Daily Bookbag: 1 February 2015

I have some plans to get more music back onto Ravenmount soon, so that my blog does not just become a reading journal, but I like the idea of starting with one regular post series and adding in other stuff. I have a 20 Song Playlist post just about ready to publish, and I think Mondays deserve a regular post, so we’ll try making Mondays the days for weekly playlists. I’ll also be posting a review soon of Danielle Ate the Sandwich’s new album, and perhaps an update on the Celtic Thunder lads and their albums and adventures in an out of Celtic Thunder. In the meantime the reading goes on.

Today I am reading some of the books I won through Goodreads First Reads giveaways (accessed through the ‘giveaways’ link in the ‘Explore’ pull down menu). I’ve started Edmund Persuader, finally, a book I have had on my stack for far too long. It is well over 1000 pages and starts out slowly, reminding me at first of Anthony Trollop’s florid, meandering, headache inducing style. Thankfully after the first 50 pages it gets much better, otherwise I might have given up for now. Edmund Persuader, by Stuart Shotwell, is a new novel that reads like classic literature, only more readable. In this book a young man has to put off becoming a member of the clergy in the Anglican church in order to take charge of the family’s plantation estate in Antigua. He wrestles with the morality of slavery and tries to reconcile the more openly vicious racism of colonial Antigua with his own milder racism.

While Edmund Persuader is certainly readable, it is exhausting reading in larger chunks, so I am also reading a few others today-

Considering Hate: Violence, Goodness, and Justice in American Culture and Politics, by Kay Whitlock and Michael Bronski – I’ve read the first 5 pages so far, and while I don’t agree with their definition of ‘goodness’, so far this one is pretty good.

Rooftops of Tehran: a Novel, by Mahbod Seraji – I added this book to a listopia list of world literature I wanted to read, and then won it in a giveaway. I’ve not started it yet, and I’ve headr disparaging things about its writing style, but not enough to put me off reading it.

Once Upon a Time: A short history of fairy tale, by Marina Warner – This one is a pretty little book, and one I think my mom will enjoy once I finish with it. When I entered this contest, I had the impression that this was maybe a more polished version of a masters thesis or something, from the way it sounded from the blurb on the giveaway listing, though the book sold well enough that the publisher ran out of copies and was delayed in sending me my prize copy while they made more, a good sign I hope.

22 Shelters: Lessons from Letters: A Writing Companion, by Laurie Seidler – This is not so much a reading book as something one plays with over time while dawdling or in between work, which makes reading and reviewing it more challenging. I also have a book on my stack about sketching, Sketch: The non-artist’s guide to inspiration, technique, and drawing daily life, by France Belleville-Van Stone. Both of these are a bit of a different critter when it comes to reviewing them, but even without playing with them for months there is a lot one can say about such books after a day or two of poking at them and reading through them in between other books.

Lest all this get  bit too dull, I also am reading The Chase, by Clive Cussler. There is a new Isaac Bell book on the Goodreads giveaways listings, so I figure now is a good time to read through another earlier book in that series.

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