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Sep 24, 2011, 10:52am Top

New thread for the week!

F. Scott Fitzgerald (24th September 1896) - American author of novels and short stories. Author of This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender Is the Night and the classic, The Great Gatsby.

Horace Walpole (24th September 1717) - An English scholar and politician. Today he is mainly remembered for his Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto.

William Faulkner (25th September 1897) - American novelist and short story writer. Considered to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, he received the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature. Famous novels The Sound and the Fury (1929), As I Lay Dying (1930), Light in August (1932).

T. S. Eliot (26th September 1888) - An American-born English poet, playwright, and literary critic. His most famous poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, is regarded as a masterpiece of the modernist movement. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948.

Jim Thompson (27th September 1906) - An American author and screenwriter, known for his pulp crime fiction. His works featured unreliable narrators, odd structure, and surrealism. The writer R.V. Cassill has suggested that of all pulp fiction, Thompson's was the ‘rawest and most harrowing’. Best-regarded works are The Killer Inside Me, Savage Night, A Hell of a Woman and Pop. 1280. A number of Thompson's books became popular films, including The Getaway and The Grifters.

Truman Capote (30th September 1924) - American author of many short stories, novels, plays and non-fiction. Most famous works are the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and In Cold Blood (1965), regarded by critics as a pioneering work of the true crime genre.

Sep 24, 2011, 11:10am Top

Great start to the week Porua! I am still in Ancient Egypt with Pauline Gedge's The Twice Born. Should be finished later this weekend.

Sep 24, 2011, 11:21am Top

I just finished A Farewell to Arms and started The Eye of the World. One out of a looooong series.

Sep 24, 2011, 11:33am Top

Reading The hours before dawn by Celia Fremlin

Sep 24, 2011, 11:38am Top

Finishing up the gorgeous Gone with the Wind. Next up might be Case Histories or in keeping with reading books that I thought I read but haven't: Grapes of Wrath.

Sep 24, 2011, 11:38am Top

Thanks, Porua. Finishing Finding Emile by Laurel Corona, a novel of 18th century France. My next read is The Troubled Man by Henning Mankel, a Kurt Wallander novel. I am eagerly anticipating this book.

Sep 24, 2011, 11:40am Top

Thanks, Porua. I still re-read T.S. Eliot.

Below Zero was another good one in the Joe Pickett mystery series, kind of a road trip one with a character thought dead in an earlier book perhaps resurfacing.

Now I've started The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers by Thomas Mullen, and I'm liking it.

Sep 24, 2011, 11:50am Top

Still reading The Night Circus

Sep 24, 2011, 12:01pm Top

Finished The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Disliked it muchly. (http://www.librarything.com/work/7789355/reviews/77644479)

Just started Vermilion Drift by William Kent Krueger.

Still reading Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams between classes at school.

Edited: Sep 24, 2011, 12:29pm Top

Thank you for another great start to the week, Porua!

I'm still reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I am absolutely blown away, once again, by Tolstoy's ability to put the reader right into the middle of a scene...even one as completely unfamiliar as a 19th Century Russian hunting lodge! His descriptions of the food even made me hungry! That''s never happened to me with a book before.

My progess is slower than I would hope, but that is absolutely no reflection on the book. War and Peace is only confirming my love for Tolstoy.

Edited: Sep 24, 2011, 12:51pm Top

Thanks especially for the photo Porua.

Trying The City and the City bt Mieville but having problems getting into it so may quit. Don't know what he's talking about. Started Matthiessen Nine-Headed Dragon River and enjoying first couple of chapters.

Sep 24, 2011, 12:55pm Top

I finished Poor Things last night and really, really enjoyed it.
I picked up a mystery/ thriller called Sorry right before bed and the next thing I knew it was 2am. It totally sucked me in.
I also read a page or two of my eternal companion read Lady Jane Grey a Tudor Mystery while waiting in the carpool line. At this rate she will see me through my daughter's senior year!

Sep 24, 2011, 12:59pm Top

I finished lullabies for little criminals, the usual Orange Prize sock in the gut type of book. Good, but it sure takes your breath away. I'm still listening to Carpe Diem which is interesting, but the narrator is driving me crazy. I've just started Nana, rather, I read the 33 page introduction. So now that I know more about Emile Zola than his defense of Dreyfus, I'm ready to start what I think will be a very interesting book.

