I came home from the airport around 10:00 this morning, and I had to crash. After a good nap I'm consciously awake, instead of the consciously unawake state when I first got off the plane.
The state of "consciously unawake" is that zombie state where you're just barely functioning - able to get from point A to point B - but not really registering the world around you. In this "consciously unawake" you're likely to sign away your house, your car and your children without realising it.
I'm rambling. Okay, back to books.
Barely 12 hours back home, I went to the library - which makes me something of a nerd, I guess. Had to borrow my copy of Desolation Island and Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It. I wanted to finish the books ASAP.
I had a few more books I was interested in, but I've managed to limit it down to these:
- Wish I Was Here by Jackie Kay
A collection of short stories. There was a rather good review for it from The Guardian some time back. The unifying theme? Heartache. Loss. Loneliness. Love in its fierce and tender permutations.
- Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields
Like many people, I love To Kill the Mockingbird and I'm infinitely curious about the reclusive author. Yes, I'm a busybody. Been hearing about this biography on Harper Lee for a while now, and it was Jenclair's review that finally persuaded me to go get it.
- James Tiptree, Jr: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips
The biography of the engimatic speculative fiction writer, James Tiptree, Jr who turns out be be a woman. It has been heavily reviewed previously by the major presses, and it's been on my wishlist for a while. I guess deep down inside, we all want to find out what is it about the writer's life that makes them write the things they do. The paperback actually comes out later this year. I believe in May.