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*** What are you reading now? - Part 4

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May 23, 2016, 3:51am Top

Anyone reading anything extraordinary?

I am enjoying a vacation back in Bulgaria, trying to stay away from computers for a bit so I will report when I am back what I had been reading (not as much as I expected).

May 23, 2016, 4:32am Top

I've finished Robertson Davies's Salterton Trilogy over the weekend and found the third book even better than the previous two.

For my real life book group I'm reading Why We Came to the City by Kristopher Jansma, which is, halfway through, very much a young-person-dies-tragically book, except with the occasional literary flourish. It has a high rating on LT, so maybe it will improve dramatically from here.

I was distracted from the young person's hospital death bed by The Flight of Gemma Hardy, Margot Livesey's reimagining of Jane Eyre set in 1960s Scotland. I'm enjoying it tremendously.

May 23, 2016, 10:13am Top

I'm reading the extremely strange The Glory of the Empire by Jean d'Ormesson, which I picked up thanks to an intriguing email from NYRB, and I've started the introduction to Walter Scott's The Heart of Midlothian, thanks to a review by SassyLassy.

May 23, 2016, 11:59am Top

I am reading the Novels of Matteo Bandello, Bishop of Agen They are really short stories and were published in the early 16th century. There are six volumes of them and so it will take me some time to get through them.

May 23, 2016, 1:00pm Top

I am reading Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

May 23, 2016, 1:26pm Top

I'm reading Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving.

May 23, 2016, 2:55pm Top

52 days later I have finished Gravity's Rainbow. Phew...

Just thinking about a review makes my head hurt.

I'm happy to report I'm now reading something not titled Gravity's Rainbow (aka Theogony and Works and Days by Hesiod). On audio I just started The Sixth Extinction.

May 23, 2016, 3:07pm Top

>6 MsNick: I'll be very interested in what you think of Avenue of Mysteries. I really tried, but had to abandon that sucker. Don't forget to take your beta-blockers!

May 24, 2016, 7:54am Top

>8 RidgewayGirl: HA! I'm not very far into it yet - we moved a few weeks ago & there's always so much to do around the house. I know some of his more recent works haven't been terribly well received. I'll let you know my thoughts. :)

May 24, 2016, 1:48pm Top

May 24, 2016, 3:19pm Top

I enjoyed the uniqueness and style of Jane Bowle's Everything is Nice. On now to a trilogy from Henry Green - Loving, Living, Party Going.

May 25, 2016, 9:14am Top

Hesiod was short and maybe underwhelming. I plan to start The Homeric Hymns next.

May 25, 2016, 10:38pm Top

I am enjoying Mrs Bridge!

May 26, 2016, 6:33am Top

I'm flying through The Prime Minister, the 5th book in Trollope's Palliser series. Love it.

Edited: May 26, 2016, 12:55pm Top

I had barely started The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald when Avidmom distracted me with her intriguing review of The Master and Margarita, so that's what I'm reading. I've been very interested in ancient world mythology lately, and this book is already hitting the right notes. Right book, right time, perhaps?

May 26, 2016, 3:42pm Top

Finished Carmilla and started 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea. I'm a sucker for sea survival stories.

May 26, 2016, 4:18pm Top

>17 mabith: My husband was fascinated by 438 Days. He's a slow reader, but finished it within a week. Speed record for him.

May 26, 2016, 4:28pm Top

Currently reading The Guermantes Way, which I have paused in order to read An Officer and a Spy. Also reading Mother and about to start The Invention of Nature on audio.

May 26, 2016, 4:44pm Top

>16 Nickelini: Uh oh.... LOL! I do think you have to be in the right mood for that book. I loved it because it was such a whole different (and wildly weird!) world!

I have two books going on right now. Lincoln's Battle With God by Stephen Mansfield which so far is turning out to be pretty compelling and for fun (my literary equivalent of a hot fudge sundae after reading Catcher in the Rye) a re-re-re- (re?)- read of Cannery Row.

May 26, 2016, 5:08pm Top

>20 avidmom: re Lincoln's Battle with God - I'm pulling for Lincoln.

May 26, 2016, 11:12pm Top

I finished A Tolice da Inteligência Brasileira: Ou como o País se Deixa Manipular pela Elite, by Jessé Souza. Review in my thread. Next: Os Sentidos do Lulismo, by Andre Singer. Another book about brazilian contemporary history.

May 27, 2016, 2:28am Top

I finished the wonderful Mrs Bridge by Evan Connell and am starting The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch.

May 27, 2016, 10:12am Top

>18 Nickelini: Glad to hear that, Joyce!

May 27, 2016, 12:52pm Top

I've recently finished Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space by Lynn Sherr, and have now turned back to C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner series yet again with Deliverer.

May 27, 2016, 2:13pm Top

May 30, 2016, 9:43am Top

>8 RidgewayGirl: You weren't kidding... slow going for me with this one. :/

May 30, 2016, 2:09pm Top

I've recently finished Trollope's The Prime Minister, The Vet's Daughter by Barbara Comyns, and a quick reread of Lady Susan, one of Jane Austen's juvenile works that has just been made into a movie.

Now I'm reading a rather gruesome ER win, Engineering Eden that has lots of bear attacks in it (it's nonfiction about the conflict in our national parks about how much human intervention in nature is appropriate, if any). I'm also back to Roberston Davies, finishing up the Deptford Trilogy with World of Wonders.

May 30, 2016, 2:56pm Top

>27 MsNick: At least you're persevering. I just couldn't go on with that one.

May 31, 2016, 6:07am Top

I'm reading This Census-Taker by China Miéville and
Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

I'm also dipping into both American Gothic: An Anthology 1787-1916 edited by Charles L. Crow and Popular Culture and High Culture: An Analysis and Evaluation Of Taste by Herbert Gans.

May 31, 2016, 8:08pm Top

In the midst of a pair of pleasant surprises. Just finished the Homeric Hymns and just started Slow Learner: Early Stories by Thomas Pynchon...and yeah, I just used to word "pleasant" to describe (part of) a work by Pynchon.

Jun 1, 2016, 2:46pm Top

I'm enjoying Lab Girl.

Edited: Jun 1, 2016, 2:53pm Top

Absolutely loved The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch. Now back to some Scandinavian literature: The House with the Blind Glass Windows by Herbjorg Wassmo. This is the Group Read in the 1001 thread.

