I am about 2/3 into White Teeth which is so far a fine book but I felt I needed a break from it and re-read The Razor's Edge by one of my great favorites, Somerset Maugham. I just love this book so much and absolutely love his ironic style. Isabel Maturin sort of reminds me of Fitzgerald's Daisy Buchanan but of course, there is no Great Gatsby, quite the opposite, in fact. Few writers please me as much Maugham. It would have been something to know him in person.
Then I went back to White Teeth, read a few pages and decided I finally need to read Dickens' Bleak House. Wyliefan would be proud of me.
Beach vacation is coming up and I always read JCO in the summer so I am bringing The Gravedigger's Daughter, Maugham's The Painted Veil and may be some short stories by each of them.