Not much as it turns out.
I have just had a week fully, completely and totally immersed in boys and soccer.
The boys have had a fabulous time and it is a lovely bonding week for the boys every year when we go to Canberra for Kanga Cup.
It’s also a lovely bonding time for the families when we take the whole show on the road despite freezing our arses off on frosty, windy sidelines!
We usually find a good coffee shop or two and fit in the occasional cultural experience around the games. The shared meals each night are loads of fun too.
But relaxing it is not.
Sharing a cabin with four 15 yr old man-child’s is definitely not conducive for reading either!
And this year, our Kanga week was bookended by two weekends back home madly looking at houses…to no avail.
And more soccer!
But I’ve used my spare time this evening productively. I have now changed my gravatar image across my entire social media spectrum so that everything matches.
Enough dawdling & daydreaming though.
It’s time for some bookish stuff.
Back at work today and everyone was talking about Go Set A Watchman.
When is it due out? Why do they embargo books? Can it possibly be better than To Kill A Mockingbird? Can it live up to expectations? Is it doomed to fail? Will you be reading it?
All day I’ve being having a ‘will I? wont I?‘ argument with myself.
One of our local Sydney papers has said that the book is more complex than TKAM but not as compelling. Do I really want to know how Scout grew up? Wouldn’t I prefer to leave my high regard (okay! my love and adoration and idealisation) for Atticus untarnished by adult complications? Do I dare court disappointment and disillusionment?
Rereading my earlier review of TKAM (link above), reminded me that TKAM actually begins with an adult Scout recounting the Finch family history.
Perhaps GSAW will be like reading March by Geraldine Brooks.
Initially I struggled to get into March as subconsciously I was expecting more of Little Women. But March is an adult book about adults. Little Women is a book for all ages about children and their relationships to each other and the adults around them. It has an innocence and wholesomeness that is totally appropriate for its audience & structure.
March was far more complex and difficult and complicated, befitting a book about adult relationships for mature readers. Once I accepted this and my brain (& heart) shifted away from its childish desires, I was able to embrace and appreciate the story of March.
Will I need to make the same kind of brain (& heart) shift to read GSAW?
Will you, dear reader, be racing out to get your hands on a copy of Go Set A Watchman?
Somewhere, somehow, this week, I also hope to get my reading challenges back on track…maybe something Victorian? Something Japanese? Or Parisian or maybe an Aussie female author?
Fingers crossed xx
This week’s shout-outs go to:
TJ @My Book Strings for her heart-warming and thought-provoking post about books and places. I love posts that reveal more of the blogger through their reading habits. This is a delightful exploration of the personal meaning of books and the places we read them.
And if you’d like to be reminded of how gauche, insecure and (ab)normal you were during highschool, then visit Rory @Fourth Street Review for her trip down memory lane with Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret.