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*** What are you reading now? - Part 5

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Edited: Aug 7, 2016, 7:21pm Top

It is the middle of summer in the Northern hemisphere and in the Valley of the Sun, that means staying inside and not venturing too much out. Which gives a lot of time to read. :)

So what had everyone been reading?

Aug 7, 2016, 5:43pm Top

after quitting The Babylonian Exodus, I moved on a to book of four plays by Euripides - Ion, The Trojan Women, Helen and The Bacchae.

Aug 7, 2016, 7:33pm Top

I've recently finished to new-ish books, Ruby by Cynthia Bond and The Dinner by Hermann Koch. Both were really good, but both extremely disturbing in different ways.

I felt like it was time for a classic, so I'm reading The Ambassadors by Henry James. Just as wordy and with odd syntax as I remember from his other books, but I'm interested in the premise. I'm also reading a biography of Christina, Queen of Sweden who ruled in the 1600s.

Aug 7, 2016, 7:55pm Top

Still reading Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell, which started out a bit slow but has picked up in the second half.

Aug 7, 2016, 8:10pm Top

Just finished Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie (really loved it) and The Democracy Project by David Graeber (greatly enjoyed).

Still finishing up Children of the New World by Assia Djebar and working on A Drifting Life, a very long graphic memoir by Yoshihiro Tatsumi.

Aug 7, 2016, 11:57pm Top

Almost finished with The Princess Bride. Love it!

Edited: Aug 8, 2016, 12:17am Top

I just completed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and have mixed feelings about it. Up next is A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains.

Edited: Aug 8, 2016, 4:03am Top

Had a fifties weekend with the banned-gay-classic Les mauvais anges and (making a rather bizarre contrast) Elizabeth Taylor's The sleeping beauty. The angels were interesting, but failed to live up to their reputations; Taylor has never disappointed me yet.

Next up is this week's bit of Victorian frivolity, Rambles Round Reformed Lands, an 1889 travel book by the Reverend Doctor James I. Good, of Philadelphia, which I picked up for no reason at the book market yesterday. I'm intrigued to see how he deals with resolving the correct Anglo-Saxon attitude to foreigners (that they are incompetent, picturesque and slightly absurd) with his respect for the cultures that produced Luther, Zwingli and Calvin. And I'm looking forward to some good old-fashioned anti-popish bigotry, of course. I've already seen him taking the monks of Einsiedeln to task for the blackness of their Madonna...

One reason the book attracted my attention is that the printer had clumsily laid out the title page like this:



leading me to wonder whether there are any square ones...

Aug 8, 2016, 7:43am Top

I spent my week at the beach reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. I was surprised to be as involved as I was in the story of a cattle drive!

Now I'm reading The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens.

Aug 8, 2016, 9:13am Top

Still reading Flaubert's Parrot, and now I've added I Shot the Buddha, the latest Dr. Siri mystery.

Aug 8, 2016, 11:51am Top

>9 RidgewayGirl: I read the Wife's Tale a few weeks ago and really liked it. Hope it works for you.

Aug 8, 2016, 8:56pm Top

I'm continuing my partial re-read of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels with Thief of Time. This is the last of the Death sub-series, and I am going to seriously miss that silly ol' skeleton when I'm done. (Fortunately, he does show up for at least a cameo in pretty much all the other books, too.)

Next up, I believe, is going to be The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz, mostly because buzz about the the new season of Sherlock coming next year has me in a little bit of a Holmesian mood.

Aug 9, 2016, 6:40pm Top

Having just finished The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett I am now reading Slipstream, Elizabeth Jane Howard's autobiography, which has somehow slipped in ahead of the Trollope I was intending to read.

Aug 9, 2016, 6:44pm Top

I am in a reading funky mood so staying with old books - Perry Mason at the moment (I feel like detective stories but really cannot be bothered with the modern way of making the detective the story...). That shall pass soon I suspect but for the time being, I am stuck on old mysteries (and my Cherryh read-through).

Aug 10, 2016, 4:14am Top

I am reading We, the first dystopian novel ever. Next will be Hot Milk from the Booker Longlist.

Aug 10, 2016, 10:49am Top

I am plugging away, enjoyably, at The Last Chronicle of Barset and reading mysteries along with that.

Aug 10, 2016, 12:55pm Top

In the middles of Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee and A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea by Eunsun Kim.

Just started an ER book Needless Suffering: How Society Fails Those With Chronic Pain and I'm really impressed so far (I've been dealing with chronic pain for over ten years).

Aug 11, 2016, 4:29am Top

Finished A god and his gifts yesterday. About halfway through The other Elizabeth Taylor, still plugging away at Carlo Emilio Gadda, and just started Taylor's A game of hide and seek.

>16 rebeccanyc: Last Chronicle is my favourite Trollope so far. Have fun!

Aug 11, 2016, 9:44pm Top

Finished The Bacchae and other plays by Euripides.

I've opened Electra by Sophocles, translated by Anne Carson, which I'm excited about...although at the moment I'm stuck in a so far kind of dull introduction.

Aug 13, 2016, 11:48am Top

Finished The Dinner. On to Enduring Love.

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I am beginning LaRose soon. It was recommended by a friend but I probably wouldn't have chosen to read it otherwise. Hoping to be pleasantly surprised.

Aug 13, 2016, 6:57pm Top

I'm in the midst of several non-fiction books, the most interesting being So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson.

Aug 15, 2016, 9:18am Top

Finished Elektra by Sophocles. The 50 pages of intro took a longer and a lot more work than the actual play.

Next is The Big Short. I listen to almost all of it on audio, but got sick of waiting for it to come free again from the library. So, I'll finish in hardback. First I need to figure out where I was...

Aug 15, 2016, 1:27pm Top

I've started Rogue Heroes by Ben Macintyre and Alliance of Equals, the latest in a sci-fi series. Also re-reading Strike Sparks, a collection of poetry by Sharon Olds.

Aug 15, 2016, 1:42pm Top

I started listening to Lab Girl this morning. I'm like 25 minutes in, but it's really nice so far.

Aug 15, 2016, 5:18pm Top

Aug 16, 2016, 7:57am Top

I'm reading City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett now, and really enjoying it.

Aug 16, 2016, 8:58am Top

I've finished the nonfiction I was reading, Christina, Queen of Sweden. Now I'm focusing on a pair of books, The Ambassadors by Henry James and The Master by Colm Toiban which is biographical fiction about Henry James.

Next up will be My Name is Lucy Barton which I'm picking up from the library today.

Aug 16, 2016, 6:28pm Top

Finished The Big Short (which comes up in touchstones as Moby Dick...).

I plan to start Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick.

