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I hope your arm heals well.
Yay for research papers on obscure poems.
I'm reading The Bone Collector right now and will be moving the The Coffin Dancer next.
I've read very little this week as I've spent nearly all my free time watching Veronica Mars on DVD. I'd heard of it and the fact that most of it was filmed in San Diego County but wasn't sure it was my cuppa tea - now I find myself addicted.
At the end of one episode, my husband said he thought he might actually have seen them taping as he had accidently come across a scene walking somewhere and didn't really know what it was until we watched the episode.
>11 bardsfingertips: - Good review! I wasn't even aware it was a series, but then again, I only saw the movie.
>10 mynenni: - I never saw them taping, but supposedly they were at UCSD the last year I was there. When a tragedy happened at the Coronado bridge, I felt an "I told you that bridge was nothing but bad news" coming on.
I'm in the middle of It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life With Less Stuff and just started Midwives: a novel. The former is to help me deal with the clutter; I'm not a hard-core hoarder, but I have a hard time parting with certain things - especially books. The latter is for my discussion group, meeting tonight (always the procrastinator I am).
I'm still not reading much thanks to Veronica Mars. :) I should be done with the whole series in another week.
Darn that church scene to heck!
I'm about 200 pages into Moby Dick. I survived the church scene near the beginning (for one, Job annoys me); the sailing details aren't exactly my cuppa either. Zelig wasn't missing out on much IMO.
Anyway, a great novel about the drug culture and self-identity...but, very depressing.
Now I am reading a book I am borrowing from my gf's friend, High Stakes by Dick Frances.
It's a wonderful out-of-the-bag book to start with and I am finding it to be extremely interesting and informative.
Catherine the Great; a Short History, by Isabel de Madariaga is next.
Ah, the intrigue of it all.
Right now, I'm re-reading Bonds of Vengeance by David B. Coe so that I can remember enough to move on to the next one, Shapers of Darkness.
Having begun Enrique's Journey I must say that reading it in bits is going to help me finish it. Horrifying what these kids do in order to reconnect with their parents. If I were reading it straight through I suspect it would be harder to finish it without taking breaks from it.
Now, I am reading Tom Robbins' Jitterbug Perfume, which I am highly anticipating considering how much I LOVED Even Cowgirls Get The Blues.
started Legerdemain last night, a different style for me -- Cold War/Espionage nonfiction history? ...but it's a smooth, enjoyable read so far...
I'm having a little rut of bad books (or at least ones I don't enjoy). I finished Confederacy of Dunces and am trying to get through Madame Bovary and Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim, all of which I expected to like but didn't. So I'm trying to make up for that by reading The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.
Even Cowgirls get the Blues was just full of such musings by Robbins. Nevertheless, towards the last 50 or so pages, it all hit full-force in total Robbins style.
Now, for my next book, I am travelling up the same vein of plot device (that being perfume) and reading Perfume: The story of a murderer. I am one of the few people who really enjoyed the movie and found the book as soon as I watched it.
Being the avid readers that we all are, is anyone going to attend David Sedaris next week?
I started The Sweet Far Thing but couldn't finish before it came due at the library (to be continued...).
Pope Joan was for my local book club. I was the only one of 12-15 participants who didn't think it was fantastic, and I felt like I was burned at the stake for it. IMO it was aesthetically mediocre, and I'm going to call a spade a spade regardless of whether it agrees with my political sensibilities.
I'm sipping slowly Three Cups of Tea, which is my reading group's July selection (I don't want to finish too long before the discussion).
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex was interesting enough for me to nudge whomever was nearest and share a tidbit.
I've been on a music kick lately. I skimmed a half dozen books on flute and read two others: The Flute Book and How to Love Your Flute (the latter has a peculiar new age bent). And then there's Jazz 101 (I know next to nothing about jazz and hope to remedy that).
In the past 2½ weeks, I read three books relating to Jane Austen: Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, The Jane Austen Book Club, and The Friendly Jane Austen; the first is a historical fiction/time travel, the second is a novel set in the present, and the third is non-fiction. Currently, I'm reading Austen's own Northanger Abbey. I have a little tradition stretching back more than 20 years to read at least two Austen novels a year, so this is my first of 2008.
Did you watch Masterpiece Theater this winter on PBS? They spent every Sunday night playing movies of all the 6 books, some of which took 2 or 3 nights. I taped all the ones I didn't already have. Such fun. I re-read Sense and Sensibility this year so far.
