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1mkboylan
Sep 17, 2011, 1:23pm Top

Woo Hoo! Did I do it right? Where is everyone?

Birthdays:

H. G. Wells
Shel Silverstein
Ken Kesey
Upton Sinclair
Stephen King
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Maybe next time I'll learn how to post pics here. I really enjoy that when others do so.

Have a great reading week!

2Storeetllr
Edited: Sep 17, 2011, 1:50pm Top

Oh, how odd to be the first to post on the new thread (after you, of course, mkboylan ~ and thanks for setting it up). Currently reading The Woman in Black, Turn Coat (audio) (for Sept. Serials and Sequels Challenge), and still working on The Brothers of Gwynedd (eBook) (for my commute).

Edited to correct a misspelling.

3mkboylan
Sep 17, 2011, 1:37pm Top

I was going to take a mind candy break after finishing the Anne Frank graphic biography but a friend handed me a copy of Farewell to Prague by a woman who lives near me here in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Miriam Darvas. It's a great book! Her story of leaving Germany, going to Prague, then on to England, gives her child perspective and not much politics. Reading about her solo journey from Prague to England via the "underground railroad" is actually comforting and inspiring after my earlier sadness at the Anne Frank bio. Makes me want to kiss every child I see today! I'll settle for sharing a smile and a hello!

4lkernagh
Sep 17, 2011, 1:55pm Top

Thanks for starting us off this week mkboylan! I am still reading a book I started last week - Pao by Kerry Young, and LTER book I need to get read in reviewed. About half way through and it's not grabbing liked I had hoped it would, but still interesting enough to continue reading.

5Mr.Durick
Sep 17, 2011, 2:25pm Top

I keep at it and am now up to half way through The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann for a discussion in Le Salon.

Robert

6rocketjk
Sep 17, 2011, 3:05pm Top

Still reading Killing Floor by Lee Child. I'm finding it enjoyable but not great. Thought it would be better. Expected something more. Hoped I'd race through it.

7Zumbanista
Sep 17, 2011, 3:22pm Top

Just started my second MG ebook, Wayward Son by Tom Pollack. Really enjoying the first few chapters so far.

8Citizenjoyce
Sep 17, 2011, 4:16pm Top

Thanks for starting us off, mkboylan. I'm reading Let the Great World Spin and listening to Bee Season. What a contrast to my previous books that emphasize the horrors of poverty and oppression. The people in these two books are denying themselves the happiness that the poverty stricken would have grabbed at with both hands and all their hearts. I was especially disgusted by the catholic asceticism of Corigan in Let the Great World Spin. When religion leads you deeper and deeper into misery, it's time to look for a different path. It seems we humans are determined to be miserable.

9CarolynSchroeder
Sep 17, 2011, 4:30pm Top

Thanks for starting the thread, MK! Much appreciated. I finished Hellhound on his Trail by Hampton Sides and it was just outstanding, on many levels. So I'll try to get a review up this week. I just got my Early Reviewer book for August in the mail, so will crack that open now. It is Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. I know very little about it, which I sometimes love!

10brenzi
Sep 17, 2011, 4:30pm Top

I'm reading and really enjoying Dissolution by C. J. Sansom; can't ever get enough of Thomas Cromwell.

11hazeljune
Sep 17, 2011, 5:04pm Top

Thanks for the new thread, my next reading will be The Sculptress by Minette Walters, it looks pretty gruesome!! I read the first paragraph and I am already hanging out for more. But first to finish the one I am reading The Mist In The Mirror.

12DeltaQueen50
Sep 17, 2011, 5:25pm Top

#11 - The Sculptress is a fantastic read. Enjoy!

I am reading The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy. Set in Vancouver's Chinatown of the 1940's, the story is told through the eyes of three children, I am finding it an insightful and informative read.

I also plan on reading A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter this week.

13snash
Sep 17, 2011, 6:38pm Top

Reading a heavy book, The Death and Birth of Meaning by Ernest Becker which is a picture of man and consciousness combining the knowledge of anthropology, sociology, and psychoanalysis. It's excellently and thoughtfully done. Also started my latest LTER Dreaming in Chinese which I'm finding very interesting so far. The authors looks at the hints given to the nature of the Chinese culture provided by Chinese language.

14PaperbackPirate
Edited: Sep 17, 2011, 6:56pm Top

I'm about 1/3 of the way through Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement by David Brooks. I think I failed the marshmallow test.

15hazeljune
Sep 17, 2011, 7:06pm Top

# 146, fuzzie, the nearest that I am able come to your list is Robinson Crusoe it is also on my TBR steeple, it is a nice slim!! novel.

16momom248
Sep 17, 2011, 7:26pm Top

mkboylan thanks for starting the thread--I thought and almost did it myself this a.m. but was afraid I would not do it right. I am still reading Just Kids by Patti Smith. Its ok. Some parts hold my attention--others don't. I am about halfway through it.

