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*** What are you reading now? - Part 6

This is a continuation of the topic *** What are you reading now? - Part 5.

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1AnnieMod
Oct 17, 2016, 2:35pm Top

I haven't been reading much the last few days because I had been moving to a new apartment (now I need to unpack...). How is everyone else doing? Any particularly good books you had read lately?

I suspect that this may be the last thread for the year but who knows - we may need another one :)

2bragan
Oct 17, 2016, 6:41pm Top

I recently finished Roadside Picnic by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky, which is considered something of an SF classic and, despite its bad-even-for-the-time treatment of female characters, does seem to me to deserve it.

I'm now reading An African in Greenland by Tété-Michel Kpomassie, who developed an obsession with Greenland as an adolescent in Western Africa and spent eight years getting there. I'm enjoying it a lot, but I'm still boggling over the introduction, which does nothing more or less than summarize the entire book you're about to read. I ask you, what on Earth is the point of that?

3Simone2
Oct 18, 2016, 7:19am Top

I just finished The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing and now reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Both based on recommendations here. So good to read your reviews!

4jnwelch
Oct 18, 2016, 9:06am Top

I'm quite taken by His Bloody Project.

5wandering_star
Oct 18, 2016, 9:51am Top

Just finished the rather gruesome Handling the Undead (I should have known from the title, huh?) and now enjoying The Garden of Evening Mists.

6rebeccanyc
Oct 18, 2016, 11:18am Top

I finished The Underground Railroad last week and have finally reviewed it. I'm now reading Fates and Furies which a friend gave to me and is reading at the same time.

7jnwelch
Oct 18, 2016, 11:53am Top

>6 rebeccanyc: Good review!

8thorold
Oct 20, 2016, 9:24am Top

I'm making painfully slow progress with Roa Bastos (only 10 pages last night!) so I started another Irmgard Keun, Das Mädchen, mit dem die Kinder nicht verkehren durften, which turns out to be a children's book, but good fun so far, anyway.

10AlisonY
Oct 23, 2016, 1:43pm Top

Just checking in to say hi to everyone. Still reading A Widow for One Year but work is ridiculously busy and I'm getting very little reading time. I am enjoying it though. Review to follow in a year or two...

11dchaikin
Oct 23, 2016, 2:13pm Top

We'll wait, Alison. : )

12avidmom
Oct 23, 2016, 2:24pm Top

I am reading and listening to Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. I had never heard of him before.

13Nickelini
Oct 23, 2016, 5:20pm Top

Recently finished The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood, which I highly recommend. Now I'm reading the retelling of Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid. It's not great, but it's really fun.

14thorold
Oct 24, 2016, 3:41am Top

Spent much of the weekend reading Lotte in Weimar, still a couple of chapters to go before I can post a review.
Since it's set over a few days starting on the 22nd of September 1816, I seem to have missed a trick by not reading it a month earlier!

15rachbxl
Oct 24, 2016, 9:24am Top

The Dark Road by Ma Jian, an unflinching examination of the impact on one peasant couple of China's one-child policy. It is very dark, horrifying in parts, but I am completely hooked and currently spend much of my time working out when I will next manage to squeeze a page or two in. I was gutted this morning when an acquaintance came to sit next to me on the train this morning and expected me to chat instead of reading...!

16RidgewayGirl
Oct 24, 2016, 12:00pm Top

>15 rachbxl: I love it when a book does that!

Which is to say, I've just finished The Wonder by Emma Donoghue. I can see that it had flaws and there are credible criticisms to be made, but for yesterday, for me, it was the perfect book.

And now I'm reading The Girls by Emma Cline, which is not living up to the hype for me.

17bragan
Oct 25, 2016, 6:31am Top

Since last checking in here, I've read The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon, a cute but forgettable kids' book; The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, which was a pretty good mystery/thriller; and The Red Market by Scott Carney, a troubling and often gruesome examination of trafficking in organs and other bits of human biology.

Next up is Stephen King's The Dark Half, which seemed appropriate with Halloween coming up soon.

