The glorious plan was to run through my thoughts on my vacation reading right here on clerkmanifesto. So I let my vacation end, set down to work, and, like so many things, it was way harder than it looked!
But I'm no quitter!
Well, I mean, I am sometimes, and sometimes I'm not. Quitting is the appropriate response to so many things in life. Like, say you're a smoker. Smoking is bad for you. Exclaiming "I'm no quitter!" doesn't really offer much to anyone and might not be the personality statement you thought it was.
So I am a quitter. But sometimes I'm not. It just depends. And, as far as it goes with running through the account of my vacation reading I AM NOT A QUITTER!
I mean, not yet.
Here are the next two books on my list:
Encore Provence by Peter Mayle
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
Encore Provence was just the kind of cozy book I assumed I'd read on vacation. It unchallengingly tells of the author's continuing adventures of living in Provence as an English transplant. I started it. It seemed pleasant enough and I am pretty sure I had read it in the past at some point. But I was at a bookstore in Duluth and stumbled on some meaty Pulitzer Prize winner about a scribe/book collector during the time of Renaissance Italy who managed to find an old bit of Roman Poetry that went on to rock the world. It was called The Swerve: How the World Became Modern. This is usually the kind of thing I drag home thinking I'll read, but don't.
But then I bought it and took it to the hotel room and read it!
You're probably thinking it must have been great.
Well, I wanted it to be.
It was interesting. I learned some things about Epicurus and Pope Culture and manuscripts in the middle ages.
But mostly I was just really keen to impress everyone when I came back here to report on what I'd read during vacation.