Jun 1, 2016, 7:22pm Top

I've finished the second of my partial re-read of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books, Reaper Man, and am now reading The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2005, since I've enjoyed some of the more recent installments.

Jun 2, 2016, 6:55pm Top

I've read The Consolation of Philosophy a few times in various editions. I have in a personally challenging time picked up the Norton Critical Edition for both comfort and philosophy. I am already at odds with Boethius's take on free will, so the comfort may not be forthcoming.


Jun 2, 2016, 8:05pm Top

Wishing you well Robert. Be sure to give Boethius a hard time where, and if, he deserves it.

Jun 3, 2016, 11:13am Top

I just read a very strange book, a completely fictional history of an ancient Mediterranean empire, The Glory of the Empire by Jean d'Ormesson.

Jun 3, 2016, 1:50pm Top

A bit disappointed by Loving by Henry Green - the writing was excellent but it needed to be a plot-driven book and failed on that score.

Off to read Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, who seems to be one of our CR Marmite authors.

Jun 3, 2016, 5:17pm Top

I finished Lincoln's Battle With God yesterday (sorry, Dan, God won) and now am focusing my attention on the last half of Cannery Row.

Jun 3, 2016, 6:01pm Top

>29 RidgewayGirl: WTF did I just read?!?!? I need to gather my thoughts on this one.

Jun 3, 2016, 7:36pm Top

>39 avidmom: - "(sorry, Dan, God won) " : ) Hope he put up good fight. I'll look forward to your review.

>38 AlisonY: "one of our CR Marmite authors." What a terrific phrase.

Flipping audio books. I finished The Sixth Extinction. Starting Far From the Tree...a 40 hour audiobook! I should be listening for a while.

Jun 3, 2016, 9:23pm Top

Finished listening Freedom for the Thought that We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment, by Anthony Lewis. Review in my thread. Next in the listening list: Eichmann in Jerusalem, by Hannah Arendt.

Edited: Jun 4, 2016, 11:00am Top

>41 dchaikin: The Far From the Tree by Solomon? I'm interested in it and eager to hear of your progress. Have been daunted by the length -- will need numerous 2-week loan periods to get through a library download, or load/manage all those CD files... :( Solomon wrote an introduction to A Mother's Reckoning, Sue Klebold's memoir of her son's crimes at Columbine (eta: which I'm currently listening to).

Jun 4, 2016, 3:29pm Top

I am currently reading a little book of short stories by Mark Twain: The Stolen White Elephant.

Jun 4, 2016, 4:05pm Top

>43 detailmuse: Yes, that one. The length intimidates me too. All I can say far is that the 30 minute introduction is terrific. But it will take me some two months to finish. Perhaps I'll post something while I'm in progress. (Side note - if anyone has audible, it's a good deal. $35 book for one credit)

Jun 5, 2016, 1:15am Top

I finished Slow Learners by Thomas Pynchon, which was surprisingly more accessible than I anticipated. I enjoyed these stories. Next I'm toying with the idea of a tour through Greek drama. The first book I'm eyeing has four plays by Aeschylus.

Jun 5, 2016, 3:00am Top

I am reading the very strange Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall.

Jun 5, 2016, 11:04pm Top

I've finished Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere by André Aciman, which was well-written but left me a bit cold, and am now reading Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold.

Jun 9, 2016, 11:06pm Top

Finished reading Os Sentidos do Lulismo: Reforma Gradual e Pacto Conservador, by André Singer. The book is about contemporary brazilian politic. Review in my thread. Next: Crítica a Razão Dualista, O Ornitorrinco, by Francisco de Oliveira.

Jun 10, 2016, 1:37pm Top

I am trying to read Eleanor vs. Ike, an alternative historical fiction where Eleanor Roosevelt runs for president in the 50s. Not sure if it's the book or me, but I'm having a hard time focusing.

Jun 11, 2016, 4:42am Top

I finished A General Theory of Love in the morning and picked up Revelations by Elaine Pagels in the evening.


Jun 11, 2016, 5:20am Top

>40 MsNick: That made me laugh.

I've finished the anthology of short stories based on Jane Eyre's last line, Reader I Married Him. It's unusual to find a collection where the stories are excellent. I've also finished Why We Came to the City by Kristopher Jansma, which was simply not very good, unless you are desperate to read about bright young things in New York City dealing with death.

I'm now looking at The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton and wondering if I want to carry that around. I've also started Honor by Elif Shafak.

Jun 11, 2016, 9:09am Top

Jun 11, 2016, 1:45pm Top

I finiished The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald and am now reading the very lovely The Women in Black by Madeleine St John.

Jun 11, 2016, 7:04pm Top

I recently finished The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey, which I really enjoyed, and am now reading The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck, which I am also enjoying, in entirely different ways.

Jun 12, 2016, 11:57am Top

I finished Santa Evita, a typical Latin American story about Eva Peron, and move on now to The Pumpkin Eater, which I think I bought because of someone here mentioning it.

Jun 12, 2016, 1:07pm Top

I'm reading The Known World by Edward P. Jones which is an excellent novel about slavery right before the Civil War. It's expectedly hard to read in content at times, so I've also pick up A Friend from England by Anita Brookner, who is quickly becoming a favorite author.

For nonfiction I'm slogging through Engineering Eden, an ER win and my audiobook of the moment is Eleanor and Park which is very cute and bringing back all sorts of '80s flashbacks.

Jun 12, 2016, 9:00pm Top

I've finished The Invention of Nature which was fascinating but not a good bookclub book (we didn't find much to discuss). I've also recently finished Roots of Heaven which dovetailed nicely into the former and the sad and short Requiem by Shizuko Go. I've started The Warden on audio and Virgin Soil in paper.

Jun 12, 2016, 9:45pm Top

>57 japaul22: I still think about The Known World. I read an interview once of Jones in the Paris Review. He came across as a curious and quirky personality.

Jun 13, 2016, 1:34pm Top

Dodgers was excellent, and now I'm back to the very good Jane Steele.

Jun 13, 2016, 2:07pm Top

>52 RidgewayGirl: I hate to say it, but you didn't miss much. Where on Earth was the novel's editor? While I enjoyed certain parts of the book and some of its characters, it still fell flat for me.