18thorold
Edited: Oct 25, 2016, 7:30am Top

Finished Lotte in Weimar with the feeling that I should read a bit more actual Goethe, so I started the Italian journey - not sure if I'm going to go all the way yet...

I've started thinking about what I should read for my thousandth LT review, which should be coming up in the next few weeks - if anyone has ideas for something appropriate, please leave a note on my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/233926#5773183

19bragan
Oct 25, 2016, 7:28am Top

>18 thorold: Oh, you've just made me realize that I passed my 1,000th review without noticing it! I realized it was coming up, and then I forgot. Hmm. Apparently mine was An African in Greenland, so at least it was a good book.

20thorold
Edited: Oct 25, 2016, 7:36am Top

>19 bragan: Congratulations! An African in Greenland is worth passing a silly milestone for.

I see you joined LT about six weeks before me and you're currently 13 reviews ahead of me, so we must be going at very similar speeds.

21bragan
Oct 25, 2016, 7:47am Top

>20 thorold: We're practically LT twins!

22jnwelch
Oct 25, 2016, 9:37am Top

I'm nearing the end of the excellent Mister Pip.

23wandering_star
Oct 26, 2016, 11:26am Top

33 Days by Léon Werth, a memoir of fleeing Paris to escape the Nazi advance. So far I have just read the introduction, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, which is very beautiful and moving.

24jnwelch
Oct 26, 2016, 11:59am Top

Reading Way Station, a sci-fi classic, and Slow Burn, a continuation of the Spenser series.

25Nickelini
Oct 26, 2016, 1:05pm Top

I'm reading I'm Not Scared, by Niccolo Ammaniti. Took me a bit to get into it, but now I'm hooked.

26Simone2
Oct 26, 2016, 5:08pm Top

>10 AlisonY: I already thought 'she must be reading a chunk of a book' :-)

>15 rachbxl: That's what I always wish for while reading. Happens not often enough! I'll add this one to my TBR and look forward to your review.

Currently I have started Kristin Lavransdochter, hoping I will get hooked as well because it is a long, long read.

27rachbxl
Oct 27, 2016, 10:37am Top

>26 Simone2: I agree - it doesn't happen often enough!

I needed some light relief as a follow-up to the Ma Jian, and the very funny but poignant Us by David Nicholls is hitting the spot. My current bedtime reading is also light, but very enjoyable: Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home.

28timjones
Oct 30, 2016, 8:23am Top

I've just finished the wonderful Pnin, by Vladimir Nabokov, and the excellent Murdoch, by Sharon Murdoch and Melinda Johnson, which is the first collection of editorial cartoons by Sharon Murdoch, who is New Zealand's only female editorial cartoonist and also - namedrop time - a personal friend!

I'm currently reading SF novel Songshifting by Chris Bell, which I'll be reviewing, and also have a couple of poetry collections I'm looking forward to starting on.

29rebeccanyc
Oct 30, 2016, 12:04pm Top

I finished A Fearsome Doubt, abandoned Fates and Furies, and started Marion Fay which an LT friend kindly sent me.

30bragan
Oct 30, 2016, 12:54pm Top

I've finished Thug Notes: A Street-Smart Guide to Classic Literature, which was fun, but I recommend the YouTube series over the book. Now reading Armada by Earnest Cline, which is ridiculous, but also fun.

31Simone2
Oct 30, 2016, 1:35pm Top

>28 timjones: I loved Lolita but didn't read another Nabokov since. It is good to see you thought Pnin wonderful.

I just finished Havinck, a Dutch book by Marja Brouwers from the 80s. I saw the movie twice back then, but never read the book. I remembered loving that movie, but couldn't remember what is was about. That's why I read this book now.

Now I am reading two 1001 books: Kirstin Lavransdochter by Sigrid Undset and Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth.

32avidmom
Oct 30, 2016, 1:38pm Top

>30 bragan: I absolutely LOVE Thug Notes! My son introduced me to it a few years ago. He is so much fun.

