What Are You Reading the Week of 5 May 2012?
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The 5th: Christopher Morley
“There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.”
The 6th: Jeffrey Deaver
If we meet an honest and intelligent politician, a dozen, a hundred, we say they aren't like politicians at all, and our category of politicians stays unchanged; we know what politicians are like.
The 7th: Gene Wolfe
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
The 8th: Peter Benchley
The 9th: Richard Adams
“You know that place between sleeping and awake, that place where you can still remember dreaming? That's where I'll always think of you.” “You know that place between sleeping and awake, that place where you can still remember dreaming? That's where I'll always think of you.”
The 10th: Barbara Taylor Bradford
The 11th: Stanley Elkin
Richard P. Feynman
As always, nice job, Richard. I'm reading Laughing gas by P. G. Wodehouse. Somehow Wodehouse's books all seem the same, but they're so pleasant I never care.
Freud huh? Well I guess he had to be born some day.
I'm about 2/3 way though The Stolen Crown: The Secret Marriage that Forever Changed the Fate of England and just realized it's about Richard III whom I know only because I met him in Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time. Higginbotham doesn't seem to see him in the same light as Tey.
I'm about 1/2 way through a re read of an audiobook of O Pioneers!. I do love Willa Cather
and on paper I'm about in the middle of Salvage the Bones. Is anything good going to happen to any of these people? What a difficult book.
Read another vintage mystery The Lodger by Marie Adelaide Belloc, although this falls more into the category of psychological thriller. This book went on to become the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger. The book and the movie have different conclusions though. My thoughts on the book are here,
Porua, thanks for the heads-up about The Lodger. I hadn't heard of that one before. I just downloaded it from Manybooks.
As for what I'm reading this week, I just started The King's Speech by Mark Logue. The book gives much more background information about Lionel Logue and King George VI than the film did. It's an interesting read.
Thanks for the shiny new thread, Richard! Happy Cinco de Mayo, and happy birthday to Christopher Morely! Parnassus on Wheels and The Haunted Bookshop are wonderful little gems!
I'm currently reading The Blessings of a Good, Thick Skirt by Mary Russell, which is non-fiction about one of my favorite topics, the history of women's travel. I'm definitely enjoying it.
Thanks, Richard. Yes, you do deserve it. Just finishing Flat Spin, an ER book that came at the right time for me. An old fashioned wise guy character, and a plot that keeps on giving.
Just received my new ER book, The Court That Blamed Me.
I'm a few chapters away from finishing up Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin which is more focused on the care of animals owned by the food industry than backyard animals.
In the afternoons I've been reading my Early Reviewer Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge. It's a great story. I was definitely mislead by the title; the story is not as lighthearted as I thought it would be.
Happy Derby Day!
Finished the wonderful Gulliver's Travels this morning......cannot believe I haven't read it before now. However, having just returned from visiting my son at his Peace Corps site in the Dominican Republic, it may just have been one of those marvelous, mysterious, fortuitous cosmic timing experiences.
Continuing to read The Mill On The Floss and about to start listening to The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura.
I'm currently reading Packing for Mars by Mary Roach (audio), When Maidens Mourn by C.S. Harris (library book), and The Stolen Crown: The Secret Marriage that Forever Changed the Fate of England by Susan Higginbotham (eBook) (and a big thank you to Citizenjoyce for mentioning it), and getting ready to start the next Dr. Siri Disco for the Departed.
I continue to read Murderous Procession but find myself distracted by the marvelous Finding George Orwell in Burma. I can't decide if the later is a travel book, a work of literary criticism on Orwell, or a statement about the political affairs of Burma. Whatever it is, it is very well done and an intriguing book with lots of ideas in it.
I also continue to read David Copperfield but since the group read left me behind last month I am not in much of a hurry. It has a substantial hardcover that was built to last, (the copyright date on it is 1894) so I have been carrying it around with me in my purse. That means that I read it a page at a time. I figure that since Dickens wrote it as a serial that was published in magazines and newspapers I should read it as a serial that I carry around in much the same manner as a magazine or newspaper. Right?