I'm also working my way through Shapers of Darkness by David B. Coe, Paladin by C.J. Cherryh, and a re-read of The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Kay.
63 > I'm not far enough into it to say. My SO thought it was quite good, but we haven't discussed it yet; I'll have to ask if the style changes along the way.
I was sidetracked into reading Pride and Promiscuity yesterday, which was a bit dull. I'm a third through Northanger Abbey and now have Dirda's Book by Book going as well (it's slim though). Pity I have trouble sticking to one or two at a time.
I'm starting Red Seas under Red Skies, I enjoyed The Lies of Locke Lamora so hopefully this will be entertaining.
I've also got Roddy Doyle's Paula Spencer on the TBR shelf. I've enjoyed just about anything he's put to paper so I have high hopes for that one also.
After that it will probably be local boy Raymond Feist's Wrath of a Mad God and then I think re-reading S. M. Stirling's The Protector's War and Meeting at Corvalis.
Sounds like a busy Thursday to me. ;-)
Today's mail brought The Insanity Trial; The Case or Mary Todd Lincoln by Mark E. Neely, Jr. and R. Gerald McMurtry.
I also received today Inside Lincoln's White House; The Complete Civil War Diary of John Hay edited by Michael Burlington and John R. Turner Ettlinger.
I have set Zinn's book aside to read today's arrivals.
-Amsterdam: I'm a huge fan of McEwan, but this wasn't a masterpiece, even though it did win the Booker....not my top pick by him.
-Marley and Me: I'm a dog lover and I just thought this was so-so
-Twilight: yes. I read this. I quite enjoyed it actually! It wasn't on par with Anne Rice, but I can see why it appeals to the tween subset. It was quite the pageturner.
-Portnoy's Complaint: meh. I'm not a fan of Roth, but I keep trying, since it seems like everyone else is.
-Loose Girl: Early reviewer book...compelling, but not quite what it's advertised to be.
-Talented Mr. Ripley: Loved it!! This was one book that was adapted to film quite well, so as I was reading, I was regretting having already seen the movie.
-Black Wave: Another ER book. Not so good.
-I am legend: I'd seen the movie prior to reading the book, and I was surprised with the evolution of the real story...the movie has absolutely nothing to do with the book except for the title and the idea of the "last man on earth." I actually preferred the movie in this matchup...I didn't love the book.
Now I'm reading Age of Innocence (should be done tomorrow), followed by Samurai's Garden.
I heard not-that-great things about Snuff, though...
I'm currently midway through The English American.
I haven't made any progress on Three Cups of Tea, although I need to restart soon because my deadline is in a week.
Books finished in the last week were The English American, Wicked Lovely, and Pride and Prescience - all decent but disappointing.
I wish I could say I finished Three Cups of Tea, but I only made it 160 pages or so before my reading group meeting. I started so early but then I procrastinated because I didn't want to finish too soon only to be caught off-guard with a crazy few days at the end with almost no reading time. Ach. I'll finish this weekend. Next month is Marley and Me.
Besides TCoT, I'm currently reading Sexy Origins and Intimate Things. It's highly entertaining, though somehow I doubt this is the sort of trivia book that would help one on Jeopardy! - pity. *g*
#86 - You'll love Marley and Me, but keep the kleenex nearby. Quick read, but I wouldn't have chosen it for a book club -- not much substance to discuss.
You can read my review...but I should state I was not very nice.
James is a bit of a jerk in book form; but I am really enjoying Fleming's style of wit & writing.
He has another book, more g-rated, called Extraordinary origins of everyday things. It has the best explination of where Easter comes from than any other book i have read before. (So it is known: I am such a trivia freak. It used to be much worse when I was a nerdy teen---and preteen. Then I discovered the horror genre & literature and I am less rabid about it now. Nevertheless, I will still buy a new Bathroom Reader whenever I see one I do not already have; assuming it is on sale, that is.)
Then I started the second edition of Eugene V. Debs; Citizen and Socialist by Nick Salvatore when my July Early Review book, Sweetsmoke by David Fuller arrived yesterday, so I set aside the Debs book and am a third of the way through Sweetsmoke.
In the last week, I finished Austenland, Interred with Their Bones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Watcher's Guide and Breaking Dawn. All three were decent but unremarkable. It turns out that Interred started at the Globe but ended up on a wild goose chase à la Da Vinci Code; occasionally the intertwining of action and explanation got clunky, but it wasn't bad for a first novel. Austenland was more engaging than the average chick lit, so I was pleased there.