Aug 16, 2016, 6:33pm Top

Finished Slipstream now snuggled up with Doctor Thorne. I love the way Trollope interjects just to remind you someone's telling you a story, though I feel in need of one of those lists of characters that one gets in the front of Russian novels.

Aug 16, 2016, 7:18pm Top

Moving from one depressing memoir to another and another I'm halfway through Guantanamo Diary. I'm trying to balance with a nice fantasy re-read, Angel-Seeker by Sharon Shinn.

Was going to start a realistic YA book, but decided I just didn't want to be in close proximity of teenagers, even of the fictional print variety.

Aug 17, 2016, 3:04am Top

Finished A game of hide and seek and re-read an old school-book, Bahnwärter Thiel at the weekend (or should that be "an old-school book"?). Continuing with Gadda and the ET biography, and started Temps glaciaires, the most recent Adamsberg story.

Aug 17, 2016, 9:36am Top

I am reading Work like any other from the Booker Longlist and enjoying it very much. Next will be a 1001 read again, but I am not sure which one, because I would really like to read another Booker. But I have this TBR system.... not that flexible...!

Aug 18, 2016, 2:39pm Top

Aug 18, 2016, 4:42pm Top

>30 Oandthegang: You're reminding me that I should get back to Barsetshire. As soon as my attention span increases or the boxes are all unpacked, I'll have to pick up Doctor Thorne.

I'm reading Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler, which is one of the Hogarth Shakespeare retellings, this one is based on The Taming of the Shrew. I'm enjoying it so far.

I'm also reading You Will Know Me, Megan Abbott's newest noir-tinged novel about championship gymnastics and murder.

Aug 18, 2016, 8:42pm Top

I have a pile of non-fiction on the go, and my novel is In the Woods, Tana French's 1st Dublin murder squad book.

Aug 20, 2016, 12:43am Top

Recently finished Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will, which I loved. Review to follow on my thread sometime over the weekend.

Aug 20, 2016, 8:06am Top

I just finished Lightless by C. A. Higgins. I recalled hearing some good things about that one, but whoever I heard them from, sadly, was wrong.

And I've now started Naked by David Sedaris.

Aug 20, 2016, 9:53am Top

After six weeks of enjoyable reading, I have finished Trollope's The Last Chronicle of Barset, and reviewed it. How will I get my Trollope fix now?

Edited: Aug 20, 2016, 8:28pm Top

>35 RidgewayGirl: I roared through Dr Thorne. Quite different from The Warden and Barchester Towers, which I also enjoyed. Have now decided that the Antonia Fraser stack needs to be tackled as I'm in culling mode again, so am just starting her version of The Six Wives Of Henry VIII. If I think of it as six short books joined together it seems less daunting.

>39 rebeccanyc: Always sad to get to the end of a run.

Aug 20, 2016, 11:32pm Top

Finished Nothing to Envy - I think I was about the last club reader to get to it. Recommended.

Next I'm looking at more from Euripides - I have an old Penguin Classics with Vellacott's translations of Medea, Hecabe, Electra and Herakles. Medea is a re-read, but this translation is new to me. The others are all new.

Aug 22, 2016, 12:15am Top

>41 dchaikin: You're not the last to get to Nothing to Envy. I only just recently picked up a copy, and it's sitting unread on my TBR pile.

Also, having finished with David Sedaris, I've jumped on a bandwagon and started reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Aug 22, 2016, 3:29am Top

I also got to the end of a run last night, finishing Temps glaciaires - but in this case it's not ruled out that there will be some more Adamsberg stories in due course.

I really need to have a go at the physical TBR, which is going into overspill mode, but first I want to read another Elizabeth Taylor novel...

(...and Dan's comments are almost tempting me to have another go at the Greeks, as well!)

Aug 22, 2016, 7:28am Top

Mark - I could use another reader to talk to, if those Greek tragedies are really calling you.

Betty - I'm oddly casual about reading books I own, and yet library books, with their return dates, come with some urgency. But, once I finally got Nothing to Envy into the house from the library, I was surprised how drawn I was to that one book.

Aug 22, 2016, 9:45am Top

On to The Sellout by Paul Beatty for the Booker longlist.

Aug 22, 2016, 11:04am Top

I am reading World Light, Halldor Laxness. Its a book club choice. I am enjoying it so far.

Aug 22, 2016, 2:12pm Top

Aug 22, 2016, 7:32pm Top

I am reading American Gods, Harvest of Empire and several manga (but focusing on xxxHolic.)

I am really enjoying American Gods, but Gaiman can sometimes come off more like a Penthouse Letters author. I find it off putting, but I try to remind myself that it's primitive gods so maybe that's why it's so *ahem* earthy. Or maybe I'm just a cranky prude. Otherwise I just love the surreal feeling of it.

Aug 23, 2016, 5:19am Top

Just past midnight I finished Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves, a historical novel set in rural Alabama in the 1920s to early 1930s, which is the first of the five Booker Prize longlisted novels I've read so far that I've loved.

Next up will be Native Believer by Ali Eteraz.

Aug 23, 2016, 7:21am Top

>49 kidzdoc: Those both sound really good! I've added them to my ever growing wishlist.

Aug 23, 2016, 7:46am Top

I finished several enjoyable books while on vacation. I apologize for the skimpy comments in my posts. Catching up is hard to do. :)

I'm currently reading Trollope's Phineas Finn on Kindle, and Bootlegger's Daughter by Margaret Maron in print. The latter was a recommendation by Linda (laytonwoman).

My audiobook is the most current in the Bryant and May series by Christopher Fowler. Strange Tide.

Aug 23, 2016, 7:59am Top

>50 Sace: Thanks, Sace. I received an Advance Reading Copy of Native Believer directly from Akashic Books, thanks to an e-mail invitation. It received a favorable review in the NYT earlier this year, so I'm looking forward to it.

Aug 23, 2016, 3:13pm Top

Just finished Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets and just starting Spark: How Creativity Works by Julie Burstein.

Edited: Aug 23, 2016, 5:16pm Top

Finished Elizabeth Taylor's Angel - very funny! - and started Arno Geiger's Es geht uns gut, which has not been going at all for the last eight years while it's been languishing on the TBR shelf...

Aug 24, 2016, 12:40am Top

I'm looking for some recommendations for Irish books or books set in Ireland. My daughter is going to Ireland with her school next March. She'll be 17 at the time of the trip. She asked me for some Irish fiction, but everything I can think of is pretty grim or overly-literary (she's not going to read James Joyce). She's a fairly enthusiastic reader, but mostly reads YA, and a lot of dystopia. Not so much realistic fiction (which I think covers a lot of Irish fiction).

I suggested Angela's Ashes, but she was dubious when I described it. I read it about 20 years ago, so I likely misremembered.

Any ideas are appreciated.

