My true book confession for today is simple: I have been spending too much time the past week or so shopping for books and reading about books to actually do much reading. I’ve started my next book, Sebastian Barry’s On Canaan’s Side, which is another story of the Dunne family (see my posts about Annie Dunne from 2014), this one focusing on the youngest Dunne child, Lily, who leaves Ireland for America in the aftermath of the Irish War for Independence of 1919 – 1921. She lives a long life, and at the beginning of the novel we find Lily an old woman who has just lost her grandson, who she raised, in the most recent war the United States has found itself involved in. I’m enjoying it, of course, because Barry is an amazing writer, but I’m not getting sucked in quite yet. That usually happens eventually for me with this guy’s books so I’m not worried that it’s going to be a slog at all.
What have I been shopping for, you ask? Well, it’s the first full week of April, so of course there are new Kindle deals to sort through. And then last week Powell’s sent me a coupon for 30% off my purchase at their website. So there’s that. And then i was on amazon, trying to find all of the books from The Morning News Tournament of Books that piqued my interest during the competition in March. If you don’t know what The ToB is, and you enjoy off the cuff fake book awards competitions, then please check out this year’s brackets!