This edition of What Are You Reading? comes at the end of a forced two-week recuperation period following a medical procedure at the end of January. Lesson learned: there is no such thing as "minor" surgery.
I am a homebody by nature so I didn't figure that two weeks of bed rest would be that much of a challenge. I had plenty of books, a fridge full of food, two kiddos and one husband to
wait on help me, and endless streaming video through Netflix. The truth ended up being that trying to read (or watch) anything through a haze of painkillers is, at least for me, quite unproductive. I found myself dozing off during movies and having to re-read entire chapters in my book to remember what had come before. Happily, I am now almost 100% on my feet again and ready to get back on track.
What I'm working on:
The Moonstone (Wilkie Collins) -- This is the book that I kept picking up to read. And re-read. And re-read. I am determined to finish.
Macbeth (William Shakespeare) -- From the No Fear Shakespeare series by SparkNotes, this edition of Macbeth is a bit of a cheat. The original Shakespeare text is on one page and a line-by-line contemporary translation is on the facing page. As much as I love the Bard, I can usually only get through his plays with someone/something explaining what on earth is supposed to be happening. I will follow up my reading with a viewing of the fantastic new film version of the play featuring Patrick Stewart as Macbeth.
What I finished:
11 & 12. Piece of My Heart and Friend of the Devil (Peter Robinson) -- Two books from the Inspector Alan Banks series. I am really loving these books and have been devouring the series since discovering it a few weeks ago (thanks PBS!).
13. Hamlet (William Shakespeare) -- Another No Fear Shakespeare edition as described above. A contemporary rendering of the text enhanced my understanding of this play a great deal. The modernized text is valuable for those of us who really do want to read these works and know what's going on.
What I abandoned:
No books abandoned last week.
Quote for the week:
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." Aristotle
Thanks to Sheila at Book Journey for hosting this weekly meme!