17weejane
Sep 17, 2011, 7:28pm Top

Thanks for the new thread, mkboylan! I am still working (slowly) through the following books:

The Book of William
Truman
The Odyssey on audio
The Palestine/Israel Conflict

Hopefully I will finish one of these books soon. . . .

18DevourerOfBooks
Sep 17, 2011, 8:23pm Top

I've got a few things going at the moment: The True Memoirs of Little K by Adrienne Sharp in print, Practical Jean by Trevor Cole on my Nook, and Birds of Paradise by Diana Abu-Jaber in audio.

19NarratorLady
Sep 17, 2011, 8:31pm Top

Just beginning State of Wonder on audio and in the middle of Gone With the Wind in print.
I'm thinking of following this up with The Wind Done Gone ... has anyone read it?

20sisaruus
Sep 17, 2011, 8:39pm Top

I'm reading Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit but am feeling a need for some fiction so I may set it aside to be finished later.

21enaid
Sep 17, 2011, 11:03pm Top

I'm continuing to read Lady Jane Grey a Tudor Mystery and, no, I don't believe this book ever ends. In some way, it is compelling reading so I don't want to quit but it seems like time slows down when I'm reading it. As if it takes 3x the normal amount time it takes to finish a page.
I keep picking up other books and right now I'm reading:
Chi Walking
Coffins of Little Hope which someone recommended here. So far, I'm really liking the writing style. I like it when an author likes his characters.

>6 rocketjk: rocketjk My mother loves that series and insisted I try it. I thought it was okay but that first book was sufficient.
I hate it when someone(especially my mother)recommends something and I don't like it and sometimes just flat out hate it. It's really hard for me to lie or dissemble about my opinion on a book.

>10 brenzi: brenzi I loved Dissolution. It really got me interested in the time of the Tudors. In some ways, it is to blame for my starting Lady Jane Grey a Tudor Mystery in the first place. That said, I'm addicted to that series and I'm so not a series person. There is just something about Matthew Shardlake!

22cammykitty
Sep 17, 2011, 11:38pm Top

I finished my ER book, Bats Sing, Mice Giggle and I think you can get to my review here: http://www.librarything.com/work/8907597/reviews/77954884 1 star - when I knew I'd first heard of one of the experiments on "In Search Of" from the always factual (sarcasm) lips of Mr. Spock, I was pretty sure the authors wouldn't recover from that.

Now I'm celebrating "Hispanic Heritage Month," as declared by the US government. It runs from 9-15 to 10-15. Huh??? That isn't a month really. The school I work at has decided to avoid that comment by picking a real month. I think they use May, but I don't feel like waiting. I'm now reading The Killer's Tears which is an odd YA novel set on the southernmost tip of Chile. Brrrr!!! That's where the scientists start their journeys to Antarctica.

23Booksloth
Sep 18, 2011, 7:44am Top

Stephen King and Shel Silverstein share the same birthday? I never knew that - it was a weirdly creative day to be born. Still reading Poor Things - brilliant!

24bookwoman247
Sep 18, 2011, 9:44am Top

I'm still reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, of course. I'm making good progress, though. I'm over 1/3 of the way through, and am loving it! It confirms Tolstoy as my favorite author,

25booksinbed
Edited: Sep 18, 2011, 10:10am Top

Just finished Ann Patchett's State of Wonder and thoroughly enjoyed it. Definitely one of her most surprising and exciting books yet . . . Heart of Darkness for the new millenium, (and a lot more readable than Conrad's version!)

As I'm a teacher-librarian in a high school, I'm now reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Ordered 10 copies (for under $50 with free shipping from bookdepository.com) so I'll be soon be talking about this book with my school-based book club.

After Hunger Games hope to read Pigeon English by Stephen Kelmman, newly-shortlisted for Mann-Booker Prize, and appropriate for both adults and mature high school students.

26jnwelch
Sep 18, 2011, 11:05am Top

A Trick of the Light was another excellent one in Louise Penny's mystery series.

Now I'm reading another in C.J.Box's Joe Pickett mystery series, Below Zero.

I'll look around today for another to add in.

27grkmwk
Sep 18, 2011, 2:48pm Top

I'm about halfway through Professor Mommy, which is fascinating. I hold a faculty position, but did not initially set out to become a faculty member, so this book is providing insight into the field from an angle and approach that is different than my own. In many ways, this book is reassuring, although there are disheartening parts. Fortunately, though, it is more of a reassurance that I can be a successful academic and mother, which is good seeing as how that's where I am!

For pleasure reading, I've started The Anatomy of Ghosts. I'm not far into it yet, but it seems promising.

28cammykitty
Sep 18, 2011, 2:51pm Top

Ah, couldn't sleep last night so I finished The Killer's Tears. It was well written, but ultimately wasn't really satisfying. I just kept thinking the real situation was far more emotionally grotesque than her distanced writing style allowed.