Sep 24, 2011, 1:35pm Top

@#2 Ikernagh, I love all things Ancient Egypt. What do you think of The Twice Born so far?

Sep 24, 2011, 4:22pm Top

I just finished The Graveyard Book - I wish Neil Gaiman had written it when I was 10 or 12 years old. I would have loved it even more then.

Now I'm reading A Perfect Spy and getting a jump on the group read by starting Jude the Obscure. Le Carre and Hardy are two of my favorite authors, so I'm looking forward to a good reading week.

Sep 24, 2011, 4:54pm Top

>15 jfetting:, jfetting, I just started a read aloud of The Graveyard Book this week. So far the girls are hanging on every word.

Last week I finished The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig, which I loved. I'm now reading Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny and listening to The Hound of the Baskervilles on audio.

Sep 24, 2011, 4:59pm Top

I finished The Paris Wife and put up a short review. Now I am reading American Gods and this is not my typical kinda reading (whatever that is, I guess), but it was on my shelves and I was looking exactly for something a bit different. His writing is a bit simple, but I'm getting sucked in quickly enough.

Sep 24, 2011, 5:02pm Top

# mollgrace,

Thank you for the info re Kate Atkinson's book.

I just love this site, you all keep me in good books!!!

#15 jfetting, I would like to hear your thoughts on Jude THe Obscure.

Sep 24, 2011, 5:23pm Top

I finished and
reviewed the totally forgettable Nat Tate by William Boyd. I expected a lot more from one of my favorite writers.

Now I'm reading Let's Take the Long Way Home.

Sep 24, 2011, 5:37pm Top

The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For is going into its third day. What a lively and authentic group of people getting on with life!


Sep 24, 2011, 5:46pm Top

#19 brenzi
Isn't that the irritating thing about William Boyd - he is so uneven! He writes a masterpiece like Any Human Heart and then it's all up and down. Restless had some great parts going for it but not perfect and then New Confessions felt like a poor man's Any Human Heart even though I think it came out first. Ordinary Thunderstorms was good but not amazing and had a semi-scary animal moment that(thank goodness) worked out okay.
I'm almost 1/2 way finished with Sorry, an interesting thriller/ novel set in contemporary Berlin. It is nerve wracking and that's what I wanted. I like the writing, too.

Edited: Sep 24, 2011, 6:41pm Top

I'm about 2/3 of the way through The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement by David Brooks. The education chapter has been my favorite so far.

P.S. I forgot to say HAPPY BANNED BOOKS WEEK! Once I finish my book I'll begin reading my banned book selection.

Sep 24, 2011, 6:08pm Top

I'm reading Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, I'll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark and The Shadow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark.

Sep 24, 2011, 7:38pm Top

Today I'm starting The Company of Players by Victor Chapin. It's a book I bought on a whim at the great Haslam's Bookstore in St. Petersburg, Florida, during my recent visit to that city. It's a first edition hardcover. According to the inside jacket flap description, the book is an "entertaining novel about a theatrical company on tour."

When I added the book to my LT library, I found that I had become one of only two LT members with this book. The other is in fact the legacy library of Newton "Bud" Flounders. According to the profile page for the library . . .

"Newton "Bud" Flounders (1922-2005), a Peninsula architect and a life-long collector of gay novels, was a long-time resident of the San Francisco Bay Area and a co-owner of the Walt Whitman Bookshop, one of the first gay and lesbian bookstore in San Francisco which played an early role in creating opportunities for gay men and women in the San Francisco Bay Area to find and get access to literature for and about the LGBT community."

