I’m sure I am not the only one snowed in right now. So much for spring coming early this year! We got an absolute ridiculous amount of snow over the course of Friday and Saturday. So much so that my boss sent me home from work at noon Friday. I decided that was the perfect opportunity to lay in bed and read. I kid you not when I say I read all afternoon Friday and pretty much all day yesterday. It was heavenly!
So this week I read the following:
-finished The Gathering, by Anne Enright
-read the second portion of East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
–Eating the Dinosaur, by Chuck Klosterman
–Wifey, by Judy Blume
-half of Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts, by Penny Colman
Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts is my first DNF in awhile. I liked it at first–it is a history of burial. After reading a book on New Orleans cemeteries, I decided I wanted to delve deeper into the topic of cemeteries, burials, etc. So I checked this book out of my library. And there was some good stuff in there! It talked about being buried alive (can you imagine?!). One man even had his tomb rigged with a buzzer to the caretaker’s cottage in the event that he woke up after being buried. The buzzer never rang (except for one false alarm) and has since been disconnected.
So what happened, you may ask? Two things.
-The book went off on too many tangents. I am not interested in burial since the beginning of time. This is my problem, not that of the author really, but I think it could have been organized a bit better.
-It wasn’t very well researched. There were no resources noted and the author included a lot of things she heard from other people. Meaning she would describe a burial place that her friend saw. It just didn’t seem viable. Which leads me to my biggest problem . . . I actually found an instance where the author was dead wrong. It had to do with New Orleans cemeteries. Twice, she noted that burials in New Orleans take place above ground because of flooding (this is a common fallacy, and it may be partially true, so I could have forgiven that) and she went on to say that all burials in New Orleans take place above ground. This is completely false. There are quite a few cemeteries in New Orleans that are almost 100% underground burials. At that point, I decided, since I know little about burials, that the author could be bamboozling me on some other points as well. So I gave up.
I am very happy to say, however, that I finished books for two separate challenges this week! I finished The Gathering towards the beginning of the week, which counts towards The Complete Man Booker Challenge. And then I read Wifey, for the Shelf Discovery challenge. I finally feel like I am making the tiniest bit of headway towards my current challenges!
I don’t know how much reading I’ll get done today, since all my household chores fell by the wayside the past two days as I read myself into a stupor, but I hope to start The Women, by TC Boyle, before the day is through. I hope everyone else has a wonderful Sunday!