Now I'm reading Nine Centuries of Spanish Literature : Nueve siglos de literatura española : A Dual-Language Anthology by Seymour Resnick. It's going to be tough going. Medieval Spanish appears to be as messed up as Medieval English. Spelling hasn't been standardized and familiar words like "mujer" show up as "muger" and "vivir" as "bibir" etc. & the translations are far from literal, especially on the poetry, so they aren't much help at all.

I'm going to alternate it with Latin American Folktales: Stories from Hispanic and Indian Traditions by John Bierhorst until my book by Emilia Pardo Bazan comes in at the library.

30fuzzi
Sep 18, 2011, 3:48pm Top

(15) I agree, hazeljune, Robinson Crusoe is not as large as some other classics on my TBR list. Sometimes I appreciate the less than behemoth-sized volumes...

However, before I made a choice of what book to start, I was reminded of a book that was not only on my TBR list, but was lent to me (no trip to the library necessary). It's called Jesus in Beijing and is about the growth of Christianity in China. So far, it's rather interesting, and informative.

31mldavis2
Sep 18, 2011, 4:25pm Top

Beginning Northwest Corner by John Burnham Schwartz

Finished Embers by Sándor Márai, a very unique and interesting gem on friendship and betrayal.

32fredbacon
Sep 18, 2011, 4:33pm Top

I've finished up And Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokhov. It was good, but it probably didn't deserve a Nobel Prize for Literature. The best written parts of the novel were the descriptions of village and family life among the Don Cossacks.

I'm still reading Germinal, but I've interrupted it to read an ER book which arrived this week, The Sleepwalkers by Paul Grossman. This is a murder mystery set in Berlin just as Hitler takes power. I'm a little annoyed with the author as he has played fast and loose with the sequence of historical events.

33browner56
Edited: Sep 18, 2011, 5:20pm Top

I'm about a third of the way through The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Wow, can that woman write!

34Stephen_Graff
Sep 18, 2011, 5:25pm Top

I'm still reading some YA titles, starting with THE GIVER, and I'm delving into some beekeeping books. One was given to me. It's called THE HIVE. It's not a thriller, but a reflection on honeybees and the relationship between them and people through the centuries.

35mldavis2
Sep 18, 2011, 5:57pm Top

#32 fredbacon > I 'won' The Sleepwalkers but am still waiting for it to arrive. Hopefully Monday ...

36cindysprocket
Sep 18, 2011, 8:01pm Top

Finished Buffalo Soldiers byTom Willard and also One Eyed cat by Paula Fox a YA . Not sure what is next.

37Ape
Sep 18, 2011, 8:33pm Top

I've fallen quite a bit behind on these thread. Currently reading Second Genesis by Jeffrey Anderson.

38enaid
Sep 18, 2011, 9:38pm Top

I just finished Coffins of Little Hope and was utterly charmed. I was a little worried that it might turn saccharine(elderly woman narrator, young granddaughter, quirky small town) but it was funny, interesting and smart. I highly recommend it and a big thank you to the person here who mentioned liking it. I must look into this "tagging" business - I'm embarrassed that I can't remember who it was.

39hazeljune
Sep 18, 2011, 10:03pm Top

#38, enaid, I think that it was mollygrace, I am waiting for my copy to arrive from online. I have just received today a copy of short stories by Flannery O'Connor A Good Man Is Hard to Find another recommendation from this site???.

I must train myself to read more of my short story collection, as they are getting out of hand!!! and I cannot stop buying them, especially at my used book outlet!!

40coppers
Sep 19, 2011, 12:54am Top

>38 enaid:, 39 - enaid and hazeljune - It was mollygrace who had such nice things to say about The Coffins of Little Hope. I had just started it when she finished it. And I agree - it was a charming read!

I finished up A Trick of the Light, Louise Penny's latest. Highly recommended book and series!

Currently, I'm reading C.J. Box's Savage Run, the second Joe Pickett book. This is a good mystery series and I have a lot of catching up to do!

And on audio, I am thoroughly engrossed in Watership Down. I did a lot of driving this weekend but never alone so I was sorry not to have been able to listen to it.

41hazeljune
Sep 19, 2011, 3:31am Top

I finished reading The Mist In THe Mirror and had fully intended starting on The Sculptress by Minette Walters, however in to-day's mail I received my copy of short stories (as mentioned earlier) by Flannery O'Connor and I could not resist reading the first story, oh sooo good, humour and tragedy!!, I am looking forward to reading more,, also getting to know this young lady as on Mollygrace's recomm I have obtained a copy of The Habit of Being which contains the letters of Flannery's.

Thanks again Mollygrace

42Booksloth
Sep 19, 2011, 4:55am Top

I recently read and loved Tess Gerritson's The Killing Place (touchstones are giving me the title Ice Cold so I'll assume that is the same book under its American name). I'm currently finding thrillers the perfect light relief between studying so have now started reading her Rizzoli and Isles books from the first one, The Surgeon and enjoying it a lot.

#41 I have the exact same problem with short stories, hazeljune; can't stop buying them, never get round to reading them. My solution has been to keep a couple of volumes by the bed so that when I come to the end of a novel and am not quite ready to sleep a short story is the perfect filler. As all my other books live downstairs it is always easier to pick up a short story than go down for another novel so I do get them read this way.

