Old habits die hard, and I often wake up at 5:00 a.m., even though there is nowhere for me to go at that hour. It works out well though; I want to be at my desk before the neighbors are driving out to work. Every morning I sit at my desk, and give myself Anne Lamotte's advice: short assignments.
My husband says I don't need to go to the gym, since I walk around from room to room so much! I do feel a little restless being at home. In another week I'll be at the Advanced Writing Institute, and the coming week will be mostly about preparing for that. And of course, I'm reading.
I feel as though I'm experiencing an embarrassment of riches right now. The review books I'm getting have been unfailingly good, and I have my own stack of books as well. In any spare time, I'm reading. This week I'm trying to finish up A Clash of Kings, the second book in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. It's a rip-roaring good read, with swords and magic and dragons. My favorite character is Arya.
"Almost no one has a normal relationship with food."
I'm still thinking about Lionel Shriver's Big Brother. The comments on that review have been really thought-provoking. The quote above is from an interview with Shriver that appeared in The Guardian. Shriver discusses her strict regimen: she allows herself only one meal a day, and runs ten miles every other day. I'd say she writes from experience when she discusses fear, food, and obesity. In the interview, Shriver talks about her older brother, who died of obesity-related illness. And in this article, Viv Groskop discusses Big Brother, Shriver's relationship with her brother, and the "cult of personality that has grown up around Shriver."
Actual TBR Pile
This is my actual TBR pile...the books I really want to read right away! some are ARCs, and some I've purchased or already owned. As you can see, I've got my work cut out for me. Up next are Simon Van Booy's The Illusion of Separateness, and Emma Straub's Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures.
What's next on your list? Is your TBR pile as big as mine? I'll share more about my TBR stack and more next week. Look for a post on Bonnie Jo Campbell's Q Road next.... She is now one of my favorite writers, and I just hope she'll publish something new soon, because I am running out of books.