33AlisonY
Oct 30, 2016, 1:47pm Top

>26 Simone2: well, it WAS a bit of a chunk of a book, but it was more that work and kids have just been obliterating all 'me' time to a nanosecond this month. Was almost the first month since joining LT that I didn't manage any reviews in a calendar month! Finally managed to just sneak in before the month's end by finishing A Widow for One Year. Really loved it - a new favourite author.

On now to Sadie Jones' The Uninvited Guests - need easy reading at the moment.

34timjones
Oct 30, 2016, 9:45pm Top

>31 Simone2: While Lolita was very well written, I didn't particularly enjoy it - Pnin is a lot more fun, and (unlike Lolita at the time I read it) has made me want to read more Nabokov - a couple of people have recommended Pale Fire to me.

35thorold
Oct 31, 2016, 10:27am Top

>18 thorold: Goethe & I got as far as Palermo together over the weekend, so I think we're probably in for the return jourey as well. Whenever I get tired of 1787, I switch to 1987: the other book I've been reading (for a book club) is Alice Munro's Friend of my youth, which is of course excellent, and makes me wonder why it took me so long to find out about her.

36Nickelini
Nov 2, 2016, 1:39pm Top

Need a break from the serious stuff. Just finished Bridget Jones Mad About a Boy (which was fun but not without serious stuff too), and now on to Bridget Jones's Baby. Ms Jones is my go to comfort read these days.

37jnwelch
Nov 2, 2016, 3:18pm Top

Just finished Great North Road, and Dead Boys by Adriana Ramirez (full disclosure: the second is by our DIL, but I'd think it was excellent regardless). I've now got Georgette Heyer's Black Sheep and Patricia Maclachlan's The Poet's Dog lined up.

38japaul22
Nov 2, 2016, 3:34pm Top

I'm back from my month-long work trip and trying desperately to catch up! Just updated my October reading on my thread and now reading Tana French's latest, The Trespasser. And I just got the new Harry Potter from the library. Then I'm reading to get back to something a bit more "serious".

39AlisonY
Nov 2, 2016, 6:06pm Top

I whizzed through The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones. Now on to my fourth Richard Yates novel - Young Hearts Crying. I fear I've probably read the best of his work already, but here's to positive glass half full thoughts!

40Simone2
Nov 4, 2016, 4:13am Top

>39 AlisonY: Did any of them ever live up to the expectations after reading Revolutionary Road? I read two afterwards but ended up a bit disappointed.

41RidgewayGirl
Nov 4, 2016, 7:46am Top

I'm dividing my time between A Gambler's Anatomy, Jonathan Lethem's new novel and The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith.

42AlisonY
Nov 4, 2016, 2:39pm Top

>40 Simone2: I did like The Easter Parade, Simone. Cold Spring Harbor wasn't as good, but I still enjoyed it well enough.

43MarcusBastos
Edited: Nov 5, 2016, 1:22pm Top

Finished listening The Third Reich at War, by Richard J. Evans. Great work (the three books) about the Third Reich. Review in my thread.

44dchaikin
Nov 5, 2016, 2:07pm Top

finally finished Traveling Heroes, recommended only if you are forced to read it and love to soak yourself in endless minutia of evidence for what are in sum pretty soft arguments expressed with much overconfidence. It does have an interesting theme and some things to think about.

I've abandoned my audiobook, The Revenant 80% through. It was never particularly good, it just took me a long time to figure out that, for me, it was worse than nothing.

Not sure what's next. Maybe Kerenyi.

45This-n-That
Nov 5, 2016, 3:46pm Top

>44 dchaikin: Sorry you felt the need to abandon The Revenant but I can totally understand why. Was it the theme or violence that was offputting? If you'd rather not think about the book anymore, feel free to not answer.

I have a family member who absolutely loved both the book and movie versions. In contrast, I watched under fifteen minutes of the movie and said, that's enough. Thankfully it was part of one of those HBO or Cinemax freebie weekends. Definitely not appealing to me, even if it didn't cost any $$ to view.