I started listening to Echo Park for the May Murder & Mayhem group. I always enjoy the Harry Bosch stories.
Crime and Punishment by Dostojevskij. Have to. It's part of my education as future teacher. I have 2 days of finish it, and I am on page 30. Good luck with that.
I have read Crime and Punishment three times, now, and have been more amazed by it each time. Two days to read it is a tall order, however.
Happy Saturday my LT friends. And thank you Richard for once again getting us all organized and ready for the week....always nice to come in on Saturday to a shiny new thread. :)
Finished "A Friend of my Youth" this afternoon. Alice Munro never disappoints. All 10 short stories in this collection are wonderful. On to "The Beauty of Humanity Movement" by Camilla Gibb....my book clubs May selection.
>14 Storeetllr, don't you just love a free book, and a good one at that. What a prize.
>18 Richard hillbilly noir?
>25 Yes, I do! And it is so good (so far) that I will definitely be buying more of this author's work, so it was also a good move on her (or her publisher's) part.
Finished Song of Achilles, and was very moved by it. Was a bit disappointed that she used the ghost to finish the story, but she did it so well that I'm not really upset. Hopefully, the first book was the hardest and now that she's over that hump, Miller will be publishing many, many more!
Also read 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, which was interesting, informative & light. Currently reading Lifeblood about Ray Chambers efforts to eradicate malaria, and really enjoying it.
I started catching up on reading this thread tonight, and my hold list at the library has since grown by six titles (I didn't even know there was a book for The King's Speech! Thank you, fellow Canadian!), and I'm only at #22 for The Swerve, so reading On the Nature of Things is probably next on my list: I'm looking forward to A.E. Stallings' poetic translation.
Am currently reading The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett Hand itis really good.I experienced that the english original is way funnier and better written than the german translation. Love it so far!
Closing in on the ending of The Marriage Plot. I can see why a lot of people preferred Middlesex but I'm really enjoying this. Definitely a book you need to be able to concentrate on though - not something you can read with the TV in the background.
#3 I think we all know that being born on the 6th of any month is a definite sign of penis envy.
>25 I love that description! It's so apt.
I've added a quote for today's birthday boy Randall Jarrell to post #1.
Finished The Light Fantastic. IT was very funny and I really enjoyed it. I read the prequel in its german translations Hand found IT Not nearly as good as this one.
> # 27 Heduanna LifeBlood sounds amazing. I had no idea those kinds of conditions exist. Thanks for mentioning the book.
I've been captivated all weekend with Laurent Binet's HHhH, a dazzling historical infranovel that depicts the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in Prague in 1942 and the author's obsession with writing the story.
> 16: fuzzi - It is a Hugo winner (so more science fiction than fantasy) about a dystopian earth and one man who seems to live very long who shows a Vegan (ha!, the alien race) around Earth.
I finished that nice book, This Immortal, and moved on to another sci-fi classic Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon.
#39> When my wife and I were in Prague a few years back, we basically stumbled onto the church in which the assassins were hiding out waiting to be smuggled out of the city when they were betrayed and surrounded. You can go down into the basement where they made their final stand. It's eerie and yet very moving.
# 6 Canadian_Down_Under, you're welcome! The Lodger was a strange reading experience. Parts of it were really exciting but other parts especially the ending left me feeling a bit cold towards the book. Hope you like it better than me!
Racing through an entertaining but very quick read (I got more than halfway through in bed last night) The Dead of Summer.
I am reading Swamplandia! by Karen Russell which I received from an awesome LT'r! So far, I like it. She has an amazing, fresh, intelligent writing style. However, I have a wee bit of a feeling it's a whollota talent and kind of an insipid story to tell it with. But I shall reserve judgment. It feels a lot like my Special Topics in Calamity Physics experience - a book I really enjoyed and yet, it sure was inconsistent and I could not think of one person in the real world to recommed it to! In any event, I am excited to get back to Swamplandia! so that is always a good sign.
