It’s good that I love short stories! Because, at the moment, I can’t concentrate on starting and finishing a good sized novel. I have too much going on and if I don’t take care, my 2013 reading life will mirror my non-existent 2012 reading life! A recap of my 2012 reading and blogging is best described as: abysmal, sub-standard, disappointing. If questioned, I will freely admit that I didn’t deserve the descriptors of reader and blogger. But that is all in the past and this will be the only time that I’ll address the bad year of 2012.
Dear reader, my sincere apologies for my prolonged absence from blogging and Kinna Reads. Thank you!
Shorts are not the whole story; I’ve also been reading novellas. I finished Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending in February. What to make of this Man Booker Prize winner? The short answer is I really liked it. The long answer remains: what to make of this Booker Prize winner? ‘Sense.. is my first encounter with Barnes, and although I tend to not read British male writers, I will add his backlist to my to-be-read lists. His treatment of memory in Sense is intriguing.
Here are the anthologies and collections that are keeping me company:
- Contemporary African Short Stories edited by Achebe and Innes
- The Ghost of Sani Abacha by Chuma Nwokolo
- Open Secrets by Alice Munro
- Sudden Fiction International: 60 Short Short Stories edited by Robert Shapiro and James Thomas.
Yeah, two of these books are from last year’s reading plans but who, who is talking about last year!
I heartily recommend The Ghost of Sani Abacha. I’m not done with the collection, but it’s that good and why wait.
You know how a writer is known to you, you’re familiar with their works but you’re surprised to realize that you’ve never actually read anything by them? One of those writers, for me, is Alice Munro. I’m set to remedy the situation.
So that’s my reading? What books are on your side table?