With retirement less than a week away, it's time for a reading plan.
- First up: Peony in Love by Lisa See. This is for my face-to-face book group. Last year I read See's Snowflower and the Secret Fan - a fantastic novel. This one is sort of a sequel, though I think it's a stand-alone book as well. The reviews have not been as good for this one as for Snowflower, but I'm still anticipating a good read.
- Other book group reads coming up in the next few months: Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver; Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey; The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. Prodigal Summer is a re-read; it was my least favorite Kingsolver book, but maybe I'll read it differently this time. I'd intended to re-read it even before the group decided on it, just to see if my opinion of it shifted. I'm very much looking forward to the other two highly rated books.
- And then I get to choose whatever I feel like reading! High on the list are: Affinity by Sarah Waters; The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls (memoir); When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro; At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill; The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje; Holy Fools by Joanne Harris; The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa; After You'd Gone by Maggie O'Farrell; and Mosquito by Roma Tearne. That oughta keep me occupied! And I think it's safe to say I'll reach my goal of 100 books for the year (I'm at 86 right now).
- Then! in January, it's all contemporary women writers, as we do Orange January (like Orange July, only cold. Well in the northern hemisphere anyway). I have a lot of great books lined up on the shelf, and I'll name just a few here: Rose Tremain's The Road Home; Amy and Isabel by Elizabeth Strout; Ursula Under by Ingrid Hill; What I Loved by Siri Hutsvedt. I'm salivating with anticipation!