Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Sunday Salon: Transported by Reading

I'm losing myself in books this weekend out of necessity. We took our oldest to college yesterday, and I find that I can only cope by transporting myself out my real life and into a fictional one. :)

Most of last week, as he packed up to go, I was with a peasant family in India as I read Kamala Markandala's Nectar in a Sieve. Yesterday, while driving to and from the college (or rather, while riding in the car as Dr. H. drove), I read Alexander McCall-Smith's newest installment in the No. 1 Ladies Detective series, The Double Comfort Safari Club. In Botswana with the kindly Mma Ramotswe was just the right place to be when I felt the tears coming.

Today is a bright and beautiful day, but I'm planning to pretend that it's raining out so that I can justify a day spent reading and napping. I just started Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro last night. I honestly can't remember a single thing I read, so I'll have to start over today.

I also got three books in the mail from these amazing friends of ours who visited a few weeks ago: Blue Like Jazz, Confederates in the Attic, and The Land Remembers. All of these books were part of conversations at various points in their visit, and I'm eager to dig into those as soon as I finish Never Let Me Go.

And now I'm off to lose myself in reading.


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I completely identify with "losing myself in reading." It's why I became addicted to reading in the first place. In my childhood, it was the greatest escape. It still provides that same escape these days.

Loved visiting your blog and reading this post.

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Gavin said...

I often read to lose myself. It eases stress and brings joy. I loved Never Let Me Go and am curious to see what you think of it.

gautami tripathy said...

I am currently not able to lose myself in reading. I don't know why..

Here is my Sunday Salon post!