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Edited: Aug 27, 2011, 3:29pm Top

Oh dear, I never did this before, but it's time. From the home page I got this:

Born August 27

1871 Theodore Dreiser, author of Sister Carrie
1899 C. S. Forester, author of Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
1932 Antonia Fraser, author of Marie Antoinette: The Journey
1934 Ann Rinaldi, author of A Break with Charit…Salem Witch Trials
1959 Jeanette Winterson, author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

And most importantly my son, born 40 years ago today.

I'm listening to an audio book of The Lady and the Unicorn which has started out being Tracy Chevalier's worst, but maybe that's because she's trying very unsuccessfully to describe the sexual feelings of a 14 year old. It will get better, won't it? I've started Borderline and am finding Nevada Barr quite entertaining and informative with no stereotypical characters. Could I ask for more?

Aug 27, 2011, 3:39pm Top

Thanks, Citizenjoyce, for starting us out. I've always been intimidated by the displays other people have been able to put together, so it's nice to know I'm not the only one.

I'm working on Lewis Gibbon's Sunset song and The Inklings by Humphrey Carpenter.

Aug 27, 2011, 3:40pm Top

I just finished Logicomix and next on my read list is De duivelsbijbel by Richard Dübell.

Aug 27, 2011, 3:53pm Top

I've got a good start on Island of Shame by David Vine. This is about the US military takeover of Diego Garcia in the center of the Indian Ocean. I drove a Navy transport airplane there in the mid-70's and have been curious about it ever since.


Aug 27, 2011, 4:49pm Top

I am reading and loving Tolstoy and the Purple Chair, a combination of reading memoir and a reflection upon grief, so far. The author decided to read and review a book a day for a year. She has a blog about it, www.readallday.org, and there are photos of her reading in various locales. One feature the author bundled, sitting in a chair in the snow!! I can't wait to do the same once this cursed summer of record heat and drought end. Or should I say if?

Aug 27, 2011, 4:56pm Top

Read and review a book a day for a year? Lordamercy!

Aug 27, 2011, 5:45pm Top

Thanks Joyce for starting the thread. I am sitting awaiting Irene's arrival in central CT and a bit nervous about it. I wish anyone in LT who is affected by Irene to be safe and sound when its all over.

Aug 27, 2011, 5:52pm Top

Good job kicking things off Joyce! Much appreciated. I am deeply immersed in The Last Werewolf. Expect drum-beating on this one.

Aug 27, 2011, 6:07pm Top

You're welcome mom and msf. Just pretend there are pix to go with the names.

Edited: Aug 27, 2011, 6:09pm Top

You have my thanks, too, Joyce. I'm similarly skill-deficient, so you get extra credit from me.

As Mark knows, I'm another fan of The Last Werewolf.

The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer was very good. When I was a kid there was a "You Are There" history series, e.g. "You Are There at Appomattox!", and this reminded me of that - at a lot higher level of course. Life in the 14th century, when London had 40,000 people and England had half the population at the end that it did at the beginning. It covers all facets of how people lived and died, including what they did for fun, from jousting to the author's heartfelt appreciation of Chaucer.

In Plain Sight by C.J. Box was another good Joe Pickett mystery.

Next is Claude and Camille by Stephanie Covell and a YA title, Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus.

Aug 27, 2011, 6:46pm Top

Just beginning Amazing Disgrace, the sequel to the hilarious Cooking with Fernet Branca. Looking forward to it.

Aug 27, 2011, 7:13pm Top

Started Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda last night and found it totally captivating! I think I'll get through this one in very short order.

Aug 27, 2011, 7:59pm Top

Thanks for stating us off Joyce! I don't really have anything new to report as last week was pretty much a bust for reading so I am still reading Joyner's Dream by Sylvia Tyson. Looking forward to doing nothing but reading tomorrow!

Aug 27, 2011, 8:16pm Top

This weekend, as I prepare to return to seminary, my focus (packing aside) is on reading Homilies on Joshua by Origen. Somewhat meandering, but typologically rich thus far. Quite an interesting - though not unprecedented - take on the story of Rahab of Jericho.

Aug 27, 2011, 9:00pm Top

Good job Citizenjoyce!
I read the most charming and unusual short story collection this morning: Celestial Omnibus by E.M. Forster. It was reading serendipity - Michael Holroyd had mention this collection and one story, in particular, Story of a Panic. I realized I owned it and just meant to glance at it but became enthralled in the stories. Story of a Panic is especially riveting and eerie. If you enjoyed Turn of the Screw you might want to give this a whirl.

Aug 27, 2011, 9:03pm Top

I'm about 2/3 of the way through The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation. Great horse story with history mixed in.

