Summer is here. I’m healing well and only need to use a cane as an aide to my shaky balance. Otherwise I can do just about everything I did before my damaged vertebrae. My reading is getting stronger too. Other than my difficulties with tearing eyes and disappearing visual acuity, I am experiencing an increased appetite for newer novels. Unfortunately I sense that the overall quality of the books I am reading is somewhat reduced but in compensation, the fun factor is up a notch.
As I confessed recently, two things are still cutting into my reading: first, social media, and second, online movies. As far as social media is concerned, I stay away from Facebook, Tinder, Instagram, etc. but I still try to keep up with a limited exposure to Twitter and a small number of YouTube accounts. Yet even with the limits I have set, I suspect I could read The Anatomy of Melancholy before Bastille Day if I simply dropped my Twitter account.
My movie consumption can be traced to two causes: my FilmStruck subscription (great classic movies) and binge watching Netflix originals.
You might have noticed that I am for the most part filling my monthly pool with new selections rather than rolling over the books I didn’t get read from the previous month’s reading pool. No matter how much I might want to read a particular book, I find there are a dozen more coming up every month that I want to read just as much, if not more.
Times have changed. July used to be the month we would rent a house down at the Jersey Shore and I would lay out in the sand reading Faulkner, Mann, or Tolstoy. I’m no longer able to take the sun and sand but July is still the month I look forward to some challenging reading.
Here is the reading pool for July:
- Zorro — Isabel Allende
- Cathedral — Raymond Chandler
- Ready Player One — Ernest Cline
- The Cat In the Hat For President: A Political Fable — Robert Coover
- Eyes — William H. Gass
- Shoot the Piano Player — David Goodis
- Party Going — Henry Green
- Brighton Rock — Graam Greene
- Princess Bari — Sok-yong Hwang
- A Japanese Schoolgirl — Yoko Kajihara
- Belle de Jour — Joseph Kessel
- Wolf Hall — Hilary Mantel
- Cakes and Ale — W. Somerset Maughm
- The Absolute Gravedigger — Vítězslav Nezval
- Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None — Friedrich Nietzsche
- Against the Day — Thomas Pynchon
- House of Fallen Trees — Gina Ranali
- Calypso — David Sedaris
- Maigret Sets a Trap — Georges Simenon
- The Hellfire Club — Jake Tapper