43CarolynSchroeder
Sep 19, 2011, 8:36am Top

I finished ER book Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward last night, since I totally could not move (marathon #2) and meh. I'm not sure the purpose of this one. It is a poor family, 9 (or so) days before Katrina hits in Mississippi. I got so tired of all the dog abuse, Pit fighting, and the ignorance involved in that. But maybe that is because I do humane association work. The author keeps trying to get the reader to sympathize with all the ignorance (not only the dogs but the 15 year pregnant protagonist), but it is VERY clear they all know other, better choices are out there ... I dunno. The writing does shine in spots, if you like poetry with your Pit Bull fighting.

I am now reading The Paris Wife by Paula McLain about Hemmingway's wife and their relationship. I'm from Chicago and there is a lot of local speak, so that's cool. So far, it's just an easy, interesting read.

44enaid
Sep 19, 2011, 9:44am Top

Thank you for reminding me that it was mollygrace who recommended Coffins of Little Hope! My memory isn't what it used to be.
I've picked up the new Ali Smith novel There But For The and I'm enjoying it so far. And, of course, I am continuing to carry on with Lady Jane Grey a Tudor Mystery - 65% completed!

45nhlsecord
Sep 19, 2011, 9:58am Top

#3 mkboylan - nice description of your reading experience :)

46bookaholicgirl
Sep 19, 2011, 10:43am Top

Over the weekend, I finished The Feast Nearby, When You Reach Me and The Graveyard Book. I enjoyed all three but absolutely LOVED The Graveyard Book and, once again, am very thankful to LT since I saw numerous recommendations on here for this book which prompted me to request it from the library.

I am currently reading Rebecca. I just started it last night but am enjoying the writing very much so far.

47coloradogirl14
Sep 19, 2011, 10:49am Top

In addition to Salem's Lot, I've started on the third book in Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series, Over the Edge. I don't know if anyone here has read the Alex Delaware series, but I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate the passages where Delaware talks about his girlfriend, Robin. Perfect relationships in fiction make me want to vomit. Okay, mini rant is over. The rest of the story is perfectly intriguing...I just hate Robin!

48benitastrnad
Sep 19, 2011, 11:32am Top

I had a full weekend so didn't get as much read in Devil's Oasis as I had planned, but I just love this trilogy! (The Anton Ryder books) Book three reads like an episode of Rat Patrol. Does anybody remember that series from TV back in the day? These books have so many wonderful secondary characters that you get engrossed in the story of their lives as much as you do that of the hero. A secondary character in the first book White Rhino Hotel has evolved so much that by book 3 he is now the most intriguing person in the story.

I am also deep into book 2 of the John Russell series by David Downing. This one is Silesian Station and it is a very very good spy novel. Am still listening to Inkspell as well. This series is very good, but sometimes the story gets lost in the details. This would be a great read-aloud before bed for children. I checked out the book from the library and was surprised to discover that it has pencil illustrations at the chapter headings that are quite detailed. There is also a quote from a book at the head of each chapter that is not read in the unabridged recorded version of the book. When I discovered that I felt cheated. Guess that just proves that reading a book and listening to it are two different experiences. These chapter headings quote everybody from Shakespeare to Clive Barker! Cornelia Funke must be an inveterate reader! Each of these snippets as something to do with the coming chapter and I am enjoying listening to the recording and then looking at the book to discover the connection between the quote and the chapter. I guess I should say that Brendan Fraser is doing a good job of reading.

49hemlokgang
Sep 19, 2011, 12:46pm Top

Finished two books, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain and A Trick of the Light, completely different books and both wonderful! I continue listening to Can You Forgive Her? and I am going to start reading Beware of Pity by the wonderful Stefan Zweig.

50richardderus
Sep 19, 2011, 12:54pm Top

A very enjoyable weekend spent reading Anatomy of Murder and Island of Bones, jointly reviewed in my thread...post #229.

51mollygrace
Sep 19, 2011, 1:17pm Top

40, 41, 44 -- enaid and coppers, I'm so glad you liked The Coffins of Little Hope -- honestly, I worried about that one. Sometimes I get carried away in my enthusiasm for a book and then regret posting about it. Not that I change my mind about the book -- just that I'm kind of eccentric in my tastes and not very analytical in nature -- what I like, I like, and often for reasons I never quite understand . I've thought many times that I should change "mollygrace" to "nuttygirl" or "HasNoSense" as a sort of warning to anyone who might be thinking of spending their hard-earned money based on my recommendation.

As for you, hazeljune, I have absolutely no such qualms about recommending anything written by Flannery O'Connor, especially The Habit of Being. To read it is to enter into the life, heart and mind of that remarkable woman -- and I've no doubt the journey will be well worth your time and attention.

