Sunday, October 31, 2010
The Sunday Salon: Some Frightfully Good Reads
There are times when one's reading races along like fallen leaves tumbling down the street by gusty autumn winds. That's the kind of reading month I've had in October. I've finished three short story collections, three novels, two poetry collections, two audiobooks, a nonfiction book, and one collection of letters.
That might seem paltry compared to other book bloggers, but for me it represents a great reading month. The read-a-thon had something to do with that, in a good way. Still, it has left me wanting to sink my teeth into a chunkster kind of book, maybe something a little spooky to coincide with Halloween and the dark evenings that will befall us next weekend when we turn back the clocks.
Finally, Only in New York: An Exploration of the World's Most Fascinating, Frustrating, and Irrepressible City is going back to the library as a DNF. There wasn't anything wrong with this collection except that I don't think I, a native Philadelphian, am the right reader for it. According to the jacket, Only in New York consists of "more than seventy self-contained essays about what makes New York tick and why things are the way they are in the greatest city on earth." Make no mistake: I love New York and am fascinated by New York. It's just that Only in New York didn't quite grab my interest and attention as much as I thought it would. Folks who hail from New York or live there would probably appreciate this more than I did.