Earlier this month I asked her what she was reading. Her reply:
I have a confession to make: these days I mostly listen to audiobooks. Because I have a long commute to work and a dog who needs running, this means I get a lot of reading in. 37 books so far this year, including David Foster Wallace’s mammoth opus Infinite Jest, which I had to read with a study guide (but mostly loved and, when I did not love, admired). I also like to listen to books while knitting and with a glass of wine – no hand to hold the book, you see? Besides, it’s always so nice to be read to. I’m Audible.com’s best customer and I highly recommend a membership.Visit Melissa Hardy's website.
I have just finished J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s not going to win any great literary acclaim, but it was a well-drawn and well-observed comedy of manners and moved along at a good clip. Her ability to create a complete world – so wonderfully manifested in Hogwarts - served her well in her first adult novel and her characters were well drawn and as complex as they needed to be to move the story along. Her embrace of the grotesque survived the Harry Potter series; I particularly loved her description of Howard’s belly.
I’ve just started Helen Schulman’s This Beautiful Life (so far, good) and have queued up on my ipod The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente, and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke.