Friday, December 16, 2011

FridayReads and I sure miss breathing...

Stupid cold is still lingering! My doctor said my cough may last another eight weeks, which makes me want to cry. As does my wife, who keeps getting rattled out of bed by my hacking. It's sadness all around. Thankfully, I'm immersed in some good reads this week and I've got some heavy lazing-about in my future.

My FridayReads for this weekend is a collection of essays by Croatian author Dubravka Ugrešić, Thank You for Not Reading: Essays on Literary Trivia. It is marvelous. Published in 2000 (in English in 2003), it's funny, playful, sharp commentary on reading, readers, celebrity authors, and publishing. I learned about her via BookSlut, who featured her newest collection of essays, Karaoke Culture.  I'm also starting a new historical fiction novel, All the Flowers in Shanghai by Duncan Jepson, which looks promising (even though I'm not wild about the cover).

So, what are you reading this weekend?


  1. Have you ever used a Neti Pot? I swear by them now. They really help clear congestion. You can get them at any drugstore. There are videos all over YouTube on how to use them.
    That and that horrendous Vick's Vapor Rub is what works for me. Feel better.

  2. At least you have some good books to get you through. Feel better soon!

  3. My husband had a hacking cough that kept waking me up and I asked the pharmacist at Walgreens who recommended "Mucus Relief DM." Even though it's called "mucus relief" it's all about the coughing. It takes about 1/2 hour to work and then total silence. It's the best!

  4. @Ti: I *love* my neti pot -- it is the only way I can get to sleep at night! I hadn't thought to try Vicks, tho -- that's a good tip. I tried sucking a cough drop as I went to sleep but then I nearly choked to death, so....yeah.

    @Anna: Thank you!

    @Rhapsody: I'll look for it today -- it'll be such a relief not to give myself sore ribs from coughing!

  5. I am so sorry about your nasty cold. The only thing that works for me when I'm that bad is Nyquil -- but I have to admit it gives me the weirdest dreams! It does provide a great cough-free night's sleep though.

    Your books look lovely, by the way!

  6. I will be reading All the Flowers in Shanghai as well, and can't wait, though that cover is slightly off! This weekend I am hoping to get into the Christmas mood and read something for the holidays, followed by The Language of Flowers, which I heard was great. I hope that you have a wonderful reading weekend!

  7. my first post. just found your site a couple weeks ago. have been enjoying your engaging reviews. you are clearly well read but not pedantic. i love how your bubbly personality shows through each review.

  8. @Col: I was using Nyquil with mixed results and said so on Facebook; my grandmother, who has been a physician's assistant for a million years, gave me a scolding about how deadly it is. I don't know how how true that is, but my FB friends found it hilarious, and I'm not sure I'm ready to defy Gramma just yet! ;)

    @Heather (Zibilee): I just hate that kitschy look for foreign novels even though the cover itself is really lovely -- I adore the textured paper and embossing. I had some Xmas themed reads on my list but decided not to torture myself -- I'm moving slow these days. Can't wait to see what you think of The Language of Flowers!

    @Blodeuedd: Thanks -- you too!

    @Heather: Thank you so much for your kind words! I appreciate your commenting. I want my reviews to sound the way I talk about books, which is usually super opinionated and pretty passionate. But mostly, I do want to come off friendly and not pedantic -- so whew! Looking forward to chatting more about books with you!

  9. Thank You for Not Reading looks like it's great! I really want to find myself a copy and curl up with it by the fireplace..

    I hope you start feeling better soon! There is nothing worse than being stuck with something you can't seem to get rid of.

  10. Hope u feel better soon; so man people are sick it seems.