I am also on my way to pick up Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunarantana - he is speaking at a local Buddhist temple opening at the end of May! So I want to soak up a bit of his wisdom first. I guess this could possibly be one of his last public appearances, or so I've been told, as he's in his 80s a little frail.
I also finished the second (of ten) paramita (sila) in Buddha is as Buddha Does by Lama Surya Das and am letting that sink into life as I know it. He suggests digesting each concept, reflecting and incorporating it into life (and this one is a toughie), instead of racing through the book. I've found that is wonderful reading/living advice!
I've finished The Blessings of a Good, Thick Skirt: Women Travellers and Their World by Mary Russell, which I enjoyed very much, and have now started Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village by Sarah Erdman. I'm not far in, but I really like what I've read so far.
For all of you who revelled in 1960 LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon The Epic Campaign That Forged Three Presidencies, by David Pietrusza (read 25 Nov 2008)
the author has a similar book on 1948, which I am gobbling up this week. Red meat for anyone interested in political history.
Every so often I throw in something light or fun or trashy or out of character (for me)...or all of the above...reading The Hunger Games right now.
I finished A Murderous Procession by Ariana Franklin this weekend, and really liked it. The saddest part is that the book ended on a cliff-hanger and I wonder what would have happened to the characters if the author had the chance to write another book. Oh well, all four of the books in this series were winners, so if you haven't read any of the Mistress of the Art of Death series go out and try one.
I started reading When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson. This is the third in the Jackson Brodie series and I am looking forward to it.
#60 Bell: I'm curious to know what you thiought of Gillespie and I. It's been on my radar for a little while now.
# 60 bell7 > I too am curious about Gillespie and I. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it.
Couple pages into The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
I'm a little more than half way through Gillespie and I which I'm reading on Nook so it's supposed to be my gym book; however, I just can't stop reading. I knew nothing about the book before I started except that it was long listed for the Orange Prize. This is my favorite kind of read - one that is recommended by people whose judgement I value while I don't know a thing about what's going to happen. I almost think no one should review it, just rate it with stars and let the new reader be surprised.
>61 and 65 Gillespie and I was good, though it's kind of better if you don't know much about it going in. (Kind of like Citizenjoyce says in #70). I enjoyed it, and found myself wanting to talk with someone who had read it after I was done.
(42) divinenanny, thanks for the description of that book. :)
There seems to be a lot of SciFi mentioned lately, so I'm going to ask if any of you know the title/author of a book I read years ago:
The book is divided into several sections, but the main premise is that of a huge being in space, who creates planets and watches what happens. Each section involves a story of people and how this being's actions affect their lives.
I've already put this in "Name That Book" but to no avail.
I read this book in the late 1980s to early 1990s, and I believe it was from the first part of the SciFi shelves at the public library, so the author probably would have a last name beginning with A, B, C, D, etc.
This week I read and reviewed Akin to Anne, a selection of short stories by the author of Anne of Green Gables and enjoyed it. I'm now working through The God Who Is There by Francis Schaeffer. It's a challenging read, but I'm determined to not only read it, but understand it (lots of philosophical stuff in it, which I've never studied before).
Yesterday I finished Panther Baby by Jamal Joseph. It was a good read. I had DVRd the author on BookTV so got to see that and enjoyed it. I always like hearing about a person's evolution of thought. Altho, I sure get cranky when I read about government infiltration of such groups as the Black Panthers.
Started Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin.
The new Harlen Coben is en route to my library for me tho, so when that arrives, all else comes to a screeching halt!
#69 katlikereadsometimes: how donyou like The Name of the Wind? My boyfriend is currently reading it and he really enjoys it. I hope it keeps up to this promising start...
Thank you ladies for all the (cryptic) reviews :) of Gillespie and I. My interest is peaked, to say the least. I'm logging on to my library's site right now and requesting it....hopefully I won't have to wait too long.
>73, fuzzi, could be Asimov, Aldiss, Bear, Banks.... The description only rings half bells (in my last read book Star Maker there is a being who creates and watches, but the sections have nothing to do with the actions of the being itself). You can also try the SF fans group (http://www.librarything.com/groups/sciencefictionfans).
