After a great vacation week in which I finished two books, it has been a struggle to even get through a few chapters this week. There isn’t any specific reason, other than getting back into the swing of things work-wise and having a couple of busier-than-usual days.
That’s definitely not a criticism of my current read, Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet, by Stephanie Cowell. I’m really enjoying this historical novel and love story of the Impressionist painter Monet and Camille Doncieux. There’s so much I didn’t know about Monet’s life and it really is an interesting read.
I’d hoped to finish this today, but I am exhausted (and recovering from being dehydrated) from a scorching hot trip to the beach yesterday with Betty and a few friends from her Girl Scout troop. According to the paper, the heat index was well over 100 degrees, which made sense given that the temperature on my car’s dashboard registered at an all-time record of 108. It was brutally hot.
To cool off, we spent some time in one of my favorite independent bookstores, Browseabout Books. We don’t get there nearly enough (it’s an hour and a half away, with no beach traffic) but I love this store and try to get there anytime I am in the area.
Then I was considering Lit by Mary Karr. Then The Horse Boy: A Memoir of Healing, by Rupert Isaacson. Then the new short story collection, Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy.
Hope your reading has been a little more productive than mine this week!