Posted by: Sally Ingraham | April 28, 2010

A Gratuitous, Partially (Prematurely) Celebratory Update

Finished The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky on Monday.
Finished Life a User’s Manuel by Georges Perec this morning.
Hope to read the last 200 (or is it 300…??) pages of Sodom and Gomorrah by Marcel Proust before midnight on Friday, April 30th.

Total pages read this month: around 1,544

Reading plans for May – no books longer than 150 pages. Seriously. Except for Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan, our next non-structured group read, which is 464 (gasp! thought it was shorter…!) pages. Anyone care to suggest really excellent books they’ve read recently that are around 150 pages? 🙂

Am now kicking myself off the computer so that I can settle down (still very high on the Perec!) and finish S&G. Have fun reading tonight guys!

Previously: Reading for the Fun of It


  1. Hee. Check out my blog–I’m just finishing up a “15 books in 15 days” challenge, and you can bet I didn’t tackle anything particularly long! Vita Sackville-West’s Twelve Days in Persia, at a charming 76 pages, is a wonderful read. I also really liked The Newspaper of Claremont Street, well under 150 pages.

    • Ooo, good tip – I’ve been wanting to read something by Vita Sackville-West. I’ll check out your list asap. 🙂

  2. I recommend War and Peace: The Graphic Novel for you for May, Sarah!

    • Hahaha, thanks Richard. Sounds like a plan.

  3. Go Sarah! I am currently eyeing Cheerful Weather for the Wedding by Julia Strachey, Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster and Antwerp by Roberto Bolano – all comparatively tiny thank you very much. I also intend to read whatever trash appeals to me all month long!

    • I was thinking of reading the same Strachey book – I think we both own it as a Persephone edition? 🙂 First week in May is Persephone week if I’m remembering correctly, so maybe I’ll go with that to kick the month off. Also very much want to read more Bolano, so I’ll have to check the lengths of what’s available in translation at the moment. 🙂

  4. Michal Ajvaz’s The Other City is a great Czech novel that clocks in at 168 pages. Philippe Soupault’s Last Nights of Paris, which is absolutely excellent, is 175 pages of fast reading.

    I finished Perec last week but still can’t think of what to write.

    • Thanks for both suggestions! I’ll check ’em out. I’m curious to see what you think of the Perec – I have plenty of gushing to do, but don’t particularly know what to say about it either! We’ll see.

  5. […] I last posted an update about my expansive April reading plans, I claimed (I hoped!) that I had only 200 pages of S&G […]

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