Interesting stuff. Here's the link to the profile: http://www.librarything.com/profile/BudFlounders

As for the book's author, here's his 1983 obituary in the NY Times, also interesting: http://www.nytimes.com/1983/03/12/obituaries/victor-chapin.html

Sep 24, 2011, 7:54pm Top

Just finished

Sydney Taylor, All of a Kind Family - about an early 20th century Jewish family on New York City's lower East Side, lovely. This was new to me but I had the sequel as a child and plan to reread that now.

current reading

Siddartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies - heard of here first, then discovered it was an Amazon Vine book so took the chance to get it this month
Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge
Stella Gibbons, Starlight - published in 1967, set in 60s London, new reprint

Roald Dahl, Matilda
Fiona Kidman, Paddy's Puzzle
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Language of Flowers
Sue Moorcroft, Starting Over
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Sep 24, 2011, 7:59pm Top

I'm reading The Private World of Georgette Heyer which was listed by someone on LT, for which I am grateful because I'm really enjoying it and if I didn't have such a huge stack of TBR's from the library, I'd start into her books again.

Sep 24, 2011, 8:17pm Top

24 - Thanks for that post - interesting info.

Edited: Sep 24, 2011, 9:33pm Top

Because none of my current reads are readily available to me today, I've picked up a couple more. The next David Baldacci's for me are Absolute Power and Hour Game, and I've found a copy of Ernest K. Gann's The High and The Mighty.

Sep 24, 2011, 9:44pm Top

Porua great start to the thread. I am currently reading She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb. Love it so far. Also finished up and didn't really enjoy all that much Just Kids. It was just ok.

Sep 24, 2011, 10:10pm Top

#28 - neverwithoutabook > Ernest Gann's Fate Is the Hunter is one of my few 5-star books - diary tales of his experiences as a mail and early passenger pilot. For an old aviation buff, it ranks right up there with Antoine de Saint-Exupery's great philosophical writing.

Sep 24, 2011, 11:28pm Top

I finished Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life by Paul Mariani and now I'm reading Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner.

Sep 25, 2011, 1:07am Top

I'm putting Nana aside for now, maybe forever. While I love a good Robert Altman film, and Emile Zola would be the one to write it, reading the words doesn't do much for me. Instead I'm starting with great anticipation Tipping the Velvet.

Sep 25, 2011, 1:22am Top

#30 - mldavis2 - Thanks for the tip! I'm finding it difficult to find Ernest Gann's books, but keeping my eyes open. I consider this latest an unexpected pleasure and very happy it's a longer read than Island in the Sky.

Sep 25, 2011, 1:37am Top

I'm reading the very funny Vinyl Cafe Unplugged and the rather bleak The Art of Racing in the Rain. On audio, I'm still enjoying Watership Down.

Sep 25, 2011, 2:34am Top

I'm reading Nine Centuries of Spanish Literature : Nueve siglos de literatura Espanola but will be setting it aside for awhile as soon as I can pick up the copy of Los Pazos De Ulloa by Emilia Pardo Bazan in English. I've been struggling with the Spanish in Nine Centuries without much help from the translations (because the translations haven't been of much help) and will be very, very appreciative of Pardo Bazan's translator. Sorry, won't be a banned book because I'm in the middle of Latino Heritage Month, but female authors from Spain during that time period (1800s?) are so rare, I think we can count her as banned.

Sep 25, 2011, 7:04am Top

Because I know I'll be having a tough week at work, I'm not ashamed to say I'm reading total mind-fluff to escape from it! Because I'm Worth It is my YA escapism this week!

Sep 25, 2011, 8:34am Top

I finished, on audio, The Man Who Smiled. The 4th Kurt Wallander mystery. It was a solid read. I'm still deeply immersed in Perdido Street Station and will be for awhile. It's a big boy.
I also started the 9/11 Report, a graphic adaptation, which I did not know existed until recently, thanks to Donna!

Sep 25, 2011, 8:50am Top

I just started The Memory of Love and I can tell I'm going to love it. Heard about it from several posts here.

Sep 25, 2011, 9:08am Top

To: Mkboylan (From last week's thread)

I got about 1/3 into Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend and then skimmed the rest. The story of Rin Tin Tin and his owner was interesting, but the book lost some steam. The most interesting facts were in the beginning, but as the story captures the original dog and then his descendents I lost interest once the first dog died. The story even surpasses the owner's life. The writer also inserts herself by telling us what fascinated her and how it brought back memories for her, which had no positive affect on me.

After such a lackluster read, I'm following everyone's advice and have started City of Thieves.