Now, about this "tagging" business, it freaks me out a little. I guess it will be nice to get the credit for recommending a book people like, but what about all ones they don't? Gratitude is lovely, blame not so much. And, yes, I'm kidding -- sort of.

As for what I'm reading right now -- I'm immersed in the life of Gerard Manley Hopkins, but the book is long and I'm reading slowly for some reason -- not Gerard's or the book's fault, of course -- just one of those places I get into sometimes.

52DMO
Sep 19, 2011, 2:16pm Top

I started reading How I Killed Pluto and Why it Had it Coming last night and got more than halfway through it. It's a great read. Mike Brown has a wonderful sense of humor.

53mkboylan
Sep 19, 2011, 2:57pm Top

#45 Why thank you ms. nhlsecord!

54Citizenjoyce
Sep 19, 2011, 3:46pm Top

I finished Let the Great World Spin and am glad I didn't throw it across the room 1/3 of the way through as I was tempted to do. I'm not so sure about his focusing so much time on the Corrigan character unless, in writing a book about 9/11, he wanted to show the folly of the religious. His non religious characters were ever so much more successful human beings. Now, another in my prostitution reads, Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue.

55jnwelch
Sep 19, 2011, 4:06pm Top

I started Cry, the Beloved Country, and am continuing to read the mystery, Below Zero.

56kirsty
Sep 19, 2011, 4:18pm Top

I finished The Magicians by Lev Grossman and now reading The Rapture by Liz Jenson.

57AygsWithLaygs
Sep 19, 2011, 8:56pm Top

Still on The Sun Also Rises. Shel Silverstein's poems take me back to my childhood. :)

59cammykitty
Sep 19, 2011, 10:38pm Top

@58 Ah, I've read that Rumpole. I believe it's one of the more complicated of the ones he wrote.

60Bjace
Sep 20, 2011, 8:08am Top

#59, So far it's not one of my favorite Rumpoles, but it's ok.

61richardderus
Sep 20, 2011, 11:28am Top

I've just finished a 1940 detective story called 69 Diamonds, perfectly delightful it was, too. I've reviewed it in my thread...post #33.

62CarolynSchroeder
Sep 20, 2011, 12:07pm Top

Just a bit into The Paris Wife by Paula McLain and I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised! It is very engaging.

63fuzzi
Sep 20, 2011, 12:36pm Top

I wanted something 'quick' to read, after supper and before bed, so I picked up The Outsiders, which I recently found for cheap at a book sale.

Amazing what the author could write at the tender age of 16!

64richardderus
Sep 20, 2011, 1:19pm Top

It's book circle night, so I reviewed our current choice in my thread: Train Whistle Guitar...post #34.

65msf59
Sep 20, 2011, 6:16pm Top

I finished Ethan Frome. It's a wonderful novella! I started Perdido Street Station. It's a monster at 700 pages but I really like the way it opens.
On audio, I finished The Fifth Floor. It's a solid Chicago crime novel and then I immediately turned to The Man who Smiled, the 4th Wallander. Whew, that's it for now!

66AMQS
Sep 20, 2011, 7:32pm Top

I have not had much time to read lately, so I am still slowly making my way through The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig, which I love. I'm about halfway through The Hound of the Baskervilles on audio, and last night we started The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman aloud.

67jfetting
Sep 20, 2011, 7:38pm Top

I'm reading Pride and Prejudice yet again (I am in need of a little comfort reading), as well as The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats. I really like the Yeats poems.

68weejane
Sep 20, 2011, 8:49pm Top

Finished The Book of William. Am going to re-read The Lost Hero in preparation for the The Son of Neptune.

69lkernagh
Sep 20, 2011, 9:22pm Top

>65 msf59: Mark - I found Perdido to be a great page-turner and thoroughly loved the world Mieville created. Hope you continue to enjoy it.

I finished and reviewed Pao which was overall an okay read. I am now reading The Twice Born volume one in the King's Man's trilogy by Pauline Gedge and set in Ancient Egypt. It is proving to be a faster, and more interesting read than I had anticipated.

70bookwoman247
Sep 20, 2011, 9:41pm Top

65 msf59: I loved Ethan Fromme. It prompted me to read more of Edith Wharton's work. She's a wonderful author.

71coloradogirl14
Sep 21, 2011, 12:28am Top

Finished Salem's Lot, which is tremendously exciting, because that means I get to move on to The Shining in my quest to read all of King's works chronologically! I'm not entirely sure why I'm so excited, considering I've read The Shining more times than I care to admit, but that's okay. I'm really excited for my lunch break at work tomorrow!

72DevourerOfBooks
Sep 21, 2011, 12:48am Top

Still working on Birds of Paradise in audio, but I finished everything else. Now I'm reading Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn and it is so inspiring that I don't want to put it down, except to try the recipes. Unfortunately, that isn't super practical when it is almost midnight.

73hazeljune
Edited: Sep 21, 2011, 3:41am Top

My latest read, not far in and so far loving it is Case Histories by Kate Atkinson. The novel is new to me as is the author, my research site (good reads) listed 11,000 readings!!! I picked it up quite by chance yesterday at one of my op shops, a lucky find, and a queue jumper!!

