That’s right. It’s book club doubleheader day in my world. Lunchtime meeting downtown at the KVML to discuss Vonnegut’s Sirens of Titan, then after work meeting with The Indy Reading Coalition (MY book club) to discuss Alex Flinn’s Beastly. How crazy is it that both my clubs meet the same day? My book club always meets on the fourth Thursday of the month and the KVML Book Club always meets the LAST Thursday of the month. Yes, of course, that is usually the same day…

Oh well, I guess I shouldn’t complain, but it does leave me running around all over town today. Unless maybe I just took the afternoon off. Hmmm…

I’ll try to throw a couple posts up about these two books in the near future. I have to say that Sirens was probably my least favorite Vonnegut read thus far, but maybe my fellow readers will enlighten me to the point of greater appreciation at our meeting today.

“Progress” Report

I finished my eighth “Civil War Book” of the year yesterday morning. I’ll post more about it later, but Killer Angels by Michael Shaara was quite good – blend of fiction and facts that tells the tale of the Battle of Gettysburg. My only concern is that, further down the road, I may have trouble distinguishing fact from fiction when remembering things about this battle (i.e. “did Lee really say that, or was that just a line from Killer Angels?, etc.).

I almost feel like I’ve spent the past few days in southeastern Pennsylvania, though, and some things from this book even invaded my dreams. I can’t say that I’m surprised it was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

What’s up next? Well, I’ve already read my book club’s August book (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) earlier this year and, though I’ll review it before my meeting, I won’t need to spend too much time on it. I’m on schedule for my P:CW reading, so I pretty much have the rest of August to “read whatever I want.” I may re-read Shakespeare’s The Tempest and participate in Allie’s read-along, as I think I have a few things I’d like to write about that play and my history with it. And, I feel like I may go on a kick of reading Kurt Vonnegut. I mentioned Slapstick in an earlier post, but I also bought Sirens of Titan yesterday, which I’ve always wanted to read, and I downloaded Breakfast of Champions to my nook last week. One good thing about Vonnegut’s books is that they’re generally shorter than most that I read, so why not knock out two or three of them by the end of the month?

What about you? Have you read any Vonnegut? Do you have any recommendations?

Well, sadly, my morning at the coffee shop is ending and I guess I’d better report to work on time. (damn rat race…) >