Jun 14, 2016, 1:16am Top

I am almost halfway through H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. It is not great as some people claim, but it is very pleasant reading so long as you (I) don't take on her sorrows as your (my) own.


Edited: Jun 14, 2016, 2:00pm Top

Just finished The Women in Black by Madeleine St John. This is my favourite book so far this year. It's the story of a group of women who work at a department store in Sydney Australia in the 1950s. Not a lot of plot, but wonderful characters, subtle lovely writing, and some humour. Highly recommended; unfortunately, it's out of print and difficult to find.

Jun 16, 2016, 7:03pm Top

I am nearly finished with The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells.

Jun 16, 2016, 11:18pm Top

I've read the first two novels in American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1953-56 (Library of America) edited by Gary K. Wolfe and will probably continue on although I have a New York Review of Books to finish first. The novels I've read are The Space Merchants and More Than Human; they are good reading but not great literature despite what their entries in Wikipedia may say. I am looking forward to The Long Tomorrow and The Shrinking Man.

There is a second volume of five novels. I hope to get to it but know my attention could be diverted. I have Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric and The Bridge of San Luis Rey coming in the mail that may take me from the science fiction.


Jun 17, 2016, 10:35am Top

Jun 17, 2016, 2:03pm Top

The vacation morphed into a bit of madness at work so I never got around to post here. I just caught up with all my reviews so here is what I had been reading the last month or so:

From the Science Fiction side: I am making my way through McDevitt's works - A Talent for War was good and so was The Engines of God - I am not suprised that he decided to continue both as series - they are the kind of stories that can have sequels if needed. Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan is one of the most imaginative books I had read lately (although full of gore and sex). Finally got around to reading Anathem and it is a huge task - very satisfying but not an easy book especially at the start. I am not sorry that I read Cherryh's Brothers of Earth but it is a lot weaker than most of the SF I've read lately - but as I am making my way through her list, it was a good enough start. And Hamilton's half novel The Abyss Beyond Dreams was exactly what the doctor ordered - it had a few sections that could have been a lot shorter but oh well. Don't even think of trying that without reading the first 5 though.

On the mystery, thriller and crime side: Death of Riley was not as charming as the previous installment but still not bad, Temple's The Broken Shore was bleak and dark and very Australian and pretty good, the other Hamilton (Steve)'s A Cold Day in Paradise and Winter of the Wolf Moon are a great start of a series and his newest The Second Life of Nick Mason was satisfying (even when predictable). Continuing with my Perry Mason: The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece and The Case of the Stuttering Bishop were as entertaining as the previous ones, Baldacci's sixth King and Maxwell novel (King and Maxwell) was as expected - not great but readable and my first Maigret novel in 2 decades Inspector Cadaver was more entertaining than I expected.

I even managed to squeeze a non-genre novel - The Translation of Love which was heartbreaking and reminded me again when I keep risking to get mainstream novels from unknown authors from the library now and then. It is not perfect but it is a good one.

And Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City needs to be read by everyone.

Reviews both in the pages of the works and in my thread.

Currently reading:
Gore Vidal's Thieves Fall Out (written under a pseudonym and almost never reprinted - it is more a curiosity than anything but it is pretty readable), Piketty's Why Save the Bankers?: And Other Essays on Our Economic and Political Crisis which is good but because of how it is built, repetitive between the essays so cannot from cover to cover in an evening and the first Bosch novel The Black Echo on the kindle - I know I had read some of these through the years but no idea which ones and when - so just starting from the start.

Jun 18, 2016, 11:15am Top

I've finished The Known World and A Friend from England, both of which I loved. I abandoned Engineering Eden - the topic was interesting, but the book was just too unorganized.

Now I've started Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf, Evicted, and Words on the Move.

Jun 18, 2016, 5:02pm Top

Finished Thieves Fall Out last night and it was a better story than I expected - cheezy and pulpy but good.

Edited: Jun 18, 2016, 10:44pm Top

And just finished Why Save the Bankers?: And Other Essays on Our Economic and Political Crisis which was repetitive in places (being a collection of unedited articles) but very good otherwise. Review posted.

Next is The Line of Polity - the 3rd Neal Asher novel, part of the Polity universe again. Should be quite busy with it for a few days.

>68 japaul22: I will be keeping an eye for your thoughts on Evicted :)

Jun 19, 2016, 10:35am Top

I recently finished The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (very good, but weakened by a too-perfect ending), The Book of Sand by Jorge Luis Borges (meh, not my cup of tea), and The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale (very enjoyable).

I've just started The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, still slowly plugging away at The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir, and I'm almost done with Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng (very addictive reading).

Jun 19, 2016, 10:48am Top

I'm still nursing a book hangover following Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, so on to something very different - my first Trollope, as recommended by so many here. The Warden.

Jun 19, 2016, 2:56pm Top

>72 AlisonY: I enjoyed your comments on Freedom. One day I'll get to that book.

I am starting Death of the Heart, which has been in my TBR forever. I've struggled with Elizabeth Bowen in the past but feel confident that one day I'll actually enjoy her. I'm also picking through the essays in Salman Rushdie's Imaginary Homelands (some of which I read already at university).

Jun 19, 2016, 3:02pm Top

Since I last checked in here I read yet another of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels, Ten Big Ones, and continued my partial Discworld re-read with Soul Music. I'm now reading What Makes This Book So Great: Re-Reading the Classics of Science Fiction and Fantasy by Jo Walton.

Jun 19, 2016, 11:27pm Top

I finished the first Library of America volume of 1950's science fiction novels and have started the second, American Science Fiction: Five Classic Novels 1956-58 (Library of America), with Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein. There are also The Stars My Destination, A Case of Conscience, Who?, and The Big Time.


Jun 20, 2016, 1:10pm Top

>73 Nickelini: thanks. I don't think it's everyone's cup of tea, but I loved it.

Jun 20, 2016, 3:29pm Top

I'm reading Jane Eyre because I've never read it before and thought I should. Love the story (and Jane) but I admit it feels like a bit of a slog.

Jun 21, 2016, 11:25am Top

I just finished Cousin Bette, not my favorite Balzac, but definitely a page turner.

Jun 22, 2016, 9:33am Top

Cousin Bette is a nice antidote to all those English 19th century novels where the poor relative ends up sacrificing herself or maybe marrying the younger son. I'm sure there must have been legions of unmarried aunts, nieces and sisters-in-law who read it with great glee and fantasized about getting their own back on the rich relatives who treated them as unpaid servants.

