So far, so good. I have done my fair share of reading and writing every night before bed, every night for the past eight days except for last night, when I passed out earlier than expected after taking some over-the-counter cold medicine...oops! Again, that's the beauty of the 21 day challenge, as I woke up without feeling guilty, although I was still a bit groggy and hit the snooze button no less than four times.
Here's a sampling of what I have read in the past week, or am currently reading:
Actually, the edition of Ahearn's Collected Books I have been reading and inspecting has been the updated 4th Edition, which I received in the mail just this week after some brief delays in the publishing process. Expect a review of what the updated edition has for booksellers in a future post.
Overall, my movie/television watching habits over the past week have been significantly reduced (but not eliminated) with a little bit of the US Open last weekend (although after playing 27 holes on Sunday I really only saw McIlroy commence his coronation on holes 16 through 18) and finishing up the "Treme" series, which instantly became one of my favorites of all-time, and is highly recommended for any fans of funk/jazz/zydeco music or New Orleans in general. Although I was not crazy about Steve Zahn's contribution to the soundtrack, his role on the show is terrific. I'm excited to see what Season Two has in store when it is released on DVD, as I don't get HBO.
159 pages into July, July, I have thoroughly enjoyed being reintroduced to Tim O'Brien, after devouring his novels during my senior year of high school in 1998. The way he can transpose a hallucination from the Vietnam War with a Rod Carew reference or humorous personal anecdote from the arsenal of one of his many well-developed characters is fascinating, both as a reader and a writer. I also promise to take a look at Tim O'Brien from the perspective of a bookseller and collector before the month is over. Having just nine titles to his name to this point makes him one of the more manageable authors to collect, and I have no doubt the bulk of his oeuvre will be canonized as some of the highlights of 20th and 21st Century Literature in due time.