Breaking Dawn was the weakest installment in the Twilight series - I've been addicted despite Bella's dullness.
Ongoing are Inside Music, The Perfect Wrong Note, and Edith Hamilton's The Roman Way. I think I'll start Bel Canto soon. Seeing the announcements at the B&N around the corner for Ann Patchett's signing reminded me that BC has sat on my shelf unread for a year now.
Right now, I am reading Fast Food Nation, which is a good, eye-opening read so far. I may never eat at McDonald's again…too bad I like Carl's Jr. so much.
I've also been reading Buffy the Vampire Slayer: the watcher's guide, volume 2 and Angel: the casefiles, volume 1 between watching episodes, which explains why I haven't been reading much.
I haven't started Marley and Me yet but need to finish by Friday.
What a great book! In spite of its facts and figures, also a flowing read. These are not scare tactics, these are pages dedicated to change. And not just the get-off-fast-food change, but change within workers' rights and the quality of food we eat, and the food served to children in School Lunch programs; of which I have been a part of...and to think, my government fed me that stuff because it was sold as being cheaper than healthier alternatives.
This might be a life changing book for you...it certainly has changed my outlook on many things.
Now, I am caught in between books and my dedication to them...
With that in mind, for a quick read I am going to read Lullaby
In the end, the whole story comes full circle and it all makes sense. I still love the book Fight Club, and I love it much more than I will ever love Lullaby...but I did enjoy it, and it was a fast read.
Just for kicks, I decided to reread The Lord of the Rings. I enjoyed it so much when I read it before, that I feel like (now that my sleeping trouble has been all but cured) that reading it now will only get better as I get older.
I brought with me a couple Rex Stout paperbacks and a P. D. James, but instead I've been raiding the in-laws' bookshelves. I started with Deja Dead, then moved onto Death du Jour (both by Kathy Reichs, and now that I've had my fill of decomposing corpses and serial killers, I'm reading Elements of Style by Wendy Wasserstein, which is set in post-9/11 New York high society.
Here's the link: http://us.penguingroup.com/static/html/readingguides/title.html
Enjoy, and tell me what you think.
my reading now is all text book, text book, text book, I'm afraid... (actually, I enjoy it, and kinda feel guilty for not wanting any fiction on the night stand)...
#113 - hi babe. I love you. :)
I'm at various stages of reading The Rest Falls Away (vampires in Regency England), The 19th Wife, Raising a Bilingual Child, and The Silent Speaker (a Nero Wolfe mystery currently misplaced).
I'm still reading vampire fluff. I'll get back to The 19th Wife once it's out of my system.
Yesterday and today I read more from The 19th Wife and started Cover Her Face, the first P. D. James novel.
I've been reading as much as I can about the author in order to grasp more of the details of his conplicated life and work.
So far I have read, Proust in Love by William C. Carter, How Proust Can Change Your Life by Allain de Botton, currently reading Proust's Way; A Field Guide to In Search of Lost Time by Roger Shattuck and have ordered Marcel Proust; A Biography by George D. Painter
Any suggestions from anyone as to books to read beforehand or tips of any nature?
One of the things that holds me back from doing so is that most editions I've come across have rather dense print. I do not mind when print is small, but I do like spaces between the lines.
I would love to read Proust; after all, I believe that I involve myself greatly in involuntary memory---it would be nice to read what sparked that interest in psychology circles.
Speaking of long novels, I am still reading The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I am on the third volume of the series, The Waste Lands. I plan on reading all seven all the way through.
I started The Fight for English: How Language Pundits, Ate, Shot, and Left and A Certain Slant of Light (YA ghost story).
I learned a bit from it...and I posted a small review.
I finished The Fight for English, A Certain Slant of Light (YA ghost story), Darcy's Story, and Enduring Love (interesting in a freaky way but not among McEwan's best).
I'm currently reading Shelf Life (a memoir of a novelist turned bookstore employee), The Bilingual Edge, and Gaiman's latest, The Graveyard Book (YA).
Gosh this book is looooong! But I just have 100 pages left! Nevertheless, once the romance is figured out by others and the threats become more real, the story get much better.
But, yes, i agree with you.
I think I am going to give it 3.5 stars.
Happy New Year to all!
