February has been decidedly slower than January has been for reading. I don’t know what happened. Maybe it was too much too soon, but by February 13th I had finished my 23rd book, and then I just stopped. I haven’t finished a book since then. I have been reading The Lotus Eaters which is a fabulous story about a female photographer who during the Vietnam War is trying to break into the male dominated industry of war photography, and navigate the feelings that she has for two men she becomes involved with while there. Tatjana Soli is a talented writer, and I am right there feeling all of the emotions of Helen as she tries to overcome her fear to learn as much as she can about her job and prove herself. The descriptions of the environment are astounding and, wow, are photographers dedicated.I read these descriptions and want to go running the other way but they brazenly walk toward the chaos of war.
As good as this book is, I haven’t touched it since last Sunday. I had planned on finishing it and at least a couple of other books this past week, but it just didn’t happen I can’t say that I have been totally slumped though. I have been going through my massive book collection and culling books to give away. So far I have 200 books (sob) that are going to new homes by the end of this month. Some I have set aside for the library and others are going to be divided among interested friends and family members.
Yesterday I started reading Keeping the Feast: One Couple’s Story of Love, Food and Healing in Italy. I am loving this book. Paula Butturini has a wonderfully captivating writing style and I am incredibly involved as she explains the importance of food in her family and how she and her family have used it to get through difficult times in their lives. I had to put up a quick post about the food in this book yesterday, and I think I will have to do another Literary Feasts post on this books where I try to pick out my three favorite food passages. I have to think about that though, because there are just so many good ones that I might not be able to narrow it down.
In other news, Meg (Write Meg) and I talked Shakespeare, Jay-Z, cheating and friendship in our second installment of Two Girls Read Shakespeare, and That’s How I Blog! has gotten too big for Linus’s Blanket. I had to move all the related posts over to its own blog. To keep up to date with what is going on with the show make sure to pop over there and subscribe to That’s How I Blog! I’m in the process of adding the information for my former guests of the show, but all relevant news for upcoming guests and reminders will appear there. I’m also going to be trying to track all the projects of THIB! guests there as well. Slowly, of course, but I will get there.
Right now I plan on doing some blog visiting and maybe a little reading before I head out to play bocce. What are you up to this Sunday? Whatever it is, I hope you have a good one. 🙂