Edited: Aug 24, 2016, 12:58am Top

>55 Nickelini: What about Emma Donoghue's early novel Stir-fry? Light and funny and written from the perspective of a young woman starting college (although I suppose a modern teenager might get a bit impatient with a narrator too naive to realise that her new flat mates are a lesbian couple...).

Aug 24, 2016, 7:18am Top

>55 Nickelini: The Commitments was a great movie (and, for better or worse, was my first strong impression of ireland) Not sure if the book is any good.

Aug 24, 2016, 9:27am Top

>55 Nickelini: How about Morgan Llywellyn's Irish history series that starts with 1916? Grim in parts but very human and semi-hopeful and very good reads. Or there's always How the Irish Saved Civilization.

Aug 24, 2016, 9:30am Top

If she likes lighter fiction, Marian Keyes sets her books in Dublin and they are a lot of fun. Sushi for Beginners or Watermelon are good to start with.

Aug 24, 2016, 11:10am Top

>56 thorold:, >57 AlisonY:, >58 dchaikin:, >59 mabith:, >60 RidgewayGirl:

Thanks for all the ideas -- some I've heard of and some not. I'll check them out.

Aug 24, 2016, 9:21pm Top

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Colm Tóibín yet! I loved Brooklyn, and I hope to get to Nora Webster soon.

Here's a recent article from The Guardian:

A new Irish literary boom: the post-crash stars of fiction

I'll read The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, the winner of this year's Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction, early next month, for a book club meet up in Cambridge. Lori Thornton from 75 Books told me about Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume, and I'll probably buy and read it next month. I own A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride and Skippy Dies by Paul Murray, but I haven't read them yet, although both are high on my TBR list.

Aug 24, 2016, 10:27pm Top

>62 kidzdoc: You're right -- I could just pull out The Glorious Heresies and Colm Toibin from my TBR pile, along with all the other Irish fiction I own, and see if any of it takes with her. Who knows?

I read her the list, above, and we own How the Irish Saved Civilization, and she's interested in the Emma Donoghue and Marian Keyes, and the Commitments is on our to-watch list.

Lots of good ideas. Who knows what will click?

Aug 25, 2016, 8:56am Top

Or William Trevor? I've read and loved The Story of Lucy Gault and Felicia's Journey. Or Tana French if she likes mysteries.

Aug 25, 2016, 10:40pm Top

I really liked Tara Road by Maeve Binchy.

Aug 25, 2016, 11:45pm Top

Finished a book of four plays by Euripides...which I'm not sure I liked.

Next I might try Aristophanes. I have a book with Lysistrata, The Acharnians and The Clouds.

Edited: Aug 25, 2016, 11:53pm Top

>65 avidmom: I liked it too but I don't think my teenage daughter would.

Edited: Aug 26, 2016, 8:47am Top

>66 dchaikin: Lysistrata is fun! Usually a hit with the teenage crowd (It's about sex :O sort of....)

Aug 26, 2016, 9:14am Top

>66 dchaikin: In college, I minored in art history with a focus on ancient arts & architecture. For extra credit, a bunch of us performed Lysistrata as well as Electra by Sophocles. Fun times!

Aug 26, 2016, 9:20am Top

The Unknown Ajax was another fun one from Georgette Heyer. Now I'm reading her A Civil Contract, along with continuing A Brief History of Seven Killings, which is a long one.

Edited: Aug 26, 2016, 3:46pm Top

>63 Nickelini: just thought: she'd probably love Roddy Doyle. He manages to do Irish angst with black humour. Used to read a lot by him when I was younger.

Edited: Aug 26, 2016, 3:47pm Top

Have just come out from reading Enduring Love behind a cushion - very vivid and a great read.

On to Brief Lives by Anita Brookner. Looking forward to it - hope it lives up to Hotel du Lac.

Aug 26, 2016, 6:01pm Top

>68 ELiz_M: so far my intro neglected to mention anything about sex... Hmm

>69 MsNick: that's just really amazing that you got to preform those plays. I liked Sophocles's Electra a lot. Would love to see any of these Greek plays performed.

Aug 27, 2016, 10:31am Top

>72 AlisonY: Parking Anita Brookner for a moment, as I just picked up a library book I've wanted to read for a while - Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull.

It's hailed as a great business book for creative companies, and enjoying the insights so far.

Aug 27, 2016, 1:13pm Top

>74 AlisonY: Alison, I really loved that book, far more than I was expecting to. It was a great read in general.

Aug 27, 2016, 3:14pm Top

>44 dchaikin: Actually, I realized I was mistaken. It's Without You There Is No Us I picked up recently, but that made me decide I really should read Nothing to Envy, which had been languishing on my TBR pile for quite a while, first. And your mention of it spurred me to finally do so. So far I'm finding it fascinating.

>55 Nickelini:, >62 kidzdoc: I was going to suggest Skippy Dies, myself. It's terrific, and while it is fairly "literary," it might be entertaining enough to hold her attention, anyway. Plus, hey, boarding schools are pretty dystopian. :)

Aug 27, 2016, 3:34pm Top

>76 bragan: I'm not familiar with Skippy Dies but it sounds like it might be perfect. Thanks.

Aug 28, 2016, 12:27am Top

>76 bragan: I'm excited your reading Nothing to Envy. That sounds silly...well, it's still true.

Aug 28, 2016, 11:35am Top

I've made the mistake of beginning both Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad and Joseph Boyden's The Orenda. They are both excellent and heartbreaking to read. I can't take a break from the one with the other.

Aug 28, 2016, 12:48pm Top

>79 RidgewayGirl: I was wondering about The Underground Railroad. Noting.

Aug 28, 2016, 2:53pm Top

>79 RidgewayGirl: The Underground Railroad is firmly in my sights. I'll definitely buy and read it later this year.

I'm reading The Childhood of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee, so that I can read the sequel The Schooldays of Jesus, which was longlisted for this year's Booker Prize. I'm a quarter of the way in, and it's surprisingly good so far.

Edited: Aug 28, 2016, 3:44pm Top

I am finally getting around to reading The Birth House. I truly don't recall how many years ago I bought it or why.

>79 RidgewayGirl: >80 dchaikin: I have been wondering about The Underground Railroad as well. It certainly has a long waitlist at the library; maybe partially due to The Oprah Effect ....

Aug 28, 2016, 3:43pm Top

I'm planning to read The Underground Railroad as well, unless I see lots of negative reviews around here.

For now, I'm reading two other new books, The Glorious Heresies which won the Baileys Prize this year and Homegoing. So far I like them both but prefer Homegoing.

For nonfiction, I'm reading Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present which is a beautifully illustrated book that I'm sure someone here recommended.

Aug 28, 2016, 4:37pm Top

>75 mabith: I'm loving it so far. So apt for the start up I'm in - I'm learning a lot of lessons.