I am just loving the short stories of Flannery O'Connor A Good Man Is Hard To Find the characters in the first two that I have read are still with me, I shall be savouring this little book.

#BOOKSLOTH , have you read any of Flannery's short stories??? BTW I have also purchased two more books of short stories this week (so far)!! I have become more selective with my collecting now, rather that a mixture of authors in one novel I now stick to one author in each.

74Booksloth
Sep 21, 2011, 5:56am Top

#73 I actually have A Good Man is Hard to Find beside the bed right now. It's been there for a while and I think I've read two stories so far. I know I read a few while at school but I can no longer remember which ones they were.

Finished The Surgeon yesterday and have now moved on to the second book in the Rizzoli and Isles series, The Apprentice.

75msf59
Sep 21, 2011, 8:02am Top

Lori- This is my 2nd Mieville, after City and the City and I really admire his writing.

bookwoman247- I read and loved both House of Mirth & Age of Innocence but it's been many years. It's nice to return to her.

76cdyankeefan
Sep 21, 2011, 8:52am Top

I started The Red Hat Club by Haywood Smith this morning

77DMO
Sep 21, 2011, 9:13am Top

Started In the Lake of the Woods yesterday and was sucked in immediately. And today I get to see Tim O'Brien give a talk!

78avidmom
Edited: Sep 21, 2011, 3:39pm Top

Reading Gene Kelly's biography, Gene Kelly by Clive Hirschhorn. Love Gene now more than ever. Irish temper & all :)

79rocketjk
Sep 21, 2011, 7:16pm Top

Finished Killing Floor, the first of Lee Child's Jack Reacher series. Thought it was entertaining but not great. My more detailed reaction is on my 50-Book Challenge thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/106335.

80Iudita
Sep 21, 2011, 10:51pm Top

I just finished The Invisible Bridge which I enjoyed very much and am about to start The O'Briens.

81rockinrhombus
Sep 22, 2011, 1:07pm Top

>80 Iudita:, I loved The Invisible Bridge. I am reading a new Philip Kerr, If the Dead Rise Not, (new to me) found for $3.99 in the bargain bin. Did I need to buy new books? No. Oh, well. I don't understand why Kerr doesn't get more attention--he is great.

82jnwelch
Sep 22, 2011, 2:58pm Top

I will have to take a look at Philip Kerr. He's new to me.

Cry, the Beloved Country: I can see why it's stood the test of time. Beautiful and heart-breaking (both with sadness and joy). Even a crusty older guy had trouble staying dry-eyed.

83rocketjk
Sep 22, 2011, 3:07pm Top

I've read the first two of Kerr's Berlin Noir trilogy, which I loved. I'll be reading at least a couple more of his within the next few months.

jnwelch, if you liked Cry, the Beloved Country, I would also very highly recommend his Too Late the Phalarope, which is less well known but also very powerful.

84jnwelch
Sep 22, 2011, 5:39pm Top

> 83 Thanks, Jerry. That's helpful - I wondered about his others.

85Bjace
Sep 22, 2011, 10:44pm Top

Am about one quarter of the way through Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks and so far not terribly impressed.

86enaid
Sep 22, 2011, 10:45pm Top

Sick in bed so I'm reading Poor Things by Alasdair Gray and really enjoying it. I think this was a Booksloth recommendation, so thank you!

87mkboylan
Sep 23, 2011, 12:54am Top

Just finished Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman, a quick, pleasant little read. I do love books about books! Skipped one or two chapters tho. I may be the only person who just couldn't get through her The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, altho that topic (Hmong culture) is of special interest to me. Also, it was recommended by colleagues AND students who used it for an issues in parenting course and both loved it, colleagues and students.

88mkboylan
Sep 23, 2011, 12:55am Top

So what's everyone reading for Banned Books Week?

89enaid
Sep 23, 2011, 1:05am Top

>87 mkboylan: mkboylan
No, sadly, there are two of us who couldn't get throughThe Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. I've tried about four times, now. I never get very far which is even more disappointing to me. It seems like a book I would enjoy. Usually books where there is a culture clash between American culture and a different culture I find riveting. Perhaps it just hasn't been the right time - you know how that can happen!

90hazeljune
Edited: Sep 23, 2011, 5:17am Top

# 85 Bjace, This happened to me when I started Birdsong it did not seem to be going anywhere.

I am sooo enjoying my two latest books, Case Histories and Flannery O'Connor's short stories A Good Man Is Hard To Find.

91Pedrolina
Sep 23, 2011, 6:21am Top

#85 & 90 - Keep up with Birdsong! I really thought it was worth it and was a wonderful book, of course, it won't be for everyone's taste.

I've finally got round to picking up the last Narnia book, The last Battle. The series has been sitting unfinished on my bookshelves for about 20 years!

92Booksloth
Sep 23, 2011, 6:51am Top

#85 So glad I'm not the only one!