Aug 27, 2011, 9:03pm Top

Thanks for starting off the new thread, Joyce! I'm not in the path of Irene, being on the Left Coast, but my sister is in NC (not far from Morehead City) and my daughter is in Boston, so I am intensely interested in what is happening over there. And worried. But so far all is well with them.

Started back on Dance of Death by Preston and Child, though I am finding it hard to endure the tension. I really like Lady Mescaline (I'm listening to an audio of it so am not sure of the spelling) and hate what is happening to her. Also, I'm finding it a bit much how Diogenes is always a number of steps ahead of Pendergast. It's just not ~ I was going to say "fair," but "realistic" is probably more what I mean.

Also started Arabella by Georgette Heyer and am very much enjoying it. I've only recently started reading Heyer and am amazed at how proficient she is at the craft. Great story ~ very reminiscent of the love story in P&P between Lizzy and Mr. Darcy, except a little more humor is involved. Love the heroine Arabella and the hero Mr. Beaumaris is just wonderful. Also Ulysses.

Aug 27, 2011, 9:12pm Top

Thanks Citizenjoyce! About halfway through The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Not a pleasant subject matter to be sure but it's very well written. To all my LT friends south of the border in Irene's path.....please stay safe. My thoughts are with you....

Edited: Aug 27, 2011, 9:24pm Top

Great job, Citizenjoyce. Thanks for getting us off to a great start!

In addition to the Hornblower series, C.S. Forester also wrote The African Queen, which is fun for fans of the movie. There are a lot of differences, but it's basically the same.

Right now I'm reading Night and Day by Virginia Woolf and loving it. I've loved just about all of her work I've ever read.

Aug 27, 2011, 9:37pm Top

I think in her more recent works she's just endlessly trying to compete with her first masterpieces. I sadly lost interest in her books a long time ago :/

Aug 27, 2011, 9:38pm Top

>18 NovaLee: Novalee

I read that when I was in college and I had a love/hate reaction to it. I appreciated the good writing but it was just too depressing :(

Aug 27, 2011, 11:11pm Top

Thanks Bookwoman and enaid and you're welcome Novalee, Storeetllr, lkernagh and jnwelch.
Now that Chevalier has abandoned 14 year old silliness and begun to talk about the actual creation of The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries the book has got much better. I'm also surprised to find how much I like Nevada Barr. Boring? I don't think so.

Edited: Aug 27, 2011, 11:22pm Top

18 & 21 I loved The Bluest Eye. It was depressing, but so vivid. She initially considered that a kids book. She said she had wanted that kind of book available when she was a kid. Which is sad, because it points out that Piccola's life can actually happen.

Joyce, thanks for starting us off and don't feel bad about no pictures. It makes the thread load faster. The secret to loading a picture is less than sign img src="photo's web url" greater than sign.

I'm 1/2 way through Neuromancer and am starting to get into it. It took me awhile to acclimatize, and the world at first seemed very neo-Noir which I've seen before.

Aug 27, 2011, 11:24pm Top

Thanks for starting the thread this week, Joyce. Also best wishes to your son on his birthday!

I am reading Blow Your House Down by Pat Barker, this is her second novel, originally published in 1984. Dealing with a serial killer who is targeting prostitutes, the story is told from the point of view of the women.

On the lighter side, I have also started The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall. Have heard lots of good comments about this YA book here on LT.

Aug 27, 2011, 11:33pm Top

I am reading Blow Your House Down by Pat Barker (#24)

Gotta love the timing!

Aug 27, 2011, 11:47pm Top

>24 DeltaQueen50: DeltaQueen50, we love The Penderwicks! We've read all three of them -- they're wonderful read alouds as well. Enjoy!

I am reading The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey. Now that school has started I'm in the car a lot more, so I'm back to audio books. Listening to Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. Current read aloud is Heidi -- we're about 1/2 way through, and we love it!

Aug 28, 2011, 3:59am Top

Citizenjoyce, I hope your son had a good day -- you, too, by the way.

I should finish reading Eleanor Farjeon's Edward Thomas: The Last Four Years by morning. It's been such a joy to read -- looking back on the lives of literary and artistic people in Englandm 1912-1917, most of them struggling to make a living, and about the way they encouraged one another through letters and occasional visits (when they could afford the money for the train or the time for a long walk). Farjeon, who had a bit more money than some, once sent the Thomas family a Christmas parcel. He wrote to thank her, telling of the children's delight in all the little treasures she sent them . . . and of he and his wife's gratitude for the thoughtful, practical gifts they received. He said, "You should have seen that parcel opened. The surprise of the five people concerned was as great as when all the animals in Eden had names given them, and the pleasure as great as that of the couples who were chosen for the Ark."