I finished another detective story this morning: next on my pile is La Bâtarde, unless I find it too depressing. I started reading Simone de Beauvoir's introduction, but she's not doing a great job of selling the book to me so far...

Jun 22, 2016, 1:07pm Top

The Lie Tree was good, and my review's on the book page.

Now I'm reading an ER book, George MacDonald's The Golden Key, and The Rook.

Jun 22, 2016, 2:55pm Top

The Line of Polity was a bit longer than needed in places but overall very good. And the 4th in the 39 clues books Beyond the Grave was better than the previous and overall a pretty good one as well.

Started The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria and that will take awhile - not the kind of books you read in a day. As much as I am fine with bleak and dark in my fiction, when it is real stories, it becomes too much. So alternating that with McDevitt's Ancient Shores (part of my reading in order project) which is goofier than the first 3 so far but readable.

Jun 24, 2016, 8:11pm Top

Reading Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth : Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer, a translation effort by Diane Wolkstein & Samuel Noah Kramer. It's Wolkstein's creation from the known Inanna/Ishtar/Astart stories, and it is actually pretty special. Jane A Jones nudged me here.

Edited: Jun 25, 2016, 2:20am Top

I finished The Heather Blazing by Colm Toibin (he is becoming a favourite actor) and am with a very deep sigh now starting Ulysses by James Joyce for my 1001 challenge.
This will take a while, especially because I want to read other books alongside it just not to be alone with this one :-).

Jun 25, 2016, 6:28pm Top

I finished the eighth (Who?) of the nine novels in the Library American collection of 1950's science fiction and set the volume down to read a Scientific American. Then I picked up Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric. From the first several pages I think that it will not be an exclusive reading. Whether I pick up the last science fiction novel or The Bridge of San Luis Rey remains to be seen.


Jun 25, 2016, 6:41pm Top

Still working on The Life of Elizabeth I, nearly done with The Bell Jar, a third of the way through The Enormous Room (by E.E. Cummings), just started The Drone Eats With Me (an ER memoir), and Sir Thursday, the fourth in a children's fantasy series.

Desperately trying to keep myself from picking up Bananeras, about women's work in the banana unions of Latin America, until I finish my ER book.

Jun 25, 2016, 9:32pm Top

I finished the first book in Anthony Trollope's Palliser series. Can You Forgive Her? was quite wonderful.

Now, I am trying to put together books for my trip to Maine. The whole month of July will be relaxing and will provide lots of reading time. Very limited internet access though.

I posted the Q2 favorite reads thread this morning. Please visit and let us all know what you enjoyed.

Jun 26, 2016, 4:11am Top

I've finished The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev, which was decent, but too romance novel-y for my personal taste. I'm now reading The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home by Catherynne M. Valente, the final book in her charming "The Girl Who..." series of kids' books.

Jun 26, 2016, 9:08pm Top

Started Fates and Furies today. The title is a draw.

Jun 26, 2016, 9:30pm Top

Absolutely loved Jane Eyre and am now trying to read Far From the Madding Crowd and The Outsiders.

Jun 26, 2016, 10:04pm Top

I read The Bridge of San Luis Rey yesterday and am quite happy that I did. Today I have started the last novel in American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s, The Big Time by Fritz Leiber.


Jun 27, 2016, 9:11am Top

I'm going back to Bastard Out of Carolina after being disappointed with Sweetbitter.

Jun 27, 2016, 1:33pm Top

i finished The Big Time last night well before lights out. After lights out I never did fall asleep, so in the middle of the night I got up to look at a few stacks of books. I was both surprised and happy to find my boxed set of Patricia Highsmith's Ripley novels and reasonably accessible at that. I got a good start on The Talented Mr. Ripley. I have read at least one of the Ripley novels in the deep past, but it was not this one.


Jun 27, 2016, 1:56pm Top

>91 MsNick: hope you enjoy it as much as I did - I thought it was fabulously written. A favourite from last year.

Jun 28, 2016, 5:48am Top

>92 Mr.Durick: I think the Ripley novels are Highsmith at her best - enjoy!

Whilst looking for something quite different on Scribd I came across How architecture works: a humanist's toolkit by Witold Rybczynski. Looks interesting so far, if a little bit lightweight: I'm not in the mood for anything really challenging at the moment, anyway.

Jun 29, 2016, 1:52pm Top

I'm on vacation and finished Marking Time, the second book in Elizabeth Jane HOward's Cazalet series. I'm almost done with The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat which is excellent. I've sort of stalled out on Evicted - not really light vacation reading! I'll get back to it when we return home.

After I finish The Farming of Bones, I think The Talented Mr. Ripley is up next. Glad to hear some positive statements about it!

Jun 29, 2016, 3:20pm Top

So since my last update:

The Black Echo - the first Bosch novel - was gritty and pretty good.
In my McDevitt read through, the next novel Ancient Shores had a great idea and a very flawed end.
The second Jack Irish novel by Temple Black Tide was gritty, dark and very Australian (if you liked the first, you should like this one as well)

The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria by Janine Di Giovanni was heartbreaking - and despite some stylistic issues, worth reading

The last book in the Shattered Sea trilogy Half a War was weaker than the previous 2 but the 3 together make a marvelous story.

And in my other read through (the Cherryh one), Gate of Ivrel opens the Morgaine cycle quite nicely - closer to fantasy than to SF, a bit too slow and meandering but still readable.

I actually finished one more last night (The Devil's Workshop - the third in Grecian's Murder Squad series) but had not gotten around to writing a review.

Now back to Cherryh with Hunter of Worlds which is a lot more SF-inal than the previous 2 so far. Slow again but it is fascinating.

Jun 29, 2016, 3:43pm Top

>93 AlisonY: Thank you! :) So far, so good.

Jun 29, 2016, 4:20pm Top

>95 japaul22: I started with The Talented Mr. Ripley and have now also read Ripley Under Ground. They may be imperfect, but I expect that I will read straight through the series.


Jun 29, 2016, 7:32pm Top

>98 Mr.Durick: I saw you had read it and it made me glad I'd brought it with me on vacation. Seems like a good summer book.

Jun 30, 2016, 9:36am Top

June has been a dismal month in terms of reading (quantity, not quality, although that's not saying much with only three books). Since it is the last day of the month, I am desperately trying to finish my June Zola book, Pot Luck.