I just finished reading Still Alice by Lisa Genova, a heartbreaking story of a Harvard psychology professor and linguistics expert who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers Disease. This was an eye-opening book of particular interest to me because I believe my husband is exhibiting some of the signs of dementia, although he hasn't been officially diagnosed yet. The book is written from the perspective of Alice, the sufferer, and gave me lots of insight into feelings my husband may be going through.
I've never posted here before; I live an hour-and-a-half north of you fine folks. I much prefer S.D. to L.A. And your founder is a real cool cat!
I'm reading Kenelm Chillingly by Edward Bulwer-Lytton at the moment. Don't know what it's all about yet, other than this kid - Kenelm Chillingly - is a bit precocious and I'm betting possesed with metaphysical powers.
But, I shall be posting here more.
For one, I finished Broken Angels. Great series thus far, but the first book was better.
Right now, I am tackling a bunch of stuff... I am reading Angels and Demons so I can give it back. It's actually good light reading to do before you go to bed...less stuff to think about. I am also re-reading Stranger in a Strange Land, but the original, uncut version. I loved this book then, and I am loving it even more now. I've also decided to add Children of Dune to the mix.
So...that's all for now... I am back to public transportation to work, so I'll get much more reading done (assuming I get enough sleep).
Started Catfish and Mandala about a man returning to Viet Nam; given our large Vietnamese population, wonder if it's been a city reading choice? it's good so far...
Now... I am dedicated to Children of Dune. So far, I am enjoying it more than Dune Messiah.
I should be starting The Prisoner of Azkaban soon, but I may take a short hiatus between the two books.
I read multiple non-fiction works simultaneously. Currently up: Larry Tye's Satchel, about the great pitcher and personality, who turns out to have been a very canny man who deliberately crafted his image to negotiate the Jim Crow South & The Annotated Archy and Mehitabel, which puts the philosophically-oriented ramblings of the vers-libre cockroach into the contexts of the original New York Sun newspaper columns by Don Marquis, with editorial annotations. Neat.
The first book was particularly powerful, in my opinion, and left a lasting impression on me.
Also re-reading The Legacy of Persia, a book that inflamed my imagination when I was in my mid-teens, and inspired a life-long interest in the culture of Iran. As dated as it is (it's very big on the concept of national character), it is still a delightful read. Iran/Persia is one of those countries that seems to inspire passionate devotion in its visitors.
It is quite good.
Right now, I am reading a few books. One is Molloy by Mister Beckett (so far so good, and not as difficult as I thought it would be). I am reading The goblet of fire, thought I would never enjoy that series as much as I am. And, from the suggestion of a new friend, I am reading Journey To Ixtlan. I was told I would appreciate the works of Tom Robbins much more if I were to take that route.
I tried to listen to Stardust on audio CD (read by Neil himself), but I just couldn't do it. Audiobooks and I just don't get along - I miss my exits driving, and I don't retain much. I am tempted to read along while I listen at home, at least for a couple chapters.
In 1936 a Jewish immigrant family, desperate to escape Nazi Germany, settles in a small town in upstate New York, where the father finds work as cemetery caretaker and gravedigger, a demeaning job for a former school teacher. After many years of prejudice and abuse, the daughter Rebecca begins a new life, reinventing herself as Hazel Jones and raising a child with exceptional musical talent.
The storyline in this book reminded me of Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser in that both Carrie and Rebecca suppress the secrets of their pasts and do what is necessary for survival. Strong characters and many emotional and painful themes.
Anyway, I just finished a great little nonfiction called The Purity Myth. I should write a review/essay for it within the next few days...
I am now reading 'Salem's Lot. I am still on The Broom of the System, which is quite good. I need to start a book I borrowed from a friend called A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. Oh, and I started to reread It before bed. Books have never frightened me, so I am safe ;-)
I am trying to read a book of mine called Sick: anthology of illness, but short story collections have always just taken me a lot longer. Less goal fulfillment, mayhaps....
Thanks for posting, friends!
And I am about halfway through Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King (I'm on a kick, I know...)
This novel brings to life the momentous events that shaped New York from the city’s founding to present day - - the Revolutionary War, the explosion and effect of immigration, the trials of World War II, the near-demise of New York in the 1970s, and its rebirth in the ‘90s. It tells the story of several fictional families and their descendants by weaving them in and out of historical situations, having them interact not only with each other, but also with significant historical figures.
never sure why I can't get all the titles right...
Poor Syd. :-(
I finished ANGELOLOGY on CD and enjoyed it. No way I could read that book. Too many details and meanderings.
What next? I'm in the sweet spot: time to choose a new book from the vastness.