Next up: The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by Thad Carhart

Aug 28, 2011, 4:22am Top

I am halfway through Somewhere in the Darkness by Walter Dean Myers. I want to finish it today.

Edited: Aug 28, 2011, 9:02am Top

Oh! River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey looks great! I had never heard of it.

Molly ~ I really loved The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, I hope you do too. My sister found it a bit slow, but that was one of the very things I liked about it.

I finished Claude and Camille by Stephanie Cowell and popped up a quickie review. I liked it a lot - but it's rather easy going for history and such. But nothin' wrong with that.

Well, I got into my Fiction Writing class, so I have a LOT of work to do for it. So not going to get into anything until I get a handle on the work of the class (with the work of real work too). But the textbooks are actually excellent if any of you like reading about writing. They are: 1) Imaginative Writing, The Elements of the Craft by Janet Burroway and What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers by Anne Bernays. Interestingly, the class is teaching me how to be a better "reader" as well. I am starting to REALLY appreciate some of the craftsmanship that goes into so much of what I read and have read.

Sula is one of our novels to read. I really liked The Bluest Eye but I saw a way small theatre production of that book here in Chicago and THAT blew me away. It was easily one of the smallest plays I've seen and maybe the best. It was way more powerful in spoken/acted form.

Edited: Aug 28, 2011, 8:57am Top

#'s 24 and 26 I'm another fan of The Penderwicks. I'm a former bookseller, and always recommended it for girls age 8 - 12, and I got several customers who came back and thanked me. It reminds me so much of the books I read when I was that age - the kind of books that made me fall in love with reading.

AMQS, Those are some good books you have going there! A nice variety!

Aug 28, 2011, 9:33am Top

#26, 29 - I read River of Doubt and enjoyed it as an unrealized historical account of Roosevelt's tenacity. Can't remember now what rating I gave it, but it's a worthwhile read.

Aug 28, 2011, 10:17am Top

Finished 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs and started Thai Die by Monica Ferris.

Aug 28, 2011, 10:29am Top

I've finished and posted a review of Plague Zone. I'm now a few pages into Parasite Rex and I'm already loving it. :)

Aug 28, 2011, 1:28pm Top

This week I am reading Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva and I'm hoping to start into Summer Knight and Storm Front by Jim Butcher, plus a stack of The Gardener for the Prairies magazines. It will be a good week, I think :)

Aug 28, 2011, 2:44pm Top

This week I'm reading The Fugitive by Marcel Proust - one of the shorter volumes of In Search of Lost Time, and after that I'll be starting either Time Regained or The Feast of the Goat.

Aug 28, 2011, 2:54pm Top

>29 CarolynSchroeder:, 30, 31, The River of Doubt is a terrific read -- I stayed up late last night to finish it.

Aug 28, 2011, 5:25pm Top

I finished The Turn of the Screw even though I practically had to flog myself to get through it. The narrator was a thoroughly unlikeable character who referred to the children under her care as "the little wretches." I will not read more Henry James.

On the other hand, I am thoroughly enjoying And Quiet Flows the Don. It's been a long time since I last read it, and it's better than I remember.

Aug 28, 2011, 7:58pm Top

I finished "I Heard You Paint Houses": Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran and the Inside Story of the Mafia, the Teamsters, and the Last Ride of Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt. A fascinating, horrifying and extremely readable book. My review is on the book's work page and on my 50-Book Challenge thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/106335#2898388

Today I'll be starting Rules of the Wild by Francesca Marciano.

Aug 28, 2011, 8:11pm Top

Still reading Across Many Mountains and listening to Can You Forgive Her?.

Aug 28, 2011, 9:40pm Top

I'm also still reading Across Many Mountains my latest ER book. Enjoying it a lot. Altho that didn't stop me from hitting Borders today and coming home with another pile. That's a weird experience! Feels depressing walking around the dead store. Other part of me says yay for indies. Those big chains just have too much control over what is available for reading.

Aug 28, 2011, 9:46pm Top

This week I'm still enjoying The Coffins of Little Hope but because my library copy of The Janus Stone came in earlier than I expected, I couldn't resist starting it, too.

On audio, I'm almost done with Rob Lowe's Stories I Only Tell My Friends which has been very entertaining.

Edited: Aug 28, 2011, 10:11pm Top

Just started WIRED by Douglas E. Richards as a Member Giveaway. So far I'll rate this highly. Good mystery/action novel.

Aug 28, 2011, 10:55pm Top

I finished Borderline and liked it very much. I agree with benitastrnad and others that Nevada Barr makes you want to visit the national parks she writes about. A common theme among almost all the westerns is love of the land, and Barr even makes Texas seem lovable. Now I'm on to my last western for the month, True Grit. I'm sure I'll read it with the voice of that 14 year old actress ringing in my ears.

