Monday, October 22, 2012

Reading list

Wow. Okay. So I just don't really blog much anymore, do I? That's been true for a couple of years, though, so I'm sure it's not a big shock.

What's the news, you ask? Not much. Maternity leave is pretty uneventful--unless constant laundry, diaper changes, and nursing constitute "events." The big news is that Bonaventure is apparently allergic to the protein in cow's milk; this isn't that uncommon, and it ought to clear up when he's about 1, but it means that I can't have cow's milk (or yoghurt, cheese, or butter) until he's 1. Have I mentioned that I'm a vegetarian? This impinges gravely on my diet, indeed. Luckily I can have goat's milk, and we have a friend in town who's milking her goats for me. So there's that. (But butter!! A friend brought us a chocolate cake yesterday. I love chocolate cake. But it has three sticks of butter and half a cup of milk in it, so now it's just in the refrigerator, taunting me. This afternoon's project is the baking of a vegan chocolate cake, simply to retaliate against the forbidden cake.)

Other than that, I read. I have this bookstand (did I mention it?) that I use when I'm nursing, and I tear through books like nobody's business--especially because Bonaventure will now only nap after nursing, so I sit with him sleeping on my lap and read. Here are some (not all) of the books that I've read recently:
  • Ian McEwan, Atonement
  • Claire Dederer, Poser
  • Sir Walter Scott, Waverley
  • Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
  • Tennyson, The Idylls of the King
  • Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence
  • William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
  • Neil Gaiman, American Gods
  • Cervantes, Don Quixote (OK, technically I read this before Bonaventure was born. But I'm so pleased with myself for reading this 1000-page sucker that I get to mention it here.)
  • Tolstoy, The Life and Death of Ivan Ilych
  • Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies
  • Graham Greene, The Human Factor
  • Elizabeth Strout, Abide with Me
  • Currently reading: Rory Stewart, The Places in Between
See a pattern there? No? Well, there isn't one! My project is to Read All The Books--all the books that have been lingering unread on my shelves. Hence Don Quixote, Waverley, and Vanity Fair--sizable tomes all--in the same five-month period. Let's note that it would've taken me about three normal academic years to get through this pile.

So, when I'm exhausted from the numerous night feedings, frustrated at my inability to get anything done, and filled with self-pity over the denial of all things milk- and butter-related, I try to remember how much good reading I'm doing.