June 2010


Was sick during Memorial Day weekend.  Got very little done in The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.  It’s not bad, but I’m wishing I had spaced this and Fatherland a little further apart.  Thriller noirs dealing with Jews in some way, taking place in an alternate reality.  Probably shouldn’t read them one after the other.


Still working on The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.  Really enjoying it, which is good.  I was hesitant about it for two reasons: one, because I just read Fatherland, which has some similarities with it; and two, I didn’t like The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.  That might have been my age at the time, though.


Going strong on The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.  I’ve got about fifty pages left (yay!), so should finish it sometime today.  I do not expect to have a whole lot of reading time this weekend.  First, Andy has a job interview in Norfolk, Virginia, on Tuesday.  We are both very excited, since they are flying him out and paying for his hotel room.  It sounds very promising.  Anyway, we are going out to eat with his parents tonight to celebrate.

Tomorrow, my mother’s best friend, Mary, is coming into town from Brighton (about a two-hour drive east of Kalamazoo), and I am going with her and my mom out to eat.  We are then going to the art fair downtown, and I’m hoping that it won’t rain.  Then, after Mary has gone, my parents, Andy and I are going to Erbelli’s for dinner.  Their calzone is Andy’s favorite food.  Ever.

And then Andy has something he wants to do on Sunday.  I forget what it is.  So, little reading will be going on this weekend.  So … I’m going to work hard to get The Yiddish Policemen’s Union done today and also write its review today, while it’s fresh in my brain.  I’m looking forward to writing it, because it’s a really good book.


What’d I tell you?  Got a review up of The Yiddish Policemen’s Union yesterday.  Started Island in the Sea of Time.  I am fairly sure I am not going to like it much.  The people are too accepting of their situation.

Pages read: 75
Percent done: 12.3%


It was busy yesterday, but I’m planning on getting some reading done when I go to the gym today.


Gah!  This book — some of it I like, but a lot of it I don’t.  I’m dreading, just a little, writing the review.  I’m diligently keeping notes and hoping it turns out better than I suspect it’s going to.  How Harry Turtledove thought it was fantastic I have no idea.

Pages read: 320
Percent done: 52.6%


Still not done with Island in the Sea of Time.  The books are piling up, and I want to finish it.  I’ve got a pile of non-library books now, so I need to go through those.  I’ve got two more library books, and I need to go through those as well.  I’m wasting time on this thing, but I feel guilty if I don’t finish it.

Pages read: 372
Percent done: 61.2%


Had a nightmare about a particular scene in this book.  Am really pissed about that.  There was a book I read a while back that had a section that just made me so grossed out and sad for the character it happened to — The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.  It was one of the reasons I didn’t enjoy reading it.

Pages read: 433
Percent done: 71.2%


This feels merely like a countdown.  Isn’t it good that I’m keeping a notebook page about this book, so that I don’t blow my misery here?  Much better to vent my spleen in the review.

Pages read: 478
Percent done: 78.6%


Blah, blah, blah.  I don’t like this book and can’t wait to finish it.  I am very close, and since it’s a quarter to two in the morning and I’m not all that tired, I am bound and determined I will get to the end this morning and write the damn review.  Beware, Mr. Stirling!  Beware!

Pages read: 568
Percent done: 93.4%


I’m working on an Early Review book, Presidential Confidential.  Despite having a tabloid-like display on the outside, it’s actually a pretty good popular history on presidential events.  Been working on it for a couple of days.  Probably will have it done during our trip up north.


We went on vacation.  I did not touch my book, but I have gotten a little bit done during baths the last few days.  I anticipate finishing it today and having to write a review tonight.  Maybe, if the book gods are kind to me, I will be able to get some of the review done on my linner break.  Here’s hoping!


I can’t believe I’m on track for reading seventy books this year.  Of course, if I read New York, I’ll get significantly slowed down.  Boo.  I hope it’s worth it.

Currently reading Three Hearts and Three Lions.  I’m thinking it’s going to be middle-of-the-road.  Short, though, so should be done with it in a day or two.

Pages read: 35
Percent done: 21.7%


Started A Different Flesh.  Liking it.


Wow.  Have read A Different Flesh and Stitches this week.  Working on New York.  About sixty pages in; not going to pull it out of the bag to do the count.  When the whole thing is 880 pages, it doesn’t really matter.  Found a letter from some Aussie friends to my mom in it; have to return it to her when I see her in a couple of weeks.