Aug 28, 2011, 11:15pm Top

I am enjoying Charlotte Gray by Sebastion Faulks.

Aug 29, 2011, 7:17am Top

Thanks for starting us off CitizenJoyce!

I'm still working my way through Truman. Started Moneyball and also working through The Odyssey on audiobook at the office.

Aug 29, 2011, 8:39am Top

I am reading the Ormsby translation/edition of Don Quixote. Unbelievably, I never read it and I'm shocked at both how funny and how perceptive it is. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it is, so far, a pleasant surprise. I was always told how difficult it is to read. I don't find that to be the case at all.

Aug 29, 2011, 9:24am Top

Finished Thai Die and started Blackwork by Monica Ferris. Typical cozy. Insubstantial.

Aug 29, 2011, 10:13am Top

I read Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda yesterday. Wonderful poems!

Aug 29, 2011, 10:18am Top

>jfetting I agree, that's a great collection of Neruda poems.

Aug 29, 2011, 10:20am Top

#47> I had sort of the same reaction when I read Don Quixote. I now list it as one of the three or four funniest books I've ever read.

Aug 29, 2011, 10:29am Top

Listening to BossyPants by Tina Fey - this is a hoot! Reading The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen. Both good reads so far!

Aug 29, 2011, 10:31am Top

I read nothing during the hurricane, except parts of Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America which made me far, far angrier than the storm did!!

Aug 29, 2011, 10:38am Top

Have had houseguests and haven't read much. #45, infogal, hope you like Charlotte Gray, which I haven't read. Birdsong bye Faulks is one of the books in my vacation pile (which happens after Labor Day.)

Aug 29, 2011, 10:38am Top

I'm currently listening to The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma and reading Q: A (Timeless) Love Story by Evan Mandery. I wish I'd known that Q involved time travel, I would have waited until I finished listening to The Map of Time to start it.

Aug 29, 2011, 11:03am Top

I just finished Stress? Find Your Balance and am getting ready to start The Soul's First Kiss and I am 2 chapters into Reboot Your Career:27 Ways to Reinvent Yourself in the Workplace. Reboot Your Career is pretty interesting so far and seems like it has some good tips on steps needed to get what you want, and I am super excited to read this "uber romantic" love story written by Gregory W. Isaacson, as well! All three of these were member giveaways.

Aug 29, 2011, 11:19am Top

50 - Aren't they all?!

How is everyone on the east coast of U.S. this morning?

Aug 29, 2011, 12:23pm Top

Off to a good start with Charles Jessold Considered as a Muderer by Wesley Stace I hope it is as intriguing as it appears so far.

Aug 29, 2011, 1:06pm Top

"New research however, suggests that the brain can build neuronal connections, and easily performs much better, by adding novelty and random activity."

Reading fiction makes you smarter.

Aug 29, 2011, 1:23pm Top

#'s 47 and 51, I have to chime in on the chorus singing the praises of Don Quixote. I put off reading it for a long time because I thought it would be boring. I finally read the Edith Grossman translation, a few years ago, and now it's one of my favorites!

Aug 29, 2011, 4:33pm Top

I finished and reviewed Megan K. Stack's stunning account of life as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East in Every Man in This Village is a Liar.

That book quite logically lead to my current read In the Sea There Are Crocodiles, the true story of an Afghan boy abandoned by his mother in Pakistan.

Aug 29, 2011, 4:50pm Top

>49 jfetting:, 50 And I have to chime in on the praise for Neruda's Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair. Both intelligent and accessible, and utterly luscious imagery!

>59 richardderus: Of course, LTers have always known that!

Aug 29, 2011, 4:54pm Top

>59 richardderus: Thanks for that post, Richard. It used to rankle me when people said, rather sanctimoniously I thought, "I read only non fiction. I want to find out about what really happens not what someone made up." Now I just think, your loss.

Aug 29, 2011, 5:54pm Top

#'s 50 & 59 As a retiree, and having spent my working career reading scientific journals and materials, I am now enjoying reading fiction, though I try to respect and include some of all genres. A good book is one that makes you think, reflect, expand your horizons, test your beliefs and challenge your biases. Information, in and of itself, is of little use unless you have a planned use for it or use it to build upon as a platform for understanding. We should be trying to understand economics, politics, science and the like to avoid making uninformed decisions, but we also need to have a level of understanding and compassion for others in the form of the alternate-reality afforded by creative fiction.

Aug 29, 2011, 7:12pm Top

(17) Storeetllr, I'm in eastern NC, about an hour's drive from Morehead City. We were kind of busy this weekend, too. I hope she's doing well.

