2011 average: A book every 3.3 days (7 books read)
Over the weekend I read a couple of books. First was Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, which I had thrifted at some point in the past -- most likely at either Goodwill or the used bookstore (The Book Market at 2368 Plainfield Road in Crest Hill). If you haven't heard of this book, which was turned into a movie some time ago, you may of hear of Ishiguro's other big seller -- Never Let Me Go which was more recently made into a film that got some hype this past year.
The Remains of the Day can perhaps be called a love story of a sort -- an interesting study of a butler who has outlived his profession. The story is composed mostly of recollections from the butler as he looks back on his life and his service to his former employer. A compelling read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
I came across Marcy Dermansky's Bad Marie via the TOB -- the Morning News has a Tournament of Books each Spring in which they pit 16 books against one another and have various literary critics, writers, etc. comment on and choose the winners. I have to say that I probably never would have chosen to read this book as I hadn't even heard of it prior to seeing the TOB list, but it was a wonderful read which I devoured in about 1 day. The protagonist here is a recently released convict, imprisoned for running off with her young lover after he robbed a bank. This is just one in an incredibly long list of her missteps, which eventually land her in Paris and then Mexico as she fumbles along. I wanted to hate her, but didn't for some unknown reason -- perhaps because she seemed more like a child to me than an adult.
Now reading Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart which also happens to be on the TOB list. I started this one last night when I was quite tired and didn't feel myself immediately drawn into the story. Today will make or break it for me.