Aug 28, 2016, 10:21pm Top

About halfway through The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Still working on an ER book, Needless Suffering: How Society Fails Those with Chronic Pain, ironically I'm not able to read much in print right now because my own chronic pain has spiked.

Edited: Aug 28, 2016, 10:43pm Top

>82 This-n-That: Lisa, I own a copy of The Birth House. I think I actually bought it for my wife and I think she might even have read it. This would back in 2007. I haven't read it.

Aug 29, 2016, 12:13pm Top

Well, I quickly finished Nothing to Envy, which was compelling and disturbing and eye-opening and definitely deserves the good things people say about it.

I've now just started Kafka on the Shore, which will be my first exposure to Haruki Murakami, about whom I have also heard many good (or at least very interesting) things.

Aug 31, 2016, 11:26pm Top

Since I was last here I went on a lovely camping trip and finished In the Woods by Tana French, read The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing, and started Slade House by David Mitchell.

Sep 1, 2016, 8:34am Top

Aristophanes was good fun, and I have another collection of his waiting. But I've started a collection of four plays by Sophocles - the non-Thebes ones.

Sep 1, 2016, 11:35am Top

I am reading The Invention of Nature which was a gift and was enthusiastically reviewed by several CR readers. I'm also reading mysteries at the same time.

Sep 4, 2016, 2:39am Top

I am reading The Music of Chance by Paul Auster. He is always good, I think (and Siri Hustvedt's husband!)

I also have a question. In October I will be in NYC for a week - holidays. Any suggestions for a book I should absolutely read while being there or while preparing my trip?

Sep 4, 2016, 8:16am Top

>91 Simone2: NYC! It would be impossible to recommend only one or two books -- so many are set here over so many decades and within such different ethnic groups. I guess maybe New York Stories edited by Diana Secker Tesdell might give you a brief overview? If you're allowed to do some book tourism, I recommend my favorite two book stores, within walking distance of each other.
Strand Bookstore (right) and Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (left):


Edited: Sep 4, 2016, 12:21pm Top

I started reading The Last Wish today, got to page 127 and really can't be bothered to read anymore. It is a book club choice.

Sep 4, 2016, 12:28pm Top

>91 Simone2: Nice! I've always wanted to see autumn in New York. We went for a week in the summer of 2013 and I read Falling Man and The Age of Innocence, along with the required guide books.

Sep 4, 2016, 1:10pm Top

>92 ELiz_M: You don't know how happy you make me with these addresses. I will certainly go there. The Public Library as well, probably.

I'll also check out the book you mention, thank you. It is an impossible question to ask, I know.
I have read a lot of books set in NYC of course, I was just thinking there might be the ultimate novel maybe, set in current times. I am thinking of Manhattan Transfer perhaps?

>94 Nickelini: Thank you Joyce, I have read both but they are exactly the kind of titles I am looking for, I would have loved to read them there. I'll check out the other Wharton's.

Sep 4, 2016, 2:58pm Top

>92 ELiz_M: *swoon* NYC is one of those places I've never been and always wanted to go. I really loved Wharton's The House of Mirth.

I am reading Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote. Haven't gotten very far into it yet, but I like Capote's writing style.

Edited: Sep 5, 2016, 1:25am Top

I finished Kafka on the Shore, although I still don't know exactly what I think about it. And then I read Eleven on Top, yet another of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels. I think my brain needed a rest with something completely mindless after the Murakami.

Next up is Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson.

Sep 5, 2016, 9:26am Top

After some heavy holiday reading (Trobadora Beatriz and The Salterton trilogy), I'm taking a little break with a Simenon novel I found at the bottom of my rucksack. After that, who knows?

Sep 5, 2016, 10:45am Top

I've started Lingo: Around Europe in Sixty Languages, which seems like it will be a fun, light read. Also working on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on audio, a re-read for a new bookclub I've joined. Enjoying it again, though there are some very minor annoyances I didn't notice the first time around.

Sep 5, 2016, 10:54am Top

Having a bit of a dither as I am in the midst of furniture shuffling due to building work and keep coming across books in unexpected places. I was on the edge of starting Jeremy Poldark, the third volume of the Poldark series, having just finished Demelza to get me in the mood for the arrival of the second series of the BBC dramatization, but three chapters and one tv episode in I realize this is a bad idea, so must park Jeremy until the tv series has finished. I'm also semi reading Framley Parsonage but all the annotations in the OUP edition (which I know many of you love) are getting in my way, so I may need to circle round and start again. Antonia Fraser's The Six Wives of Henry VIII is still hanging in there and I've just discovered a little nest of Margery Allingham's Campion novels.

Sep 5, 2016, 12:16pm Top

>100 Oandthegang:
I am also looking forward to the second season of Poldark being aired soon!! So far I have stayed away from the novels, but I can understand setting the third volume aside for now.

Sep 5, 2016, 5:35pm Top

Finished the Sophocles collection, which means I've read all this plays (we only have seven). I also read a collection of Aesop's fables, and, on audio, finished The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee.

I have one more book of Greek plays, by Aristophanes. Not sure what will be next on audio. I was listening to some lectures on the Greek plays and I might continue with that.

Sep 5, 2016, 5:36pm Top

>92 ELiz_M: hmm. We are talking over possible December trips and NYC came up. I've yet to make the Strand...

Sep 5, 2016, 5:42pm Top

Hoping to finish Memoirs of a Militia Sergeant tonight so that I won't have to take it travelling with me tomorrow. I will pick up enough books as it is

Sep 5, 2016, 7:51pm Top

>103 dchaikin: If you do come to NYC, feel free to drop me a line for suggestions (or visit Simone's thread....)!

Edited: Sep 5, 2016, 8:12pm Top

Reading My Cousin Rachel for one of my (nearly) Autumn mystery/romance/modern gothic type reads.

Sep 8, 2016, 3:24am Top

Finished Jenny Erpenbeck's Aller Tage Abend (The end of days) last night, and picked Uncommon people (a 1998 collection of essays by Eric Hobsbawm) off the TBR shelf. From fictional marxists to real ones...

Sep 8, 2016, 7:25am Top

Edited: Sep 8, 2016, 10:53am Top

Starting The Wright Brothers today, although in the past I have already listened to a few chapters on CD.

Sep 8, 2016, 11:18pm Top

>109 This-n-That: Lisa, enjoy The Wright Brothers. I listened to it on audio this past December.

I finished Aristophanes collection, which included The Frogs, which was really kind of...well, I was going to say touching, but that's not quite right. Anyway, I enjoyed it. Aeschylus and Euripides go head to head, with Dionysos judging...in Hades, of course.

I'm looking at Vineland by Thomas Pynchon and thinking about starting it next.

