Summer! It is unofficially here! I’m visiting my parents this weekend and they have beautiful weather. (So beautiful, I am sunburned.) Now I am sitting under the umbrella in our backyard and it smells wonderful, like cut grass and not-city. I love the city, but I don’t always love the smell, especially in summer. We have to drive back up tomorrow and we’re not looking forward to the traffic, but it has been a relaxing weekend, so it was worth it.
I read two books while I was with my parents at the beach: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which I adored. I think it might be one of my favorite books ever. I can’t really explain why I never wanted to read it. There was a lot of hype and I wasn’t sure it could live up to all the praise. With these kinds of books, I usually let them sit for a while. Once the hype has died down, I can forget and just enjoy. I’m glad i finally read it. It’s beautiful and lovely and everything I could have hoped for in a novel. I also read The Unfinished Works of Elizabeth D by Nichole Beriner. This one reminded me a lot of Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan, which I also loved. It was the kind of book that can really be hit or miss for me, but after a slightly awkward start, I fell in love with the characters. I’m participating in a TLC Book Tour for this one, so you’ll hear more in a couple weeks.
We’re reading Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlen for my book club meeting on Thursday. I still haven’t actually started the book (what can I say, I like to procrastinate) and I’ll admit, the first few pages didn’t really hold my interest when I peeked at them a couple of weeks ago. Tell me. Will I like this book?
In other news, Memory’s constant love for Buffy the Vampire Slayer has made me want to watch it again, despite my lukewarm reaction to the first season. She seemed to have the same reaction, so I’m hoping that once I get past the first season, I will enjoy it more. There is a small group of us who are interested in doing the same thing and I think we’re going to make June Watch Buffy month to coincide with Memory’s month of Into the Hellmouth. If you’re interested, head on over to Suey’s blog to have your say!
Don’t forget! Next week is your chance to participate in the Read More/Blog More Poetry event, hosted by Kelly and I! You can post on any day of the week before Friday. I’ll be hosting the Mr. Linky this month and it will go up sometime tomorrow. Feel free to add your link whenever you get a chance and I’ll do a round up on Friday. Remember, all you need to do is post about poetry! That’s it. It can be a post about a favorite poem of yours, a discussion of poetry in general, or a profile of your favorite poet. It doesn’t matter, as long as the topic is poetry.