Life is so crazy right now, I completely overlooked the ringing in of a new month of reading. Technically, May is for books that are “new in the stacks.” I am taking a loose interpretation, so that “new in the stacks” can mean one of two things: 1) new to me 2) newly published.
To that end, the “new to me” contribution will be Jean Rhys’s Voyage in the Dark, which I finished. Whew, one down. The newly published (anywhere from 2005-present) selection is yet to be decided…contenders include the Maryse Conde novel and the Hermione Lee book on Edith Wharton.
May is also going to be an extension of classics month, as I am still reading Proust and just starting Cervantes.
The TBR pile is leaning crazily like the Tower of Pisa. Four recent additions! Last Friday, I found Kerouac’s The Subterraneans in a free pile. And a few weekends ago, I scored three at a going-out-of-business sale:
A Victorian Romance: Letters of Beatrix Potter and Sydney Webb. (I can’t even find this one on Amazon.com. Will post excerpts for sure.)
The Web and the Rock, Thomas Wolfe (first edition).
First Fiction: An Anthology of First Published Stories by Famous Writers.