Sep 9, 2016, 3:27am Top

>107 thorold: Barely halfway through the Hobsbawm (which is excellent, but quite demanding) and I got side-tracked into reading Red cavalry on Scribd, so now I'm halfway through that as well. Coincidentally, it turns out that the town of Brody (now in Ukraine), where the first part of Aller Tage Abend was set, is also one of the main locations in Red cavalry. I can't quite claim never to have heard of the place before, since Wikipedia tells me it was Joseph Roth's birthplace and comes up in Radetzkymarsch, but it must be forty years since I read that...

Sep 9, 2016, 3:50am Top

>110 dchaikin: But at least you can now say "I know the croaking chorus from the Frogs of Aristophanes..."

Sep 9, 2016, 4:00am Top

>106 This-n-That: What did you think of it? I really liked that one.

I finished my seventh novel from the Booker Longlist, Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh, which I didn't really like. Next Tuesday the shorlist will be announced, I don't think I will able to read another one before then.

Now it is time for a 1001 novel again, which will be The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

Sep 9, 2016, 7:49am Top

>112 thorold: well, yes, yes I can.

Sep 9, 2016, 11:49am Top

I've just finished In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith, yet another pleasant entry in his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, and am now starting Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson.

Sep 9, 2016, 12:12pm Top

>133 I really enjoyed My Cousin Rachel and gave it four stars. It wasn't quite as suspenseful as Rebecca but still a great gothic mystery. Now I hope to watch the movie version with Olivia de Havilland. :)

Sep 9, 2016, 12:18pm Top

>110 dchaikin: Now that I have a book version to refer to, I actually feel the audio for The Wright Brothers is more engaging. Maybe especially for the second half of the book, as there are more "factoids" so the writing seems a little dry. I might go back and listen to some of it on cd (that I didn't get to before) as time allows. Well, glad you enjoyed the audio version. :)

Sep 9, 2016, 12:19pm Top

>115 bragan: That is a great series, although I have only read four books.

Sep 9, 2016, 1:16pm Top

Finished Slade House by David Mitchell this morning and have just started Neuromancer by William Gibson. This is rather far out of my comfort zone, so not sure how this will go.

Sep 9, 2016, 6:10pm Top

>117 This-n-That: I didn't really like the second half : |. I just kind of lost interest in all the details. Maybe it's the book and not the medium. ??

Sep 9, 2016, 6:38pm Top

>120 dchaikin: Thanks for your comment, Daniel. That is quite helpful. At least now I realize it might just be the story itself, so I won't worry about it. Maybe will just continue on with the book then, as I can get through it more quickly. Kinda sad to lose interest midway through but the first half seemed more personal and engaging. Happens sometimes though...

Sep 10, 2016, 2:11am Top

>119 Nickelini: I had not heard of this new Mitchell until last night, when someone told me about it. A few hours later I read your review. It must be a sign!
I am interested in what you'll think of Neuromancer. I really couldn't finish it. 'Out of my comfort zone' is an understatement!

Sep 10, 2016, 7:04am Top

I've recently finished two brand new books, Homegoing (fabulous, highly recommended), and The Glorious Heresies (appreciated though not necessarily for me).

Now I'm reading The Gene: An Intimate History and the first of Dorothy Dunnett's historical fiction series set in 16th century Scotland, Game of Kings.

Edited: Sep 11, 2016, 8:40pm Top

Finished A Radiografia do Golpe: Entenda como e por que você foi enganado, by Jesse Souza, portuguese edition. An analysis about the last developments in brazilian politics. Review in my thread.

Sep 12, 2016, 10:31am Top

I'm reading The Fireman by Joe Hill, which I keep thinking is a Stephen King novel. It's a lot of fun, if fun is the right word to use about a dystopian future where a virus that causes its hosts to catch fire.

Sep 12, 2016, 11:00am Top

After finishing a couple of books at the weekend, I started Thomas Bernhard's Das Kalkwerk, which rather unexpectedly turns out to be a sort of murder mystery. It's a lot of fun, if fun is the right word to describe Bernhard's own very special brand of Grumpiverse...

>125 RidgewayGirl: I've seen several people talking about that book lately, but didn't twig until I saw your comment that it can't be the Joe Hill Joan Baez dreamed about. A book called The fireman could so easily have been a political manifesto or a socialist-realist novel...

Sep 12, 2016, 4:44pm Top

I've FINALLY finished Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull (very inspiring, but much too lengthy). Think I'll go back to Brief Lives now and hopefully some very enjoyable Brookner prose.

Sep 12, 2016, 5:18pm Top

>126 thorold: I struggle with that Joe Hill confusion every time I see author's name. I feel routinely annoyed that the author chose that pen name (would be different if it were his real name).

Recently finished YA time travel book Long Division by Kiese Laymon, poetry collection One Secret Thing by Sharon Olds, and historical novel Night of Many Dreams by Gail Tsukiyama.

Now I'm working on Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly and Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution by Kathleen DuVal.

Sep 13, 2016, 4:51pm Top

>128 mabith: Joseph Hillstrom King...looks like his real name to me.

Sep 13, 2016, 6:02pm Top

>129 lesmel: I hadn't seen his full name before, but it will still annoy me. Could have gone with Joseph Hill even and had much less confusion with the activist songwriter. Knowing that he was named for him it's a bit less annoying. I would say it still counts as a pen name as well, since it was chosen to at least temporarily hide his parentage.

Sep 14, 2016, 5:09am Top

Finished Das Kalkwerk and got sidetracked into starting Kropotkin's Memoirs of a revolutionist, which is mentioned frequently as the favourite reading of Bernhard's central character.

>129 lesmel: >130 mabith: As P.G. Wodehouse pointed out, "There's a lot of dirty work done at the font."
Even without the problem of a famous father, I expect it doesn't take long to get fed up with people telling you "You must be Joe King."

Sep 14, 2016, 11:54am Top

I don't post on this thread usually, some sort of superstition in case it deflects me from finishing things, but the way it goes at the moment, things have changed, I've got tons of books on the go, most not finished or really near it nor ever will be no doubt. It was good when I was a one book at a time person, for a while, but maybe mad variation between the two is needed, focus and splurges to find focus. But the real reason i do post here is to say I have restarted Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind and plan to read it a chapter a day again as I got so much from it last time that way.

Significant other reads - that I really am aiming to finish - are Wordsworth's The Prelude (1850) and Conversations with Kafka. I'll stop there. Interesting Zen Mind may be about focus, being more present to it all amidst lots of reading. Hadn't thought of that side of it. I'll probably have to search for more focus again, especially towards some of the reading I really want to do.

Sep 15, 2016, 4:46pm Top

Finished Kropotkin and have been dipping into Volker Weidermann's bluffers' guide to post-war German literature, Lichtjahre. Not quite as philistine as it pretends to be, but there look to be some splendid one-sentence take-downs of the great and the good...
(He's the man who wrote Ostend, which I've also got on the TBR.)

