I never told you what I read in May! Here it is. Library books are marked with asterisks.
Faceless Killers. Henning Mankell. Trans. Steven T. Murray.*
The Pyramid: The First Wallander Cases. Henning Mankell. Trans. Ebba Seberberg and Laurie Thomson.*
A Clash of Kings. George R. R. Martin
A Storm of Swords. George R. R. Martin
A Feast for Crows. George R. R. Martin
Diving into the Wreck: Poems 1971-1972. Adrienne Rich
The Reptile Room: A Series of Unfortunate Events Book #2. Lemony Snicket*
I really raced through the Game of Thrones books, but I've switched to the Kurt Wallander mysteries because that fifth book can just wait a while.
I read the first book this winter after a friend loaned it to Cody and I wound up reading it instead. It took me a while to feel involved with the story, but once I did I was pretty wrapped up in things. So much so that I woke up one night and thought Cody had brought Evelyn into bed and smothered her because he wanted a male heir and was trying to make her death look like an accident. After beating him awake and nearly throwing him out of bed, I realized Evelyn was in her own bed in her own room and Cody's arm had every reason to be underneath his body and wrapped in blankets.
After a minute or two I also realized that we didn't have a need for a male heir because girls can own titles and property now....even though we don't have either of those things, meaning I really, really have nothing to worry about.
Every time I tell this story Cody likes for me to remind people that he likes Evelyn, has always liked Evelyn, and would never do anything to hurt Evelyn. All things considered, his reaction to me physically lifting him up while trying to hurt him was pretty gentle too and it was really nice of him to give me A Storm of Swords as a Mother's Day present.
So I waited a while before delving back into Martin's Never-Ending Orgy of Sex and Violence and Stilted Dialogue, and then lost giant chunks of my life reading through the books in May. Until this:
Cody: Did you get to sleep late this morning?
Jen: Somewhat. I had a hard time falling asleep last night.
Jen: I was completely awake. Like, completely wired. Then I fell asleep and woke up a few times, but it was okay. Then I woke up at 7 because I was having a Game of Thrones nightmare. A bunch of us were in this place as captives or guests, and we did something to make somebody mad, so we were going to have to appear before someone in the morning but it just meant we were going to be executed, or tortured and then executed. Anyway, we were going to try to escape because a wolf showed up.
Jen: It was a really big wolf. It had something to do with...nevermind. Anyway, there were people with the wolf and they were going to help us. So we're trying to get our stuff together and I'm trying to pack enough diapers and wipes for Evelyn and cold weather clothes as I'm changing her and there's not enough time and THEN I find out that the Red Priestess--she's a bad guy and I think she wants to take Evelyn as a sacrifice--has been posing as this nurse type woman the whole time and she's there
Cody: [takes a breath as if to say something. Stops]
Jen: and I'm trying to act like I don't know and I'm having to make that stupid small talk I have with everyone "Yes, ma'am. She's great and we like her a lot!" and I want to run away and then she says "Give me the baby" and I try to run and hang on to the baby and she moves really fast to grab Evelyn and that's when I woke up because I knew she'd take my baby from me. Most of my nightmares are about failing to protect Evelyn, by the way. Or just letting her down somehow.
Cody: You know what at least part of this tells me?
Jen: That it's a really good thing I'm taking a break from Game of Thrones?
Jen: I know. If I saw the fifth book, I don't even think I'd pick it up at this point. I'm ready to read the Wallander series.
Cody: But that's depressing and it's all about crime.
Jen: I like how it's written.
Cody: It seems like you need to read a comedy or maybe one of those Jan Karon books or something.
Jen: [look of cold, contemptuous rage]
Cody: Do you know of her?
Jen: Do you even know me?!
Jen: Jan Karon?!??!?!?
Cody: My grandmother likes her. I know you don't read her. But something like--
Jen: I'm reading the Wallander series.
Cody: That's so depressing.
Jen: I like the writing and the characters.
Cody: [laughs at me while sighing]
Jen: Yes, there's violence and sometimes it's a little graphic. But it's not gratuitous and everything's well-paced and I like the structure of things.
So there you have it. George R. R. Martin is out (for the time being), Henning Mankell (and translators) are in, and Jan Karon will probably never ever make it into our home.
And, in case you're wondering, everyone is sleeping peacefully these days.