What are you reading? Anything special? Any particularly juicy summer reading?

Yay… a simple question. Not that I don’t like thinking, but the recent questions exploring what a “reader” is and what “reading” means to me… just a bit pressing on the brain. I read to enjoy, and I think if others want to aswell, good on you! I really don’t care about how you define yourself.

Anyway, onto the answer. For the first time in a long time, I’m reading multiple books! Here at the office also resides the BC Book Prizes… so there are shelves of past winners and nominees. I’ve got a book at the office for when it’s slower (and I’m not flicking between my personal screens and my work screens) and I’ve borrowed a book for at home.

Porcupine by Meg Tilly
I’m about halfway through this, and I really like the honesty of the narrative. It’s from the P.O.V. of twelve-year-old Jacqueline, or Jack as she prefers, in the wake of their father’s death in Afghanistan. She watches as her mother crumbles, they lose their furniture, the heating and light, bills go unpaid, and eventually they are uprooted to go live with their great-grandmother in Alberta. The POV makes it a little bit scattered in plot and direction because Jack is limited in what she sees, so are we.

The Alchemist’s Dream by John Wilson
Also halfway through this one as well. It’s a bit slower, but the arrangement of the book is really good: It starts at the end, and then flashes back to the beginning. By the middle of the book, we are brought into the second half of the story, adventure and plot. I’m hoping it will come full circle by the time we reach the end. It is progressing well — it doesn’t feel like it is dragging at any point.