Sep 25, 2011, 10:12am Top

39 BBleil thanks so much for the word on Rin Tin Tin. think I'll skip it and put City ofmThieves on my list!

Sep 25, 2011, 12:18pm Top

I'm a bit over halfway through River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh, the sequel to his 2008 novel Sea of Poppies, which is set in Canton and Hong Kong in 1838, just before the First Opium War between the British and Chinese. I'm also reading County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital by David A. Ansell, a book about Cook County Hospital, the author's experiences there, and the plight of the poor and uninsured in receiving adequate health services in the U.S.

Sep 25, 2011, 1:22pm Top

I am currently reading Winter's Bone and, despite finding the writing a bit on the difficult side, enjoying it very much.

Sep 25, 2011, 2:04pm Top

I finished Lolly Willowes and now I'm reading A Family Memoir Revisited by Michael Holroyd.

Sep 25, 2011, 2:20pm Top

I am very happy to have read The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, and I wish them all well in the future. I have read the introduction to the Norton Critical Edition of Northanger Abbey and should get started on the novel itself tonight.


Sep 25, 2011, 2:23pm Top

Finished The Dog Who Knew Too Much by Spencer Quinn- another fun adventure with Chet and Bernie!

Just started Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

Sep 25, 2011, 2:41pm Top

Just finished and reviewed Wayward Son by Tom Pollack and now for something completely different.......just dipped into Mozart's Blood by Louise Marley.

P.S. Love this thread because I find so many interesting books to add to my growing Mt. TBR.

PPS. Touchstone not working for Louise Marley for some reason, sorry!

Sep 25, 2011, 2:47pm Top

42 I sure enjoyed the movie of Winters Bone!

Sep 25, 2011, 2:48pm Top

I finished Sorry last night and, frankly, was a little disenchanted by the end. I can't say I liked any of the characters very much and the constant switching times and point of view was frustrating at times. At one point, I came to believe that there were at least two characters named "Karl" simply because of the writing style. I gave it three stars because it was a good idea for a book.
Now, because my cold has returned in full force, I'm going to read Elizabeth Peter's The Mummy Case because I need a break. And, I'm still in my pajamas!

Sep 25, 2011, 2:52pm Top

Enaid - have some hot and sour soup! Great for unplugging colds!

Sep 25, 2011, 2:54pm Top

>14 AygsWithLaygs: AygsWithLaygs - I finished The Twice Born this morning. I enjoyed this well written historical fiction set in Ancient Egypt and look forward to continuing with series. I have posted my full review on the book page, if you are interested.

Next up is The Sisters Brothers, to see what all the buzz is about this one. ;-)

Sep 25, 2011, 3:43pm Top

The Mummy case--reading a good Amelia Peabody sounds wonderful. Instead I'm still trying to get fond of Birdsong I'm now into life in the trenches and my interest has picked up a bit.

Sep 25, 2011, 4:12pm Top

Picked up The Taker on Friday! Yay for Bull Moose Music Scarborough ME! So excited that they now sell books! sorry.. just made me so happy lol. Happy Sunday all!

Sep 25, 2011, 5:08pm Top

Right now I'm reading the 4th part of Gone With the Wind, plus When She Woke by Hillary Jordan.

Sep 25, 2011, 5:47pm Top

#50 Ikernagh - > Just read your review, I will have to pick that one up!

Sep 25, 2011, 6:26pm Top

enaid and mkboylan: I'll vouch for the hot & sour soup AND for Elizabeth Peters.

Sep 25, 2011, 8:00pm Top

Finished The Soul of a Man Under Socialism by Oscar Wilde earlier today and will be 'officially' starting The Tattoo Chronicles by Kat Von D tomorrow.

Sep 26, 2011, 4:35am Top

It's my first full week post-dissertation completion when I can read what I want when I want for the first time in 6 months.

I have two audios on the go, one in the car (Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey) and one on my phone (The City and the City by China Mieville). I have until Thursday to finish Nicole Krauss's Great House for my book group and finally on Kindle I'm more than three quarters of the way through Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence but I've been stuck at that point for quite some time.

Sep 26, 2011, 8:45am Top

I am having one of the slowest reading years in my adult life.....way too many distractions....still reading Beware of Pity and listening to Can You Forgive Her ? At least most of the books I have been reading have been excellent reads!

