currently lives in Tanzania where he works for the state department–he’s spent a large portion of his adult life living in various parts of Africa. That and the couple of courses he took in African literature, and the couple I took in colonial and post-colonial literature, have put African writers on my radar. I’m by no means an expert, even an amateur know-it-all, but when I see something with an African author, I take a look.
So, I finally read The Promised Land, and I liked it quite a bit.
The other stand out from my TBR Dare reading so far is A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert. This is only the second book by Flaubert that I’ve ever read, Madame Bovary was the first, and I started out a bit skeptical. Stories of devoted servants tend to get my hackles up, I’m not a fan of Downton Abbey at all even if Maggie Smith is delicious, but I was moved by A Simple Heart.
I’m a little dismayed this morning to find that I’ve only read ten books so far this year. I’ve posted reviews of only seven of those. However, tomorrow is national reading day, or something like that, so we’ll be reading all day in all of my classes. I’ll have nearly four hours of reading time, since I do model proper reading behavior when my classes are reading by reading along with the class. Not only is that good teaching, it’s a perfect way to get lots of reading done. Administrators are always pleased when they stop by and find us all reading.
So a win-win for me.