(79) divinenanny, I don't think it's Star Maker, and it's not Asimov (I would have remembered, my sister was a big fan of Asimov).
I'll keep looking, thanks. :)
I read Gillespie and I with no knowledge of what it was about and I reviewed it w/o saying anything about what the book was about. It's one of those books. You WILL enjoy it. Almost guaranteed.
I finished and REVIEWED the National Book Award winner Salvage the Bones.
Now I'm reading The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman.
Just started Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem and it looks like it will be an interesting read.
This morning I began Guadalcanal Diary by Richard Tregaskis. I've got a cool first edition from 1943. No dust jacket, though.
I am reading Rekindling The Waters, The Truth About Swimming With Dolphins by Leah Lemiuax
I read Silk many years ago and loved it so much I bought it for friends as gifts. I don't know if any of them read it or not, but I thought it was a great book and it wouldn't scare them off. Erotic and moody but not scary, sexy, or violent. A novel to make you think.
I'm traveling this week, so I bought Insurgent for my NOOK yesterday. Back home, I've been thoroughly enjoying Words to Eat By: Five Foods and the Culinary History of the English Language.
#98 I have not read the novel, however I have seen the movie and it was oh so very good.
>99 The novel is exponentially more wrenching and heartbreaking. I don't know if that means "better" or not....
Halfway through Painter of Silence, an Orange shortlist title. Enjoying it very much.
I am about half way into Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuellson and really love it. His passion for food (and life) is really contagious!
I finished Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larking. It is a refreshing and compelling book that is equal parts travel book, literary criticism, and political commentary on colonialism and totalitarianism. I have not read Orwell, l aside from Animal Farm, which almost every High School student in the U. S. is compelled to read, so the parts of the book where the author compared what Orwell had written with what has happened in Burma was very interesting. I have not visited Burma, and so the descriptions of the country were evocative, intriguing, and ultimately enticing. I picked up this book because it had good reviews in professional literature, but also because recent events in Burma, made me think this would be a timely read. It was. There is a little bit of history in the book as well as the observations made by the author that helped to explain some of the things I hear about in the news. This is a very worthwhile informative book that manages to blend literary criticism with political commentary and travelogue. If offers plenty of insight and explanation written in a very succinct style.
This book languished on my shelf for almost two years, before I finally got around to reading it. I pulled it off the shelf because of the recent events in Burma. The release of Aung Son Sou Kyi and the new elections might make this look at current life in Burma out-of-date, but even if so the literary criticism would still be relevant.
#109 Benitastmad: Finding George Orwell in Burma has been on my radar forever! I've searched every library within my vicinity, which makes 37 libraries total, for at least two years, and none have ever had this book.
It's like the quest for the Holy Grail, lol! I will absolutely have to break down and buy it if it is available. You've spurred me on!
I would recommend Burmese Days by George Orwell. It sounds like you'd probably enjoy it.
> 99, 101......Agree wholeheartedly with Richard's comments about the book!
109 and 110 - and I got the book from my library for the second time because of 109's previous comments on it. I am really enjoying it, so glad I'm reading it. As you say, learning some of the history and other pieces of Burma all at once - very enjoyable. Also liking the descriptions of the landscape.
Yes - I'm thinking Burmese Days also.
Perfect time to be reading about this country.
I've just finished Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village by Sarah Erdman. It was a wonderful account of the two years that the author spent as a Peace Corps volunteer in a small village in the Ivory Coast at the end of the 1990's.
Now I'll be starting The Moon and Sixpence by W Somerset Maugham. What a leap!
Can you try Inter-Library Loan? That is where your library borrows the book from another library and then you get it for a specified period of time. The book is only 300 pages and is a nice easy reading book.
#116: That is definitely an option, but not one I generally take advantage of. I think I'd rather just buy a copy outright, although I'm not so sure it would still be in print. I tihnk books go out of print rather quickly these days, if I'm not mistaken. I'll have to start looking around. I know used copies might be available from Abebooks, The Strand, etc..
Agree w/ your opinion about The Little Friend. It was disappointing.
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