That said, I just finished Chuck Klosterman's IV: A Decade of Curious People... and found it as hilarious and thought-provoking as he usually is, and am almost finished with Jennifer Egan's Visit From the Goon Squad...
I'm reading The Black Corridor by Michael Moorcock and loving it. It's post-apocalyptic fiction from a decidedly lonely perspective.
Also reading Joseph Frank's Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time ... enlightening ... an education ... excellent!
Back in October my favorite read was Willa Cather's My Antonia. Surprisingly, I'd never read it before. It also became a favorite book.
Stupid (but really good) book for being so long...
I haven't had much time for anything else this week between researching and writing. And to think Eliza Cook warned of the dangers of spending too much time with one's nose in a book.
If you enjoy adventure stories, you'll probably enjoy this book. It's probably going to be one of my picks for 2011.
the Gangster we are all Looking for by Le Thi Diem Thuy, a Vietnamese woman who ended up here in San Diego. When only a child, she was one of the "boat people" rescued by the Navy. Seeing San Diego as she experienced it is really fascinating.
Wasn't this book that PBS named this as THE book to read this year?
(edited for my lousy spelling)
The Gangster We Are All Looking For by Le Thi Diem Thuy is currently the One Book selection of the San Diego Public Library. Looks really interesting.
Still making my way through Anna Karenina. At 817 pages, this is the longest book I've ever read. After this, reading a 300-pager will feel like nothing!
I'm re-reading the first 3 Percy Jackson books so I can finally read the last two. I waited for the 5th to come out in paperback so I had all matching books, and so didn't read #4 until I got the physical copy of number 5, and then realized it had been long enough that I would need to reread the first ones--and now finally have carved out the time. Just starting The Sea of Monsters.
It's an entertaining, anecdotal, if not completely factual, look at the history of the English language in the United States and the evolution of American culture. Bryson’s wry wit kept me chuckling throughout the book.
I read in the back matter that it was voted one of the top ten American books for children of the last 200 years by Children's Literature Association. I went to their site but I couldn't locate the list. I wonder what else is on that list?
Of course Island of the Blue Dolphins has a San Diego connection since Scott O'Dell lived in Julian, CA. It also has a Santa Barbara connection where I bought by copy in a used bookstore -- a signed first printing in a dust jacket. This is one of the enduring Newbery award winners.
Here's one brief version of the list to which you refer: http://home.comcast.net/~dwtaylor1/childrensliteleven.html
Perfect reading weather right now!
Glenda: Doesn't Daniel Silva have a main protag who recovers stolen art or some such? His books are very popular, but I haven't read him. Yet.
I was reading The Last Werewolf quite happily for about 10 chapters, but the sentence structure started bugging me. At first I felt transported by it, but then after about 50 pages I felt annoyed by it. However, I do have it coming on CD soon so that way I can finish it off. I just hope the reader has a deep, smokey voice fitting of a 200 YO werewolf.
I see a mere 11 days ago I was reading Name of the Rose, which I quickly set aside for The Last Werewolf. Shameless hussy. :-P
Just finished Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston. "Honey I shrunk the grad students!" is a good alternate title. Typical mainstream formulaic fiction and not nearly as good as The Andromeda Strain. Sad that Crichton's gone, though.
On a whim, I picked up A Discovery of Witches and I'm reading that at every spare moment. Really enjoying it. I categorize it along with a few other literary paranormal reads such as Angelology and The Historian.
Cold and rainy today, which I find perfect for lounging under the covers and reading. But I have homework to do.
It's a fascinating look at the newspaper and magazine publishing magnate and one of the most important figures in 20th Century America. Although he ran for political office and never won, he was a huge influence on American politics.
The book is over 600 pages, but the storytelling ability of the author, combined with his access to newspaper editorials and correspondence, results in an amazing and informative read. Makes me want to go back and revisit Hearst Castle at San Simeon.
The book includes extensive notes and index.
Winner of the Ambassador Book Award
Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Prize
Winner of the Bancroft Prize
Although not particularly well written, it’s an interesting story with lots of details about Tibetan culture.
It's an ALA Notable Book and on the list of National Geographic's 100 Greatest Adventure books
I don't think the device is as conducive to reading as I'd hoped it would be, but it is great for reading in bed. I don't have to worry about lighting or the weight of the book. It's perfect for reading in bed.
Anyone else want to chime in on what they're noticing about their ereader and its impact on reading habits?
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