Weeknote 11

I’m off on vacation this week and won’t have much internet access, so posting will be light unless it’s photos and such.


I mostly did stuff in anticipation of being gone. Prep for a virtual committee meeting and then the meeting itself, emails to all the people I owed them to, and the last of some student and class admin for a while.


I finished my first 20 Books of Summer read, which was A Month in the Country. This is J.L. Carr’s highly praised Booker winner and one that both Barb and Liz loved. I went in expecting to be blown away, and in the first 40 pages I wasn’t. It’s very atmospheric and steeped in village England, which is usually a favorite of mine, but I resisted. I’m not sure why, but I couldn’t fall into it. But then it slowly grew on me and I came to appreciate the craft and the level of skill. Also, there is so much packed into 135 pages. By the end I was fully on board, and I’ve like it even more in retrospect.

I realized that I needed to think about my TBR Challenge book for June, in the historical category. I’m reading an old Nicola Cornick Regency trad and so far so good.

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