Joyce, thanks for starting the thread. I was going to mention that C.S. Forester also wrote The African Queen, but bookwoman beat me to it.

I loved the movie with Hepburn and Bogart, but somehow the book didn't enthrall me at all. I gave it back to the Goodwill store.

Aug 29, 2011, 7:14pm Top

(38) fredbacon, I thoroughly disliked The Turn of the Screw, too.

Does anyone here have some Henry James they would recommend?

Aug 29, 2011, 8:28pm Top

I am also curious to see if anyone can recommend some Henry James.

On the personal reading front, I finished Joyner's Dream by Sylvia Tyson this morning. Overall, I enjoyed this family saga historical piece and have posted a review on the book page.

Next up is a long over due re-read of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and for some fun adventure, Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber Book Three in L.A. Meyer's Bloody Jack Adventures series.

Aug 29, 2011, 8:45pm Top

#66 fuzzi - I love all Henry James, but my favorites are The Wings of the Dove and Portrait of a Lady. OH! And The Golden Bowl.

Aug 29, 2011, 9:21pm Top

Great though they are The Wings of the Dove and The Golden Bowl are hard going. Portrait of a Lady is pretty straight forward and good enough to get a sense of Henry James's excellence.


Aug 29, 2011, 10:48pm Top

Wanting to mention some I read while this summer while I had no internet:

Carolyn and others - we previously talked about how much we loved Essential Dykes right? It was only about my second graphic work and I was surprised by how impacted I was. This month I read another graphic - a bio, Dangerous Woman the Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman by Sharon Rudahl, that I picked up at Powell's while in Portland. I enjoyed reading it, but this was a way different experience. It was more like just reading a regular book - guess I just didn't pick up emotion in the drawings like I did in Dykes. Anyone else read it and have any thoughts? Glad I read it tho and will still keep reading graphic works.

Aug 29, 2011, 11:06pm Top

I'm in the middle of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman. So far, so good- it's a great summer feel-good sort of book.

Aug 29, 2011, 11:37pm Top

Just starting a Member Giveaway Burmese Refugees, Letters from the Thai-Burma Border edited by T. F. Rhoden & T. L. S. Rhoden

Aug 30, 2011, 1:07am Top

66, 67 -- I like Henry James' The Wings of the Dove, and Washington Square, but I'm more a fan of the novellas and stories, such as The Aspern Papers and "The Jolly Corner." I also enjoy reading about the James family, particularly Henry, William, and Alice.

45, 54 -- I love Charlotte Gray and Birdsong, also The Girl at the Lion D'Or. I have another of his in the tbr pile -- A Week in December.

Aug 30, 2011, 2:39am Top

>65 fuzzi: Thanks, fuzzi ~ my sister called me today and said she made it through the storm okay, though her electricity didn't and she's been without power for a couple of days. Also said she's having difficulties with cellphone reception, which is why I hadn't heard from her sooner. Glad you are okay too.

Aug 30, 2011, 2:40am Top

Just finished The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. By no means a feel-good book but I'm certainly glad that I experienced it. On to Sept's book club selection, The Manticore by Robertson Davies. We did Fifth Business last year, so thought we would continue with the trilogy this year. I understand that this book is steeped in Jungian psychology....should be interesting.

Aug 30, 2011, 4:54am Top

For pleasure I'm on The Water Children and The Last Witness and for study (and pleasure too, for once) it's Byron's Don Juan. Thanks for the thread, Joyce.

Aug 30, 2011, 9:09am Top

I finished Neuromancer and was a bit disappointed with it. It's a classic within the genre, basically because it created a new subgenre, cyberpunk. But I've read other books that riffed on it, so it wasn't that fresh to me. Sigh...

I'm now halfway through Borrowed Finery and Cecilia Valdes is waiting at the library for me. It just came in through interlibrary loan.

Aug 30, 2011, 11:58am Top

You're welcome all. I found it was easy to get in early on some LT stuff to which I am usually late because I didn't have the threat or actuality of a hurricane to deal with.
I'm finding True Grit to be just as good as I'd hoped it would be. Don't you love it when that happens?

Aug 30, 2011, 12:29pm Top

I'm thisclose to finishing Blood Test by Jonathan Kellerman, and I absolutely love it. I think I've found a series to get hooked on. Still reading Stalkers in bits and pieces based on recommendations...some of the stories are creepy, but a lot of them are predictable and/or badly written, so I won't be finishing the whole book.

Next up: In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson and Carrie - I want to read all of Stephen King's books in chronological order.

Aug 30, 2011, 1:16pm Top

I started Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King yesterday

Edited: Aug 30, 2011, 1:37pm Top

I am reading Life of Pi... still in the first few pages..

