Yesterday I finished Giovanni's Room, by James Baldwin, and it was just as amazing as everyone said it would be. It's funny to me, reading moods. I've long admitted that I'm a fickle mood reader, and if it's not a book's "time" with me, then it's just not. I've started and stopped this book at least four times, and with it only being 160 pages, you'd think I'd just get on with it already. But reading a book when I'm not in the mood really isn't doing the book any favors. I'm glad I waited for this one to really grab me. I loved the language, the complexity of it, the atmosphere, the anguish and struggle. I loved it all. It was vivid.
Now I'm reading Lost on Planet China: One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation, by J. Maarten Troost. I love Troost. I've devoured The Sex Lives of Cannibals and Getting Stoned with Savages in the past. I've held off on this one, waiting for just the moment that I really need one of his books to engross me, and voila! That moment is here. I read the sample from Amazon yesterday and immediately downloaded it when I finished Giovanni's Room.
Finally, I have Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship, by Robert Kurson waiting on the TBR. This one is Heather's recommendation since it helped her de-slump, and I love what I've read so far. Non-fiction is so often a slump buster for me, so I'm looking forward to keeping the good times rolling with this.
What are you reading?