Sep 26, 2011, 10:08am Top

I started Pompeii by Robert Harris this weekend as part of the September Sequels and Series group read. Who could have thought that civil engineering could be this interesting? This is turning out to be a great historical mystery. I am 100 pages into it and last night had to tell myself to quit reading it because I had to get to work today. This was a good choice to complete the month. I am still reading the daily travelogue Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. He is a good storyteller, and the first part of the book was very interesting when he told about getting ready for the expedition. The trip up the Missouri isn't as interesting. But I am still reading so it can't be all that bad.

I also purchased all three of the Crusades Trilogy by Jan Guillou. Don't know a thing about them, but needed a book about knights for my nephew's Christmas present. He likes knights and stuff like that so think this will be a good match for him.

Sep 26, 2011, 10:24am Top

57 -Congrats! The thought of all that work makes my head hurt! What was your subject? Also, let me know how you like City. I just gave up on it, maybe prematurely.

Sep 26, 2011, 1:14pm Top

>58 hemlokgang: Two great books to be stuck on, Hemlokgang.

Sep 26, 2011, 2:51pm Top

I agree!!

Sep 26, 2011, 6:01pm Top

I am so glad The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For keeps getting resurrected on this thread! I so loved it and would not have known it but for LT.

Had a bit of a hard time finding something to hunker down wit, so asked an author friend I know to recommend something. This is her friend, but she told me to go get Sand Queen by Helen Benedict. So I did. It's very good so far and I'm about a 1/3 done already. It is a quick read about some of the realities of the Iraqi war/invasion and the horror the U.S. women soldiers live through. Apparently, the research (which culminated in a NF book earlier) was extensive. There is also an intertwined story about an Iraqi woman/medical student.

Sep 26, 2011, 6:39pm Top

I am starting The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes.

Sep 26, 2011, 6:51pm Top

Having a wonderful time listening to Dog On It, the first book in a fun mystery series told from the point of view of Chet, the mostly non-anthropomorphic police-trained dog "partner" of private detective Bernie.

Sep 26, 2011, 6:52pm Top

Finished Vermilion Drift by William Kent Krueger. Enjoyed it muchly. Will have to hunt down more of his.

Next up is The Blood Books Volume 1: Blood Price, Blood Trail by Tanya Huff. Not sure about this one. Not my usual cup of tea.

Sep 26, 2011, 8:00pm Top

I'm still working The Lost Hero. I hope to start Marcelo in the Real World, but that seems like a tall order right now.

Sep 26, 2011, 8:35pm Top

63 - Carolyn I put Sand Queen on my wish list but don't plan on wishing too long!

I highly recommend Helen Benedict's NF book you mentioned, The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq. When I was still teaching a course about families and stress at Calif State Univ, I used that book as a text for my students to learn about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other effects of war so that they would be in a better position to be helpful with returning soldiers. And maybe better voters also! My students really liked the book and appreciated learning more about women soldiers. It's a great read.

Sep 26, 2011, 10:29pm Top

I finished and reviewed Gail Caldwell's memoir Let's Take the Long Way Home. Now I've moved on to Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman.

Sep 27, 2011, 12:46am Top

I'm planing to read Let's Take the Long Way Home next month, so I read only the first line of your review, Bonnie. I'll make sure to have a sufficient supply of tissues before I start it.

Sep 27, 2011, 8:21am Top

Mkboylan ~ Sand Queen is great, you are in for a treat. I flew through half the book last night. It is a bit rough around the edges and such (written very simply for the one character), but you can tell the author knows her stuff. I will definitely check out The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq ... I guess few actually believed that (and questioned the author's research) was happening, when that book came out. The author took a fair deal of grief over it. I really don't know why some of it surprises me, but it does. I had not EVEN considered the hardships the women face within their own ranks. I do, however, believe it.

Citizenjoyce ~ I really loved Let's Take The Long Way Home - and I keep lending it out, receiving it back, from a circle of friends and family and everyone has just loved it. Sad though :(

Sep 27, 2011, 8:26am Top

I'm juggling a bunch of books at the moment: When She Woke by Hillary Jordan, The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory, S is for Silence by Sue Grafton, Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, plus the audio of A First-Rate Madness by Nassir Ghaemi.

Sep 27, 2011, 8:45am Top

I finished Winter's Bone on Sunday and really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to seeing the movie.