Aug 30, 2011, 1:40pm Top

>79 coloradogirl14: I want to read all of Stephen King's books in chronological order

Wow, coloradogirl, that's an ambitious goal! Worthy, but it should take you awhile, that man is so prolific!

Aug 30, 2011, 2:51pm Top

Back after being without electricity for 56 hours. I did finish Albion's Seed which I really found fascinating. It's surely not the only way to analyze American culture and interpret American history but the author makes a strong case. I can easily see a great deal of truth in his interpretation. It's 900 pages is not as formidable as it looks due to many footnotes and charts.

Aug 30, 2011, 4:24pm Top

#66 & #67
As someone who also has had problems with Henry James, I have enjoyed The Europeans, Washington Square, Portrait of a Lady and a very short novella Daisy Miller. James is hard going for me and I always feel pleased with myself after I've wrapped up one of his books. Mostly because I know I can then move onto something else!

Aug 30, 2011, 5:03pm Top

I finished Island of Shame last night and picked up James Hamilton=Paterson's entertainment, Cooking with Fernet Branca. I already crave a plate of shonca.


Aug 30, 2011, 5:13pm Top

On the Henry James thing, if you didn't like Turn of the Screw you probably just don't like James. I love it, but his writing is so introspective that it takes patience and either appeals or does not.

@81 Smethuku01 - Heh! Enjoy Life of Pi, and hang on for the ride.

I finished Borrowed Finery, found it interesting but somehow not as emotional as one would expect a memoir with similar content to be. I've picked up Cecilia Valdes and will hopefully start reading it tonight.

Aug 30, 2011, 6:10pm Top

FYI cammykitty ~ the current Paris Review has an interview with Gibson and he's a pretty interesting guy. I have not read any of his work, but found the interview fascinating.

mkboylan ~ I have not read a graphic novel I've enjoyed since The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, which for me, was, as we chatted, a 5-star reading experience. I have picked a few up and started some pages, but did not care enough either about the story or characters to continue. But I am still open minded on the medium (genre?). I want very much to read Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush though, by Louis Alberto Urrea.

Aug 30, 2011, 7:28pm Top

Finished Blackwork by Monica Ferris and started Belle Ruin by Martha Grimes.

Aug 30, 2011, 8:42pm Top

#82 - It's been a goal of mine for awhile, and I've actually read more than half of his stuff already, but the books I haven't read all seem to be interlinked (Dark Tower Series, Eye of the Dragon, etc.). But I'm really excited to start fully appreciating his work.

Also, finished Blood Test today! It was AWESOME and I'm hooked on Alex Delaware now.

Aug 30, 2011, 9:09pm Top

#85 Mr. Durick: I'm happy to report that Amazing Disgrace (the sequel to Cooking with Fernet Branca) is just as hilarious and helped get me through the power outage that Hurricane Irene left behind.

In a dark mood, our culinary hero Samper whips up "Death Roe": an amalgam of eggplant, squid ink, cod or similar roe and black currants. Yum!

Aug 30, 2011, 9:22pm Top

Reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets nest by Stieg Larsson.

Aug 30, 2011, 11:51pm Top

NarratorLady, thank you. I've heard mixed opinions on the sequels. I would like there to be another for me to enjoy; the more I hear in favor, the more I am likely to try it.


Aug 31, 2011, 12:35am Top

Reading A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City by Anonymous, and I'm listening to The Thirteenth Tale, which I absolutely loved reading two years ago. The audio book is just as wonderful!

Aug 31, 2011, 1:20am Top

I finished True Grit, what a fine read, now I start A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard.

Aug 31, 2011, 2:05am Top

@87 Carolyn, Thanks for mentioning it! I'm pretty sure I can track down a copy of that interview at my library.

Aug 31, 2011, 5:38am Top

Last night in bed I finished 3 books - The Last Witness, The Water Children and The Lives They Left Behind (each of which had only a few pages left to go) - all excellent in their own different ways. I'm now getting into Byron in Love while also making my way through Don Juan.

Aug 31, 2011, 8:33am Top

I am excitedly reading A Trick of the Light the newest in the Three Pines series by Louise Penny. I can't say enough how wonderful this series is and how attached I've grown to the characters.

Aug 31, 2011, 11:32am Top

#79-I really enjoyed In the Garden of Beasts-I am a big fan of his work.

I actually loved Turning of the Screw but I know I am one of a rare few. I loved the gothic psychological horror aspects of it.

I have The Bluest Eye on my tbr shelf and hope to get to it soon. I loved Beloved so have high hopes for this one as well.

I just started The Shining this morning-my first Stephen King and am really enjoying it so far.

Aug 31, 2011, 12:03pm Top

#98 - The Shining was my first Stephen King novel as well, and I was addicted after that. I hope you love it as much as I did!

