We woke up this morning to no power. No idea what happened this time, but a lot of the neighboring buildings, if not all, had no power. No power in the US means nothing to do at home, except read. But since I like to start my day with a steaming cup of tea, for which I needed the range, for which I needed power, I went back to sleep. Even the dog went to sleep! A few hours later, power finally came, which is when I decided I could afford to wake up. So now, steaming cup on my desk, my day feels so much nicer already.
A More Diverse Universe is kicking off! Deciding a book for the tour was particularly hard for me, because I don't usually read fantasy, unless everyone is raving about a book. That is, I don't go looking for it myself. From the reading suggestions that many bloggers had posted, I chose a few books that my library had, and brought home four of them:
1. Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of the Stories
2. Walter Mosley's 47
3. Nalo Hopkinson's The Chaos
4. Rabih Alameddine's The Hakawati
Even after getting a list of books, it was tough trying to narrow down to one. So I figured I may start with the author that may be most challenging for me - Salman Rushdie. I must have been seriously wrong with my assumptions here, because Haroun and the Sea of Stories was extremely easy to read and was entertaining as well! I'm also going to try reading both the Mosley and the Alameddine books, if I get time.
Jill at Fizzy Thoughts and Trish at Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity have put up the new candidates for this year's Dueling Monsters. I wasn't going to join it (horror is a genre I best like to leave in the shelves) but it was hard. Both the books this time (American Psycho and Red Dragon) have been on my wishlist for a while. I'll be joining the Bateman camp, i.e. soon as I get my hands on American Psycho.
Banned Books Week is also coming up next week. Last two years, I read a variety of books during this event, and I may do the same this year as well. Except, I'm not sure of which book to read. I'm also considering honoring the event in a different way - by reading a book or author I've considered challenging for myself over the years, for any reason. Salman Rushdie's Midnight Children is the first book that comes to mind. Or I'll read a book that countries have banned because a sector of people didn't agree with the book's contents, such as Taslima Nasrin's Lajja (which I have a copy of, at home) or The Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie, again!). I'm most eager to read Lajja, but I may get swayed by the choices I see in other blogs.
So now I'm off to relax and enjoy my lazy Sunday, rereading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone!