What I'm Reading Now: 12 October 09


This week has been mostly occupied with massive changes in my life, and I am currently almost library-less and book-less. There's a small library at work with an even smaller fiction section (six shelves? Eight?) and I have not yet obtained a card for the local public library.

That being the case, most of my reading has been done online, and not the ebooks of Project Gutenberg, either. My book reaing, then, has been confined to a single title: Best-loved folktales of the world, edited by Joanna Cole. It is indeed a lovely collection of folktales - European, African, Asian, American - of various lengths and various components. It's interesting to note how certain elements repeat across cultures: the absolute simpleton, the brave girl downtrodden by her sisters who wins out, the child who wins over impossible odds because of the goodness of its heart as demonstrated by small kindnesses... I myself am fond of smart and sassy women who use their brains to win, like Clever Manka of Russian lore.

I do have some books I bought at the local library booksale (that was a madhouse - I was quite impressed), but this post is titled "What I'm reading now" rather than "What I will be reading eventually"... although now that I think of it, that hasn't stopped me bragging about booksale buys before, has it.

All right, then. I bought Lee Child's Without fail, PD James' A mind to murder, and Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. Elsewhere, I found a copy of Jasper Fforde's The big over easy. Now I just have to get off my laptop and pick up a book so I'll have something to write about next time.