Aug 31, 2011, 12:07pm Top

About 1/3 of the way through Running the Books and I'm quitting. i have to say the cover is AWESOME! It's a pic of a face designed with a due date stamp. Very clever I thought. Thought I'd love the book but only liked it somewhat and too much other great stuff waiting. I've done some group counseling work with women in jail and in juvenile hall which I liked so thought I'd like it more, thought the premise was great, had some great moments, just not enough.

Edited: Aug 31, 2011, 3:18pm Top

Posted a much belated review of Nairobi Heat by Mukoma wa Ngugi:


Aug 31, 2011, 3:30pm Top

Almost done with Angelology and have about five books to choose from on my bed side table. Also have Sisters to read for book club.

Aug 31, 2011, 4:22pm Top

I'm reading The Outlander by Gil Adamson. It's very good - she doesn't explain things, just lets the story happen. It's about a young widow early in the 1900's in Alberta, who is running away. She goes into the mountains completely unprepared and is eventually found by various interesting characters. I learned of it from the LT recommendations.

Aug 31, 2011, 6:54pm Top

I finished reading Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux for my book discussion group and enjoyed it. I might have to read Ghost Train to the Eastern Star which is the sequel just to find out how his perceptions and the reality of the trains of Asia has changed in 30 years. I started reading Undaunted Courage and have started End of Mr. Y for this same book discussion group. I have been wanting to read something by Scarlett Thomas for some time as the buzz about her writing has been good. So far it is interesting. It is a book about a book and I generally find those interesting. Of course, Ambrose is a great storyteller so I expect that Undaunted Courage will be easy reading. I am also listening to Marcello in the Real World while driving and I really like this book. It is a YA book that tackles real life issues and does so using the life of a 17 year-old boy who as Asberger's Syndrome. Right now he is trying to figure out the difference between lust and greed to have something you can't have. Very well done and I am impressed with this book.

Aug 31, 2011, 9:26pm Top

#86 > cammykitty, enjoy Cecilia Valdes....I certainly did!

Aug 31, 2011, 9:59pm Top

I finished and reviewed Fabio Geda's In the Sea There Are Crocodiles. Now on to the book I've been waiting for with baited breath---Louise Penny's new installment of the Three Pines series A Trick of the Light.

Edited: Sep 1, 2011, 4:30am Top

Hans Erich Nossack. "Der jüngere Bruder" (The Younger Brother) - German Post War, 1958 - turns out to be very interesting, one of those identity-topics so typical for the German 50s. It's sort of in between Koeppen (A Death in Rome) and Frisch (I'm not Stiller).

William Boyd. "Ordinary Thunderstorms" that one got great reviews, at least in Germany. I'm afraid though, the plot is easily predictable, and I'm not so sure that the Londonism the book is full of will carry me through the whole 400 odd pages....

Sep 1, 2011, 7:56am Top

Oh dear, Juliet Flanders' The Invention of Murder just arrived and looks so fascinating I just might have to abandon everything else while I read it.

Sep 1, 2011, 10:57am Top

Finished Q: A (Timeless) Love Story and am sort of iffy on it. I'm now reading Paradise Lust by Brook Wilensky-Lanford and The Book of Life by Stuart Nadler. Still listening to The Map of Time, but getting through it surprisingly quickly, considering it is a 20-hour audiobook.

Sep 1, 2011, 11:06am Top

Still reading Charles Jessold Considered as a Murderer by Wesley Stace, innovative, imaginative, still I am getting boggged down. But, half way through The School Night by Louis Bayard and finding it informative and fun.

Sep 1, 2011, 12:11pm Top

My library doesn't have The Invention of Murder, which I now really want to read. I will have to put it on my wish list.

Sep 1, 2011, 12:41pm Top

I finished Thad Carhart's The Piano Shop of the Left Bank which is really enjoyed. Now I'm into The Gift of Stones by Jim Crace.

Next up: The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Sep 1, 2011, 2:05pm Top

Just read my first Doctor Who novel The Monsters Inside and really liked it. My next read is another Ursula Le Guin, City of Illusions.

Sep 1, 2011, 2:18pm Top

I finished The Lady and the Unicorn and since we had no need to revisit the 14 year old's maidenhood it turned out to be a very good book. The two main characters were supremely unlikeable, rich people in the 15th century were shown to be greedy and unsympathetic to the needs of the lower classes (hmm) and the making of the tapestries was fascinating. I'd recommend this book as highly as Chevalier's others, just don't let the maidenhood distract you.

I also finished a stolen life and, as in the fictitious Room, Dugard's recovery was just as interesting as her captivity. She did a very good job writing this simple book.