I am now reading The Brontes by Juliet Barker and can pretty much guarantee that this will be my post for the next two weeks since the book is about 1000 pages!

Sep 27, 2011, 9:08am Top

Read The Family Fang in two sittings! Loved it. I am on a role with great novels: last week it was I married you for Happiness and a few weeks before The Buddha in the Attic.

What should I read next? Airplane ride ahead...

Sep 27, 2011, 9:10am Top

>69 brenzi:. Great review Bonnie. I loved the book too.

Sep 27, 2011, 10:29am Top

I started Sarah's Key and all I can say is that it is gripping. I can't seem to put it down and I am even finding myself getting up earlier than normal to read before work. I love how each chapter alternates between past and present. Obviously, the subject matter is intense but the story is beautifully told.


Sep 27, 2011, 10:31am Top

>73 bookaholicgirl: bookaholicgirl, The Brontes is amazing - absolutely my favorite biography ever. It takes forever to get through, but it's just the best ever.

Sep 27, 2011, 2:31pm Top

I started reading The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny over the weekend. Someone told me that if I liked Game of Thrones (which I loved!), then I would like this. I'm not finding that to be true, but once, again, I'm trying to stick it out.

Sep 27, 2011, 2:51pm Top

#65 If you enjoyed Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn you'll be happy to know that there are 3 other books in this series. It is great fun- enjoy!

Sep 27, 2011, 4:43pm Top

I finished Carpe Diem which turned out to be a surprisingly good read about travels in Southeast Asia (where, according to the book, rolls of toilet paper are placed on restaurant tables to be used as napkins). This is one of the few times I've read about the Hmong since The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, and I found the contrast between the happy family and the drug den very interesting. Ultimately it's a YA novel with the requisite teen age love story, and the worst possible narrator on the audiobook, and alas a really stupid christian miracle (what do you expect from the daughter of missionaries?). But all in all, worth my time.

Now I start an audio of The House of Mirth.

Sep 27, 2011, 6:57pm Top

>75 alphaorder: Thanks Nancy!

Edited: Sep 28, 2011, 1:01am Top

I finished Michael Holroyd's Mosaic: A Family Memoir Revisited. Now I'm reading Christopher Fowler's Bryant and May mystery Full Dark House and Home: The Short History of an Idea by Witold Rybczynski.

Holroyd's book is quite wonderful -- the search into his family history reveals much about the author himself. It is fascinating to follow him on the trail of some very elusive people from the past. There is also an especially good chapter on his efforts to settle the estate of a relative -- the convoluted and torturous path he travels through the legal system, government bureaucracy, insurance companies, and social services would be great comedy if it weren't so familiar and true. I also appreciated having a glimpse of his marriage to Margaret Drabble. Just a glimpse -- but with a writer as fine as Holroyd, you don't need much more.

Mosaic would probably be even more meaningful if read after his previous search into family history, Basil Street Blues, but I could not lay my hands on a copy of that book -- I'm still working on tracking it down.

Sep 28, 2011, 12:00am Top

In celebration of Banned Books Week, I'm reading Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson, which is #33 on the ALA's list of Top Banned/Challenged books for 2000-2009.

Sep 28, 2011, 7:25am Top

I'm still struggling through Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes by William Kennedy. Should finish it today - an interesting book that is slow reading (for me) due to its run-on sentences and occasional off-the-wall one-liners. Review to follow, of course.

Sep 28, 2011, 12:19pm Top

Posted on the wrong thread cause it's to early in the morning for me! LOL

I'm reading Absolute Power by David Baldacci and quite enjoying it. I'm hoping to finish it before I finish the month.

Sep 28, 2011, 3:45pm Top

Sep 28, 2011, 4:56pm Top

I finished, loved and reviewed Tipping the Velvet, not for the sexually squeamish, but what a wonderful book. I've decided to listen to The Age of Innocence instead of House of Mirth because there's a discussion of Innocence going on somewhere around here. I'll have to look for it. I've listened to 1 CD of House of Mirth and can't help seeing Gillian Anderson every time Lilly Bart speaks. I'm going to have to find that movie.