Jun 30, 2016, 12:30pm Top

I thoroughly enjoyed An Infamous Army, and now I've started Heyer's The Spanish Bride. I'm also doing a re-read of American Gods.

Edited: Jul 7, 2016, 9:32am Top

Between a week's vacation mid-month and time off the past two days, I've finished quite a few books: The Odd Women by George Gissing, Evicted, Buddha's Little Finger/The Clay Machine Gun by Viktor Pelevin, The House with the Blind Glass Windows, The Warden (audio), The Bell by Iris Murdoch, The History of Mary Prince, The Coquette by Hannah W. Foster, and finally Shakespeare Wrote for Money.

I hope to finish The House of Ulloa by Emilia Pardo Bazán today and maybe, just maybe, start working on my two-month backlog of reviews :/

Edited: Jun 30, 2016, 4:46pm Top

No reading has been going on. I did finally finish American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales, which was bloated and unfocused until the end where the author made a few excellent points.

I've got The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney and the last in that Stephen King detective series, End of Watch, lined up for next week, which should include time to read.

Jul 1, 2016, 10:03am Top

Finished listening Reformation Thought: An Introduction, by Alister E McGrath. Review in my thread.

Jul 1, 2016, 10:49am Top

I finished out June with The Last Testament: A Memoir, by "God" (with David Javerbaum), which was good, blasphemous fun, and an ER book, The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis, which was OK, but didn't engage me as much as I'd hoped it would.

Currently reading The Full Cupboard of Life, book #5 in Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which may be my favorite yet. And next up is The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee, about which I have heard many good things.

Jul 2, 2016, 10:36am Top

Finished reading Crítica à Razão Dualista: O Ornitorrinco, by Francisco de Oliveira. Portuguese edition. Review in my thread.

Edited: Jul 2, 2016, 9:55pm Top

On my Greek tragedy tour, I'm re-reading Prometheus Bound, with another translator - this time Paul Roche. A bit obscure, maybe, but I'm liking the translation a lot.

Jul 3, 2016, 7:34am Top

After flying through a string of enjoyable but not challenging books, I'm settling down to Dead Souls by Gogol.

After I finish Evicted, I think I'll read Boys in a Boat because I expect it will be an easier read.

I think The Round House by Louise Erdrich is also looming on the horizon.

Jul 3, 2016, 10:25am Top

American Gods was improved on a re-read, but still isn't one of my favorites of his. The Spanish Bride continues to be good, and I'm about to start the new one from Walter Mosley, Charcoal Joe.

Jul 3, 2016, 1:17pm Top

I finished Nobody is ever missing by Catherine Lacey and am now reading Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey. In between those I am reading episodes of Ulysses, supported by Shmoop and a good discussion about it on Good Reads.

Jul 3, 2016, 6:12pm Top

Finished listening Eichmann in Jerusalem, by Hannah Arendt. Review in my thread.

Jul 3, 2016, 10:51pm Top

I finished Prometheus Bound and that might complete my reading of Aeschylus. Next I should start on Sophocles. I have a couple books where each work is translated by a different author - of the likes of David Greene and Robert Fitzgerald. First play is Oedipus the King (aka Oedipus Rex).

Jul 4, 2016, 3:12am Top

This weekend I started Home: a short history of an idea (because I read another Rybczynski book and wasn't sure about it) and The time of women (for the RG Russian theme). Neither has really grabbed my attention yet, but it's early days...

Jul 4, 2016, 2:16pm Top

When I finished the Ripley series and a Popular Mechanics I had read 14 fairly insubstantial novels in a row. Although I am currently intellectually enfeebled I thought I might be able to handle something heavier if not too complicated, and Capital Vol. 1 by Karl Marx came to mind; it was not too hard to find, so I tossed it onto my bed. A little later it seemed that it might be too heavy, and I stumbled across Hans Fallada's The Drinker and also tossed it onto my bed.

When I finally went to bed Marx happened to be on top so I read the editor's long introduction. It was convoluted enough that I didn't report it here. Last night, however, I got through all of the original introductory material and the first chapter on commodities. I didn't get it all, but I seem to be reading the book. Now I have a plan to dig out the other two volumes when I'm done with this one and to read them and The Cambridge Companion to Marx which is on top of a stack. I almost certainly won't do that.


Jul 6, 2016, 9:07am Top

Great enterprise Robert! I like to have this kind of courage.

Jul 6, 2016, 9:09am Top

Finished Free Thought and Official Propaganda, by Bertrand Russell. As always, review in my thread.

Jul 6, 2016, 10:37pm Top

Both Cherryh's books I read last week (Hunter of Worlds and Kesrith) were good. So was Morgan's Broken Angels - very different from the first one but in a good way.

Add another Mason The Case of the Dangerous Dowager and a few short works (SF and Fantasy) and that was all for the long weekend.

Reading Asher's Cowl now and some short stories (until I get distracted and end up reading something else)

Jul 6, 2016, 11:24pm Top

>114 Mr.Durick: interesting, Mr D.

I read a collection of three plays by Sophocles, and now I'm working through a book with four plays by Euripides. Sophocles was fun. Euripides is disturbing.

Jul 7, 2016, 12:21am Top

Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America was a great read, really fascinating. Very much a guide of the ways unions can benefit workers outside of better working conditions. I blew through a short manga series Emma by Mori Kaoru (no relation to the Austen, this follows a Victorian maid in London).

Nearly done with Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home by Nina Stibbe and a re-read of Sir Thursday by Garth Nix. Just started Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte, The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire by Susan P. Mattern, How to be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman, and The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum

I may have too many irons in the fire...

Jul 7, 2016, 1:35am Top

I've gone back to Pratchett again with Hogfather, which so far is even more wonderful than I remembered it being.

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Catching up after my holiday in which I read The Warden (lukewarm) and Small Wars (smokin' hot). In the early stages of Out Stealing Horses now.

Jul 9, 2016, 7:32pm Top

Enjoy OSH Alison.

I finished a volume of Euripides plays. I'm back into the contemporary world (momentarily), reading American Girls : Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, by Nancy Jo Sales. It was recently reviewed by RidgewayGirl, and that led me to pick it up.

Jul 10, 2016, 5:08am Top

I'm interesting in your thoughts about that, Daniel.

