I dedicated the June edition of The Floating Library to a single book, Reticence by Jean Philippe Toussaint, one of my favorite authors, which I read in its entirety while getting tattooed by Rob Benavides at Flying Panther Tattoo in San Diego's Golden Hill. It was the fourth and final session of a large piece. I also read books during the other three sessions, but not cover to cover. Here's the breakdown:
First Session: Monsieur Monde Vanishes by Georges Simenon. Crude story of a desperate businessman and cheap hookers went well with the outline work. Novel not as good and pain not as bad as I thought they would be.
Second Session: Norwood by Charles Portis. Hilarious debut novel by the author of True Grit. A southern picaresque that had me laughing out loud, which I used to disguise the intense pain I was in. Great shambling ghost did that hurt.
Third Session: The Verificationist by Donald Antrim. Absurd postmodernism/hysterical realism not the best bedfellow for relentless needle jabbing. Nor is it the easiest story to follow under those conditions, but I certainly empathized with the protagonist during his extensive out-of-body experience.
Fourth (and final) Session: Read the review.