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March 22, 2010

Just think of all I'd miss

Ten months of not sleeping for more than three hours at a time are starting to catch up with me, I think, as I am absolutely exhausted and keep falling asleep to wake up moments later unsure of what my name is and where I am. Yawn. I am also wonderfully busy with writing work (which is handy, as I’ve just quit my job and this is what I do for a living now, in addition to prying dustbunnies from the baby’s fist. And, if anyone’s asking, I could take on further assignments at any time). I’m currently reading a book for review  that is good popular fiction, as opposed to the bad literary fiction I was reading just before it (and the former is preferable, don’t you think?). I am making good progress on an essay about Sharon Butala’s wonderful book The Girl in Saskatoon, which should appear in a special issue of Prairie Fire next year. And I’m also working on something for Literature for Life, which should be finished tonight or tomorrow (and I continue to be so pleased with my involvement with this group).

Naturally, all the books I’ve requested from the library came in at the same time, and so I’ve got mountains of reading before me (glee!). I will be picking up Bad Mother by Ayelet Waldman this week for the second time (last time I had to return it before I got a chance to read it). After that I am going to read Solar by Ian McEwan (which some most esteemed readers have been raving about on twitter, so I am looking forward). Joan Bodger’s The Crack in the Teacup is after that, and then postcard and other stories by anik see (on the recommendation of Steven W. Beattie). We’ve also got Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger coming at you (which I’ve wanted to read ever since I encountered this review), and Lionel Shriver’s So Much For All That (which Rona Maynard has been mentioning on Twitter [and just so you know, I refuse to acknowledge the word “tweet”]). And another book called The Breakwater House, and probably another book, and then another.

So imagine if I woke up dead tomorrow? Just think of all I’d miss!

3 thoughts on “Just think of all I'd miss”

  1. You know, I was thinking about choosing postcard and other stories for you to read during Canada Reads: Independently, but you stipulated that the book had to be a novel. Then Storms went and chose Hair Hat …

  2. patricia says:

    There are rules for you, and then there are rules for sweet, cute gals like me, Beattie. Surely you know that by now.

    Kerry, please don’t wake up dead tomorrow. Because I want to know what you think of Solar (loved it!) and The Little Stranger (riveting!)

  3. Melanie says:

    So much good reading ahead of you! I have The Crack in the Teacup and The Breakwater House on my mental TBR…of course that doesn’t mean I’ll necessarily be reading them immediately.

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