Now I'm listening to The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and starting a reread of The Crimson Petal and the White for a planned concentrated read about prostitution this month.

Sep 1, 2011, 4:11pm Top

Yesterday morning I finished Cooking with Fernet Branca. Last night without much time to make a decision but hopeful anyway I picked up UFOs in hopes of being convinced or scared; the first twenty-five pages are pretty tediously written and may bode ill for the readability of the book. I may just have to go ahead and continue to disbelieve in extraterrestrial visitors; oh, well.


Sep 1, 2011, 4:13pm Top

I picked up UFOs in hopes of being convinced or scared. Mr.Durick, you are an open minded man.

Sep 1, 2011, 4:47pm Top

>benitastrnad I loved Marcelo in the Real World and had it as one of the top YA titles of the year.

Sep 1, 2011, 5:29pm Top

Hi all. Haven't been here in a while, but it's good to be back. I just started Born to Run by Christopher McDougall for my book club. Hooked after just one chapter!

Sep 1, 2011, 6:42pm Top

#118 - I thought Born to Run was a really good read as well as very informative. Enjoy!

Sep 1, 2011, 6:51pm Top

Read most of Buzz A Year of Paying Attention by Katherine Ellison yesterday. Interesting perspective on ADD/ADHD and a quick read. Addressed different perspectives such as it's mom's fault, it's society's fault, your brain's fault, and others, with chapters addressing each. includes mom's perspective as well as son's. I especially liked that it gave no solutions, but pointed out that different things work for different people. Also pointed out that meds are given way too often, but also not enough to those who need them - excellent point.

Then last night started Inside WikiLeaks by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who quit the organization, and have hardly been able to put it down - great read.

Sep 1, 2011, 8:28pm Top

Julie- I'm a big fan of Born to Run also! It's one of my favorite reads of the year so far.

I finally started the Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers and it has been worth the wait. Mullen is a fine writer and I'm anxious to see where this story goes.
On audio, I've been enjoying Doomsday Book. My first foray into the Willis World.

Sep 1, 2011, 8:58pm Top

I have just discovered Flannery O'Connor and am currrently in the middle of her second book of short stories Everything That Rises Must Converge. What a unique voice!

Sep 1, 2011, 9:12pm Top

I'm in the middle of The Perfect Scent, an interesting look at the inner workings of the perfume industry, and also You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know, a memoir by a woman with face blindness, who can't recognize people's faces.

Sep 1, 2011, 9:59pm Top

I've moved on to Son of the Shadows, the second in Juliet Marillier's Sevenwaters Series. I am also about to start An Heir for Burracombe the fifth in Lilian Harry's Burracombe Village Series, and The Plain Janes an interesting looking graphic that I couldn't resist at the library.

Sep 1, 2011, 10:49pm Top

This week I'm enjoying The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths.

Sep 1, 2011, 11:04pm Top

Delta - please let us know how you like The Plain Janes - sounds interesting. Yay - my library has it!

Sep 1, 2011, 11:18pm Top

>114 Citizenjoyce: citizenjoyce, I listened to The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie earlier this year -- enjoy!

Sep 2, 2011, 12:47am Top

I enjoyed The Plain Janes, as a matter of fact I have been looking for other books by her.(Cecil) My library did not have the sequel Plain Janes in Loveso I might break down and buy a copy.

Sep 2, 2011, 1:56am Top

hemlockgang> Thanks! I'm loving Cecelia Valdes, even with it's detailed descriptions of the houses, furniture and streets. It was such a different world! Having seen the Humberto Solas movie already isn't hurting either. Knowing where it's going gives it an edge that's almost like psychological horror.

Sep 2, 2011, 9:26am Top

Another big Born to Run fan here! You will love it.

Sep 2, 2011, 12:22pm Top

Currently reading Knit Two by Kate Jacobs. Not impressed.

Sep 2, 2011, 1:10pm Top

#131 DMO - I also was not all that impressed with Knit Two although it was ok by the time I finished it. All those seemingly loose threads do have a purpose. It hasn't inspired me to move on to Knit the Season which I have on my TBR pile, tho.

Sep 2, 2011, 3:40pm Top

I liked both Plain Janes and Janes in Love. I'm hoping she does another one.

Sep 2, 2011, 4:05pm Top

Just returned from 2 weeks in Alaska, so of course I'm intending to read Alaska by James Michener.

Sep 3, 2011, 2:39am Top

>134 mldavis2: Do you think Alaska will be like Hawaii and have to start at the beginning of time?

Sep 3, 2011, 6:36am Top

>#134 - Yes, it does begin with the land bridge and is a typical Michener epic. It will be a bit until I can begin it but this was a common thread in a couple of reviews I read.

Sep 3, 2011, 7:05am Top

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