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March 17, 2020


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Ooh thank you! May I, in turn, recommend that you check out Circe by Madeline Miller (and, if you like Circe, also Song of Achilles by the same author). Another I'll recommend is Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. I am not 100% sure you'll like it, but I found it very interesting and readable and I enjoy ambiguous endings.

Boy, if it were me the only thing I could write is "What I *haven't* been reading. I am finding it very, very difficult to read books right now. I'm picking them up, reading a few pages, putting them down again.

Yesterday I picked up The Fellowship of the Ring where I left off, just after they leave Goldberry waving goodbye, and read until they got into the valley with no trees, only grass and springy turf. Then I put it down.

I also picked up A Literary Murder by Batya Gur in English translation, which I had packed for my ski vacation, and read enough for a little bit of character introductions but not long enough to get to anybody actually getting murdered yet, although there were some people being literary. Perhaps if I can struggle on to the murder I will become absorbed enough to stick with it.

I did some of a crossword puzzle from my book of NYT Sunday puzzles; it was already started, but I didn't finish it.

I read Can You Forgive Her? last year and loved it. Like you I decided to read my way through the Palliser novels. The second one I picked was Phineas Finn and I've put it down because it's just not grabbing me.

I'm reading Eifelheim, which is a great science fiction novel that follows a priest in a medieval German village and a couple of researchers in the new future. Investigations of aliens, the ethics of alien baptism, demographics, the science of historical modeling, weird physics, medieval spirituality... all sorts of stuff to chew on.

And The Silk Roads, a retelling of world history that centers the Middle East rather than Europe. Quite fascinating.

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