Sep 15, 2016, 6:55pm Top

I'm now reading The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver, which is good, but perhaps offers a few more detailed examples than I'd actually like.

Edited: Sep 16, 2016, 11:10am Top

>134 bragan: I'm enjoying the 538 podcast. That has plenty of statistics and how they measure polls. Any more and I'd be overwhelmed. I did not do well in my college statistics class.

I've finished The Gardner Heist which took me months to read. It had a promising beginning but turned into a story of Ulrich Boser hanging out with shady characters.

I've started Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves, which is longlisted for the Booker.

Sep 17, 2016, 12:35am Top

I am reading the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia, The Magician's Nephew and plan on reading the whole Narnia series soon.

Sep 17, 2016, 2:40am Top

>136 avidmom: I'm guessing this isn't new to you.

So much ugly controversy over which is the "real" first novel. I stumbled upon The Magician's Nephew in the library as a child, and then discovered the rest of the books. Utter bliss for this 10 year old. I've grown away from those books now, but read them all at least 5 times each (some even more) and have very fond memories (even though I can now see the faults. Don't care).

Sep 17, 2016, 4:42pm Top

>137 Nickelini: I'm guessing this isn't new to you.

Actually, believe it or not, it "kind of" is! I bought the 7-in-1 book for my boys back when Disney did the movie version of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. I had never read it as a kid so thought I'd read it to my kids (they were smaller then!). Maybe it was too long ago when I read it aloud to them (I remember doing that), or maybe we never really got through it, because I did feel like I was reading it for the first time.

I am reading it now because I want to get to the nonfiction book I bought a few weeks ago, A Hobbit, A Wardrobe and a Great War about the connection between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

Sep 18, 2016, 5:29am Top

Finished and enjoyed another Anita Brookner - Brief Lives. Now onto In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut. I read The Good Doctor by him around 10 years ago and remember enjoying it, so hoping this one is interesting too.

Sep 18, 2016, 10:28am Top

I finished The Invention of Nature which is remarkable book about a remarkable man, Alexander von Humboldt.

Sep 18, 2016, 1:03pm Top

Whizzed through In a Strange Room. John Irving's Widow for One Year is up next.

Sep 19, 2016, 3:38am Top

I'm reading Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien, a novel about China before, during and after the massacre in Tiananmen Square, which will hopefully win the Booker Prize next month, and Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich, the story of a famous patient with intractable epilepsy who underwent a prefrontal lobotomy by a US neurosurgeon in an attempt to control his seizures. The operation was unsucessful, and it left him profoundly amnestic, as he was unable to retain any new memories for more than 30 seconds. The author is the grandson of the neurosurgeon, and the book is about H.M., whose identity was shrouded in mystery throughout his life, the researcher who guarded H.M. and his personal details closely, and the author's grandfather, who had a laudable but controversial career.

Sep 19, 2016, 5:40am Top

Finished two collections of Austrian shorts (not the leather kind...) over the weekend, Thomas Bernhard's Der Stimmenimitator and Ilse Aichinger's Kleist, Moos, Fasane.
And started Gisela Elsner's Das Windei, a book I picked up because I recognised the author's name from Lichtjahre (on checking back, I see that Weidermann wasn't very enthusiastic about her, and doesn't mention this novel at all...).

Sep 20, 2016, 2:28am Top

I've recently finished A Heritage of Stars by Clifford D. Simak, which was very old school SF. And, keeping with that same theme, I finished making my way through the (rather brutal) trivia quizzes in The Official Star Trek Trivia Book, from 1980.

Now I'm reading a YA novel, A World Without You by Beth Revis, which I'm enjoying a lot more than I expected to.

Sep 20, 2016, 8:20am Top

Finished Por Que Gritamos Golpe? Para entender o impeachment e a crise política no Brasil, by Andre Singer, portuguese edition. Review in my thread. Colection of articles about contemporary brazilian politics.

Sep 22, 2016, 9:14am Top

I've just started reading The Children by Ann Leary. I really loved The Good House, so I'm hoping to enjoy this one!

Sep 22, 2016, 10:47am Top

I still haven't started the next volume of Proust that i should be reading, but in a 3-day marathon rarely leaving my recliner session, I did manage to finish A Brief History of Seven Killings just in time for book club. I also (finally!) finished Platero and I soI've started Henry VI, Part 2 as a subway book and will have to pick something else up soon...

Sep 22, 2016, 10:54am Top

Virginia Reeves's debut novel, Work Like Any Other was excellent. It did sometimes feel like a first novel, but it was also well-structured and Reeves created a complex and interesting main character. It may not have made it onto the Booker shortlist, but I'm glad I got to read it.

I'm now reading A Dual Inheritance by Joanna Hershon, which I purchased some time ago, started it, abandoned it and I'm now giving it a second chance and enjoying it so far. It's about two Harvard students and it's set in the sixties.

I'm also working my way through a book of short stories, San Juan Noir, which are dark crime stories set in Puerto Rico's capitol city. They're interesting enough and I like discovering new authors, but the translator for all the stories is the same person, and so they all feel as though they had been written by the same person.

And I have a copy of DarkTown by Thomas Mullen, about the first black policemen in Atlanta. I like this author's work quite a bit and the subject matter sounds interesting, so I'm eager to start reading.

Sep 22, 2016, 11:42am Top

>147 ELiz_M: A Brief History of Seven Killings would be a challenging book club read!

I'm halfway through The Devourers, which is pretty interesting, and third through Emma. I also started It Looked Different on the Model, a humorous essay type of memoir, but it's very hit or miss for me (I am a very different person than I was when reading her second book back in 2003).

Sep 22, 2016, 2:11pm Top

I've recently finished Dorothy Dunnet's The Game of Kings and a new book by Allison Amend called Enchanted Islands.

Now I'm reading The Last Painting of Sara de Vos and a biography of Zora Neale Hurston called Wrapped in Rainbows. I'm excited about these two!

Sep 23, 2016, 5:42am Top

Finished Lichtjahre and another very good East German novel I was encouraged to read by what Weidermann said about it, Stille Zeile sechs by Monika Maron. I now have a lot of German authors on the virtual TBR list: not quite sure what I'm going to start next. There's a Max Frisch on the non-virtual shelf, but I think I need something a bit lighter just now - maybe I'll go back to my stock of British novels...

Sep 23, 2016, 7:15am Top

I'll move on to another Booker nominee, His Bloody Project this time. The plot and structure of the book are appealing, so I am looking forward to the weekend!

Sep 23, 2016, 6:39pm Top

I've just finished an ER book, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. I might have a few quibbles about the writing, but the subject matter was really interesting. Now I've started on City of Blades, by Robert Jackson Bennett, the sequel to the terrific City of Stairs.

