Commentary to follow… but for now, if you’re wondering what I’m reading this summer vacation, here goes:

“Love in the Time of Cholera” By Gabriel Garcia-Marquez –  Started May 22, Finished July 2

“the girl who stopped swimming” by Joshilyn Jackson – started July 3, finished July 9

“American Wife” by Curtis Sittenfeld – started July 9, finished July 13

“A Short History of Women” by Kate Walbert, started July 13, finished July 16


“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” By Mark Haddon (2003); 226 pages

Started reading September 8, finished reading September 12.

If you’ve been reading the blog all along, you might remember that in the first week, it occured to me that if I barely had time to read a book a week, finding the time to produce a passable book review (essay, blog post, whatever) might be an even greater challenge. Well, considering that I finished this book 8 days ago and am just now posting about it, I would say that my original concerns were probably well-founded. The actual reading of this particular book was lovely– it’s a super-fast read, intelligent, funny and quirky. (And exactly what I needed to keep the challenge moving along.) For those of you who haven’t heard of it, this is a novel told from the perspective an a 15-year-old boy with autism (autistic boy), ostensibly about the mystery that he is “detecting”, the case of a dead dog found in his neighbor’s yard. Aside from that mystery, there are other twists too. In all, a fun book. But now I’m off to keep reading Book 8 (not even a third of the way through….sigh) so that’s about as much of a blog post as I can muster right now.