#86 Sorry to hear you're sick but I do hope Poor Things will make you feel better. I enjoyed it very much and the pics are great too but one still has me puzzled: when you come to it, if you can tell me whether the one on pages 74 and 102 is a tongue or a penis I'd be really grateful (I think some very tiny lettering to the extreme left says 'epiglottis' which must mean it's a tongue but its juxtaposition to the 2 pics on the opposite pages make me think the confusion has to be deliberate. Either way, those little circles can't be healthy!) Hope you continue to enjoy it as much as I did and feel better soon.

I'm getting very near to the end of The Apprentice and should move on later today to either The Sinner (third in the series) or a complete break from these with maybe The Dress Lodger. BTW, on the subject of Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli and Isles series, I just started recording what appears to be a truly terrible US TV series of the stories. It's true I only caught a minute or so so far but the glamorous actresses in the lead roles already have me thinking it may not be my kind of thing. Is anyone else familiar with it? Should I carry on watching or is life too short?

93bookaholicgirl
Sep 23, 2011, 8:37am Top

I just finished Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier which I LOVED! I definitely have to watch the movie again to see how it compares. I started The Kind Diet last night and am about to begin Winter's Bone later today.

94BBleil
Sep 23, 2011, 8:42am Top

I've been away for awhile...hello everyone! I just finished Freakonomics and thought it was okay. I enjoyed the theory of finding answers to random questions through analyzing a bunch of data, but I thought it was "too cute" for discussing very controversial concepts: abortion, racism and crimonology. I guess it had to be provocative or people wouldn't read it.

I'm now reading another book about a dog...I'm a cat person...I think there is one Dewey for every 1,000 dog books! But I do love television/movie dogs like Lassie, Benji and Rin Tin Tin. I'm reading Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend in ARC form by Susan Orlean.

95mkboylan
Sep 23, 2011, 10:18am Top

90 I sure enjoyed Case Histories. First one of hers I read. Hmmm no brackets on iPad keyboard.

92 you probably just Majorly increased sales for Poor Things. On my way to store!

94 let us know how Rin Tin Tin is

96mkboylan
Sep 23, 2011, 10:19am Top

89 now I don't feel like such a sourpuss!

97Citizenjoyce
Sep 23, 2011, 4:02pm Top

Booksloth, I saw Tess Gerritsen speak once, and she commented on the casting of her Rizzoli and Isles series. She said she was rather taken aback by the casting of such a beautiful woman (Angie Harmon) to play Rizzoli since her character specifically is not beautiful. Also she found it amazing that the character of Detective Barry Frost, whom she wrote as being so white as to be almost albino, is played by Lee Thompson Young who is not only the standard Hollywood beautiful but also African American. It's about what you'd expect from a TV show, and she doesn't fault them. I'm sure she's raking in the bucks. I think the show is OK, if you can get past the cutsey and the beauty and Harmon's horrible voice.

98Mr.Durick
Sep 23, 2011, 4:23pm Top

I needed easy last night; following The Magic Mountain I tested that proposition with an essay in The Oxford Handbook of Free Will of which I could not make sense. So I picked up The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For and easily put away over a hundred pages. I'll go on in it until done, I think.

Robert

99Citizenjoyce
Sep 23, 2011, 4:28pm Top

Yea, Mr. Durick! Another vote for The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For. You are a man of eclectic tastes.

100benitastrnad
Sep 23, 2011, 4:51pm Top

I finished Devil's Oasis by Bartle Bull. This one is the third and last in the Africa series. As with the other two I loved it. Bull has done it again. A rip-roaring adventure story set in the desert of North Africa in the desperate days before the British Victory at El Alamain. About the only thing this book has in common with the previous ones, aside from the characters, is the authors description of the landscape and the wildlife of the North African deserts. Other than that this is a war novel. More than once I found myself thinking that I was reading an episode of Rat Patrol combined with the cold war antics of James Bond. Very exciting stuff and a wonderful read.

It was also a timely read in that the cities of Libya that are now in the news were also featured in the book and a work of fiction about World War II became something that helped to explain the country prominently in the news this summer. The end piece of the copy I read had a wonderful map of the area which I really appreciated. Each chapter also featured a small drawing of some event, person, or object that figured prominently in the story. I found myself eagerly searching that picture for clues as to what was coming next. No doubt this work contributed to the cost of this book, but it added greatly to my pleasure in the reading.

Now I am going to start reading Pompeii by Robert Harris and will really devote more time to Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. The later is for my book discussion group. So far it has been interesting enough to keep me reading but not interesting enough to keep me reading for long periods of time.

101mkboylan
Sep 23, 2011, 5:26pm Top

98 - laughing - I LOVED Essential Dykes and also couldn't put it down. The facial expressions were so great!

102hazeljune
Sep 23, 2011, 5:55pm Top

# 100, I shall be interested to hear from you re Pompeii.

103mldavis2
Sep 23, 2011, 6:12pm Top

I have an ARC copy of Chaco's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes by William Kennedy.