I've just finished The Story of the Lost Child, the last of the Elena Ferrante quartet and I think I'll just sit here awhile and try to recover from the experience.

Jul 10, 2016, 9:00am Top

>123 RidgewayGirl: the introduction was fascinating. Chapter one has a lot of interviews...

Last night I read the first story in How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer, which was really good. The book is, I think, mainly on teenage years, or at least on growing up a girl - so there is some thematic consistency with American Girls.

Jul 10, 2016, 11:00am Top

I've finished Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell, which had an amazing premise its execution was pretty much never going to live up to and am now reading Present at the Creation: The Story of CERN and the Large Hadron Collider by Amir D. Aczel.

I'm also dipping in and out of The Official Star Trek Trivia Book by Rafe Needleman, which is mostly just reminding me how much of my obsessive Trekkie knowledge I've forgotten since my obsessive Trekkie adolescence.

Jul 10, 2016, 4:26pm Top

>122 dchaikin: thanks Dan. I haven't got back into reading it since I came back from my holiday, but that's just down to busyness. Will hopefully get into reading mode again this week.

Jul 10, 2016, 4:46pm Top

I've started Helen Simonson's new book The Summer Before the War which has sucked me right in. I'm also half way through The Boys in the Boat and Dead Souls by Gogol. I'm liking all 3 so much that I can never decide which to pick up!

Jul 10, 2016, 9:44pm Top

Glad to hear you're enjoying the new novel by Helen Simonson. I have that on my TBR list since I enjoyed Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. I just finished rereading The Piano Teacher by Janice Lee. I still like it, but fear that the ladies in my book club will not. They are partial to straight timelines, rather than hopping back and forth, and are very partial to happy endings. Sigh! I'm hoping to find time soon for The Expatriates by Lee.

Jul 11, 2016, 12:20pm Top

>127 japaul22:, >128 PeggyDean: I really enjoyed The Summer Before the War, and was relieved. I'm a big fan of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, but had some fear she was a one book wonder. This new one puts that to rest - she's such a good writer.

I'm now starting Steinbeck's The Wayward Bus and Philip K. Dick's Ubik.

Jul 11, 2016, 1:58pm Top

I'm having trouble finding anything that clicks, so I have several books on the go. The one I'm focusing on the most is NW by Zadie Smith.

Jul 11, 2016, 2:57pm Top

I'm not quite halfway through A brief History of Seven Killings, and still working on How to be a Tudor and The Prince of Medicine (about Galen).

Really enjoyed Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte and just started The Awakening by Kate Chopin.

Jul 11, 2016, 3:11pm Top

I finished reading/listening to Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy yesterday and am planning on starting Audrey Hepburn's biography Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn by Donald Spoto.

Jul 11, 2016, 7:17pm Top

Finished Pobreza e Cidadania, by Vera da Silva Telles, portuguese edition. Review in my thread.

Jul 12, 2016, 4:20am Top

Had a hanging-about-for-workmen day yesterday, so I was planning to read something challenging, but somehow ended up picking another Fred Vargas off the shelf. And why not? It's L'armée furieuse, which seems to have all the elements you need for a good Adamsberg story: something (apparently) supernatural and medieval, a conflict with authority, and an animal story.

Jul 12, 2016, 8:59am Top

I've finally picked up the copy of Child 44 that's been on my shelves for years.

Jul 12, 2016, 11:20am Top

Last week, I finished The Small House at Allington, the next-to-last Trollope in his Barsetshire series, but I just reviewed it today.

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Finished listening The Coming of the Third Reich, by Richard J. Evans. Review in my thread.

Jul 15, 2016, 12:34pm Top

I'm 2/3 the way through Zadie Smith's NW and really enjoying it. I'll look for her other books.

Jul 15, 2016, 1:28pm Top

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I've recently finished Wizard's Holiday by Diane Duane, and am now reading Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. I'm not far into it, but I'm already sort of staring at it and going wow a lot.

Jul 15, 2016, 9:08pm Top

On audio, I've started Evicted : Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond.

Jul 16, 2016, 11:00pm Top

I snuck in Iphigeneia in Tauris by Euripides today, translated by Richmond Lattimore.

Jul 18, 2016, 5:07am Top

I've started Henry James' The Turn of the Screw and will continue with The Aspern Papers.

Jul 18, 2016, 10:31am Top

I am reading Blaming by Elizabeth Taylor and still struggling with Ulysses by James Joyce. Although I also enjoy it, a bit.

Edited: Jul 18, 2016, 11:55am Top

Today I will be starting I Am No One, which I received through Early Reviewers.

Jul 18, 2016, 2:57pm Top

Everyone Brave is Forgiven was excellent (my review on the book page). I'm now working on the second half of The Wayward Bus and starting The Wild Robot.

Jul 19, 2016, 5:59am Top

On holiday so not posting reviews at the moment, but I've finished L'armée furieuse and started a Nina Bawden novel.

Jul 19, 2016, 4:12pm Top

Sped through The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions by Karen Armstrong and a variety of comics and graphic memoirs.

Have now started Sapiens by Yuval Harari and Kindred by Octavia Butler.

Jul 20, 2016, 9:02pm Top

Finished reading Logic: A Very Short Introduction, by Graham Priest. Review in my thread.

Edited: Jul 20, 2016, 9:24pm Top

I have several books on the go, mainly The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens and You're Better Than Me by comedian Bonnie McFarlane, both of which I'm enjoying. Yet, I'm still thinking about the recently finished NW by Zadie Smith and thinking that I need to be reading White Teeth.

Jul 20, 2016, 10:55pm Top

Because they needed to go back to the library Friday, I finished Audrey Hepburn's biography, Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn and then followed that with An Elegant Spirit: A Son Remembers, more of a coffee table picture book of Audrey Hepburn's life by her son which was very moving and sweet. And now for a bit of fluff: A Night in With Audrey Hepburn... which looks very ridiculous but fun.

This Audrey Hepburn kick wasn't planned; it just kind of happened!

Jul 21, 2016, 12:22am Top

Finished American Girls : Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales. Recommended to anyone interested. I'm saying that here, because I have so many thoughts on this book, I'm not sure I will be able to organize them into a coherent review. So, short version is my recommendation.

Not sure what's next. Maybe back to Euripides.