Sep 28, 2011, 5:34pm Top

>79 ellenflorman: Thanks, Ellen! I am happy to know it. In fact, as soon as I finished the first one, I went straight to the library and ordered the next two on CD. The fourth in the series is not available yet, but I am hopeful. Or I'll buy it. It's that good.

Edited: Sep 28, 2011, 6:21pm Top

I finished Sand Queen - kinda mixed feelings on it. Popped up a review. Not sure what is next. I'm waist deep in my fiction writing class, so now have to "workshop" other students' works (which is quite a bit) and all the assigned reading (which are often very cool short stories by many different authors), not to mention the writing itself. But it doesn't leave much time for reading novels/NF like I usually do. I am going to a pretty cool reading this weekend though (which I then have to write about - it is an assignement - but I can pick any book reading I want) for the book Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab by Dmitry Samarov ... so that sorta qualifies as reading, listening, doesn't it?

Sep 28, 2011, 8:35pm Top

89 I'll have to check out the dmitry samarov beCause ire ally enjoyed Melissa Plaut Hack How I Stopped worrying. It was a fun read for me. She has a website www.newyorkhack.blogspot.com for more about her book. Let us know how you like the Hack reading. Think ill wishlist the book.

Sep 28, 2011, 8:46pm Top

#66 seitherin In addition to reading Elizabeth Peters Mummy Case I'm reading the first William Kent Krueger Iron Lake and I'm really liking it. I was getting my car inspected and Iron Lake was so engrossing the time passed like nothing. Terrific story & well told. I'm looking forward to checking out some of his others.

Sep 28, 2011, 8:49pm Top

Oh - I meant to thank you all for the hot & sour soup recommendations to help with my cold. It worked wonders - I also got a vegetarian eggroll to act as a vehicle for tons of hot Chinese mustard. Doing lots better!

Sep 28, 2011, 10:04pm Top

Yay enaid! Good for you!

Sep 29, 2011, 12:52pm Top

Just started The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel.

Sep 29, 2011, 1:09pm Top

Reading The Troubled Man, the last Kurt Wallender novel, by Henning Makell. Wish it were'nt so, but it is.

Sep 29, 2011, 1:12pm Top

I started New Moon by Stephanie Meyer last night

Sep 29, 2011, 3:46pm Top

Continuing through The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, a baseball story of sorts...

Also just begun Michael Moorcock's The Coming of the Terraphiles...classic Moorcock.

Sep 29, 2011, 4:04pm Top

I finished and loved When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka, about the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. Continuing along in the same vein I'm now reading Obasan by Joy Kogawa.

Sep 29, 2011, 5:33pm Top

Read Stuart Woods Son of Stone yesterday - meh. Day before read Cecil Castellucci The Plain Janes recommended here. Great little graphic read. Perhaps inspired by the Guerilla Girls work. Www.guerillagirls.com if you don't know of them. The Plain Janes rock! I found it inspiring, reminding me to get off my duff and DO something.

Sep 29, 2011, 7:55pm Top

Just finished two short stories (The Interlopers by Saki and The Most Dangerous Game by Richrd Connell) and am now slowly, ploddingly, digging my way through Bleak House by Charles Dickens.

Sep 29, 2011, 8:34pm Top

I am reading FDR's Funeral Train and am surprised how much I am enthralled by it so far.

Sep 30, 2011, 4:08am Top

#100 Tes: I had to read Bleak House last year or a class, but I enjoyed it. It is at times a bit longish and intertwined and not so easily to see through, but it is very good. But it also definetely belongs to those works, you have to read at least twice to get all of it!

Edited: Sep 30, 2011, 7:14am Top

Just starting The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town by John Grisham. I received this from the publisher for review (autographed, no less). It is the first book (I believe) written by Grisham that is non-fiction, describing the conviction and exoneration of a murderer by DNA evidence. It promises to be a powerful statement and a timely read following the Davis execution in Georgia.

Sep 30, 2011, 9:12am Top

>99 mkboylan: mkboylan I'm a fan of The Plain Janes. You'd probably like her follow-up, Janes in Love.

Sep 30, 2011, 9:32am Top

I'm reading Holes by Louis Sachar this week.
I've seen it recommended everywhere, but never got a chance to get hold on it.... until I found my little brother reading it few days ago :P
He gave it to me after he was done.