Edited: Sep 23, 2016, 11:26pm Top

I am attempting to read and/or listen to Barkskins. It is loooooong.....

Edited: Sep 24, 2016, 9:52am Top

Finished Vineland yesterday...but I never really got into it. I'm starting The Argonautika by Apollonios Rhodios, who lived in 3rd century bce Alexandria.

On audio I'm trying to listen to White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America. I'm more than half way through, but also kind of bored.

Not in a reading slump, exactly, but seems my enthusiasm is low. A reading depression?? I'm hoping to get lost in The Argonautika.

Sep 24, 2016, 12:44pm Top

Sorry, Daniel. :( Hoping you find a book that captures your attention soon.

Sep 24, 2016, 3:43pm Top

I'm continuing slowly with Emma and just starting The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico and Spectacles, the memoir by Sue Perkins.

Edited: Sep 25, 2016, 6:12am Top

I have just finished poetry collection I am Minerva, have just started Ngoingoi Pēwhairangi: an extraordinary life by Tania Ka'ai, which is a biography of a famous Maori composer (two of whose songs, in the Maori language, reached #1 in the NZ hit parade - the only two songs in Maori to do so), administrator, and leader in the revival of the Maori language; and need to read Lady Susan by Jane Austen for my book group next week.

Sep 25, 2016, 9:06am Top

>156 This-n-That: Thanks Lisa

Sep 25, 2016, 2:51pm Top

I've started The Underground Railroad and find it both compelling and disturbing. I am continuing to read Ian Rutledge mysteries and Coyote America, which I read about in The New Yorker.

Sep 26, 2016, 1:36pm Top

Can't wait to read The Underground Railroad, although unfortunately (or fortunately?) I have a bunch in the queue ahead of it.

I'm currently reading The Nakano Thrift Shop, by the author of Strange Weather in Tokyo, and The Crypt Thief, the second in a series that starts with The Bookseller.

Edited: Sep 27, 2016, 5:06am Top

Finished Robert Seethaler's Ein ganzes Leben last night - excellent!
Hopping on to a Club Read bandwagon (and trying to distract myself from my massive plunge into German Lit) I've started The invention of nature. Feels a little bit self-consciously lowbrow so far ("...the French thinker Voltaire..."), but not too bad, and Alexander von Humboldt is someone I've wanted to know more about ever since reading Die Vermessung der Welt (one of the first books I reviewed after joining LT nine years ago!).

Sep 29, 2016, 7:48pm Top

I'm reading Prince Caspian now in the Chronicles series, while dabbling in The Hobbit, The Wardrobe and a Great War.

Sep 30, 2016, 2:36pm Top

I've started Hidden Figures, about black female mathematicians at NASA, and Rainbow Rowell's Carry On.

Sep 30, 2016, 10:54pm Top

I am reading Framley Parsonage on and off. Dr Thorne was so much fun that I sharked through it, but this one seems to be a sort of Rake's Progress which is so certain to end in tears that I have little curiosity to keep me going. Will eventually march through, but have also begun Dissolution which has been off-puttingly printed for its tenth anniversary edition in almost total black, including all three page edges, making the book far from come-hitherish. Had a quick gallop through Inspector Cadaver (I take it the Touchstone reference is to the translator rather than the author) and fortunately have just been given a Tea With Mr Rochester, a collection of short stories by Frances Towers which has got off to a very good start and will probably stay ahead of the pack.

Oct 1, 2016, 4:09pm Top

Finished listening The Third Reich in Power, by Richards J. Evans. Review in my thread. Already listening the third volume of the trilogy: The Third Reich at War. Wonderful work!

Oct 2, 2016, 11:22am Top

Since I last checked in here, I read a pretty good Doctor Who novel, Doctor Who: Dead of Winter by James Goss, and The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie (yes, that Hugh Laurie), then took a short humor break with F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers by Richard Benson.

I've now just started The Passage by Justin Cronin, having finally decided to start on on that series now that it's all out. And I'm also intermittently browsing through A Sea of Words: A Lexicon and Companion for Patrick O'Brian's Seafaring Tales, as I'm hoping to finally get back to O'Brain's Aubrey-Maturin series soon, after stalling out on it for a while.

Oct 2, 2016, 5:32pm Top

I've started Hard Tack and Coffee, a memoir/study of (union) army life during the US Civil War. I'm enjoying it more than I'd expected, and there's so much humor in it.

Also currently reading The Noodle Maker of Kalimpong (memoir by the current Dalai Lama's brother), Gastronomical Me by MFK Fisher, and Ostend: Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, and the Summer Before the Dark.

Oct 2, 2016, 10:43pm Top

Read Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, by Michael Lewis. Review, as always, in my thread.

Oct 2, 2016, 10:55pm Top

It's October, so I'm reading October, by Richard Wright.

Oct 4, 2016, 7:26am Top

After a ridiculous five-book weekend (it was raining, they were quite short books...) I'm slowing down with a good old-fashioned Léo Malet detective story, Kilomètres de linceuls.

Edited: Oct 5, 2016, 5:53pm Top

>167 bragan: I am looking forward to your thoughts on The Passage as I also have been eyeing it for a long time, but can't make myself read those 1000 pages so far.

For now I am reading All That Man Is, which is shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

Oct 5, 2016, 7:53am Top

Finished Kilomètres de linceuls with its totally absurd body count, and started Stefan Zweig's Sternstunden der Menschheit, which must have been on my shelves for over 20 years without ever being read.

Oct 5, 2016, 1:17pm Top

Oct 6, 2016, 11:16am Top

I've finished Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood's latest book. I don't see myself doing reviews this month, so I'll briefly say here that I really enjoyed this - it was really funny and a clever take on a retelling of the Tempest. BUT I never would have guessed it was Atwood writing if I didn't already know it. The humor was not what I associate with her and the book was much more male-oriented than I expect from her.

Now I'm reading Mrs. Bridge and continuing with Wrapped in Rainbows: the LIfe of Zora Neale Hurston.

Oct 6, 2016, 6:38pm Top

>172 Simone2: Unsurprisingly, it's taking me a while to make my way through The Passage. I'm somewhat over halfway through now, and so far it's... okay. Not bad, but maybe not worth all the time I'm spending on it.

Oct 8, 2016, 2:16am Top

I finished October by Richard Wright, which had some really lovely writing. Now I'm starting The Natural Way of Things by Australian writer Charlotte Wood. When I heard about this I had to buy it right away, but then I thought it sounded a bit too disturbing for me to actually read (I do that, often). But today I bought tickets to see her at the Vancouver Writer's Festival, so I'm going to read it before the event.

Edited: Oct 8, 2016, 12:02pm Top

After being on my tbr list for a long while, I am starting The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. I hope it meets my (inflated) expectations.