Jul 21, 2016, 1:52am Top

>151 avidmom: I love Audrey Hepburn. Sigh.

Jul 21, 2016, 3:26am Top

Jul 21, 2016, 10:39am Top

Not sure what happened here, but I am currently, very slowly, working my way through three mammoth books: Sodom and Gomorrah by Marcel Proust, The Romance of Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong, and A Dance to the Music of Time: Second Movement by Anthony Powell.

Jul 22, 2016, 1:28am Top

I gave up on Neuromancer by William Gibson and will settle for an easy read instead; the in The Netherlands much-hyped The Girls by Emma Cline.

Jul 22, 2016, 8:16am Top

>156 Simone2: Didn't know Neuromancer was a difficult read.

I've settled on How to Breathe Underwater, a short story collection by Julie Orringer. Individually I like the stories a lot, cumulatively I'm not so sure.

Also, I'm intrigued that circa-2000 stories include film and playing tapes in cars. I mean, I guess that's normal, but my memory would like to tell me otherwise.

Jul 22, 2016, 9:29am Top

>157 dchaikin: I don't think it is that difficult when you are native English speaking. To me there were so many words I didn't understand that I honestly didn't know what was going on. And that while I read English books all the time and without any problem.

Jul 22, 2016, 2:03pm Top

I've finished Dead Souls which I loved, and The Wine of Solitude which I didn't.

Now I'm reading a biography of Christina, Queen of Sweden and I think I'm going to start the beautiful copy of The Sound and the Fury that I bought that has the colored text that Faulkner intended the book to have. I also just picked up How to be a Tudor from the library, so I have quite a bit on my plate at the moment.

Jul 23, 2016, 5:58pm Top

I finished A Night In With Audrey Hepburn this morning and will probably start reading either The Princess Bride OR As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from The Making of the Princess Bride. I can't decide which to go to first!

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I've recently finished Dataclysm by Christian Rudder, who knows a frightening amount about everyone who has ever created an OKCupid profile and is eager to share his interesting conclusions about their aggregate behavior. And I'm now reading The Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy, edited by Mike Ashley, because I've finally accepted the fact that my attention span at the moment just can't handle anything too demanding and is probably best suited to short stories.

Jul 24, 2016, 8:32pm Top

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Chilling. And, still, Ulysses by James Joyce.

Jul 24, 2016, 10:43pm Top

>160 avidmom: Do you want suggestions? The Princess Bride is terrific as a book. As You Wish is fun, and does give some insight into the movie. Actually I just watched the movie for the first time since reading it, and it was fun knowing this and that, like why Wesley takes such awkward gingerly steps at one point. I guess I can't really decide which to recommend you start with either. As You Wish will still leave wanting to read Goldman's book.

Jul 25, 2016, 12:16pm Top

Just finished The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens, which I enjoyed very much. That makes two hits in a row for me (the other was NW by Zadie Smith). What to read next . . . .

Jul 25, 2016, 11:59pm Top

>163 dchaikin: Thanks for the help Dan! I have started The Princess Bride :-)

Jul 26, 2016, 11:14am Top

Everyone Brave is Forgiven was excellent, and The Last One was a well done mashup, as one blurb said, of the tv show Survivor and Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Next up is Homegoing.

Jul 26, 2016, 2:14pm Top

Fairly sure I'm on my own with this one, but I'm left feeling a teeny bit underwhelmed by Out Stealing Horses. Onto the 'liked' but not 'loved' pile. Onto Mrs Bridge....

Jul 26, 2016, 8:16pm Top

Recently finished Silent Spring which blew me away (and depressed me imagining what Carson would think of the current situation).

I've started a re-read of All Clear by Connie Willis finally (as in, it's the second part of one long novel), and The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement by David Graeber. I loved his book about the history of debt, and this one seems good too. I really like his style and his self-admitted surreal moments being involved in small-a anarchist groups, throwing paint on corporate windows while yelling "Pay your taxes."

Jul 29, 2016, 8:00am Top

Finished Evicted, on audio, which I thought was terrific (and enlightening, disturbing and terrifying).

In paper, I'm trying to get through Orpheus and the Greek Religion, by W.K.C. Guthrie. Originally published in 1935 and updated in 1952, it's both charming and very difficult.

Jul 29, 2016, 8:59am Top

I've had a few false starts this week, but finallly got going again with La pista de sabbia (a Montalbano story that might be perfect beach reading, if I were at the beach...).

Jul 29, 2016, 1:11pm Top

I started Station Eleven, of which I heard so much talk here!

Jul 31, 2016, 12:01am Top

I just read a Doctor Who novel, Silhouette by Justin Richards, and am now about to start The Mad Scientists' Hall of Fame by Daniel H. Wilson & Anna C. Long, which features biographies of real and fictional scientists of what looks like various degrees of madness.

Aug 1, 2016, 8:23am Top

Just finished The Hour of Land, a book of essays on our national parks by Terry Tempest Williams. Highly recommend.

Aug 1, 2016, 12:37pm Top

Homegoing and Heaney's Aeneid Book VI were both excellent. Now I'm reading the second 5th Wave book, The Infinite Sea, and The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu.

Aug 2, 2016, 7:57am Top

On audio, i've started The Gene : An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee. It's over 19 hours, which means I can't possibly finished in my 2-week library allotment. It starts out very nicely.

Aug 2, 2016, 5:22pm Top

Oh my goodness Mrs Bridge was so clever. I absolutely loved it. Right up my street, and I loved it for all the same reasons why I love Richard Yates' writing.

On now to The Dinner which many of you have been filling me full of intrigue about.

Aug 2, 2016, 7:53pm Top

I sped through $2.00 a Day, about welfare and poverty in the US, and now I've started Queen Margot by Alexandre Dumas.

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I have been going through a very bad patch for reading, quite unable to settle on anything. I am currently reading Barkskins by Annie Proulx as I used to enjoy her books, hadn't read her in a long time, and saw this in a shop window and thought it might kick start my reading again. It's very odd. I'm picking it up, turning the pages easily enough, but cannot suppress the little voice in my head which keeps asking 'Why are you reading this? Are you actually enjoying it?'. If I'm asking myself that question I suspect the answer is 'no'. I will probably plough on, despite having two promising Persephone books waiting in the wings. There is a huge pile of Antonia Fraser bought in a fever of thinking I needed to know more about the Tudors and Stuarts, and sitting reproachfully on my window ledge is my half read George Monbiot's How Did We Get Into This Mess. How indeed?