104chumofchance
Sep 23, 2011, 6:13pm Top

I'm halfway through the newest thriller by Dan Simmons; I should finish Flashback by the end of the weekend. Then I'll start Reamde by Neal Stephenson. In November Umberto Eco releases a new novel. It's gonna be a great fall!

105tcorbs
Edited: Sep 23, 2011, 7:23pm Top

I'm reading a novel based on environmental issues entitled The Sixth Extinction by d leonard freeston.

106brenzi
Sep 23, 2011, 7:25pm Top

>92 Booksloth: I haven't read any of Tess Gerritsen's books but we did watch the first episode of the Rizzoli and Isles show....and vowed not to watch another. Some of the worst acting I've ever seen.

107brenzi
Sep 23, 2011, 7:29pm Top

I finished and reviewed C. J. Sansom's first book in the Matthew Shardlake series, Dissolution. Can't wait to move on to Book 2.

Now I'm reading an ER book that I've been avoiding because of its bad reviews here on LT, Nat Tate by William Boyd. I love all his other books so we'll see. it's very short so it shouldn't take me long.

108enaid
Sep 23, 2011, 9:20pm Top

#92 Booksloth
Yes, I believe those are both tongues(pages 74 &102) and the pictures opposite must mean something. I was thrown as well by the two tongues - its the only time, so far, he has repeated an image. I hate to admit how long it took me to identify the penis picture! I got the notion that it was a throat and larynx - it kind of went with the tongue on the previous page - or so I thought!
I am feeling better and Poor Things was just the ticket. What an interesting book - and what an unusual person Alasdair Gray must be to have created it.

#107 brenzi
Isn't Dissolution a good read? It's the only series, besides the Kate Atkinson books that I read. C.J. Sansom really captures the sights, the smells and the dreadful cruelty of that time.

109ellenflorman
Sep 23, 2011, 9:55pm Top

Just finished The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - very engaging and a great story.

I am starting The Dog Who Knew Too Much- A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn. This is the 4th book in this very entertaining series about a private detective and his dog with the story told entirely from Chet's (the dog) perspective.

110coppers
Sep 23, 2011, 10:13pm Top

>109 ellenflorman: ellen, I'm looking forward to The Night Circus. Glad to see you liked it! And you've reminded me that there's a new Chet and Bernie book!

I finished Savage Run and really like the series. The next one is waiting for me at the library.

I started The Art of Racing in the Rain. Finally. It's a book I should really like, but so far, meh.

111weejane
Sep 23, 2011, 10:56pm Top

#110 - Good luck with The Art of Racing in the Rain, I had a really hard time with that book and didn't finish it.

112coppers
Sep 23, 2011, 11:55pm Top

>111 weejane: - Thanks, I'm determined to get through it.

113hazeljune
Sep 24, 2011, 2:19am Top

#108 enaid,
I am soo enjoying my first Kate Atkinson book Case Histories, you say that you have read her series, I love the mysteries in Case Histories is this her usual style??

Are you able to recommend any of her others?, I know that she has written lots.

114Booksloth
Sep 24, 2011, 5:02am Top

Thank you Joyce and Brenzi for your comments on Rizzoli and Isles - looks as if I'm just going to have to make up my own mind! :)

enaid - you hate to admit it? Until you raised the sunject I hadn't even identified it as a part of the human body! I'd taken it for some kind of Victorian speculum. I've certainly never seen one that looked like that. Maybe we've both led sheltered lives?

115CarolynSchroeder
Sep 24, 2011, 7:20am Top

I finished The Paris Wife by Paula McLain last night and okay, this one surprised me. I thought it was going to be history lite/chick lit (it is first person from Hadley's perspective) and maybe it was that a bit, but it was surprisingly tender, thought provoking and very sad. It really captured, incredibly well, the 1920s "Lost Generation" in Paris, Hemmingway's doubtful genius and both his troubles, alcoholism and inability to be happy or truly love anyone but himself. Hadley was also well done. Anyway, if you have any interest in that time and its players (all are featured, Stein, Fitzgerald, etc.), check it out.

116mollygrace
Sep 24, 2011, 7:36am Top

hazeljune - Atkinson's first novel Behind the Scenes at the Museum is quite wonderful -- or at least I think so. There are two other novels, which I have not read -- Human Croquet and Emotionally Weird.

Jackson Brodie mysteries, in order:
Case Histories
One Good Turn
When Will There Be Good News?
Started Early, Took My Dog

There is a book of short stories -- Not the End of the World
And I believe she has written a play or two somewhere along the way.

http://www.kateatkinson.co.uk/

117divinenanny
Sep 24, 2011, 9:03am Top

Been on holiday, but now I am reading The Night Circus.

118jnwelch
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119Porua
Sep 24, 2011, 10:53am Top

120fuzzi
Sep 30, 2011, 5:51pm Top

(109) ellen, I loved the latest Chet and Bernie mystery!

That one just went on my wish list...

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