He told me that right after he finished the book, his teacher told his class they were using it for novel studies. He got a heads start :D

Sep 30, 2011, 10:35am Top

104 thanks jn!

Sep 30, 2011, 11:43am Top

I finished two books yesterday and really liked them both. Pompeii was great and Silesian Station was equally as good, plus it was equal as a sequel to the first in the John Russell series Zoo Station. I stayed up far to late in the night with Pompeii on several evenings, but loved this book. A little mystery, romance, and great characters all wrapped in the inevitability of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in August of 79 A.D. The author did a great job with taking an event so well known and turning it into a page turner thriller. Who would have thought civil engineering would be so interesting?

Silesian Station was another very good spy novel. The author has maintained his pace and tension through two books about spy John Russell. Usually the sequels begin to flatten in interest, but this book doesn't do that. This is good writing. This book was especially tension filled because it takes place in the summer of 1939 and ends a few days after Germany invades Poland on September 1, 1939. I am including this in my list of series to recommend to my fellow readers.

Sep 30, 2011, 11:43am Top


I liked Holes very much. Thought it was a very good book and am glad to see that people are still reading it.

Sep 30, 2011, 4:42pm Top

Because I enjoyed Cooking With Fernet Branca as much as I did, I quickly ordered the sequels and got started on Amazing Disgrace last night. The author hasn't actually set the hook yet, but it looks like, reeled in or not, I'll be content reading it.


Sep 30, 2011, 4:51pm Top

Polished off Pride and Prejudice and Zombies this week and am now in the throes of Perdido Street Station. So far I'm drawn into the world Miéville has created and curious to see where it all goes.

Sep 30, 2011, 5:58pm Top

From last week's thread:

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

That one just went on my wish list...

(25) elkiedee, I read most if not all of the All of a Kind Family when I was a young girl. I think I'll go look them up at the library this weekend.

I just finished reading The Morning Gift by Diana Norman, which I have not read in years and years. I still like it almost as much as I did when I first read it.

I also bought a used copy of The Physician by Noah Gordon. I'm halfway through and, again, am really enjoying the reread.

At the same time I'm reading Minor Prophets (the second book in the series) by Dr. Peter Ruckman. It's fascinating and definitely something to check out if you enjoy reading the Bible and other religious material.

Sep 30, 2011, 6:01pm Top

(65) Having a wonderful time listening to Dog On It, the first book in a fun mystery series told from the point of view of Chet, the mostly non-anthropomorphic police-trained dog "partner" of private detective Bernie.

Excellent! Once you finish, you need to read the next three...

Sep 30, 2011, 6:02pm Top

(88) The 4th one in the Chet and Bernie series just came out in hardcover...I know, because I got it first from the library last week, woo!

Sep 30, 2011, 7:04pm Top

112 Oh, yes! I've already reserved the next two Chet and Bernie mysteries on audio from the library. That was one of the most enjoyable audiobooks I've listened to this year! Loved the reader, the way he made Chet seem so, well, doggish without sounding sappy or too cute.

Sep 30, 2011, 8:33pm Top

I am reading Sula for Toni Morrison for my fiction writing class. But I am only to read 47 pages this week. I forgot how good it was. So I did that and am now reading the chick lit of Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister which was my Mom's book. It is pretty good for chick lit, but I REALLY want to meet the uber perfect men who grace these pages (they cook, they bake bread even, they clean, they watch the kids, they support the women's interests, they are gorgeous, they are worldy, they are creative, they always listen and don't seem interested in sports - not a flaw in the lot of 'em). But it HAS made me realize why women do, in fact, dig chick lit.

Sep 30, 2011, 8:52pm Top

Finished The Lost Hero and now starting The Museum of the Missing. Although I will probably put it down once I get my hot little hands on The Son of Neptune

Sep 30, 2011, 8:56pm Top

etrange mort de Henri IV by Philippe Erlanger

Oct 1, 2011, 5:38am Top

Reading and enjoying Conference at Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons.

Oct 1, 2011, 5:43am Top

I am reading "The Wise Man's Fear" by Patrick Rothfuss. It's pretty good :)

Edited: Oct 1, 2011, 9:29am Top

I'm reading the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Great book, it grabbed me from the first line.

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