>134 thorold: I can't believe anyone would line up something challenging when waiting for workmen. I spend such time restlessly pacing, flipping through magazines, and making sure I have sufficient supplies of strong tea laid in.

Aug 3, 2016, 3:35am Top

I have just finished Under the Dome, which I enjoyed a lot, and will be starting The Pilgrim's Progress today.

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At the weekend I had another go at starting Carlo Emilio Gadda's Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana, which I've been meaning to read for years, but is at (just beyond, really) the limit of my ability to read Italian. Only about 50 pages into it so far, and it's hard work. When my brain overheats, I shift to Penelope Fitzgerald's The golden child, but that's not grabbing my attention as much as her books normally do.

>178 Oandthegang: Strong tea is useless for Dutch workmen. Filter coffee that's been kept in a Thermos jug for a few hours seems to be the ideal. (But I think on that particular occasion I didn't even need to offer them refreshment - it was one of those irritating little half-hour jobs that takes three weeks to schedule...)

Aug 3, 2016, 9:39am Top

I started Flaubert's Parrot, and I'm continuing with The Paper Menagerie.

Aug 3, 2016, 10:00am Top

Still on my nineteenth century kick, I am reading The House of the Seven Gables.

>178 Oandthegang: The best way to get them to arrive is to start something challenging enough that you don't want to be interrupted.

Aug 4, 2016, 4:28pm Top

>182 SassyLassy: Or just run to the bathroom. The doorbell will immediately ring.

And the proper beverage to provide in the American South in the summer is water. Bottles and bottles of it. The movers delivered our stuff and managed to empty 47 half liter bottles before they left at the end of the day.

Aug 4, 2016, 7:01pm Top

I'm slowly reading Christina, Queen of Sweden and flying through the excellent Ruby by Cynthia Bond which I think was on the Bailey Women's prize for fiction short list. I think I'm going to tackle another Henry James with The Ambassadors.

Aug 5, 2016, 8:19am Top

Finished through Orpheus and the Greek Religion by W.K.C. Guthrie. It was work.

Not sure what's next, although I'm holding a copy of the Enûma Elish - the Babylonian creation story.

Aug 5, 2016, 3:03pm Top

I've finished Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson, which was OK, but not quite what I'd hoped for, and am now reading Silas Marner by George Eliot, which I am enjoying pretty well.

Aug 6, 2016, 3:19am Top

A busy period for me: trying to read the Booker longlist and combine it with my 1001 addiction.
I just finished My name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout, which is on the longlist. I absolutely loved it, a 5 star read for me.
Now on to The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati, which is the Group read in the 1001 Group.

Aug 6, 2016, 3:25am Top

>187 Simone2: trying to read the Booker longlist and combine it with my 1001 addiction.

Just gets harder every year. They haven't updated the 1001 since (I think) 2012. Personally, I don't read a lot of new fiction, but I am reading a lot from the past few years. Which means fewer 1001 books year after year. I'm also following the Guardian 1000, which has the same problem. Sure, there are lots of those books on my TBR, but none of them are newish. Time for some new major lists for us to follow.

Aug 6, 2016, 5:59am Top

>188 Nickelini: I was just thinking the same. I actually went googling to see if an update is on its way, but I can't find it.

The Booker is my guide in modern literature. As is the not-Booker longlist from The Guardian. Do you know that one?


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I like to follow the Booker lists and I just discovered the not-Booker this year. I also love the Bailey's prize for women in literature.

I've been disappointed in the choices for the more contemporary books put on the 1001 books list. But to be fair, I think it's hard to see which books will be "the classics" when you're still in the generation they are being written.

I'd love a shorter list to follow than 1001, though. I'm getting a little sick of that one. I love the group here on LT, though, so on I go.

Edited: Aug 6, 2016, 2:32pm Top

>189 Simone2: I hadn't seen this year's version, but I'm sure I've seen that in other years. I know so little about the Booker nominees this year that I'm not very interested. However, as I hear more about the books I'm sure I'll find some that I want to read.

>190 japaul22: The Bailey prize can be a good source too.

I've been disappointed in the choices for the more contemporary books put on the 1001 books list. But to be fair, I think it's hard to see which books will be "the classics" when you're still in the generation they are being written.

I don't look at the newer selections as potential classics and I don't think a book's inclusion on the list means that the 1001 publisher thinks people will still be reading that book in 50 or 100 years. I think they are just pointing out that these books have something unique or special about them. That's my take on it, anyway.

I think I'm getting a little bored of the 1001 list too. I have about 100 unread waiting for me, but lately nothing from that pile is what I'm in the mood for. I need a new list! I guess a lot of lists came out around the turn of the millennium, and now we aren't in any landmark year.

Aug 6, 2016, 3:52pm Top

>190 japaul22: >191 Nickelini: I am sorry to hear you both are a bit bored with the 1001 list. I am still enjoying it very much. Mostly because it makes me read books I otherwise never would have from writers all over the world.

Aug 6, 2016, 4:36pm Top

>190 japaul22:, >191 Nickelini:, >192 Simone2: I am still (still!) mostly enjoying the 1001-list. But I've already decided my next project will be reading the fiction works published by nyrb and touring the world via The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction.

Aug 7, 2016, 2:00am Top

>193 ELiz_M: I need to get my hands on that book as well. Sounds great.

Aug 7, 2016, 7:06am Top

This month I am reading way too many books again:

Sodom and Gomorrah by Marcel Proust

Paintings in Proust by Eric Karpeles
Monsieur Proust's Library by Anka Muhlstein
Marcel Proust's Search for Lost Time by Patrick Alexander

Romance of Three Kingdoms
A Dance to the Music of Time: Second Movement by Anthony Powell
The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati
Henry VI, Part I

Aug 7, 2016, 12:31pm Top

I've just started this summer's Elizabeth von Arnim book, Fraulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther, which I'm reading for the All Viragos All August read.

>193 ELiz_M: Looks like a great pile of NYRB books you have, based on your picture of them. You could do far worse than working your way through those shelves.

Aug 7, 2016, 1:17pm Top

>196 SassyLassy: And every monthly book sale I add one or five more to the pile ;)

Aug 7, 2016, 5:37pm Top

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