Oct 8, 2016, 1:07pm Top

I'm a third of the way through All That Man Is by David Szalay, from the Booker Prize shortlist, which is good so far.

Oct 8, 2016, 4:52pm Top

Finished listening An Introduction to Greek Philosophy, by David Roochnik. An interesting course. Review in my thread.

Oct 8, 2016, 7:28pm Top

I just finished Ostend: Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, and the Summer Before the Dark by Volker Weidermann, and it was a truly great read. It's a short gem, about 160 smallish pages, and I ended up reading it in almost one sitting while my computer reformatted. I have not actually read anything by Zweig or Roth, or any of the other authors in this book, though I've had some on my to-read list (mainly Zweigs, though now I'm totally focused on finding Irmgard Keun's books).

Now I'm working on Coming Out Under Fire by Allan Berube, which is tear-jerking at times, and very interesting, and focusing back on Gastronomical Me by MFK Fisher, which is very enjoyable so far.

Oct 8, 2016, 10:29pm Top

Well, we have had a snag in our concert tour as several concerts cancelled because of Hurricane Matthew. After two days of consecutive 10 hour bus rides to get around the storm, we are just about back on track. As a result of 20 hours on a bus, I finished Mrs. Bridge, made progress on Wrapped in Rainbows, and read all of Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Tomorrow we have 5 hours on the bus and I'll start Confusion, the next book in the Cazalet series.

Edited: Oct 9, 2016, 2:05am Top

>181 mabith:
I'm heading towards Ostend as well, following a not-very-exciting encounter with Stefan Zweig by a riveting re-read of Radetzkymarsch. I'll have to toss a Keun to decide what to read after that...
(Touchstones seem to be on strike)

Oct 9, 2016, 7:40am Top

>182 japaul22: Oooft. That does not sound fun.

I am finally, finally in the midst of The Captive & The Fugitive with Thais as my subway book. Next up on audio is Henry VI, Part 3.

Edited: Oct 9, 2016, 10:23am Top

>182 japaul22: So sorry! It sounds like the only upside is extra reading time. Thank goodness you had a bunch of books (or ebooks) with you. :)

Oct 9, 2016, 5:16pm Top

Discovered Sappho today - well, read her for the first time - in a 1958 translation by Mary Barnard. This was really a really nice two hours. I have four other translations from my library, including one by Anne Carson. Maybe I'll read them all.

The Argonautika is still in progress, but my energy is waning. On audio I have A Man Called Ove going, and I've gotten into it.

Edited: Oct 9, 2016, 5:19pm Top

>180 MarcusBastos: Nice to see your back in deep philosophy, Marcus. I saw you were reading Michael Lewis and was worried you were going lite on us. ; )

Oct 10, 2016, 9:25am Top

The book was a gift. It desappointed me a little bit, but I'm planning to read Moneyball. I saw the movie and decided to read the story.

Oct 10, 2016, 9:29am Top

Finished Como Matar a Borboleta Azul: Uma Crônica da Era Dilma, by Monica Baumgarten de Bolle, portuguese edition. It's an essay about the economy development of Brazil in the last years. Review in my thread.

Edited: Oct 10, 2016, 11:05am Top

>181 mabith: >183 thorold: Finished Radetzkymarsch and Ostend this weekend, both excellent, as expected. Started Keun's Das Kunstseidene Mädchen (one of her pre-censorship novels).

Oct 13, 2016, 1:45pm Top

After finally finishing The Passage, I read H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, and am now on Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning, which I feel like I really should have got to long before now.

Oct 13, 2016, 1:49pm Top

Oct 13, 2016, 2:23pm Top

Finished 2 British novels -
I Let You Go by Clare Macmkintosh, a psychological thriller and
Casey by Joyce Stranger, an animal story.

Now reading Sackett's Land, classic by Louis L'Amour.

Oct 17, 2016, 4:38am Top

I started on Yo el supremo yesterday, but didn't get much further than the editors' introduction (which takes up the first 90 pages). That intimidated me so much that I had to read a Maigret story to recover.
In parallel, I've also been dipping into Heinrich Mann's Professor Unrat (The Blue Angel), a slightly different kind of story about a tyrannical dictator...

Oct 17, 2016, 8:26am Top

I'm reading The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, which is an extended personal essay on her thoughts about sexuality and gender. It reminds me of Department of Speculation quite a bit, despite being non-fiction and the opposite of cis and heteronormativity.

Oct 17, 2016, 8:40am Top

I've started If Not, Winter : Fragments of Sappho by Anne Carson. It has the Greek text on one page, and the English translation (of the comprehensible part) on the facing page - with nothing filing the gaps. It's interesting but also a bit odd. The full phrase really stands out as seeming to be something relevant within the noise.

Oct 17, 2016, 9:27am Top

>196 dchaikin: Another Sappho! Sounds like you found another favorite subject.

Edited: Oct 17, 2016, 9:57am Top

I have been reading Pioneer Girl which is interesting for those of us who read and loved the Little House on the Prairie series. In addition to providing a first draft of Wilder's autobiography, it also discusses how Wilder's books eventually became published. A big and heavy book, with well documented footnotes throughout.

Edited: Oct 17, 2016, 9:49am Top

>198 This-n-That: My wife and I are working through the Little House series right now - she's reading them out loud. She has Pioneer Girl, but we're waiting until we finish the series.

I just finished Hidden Figures, which was excellent, and now I'm reading His Bloody Project and Great North Road.

Edited: Oct 17, 2016, 9:57am Top

>199 jnwelch: Glad to hear you and your wife are holding off on reading Pioneer Girl. I hope you are enjoying the Little House series.

Oct 17, 2016, 9:57am Top

Oct 17, 2016, 12:08pm Top

>198 This-n-That: I'm having to gear myself up for Pioneer Girl. I have chronic pain issues though and the size and weight of the book mean it will be so difficult for me to read. Due to the extensive footnotes I have a feeling it won't ever get an audio edition (semi-ridiculous since all they need is a different reader or a slightly different audio effect to denote what's Wilder's text and what is footnote. Oh well.

I recently finished a rare foray into realistic YA fiction, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, which was excellent. Gabi is a really excellent role model, in terms of her critical thinking and rejection of sexist norms.

Halfway through The Girls From Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship, about a group of 10-11 women who grew up together and maintained their friendship through adulthood despite being scattered across the US. Nearly done with Gastronomical Me by MFK Fisher and hoping to start The Twilight of the Eastern Gods by Ismail Kadare after that.

Oct 17, 2016, 12:49pm Top

Finished The Natural Way of Things, by Charlotte Wood. Definitely going to make my top 5 list of the year. Now on to something a little lighter -- Northanger Abbey, the rewrite by Val McDermid.

Oct 17, 2016, 2:36pm Top

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