46dchaikin
Nov 5, 2016, 3:48pm Top

>45 This-n-That: plain, simple, mindless, silly...etc

47This-n-That
Edited: Nov 5, 2016, 3:58pm Top

>46 dchaikin: Ah!! Just read your reading updates elsewhere. The "Abandoned. I discovered I'd rather listen to music than finish this" pretty much says it all, lol!

48dchaikin
Nov 5, 2016, 8:17pm Top

Yup.

49ELiz_M
Edited: Nov 20, 2016, 8:43am Top

Finally finished The Captive & The Fugitive, my least favorite volume. I hope to not hear about Albertine ever again.

50dchaikin
Nov 6, 2016, 3:40pm Top

I started The Gods of the Greeks by Karl Kerenyi, which is info overload. I also opened H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, and found the beginning very intense.

51jnwelch
Nov 7, 2016, 12:46pm Top

52bragan
Nov 7, 2016, 4:39pm Top

I'm reading Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. Parts of it are absolutely terrific, and other parts somewhat less so, but over all it's proving to be very much worth reading.

Next up is The Pirates! in an Adventure with Ahab by Gideon Defoe, which should be fun.

53wandering_star
Nov 8, 2016, 2:20am Top

After a slightly slow start, really enjoying Blue Latitudes, which has been on my wishlist since Chatterbox reviewed it in 2011!

54dchaikin
Nov 8, 2016, 7:51am Top

On audio, I started Gulp by Mary Roach.

55rachbxl
Nov 9, 2016, 8:37am Top

The Wizard of the Crow, with a Denise Mina for light relief (I forget the title -the first Paddy Meehan).

56japaul22
Nov 9, 2016, 12:07pm Top

I've finished Tana French's new mystery, The Trespasser. It was good, but I didn't feel it was up to the quality of her others.

Now I'm reading the new Harry Potter book/play/whatever it is. I definitely need something light today after last night's election results.

I'm also reading the last book in Trollope's Palliser series, The Duke's Children.

57MarcusBastos
Nov 10, 2016, 9:36pm Top

58MarcusBastos
Nov 11, 2016, 10:43pm Top

Just finished a reading that began almost a year later: Lições de Filosofia Primeira, by José Arthur Giannotti, portuguese edition. It's a book about philosophy (mostly epistemology and logic). Review in my thread.

59Simone2
Edited: Nov 12, 2016, 1:57am Top

>56 japaul22: I can imagine your need for something light.
I have been reading Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth, which is also kind of light (hilarious) besides watching tv and read the papers.

Now back to Kristin Lavransdochter, a lovely family saga set in medieval Norway, and Ferrantes second Neapolitan novel, The Story of a New Name.

60ELiz_M
Nov 12, 2016, 7:43am Top

I recently finished Portnoy's Complaint. I am struggling to read Henry VI, Part 3 as a subway book and should be starting Time Regained soon.

61jnwelch
Nov 12, 2016, 6:06pm Top

62dchaikin
Nov 14, 2016, 7:35am Top

Having finished The Gods of the Greeks, I'm focusing on H is for Hawk.

63thorold
Nov 14, 2016, 9:06am Top

Over the weekend, I got to the end of Goethe's Italian journey 1786-1788 (which turns out to be one of those books that just stops) and finished "Das Beste, was ich über Musik zu sagen weiss", a recent anthology of Robert Walser pieces related to music. Started You'll enjoy it when you get there, the mega-fun-pack of Elizabeth Taylor short stories edited by Margaret Drabble, and I'm having a first dip into Franz Werfel with Eine blassblaue Frauenschrift.

64baswood
Nov 15, 2016, 6:11am Top

I am reading The Diary of a Good neighbour and If the Old Could by Jane Somers.

65This-n-That
Edited: Nov 17, 2016, 11:09am Top

I recently completed Pride and Prejudice. After taking a break for a few days, I just started Winter Solstice for a little light reading.

66jnwelch
Nov 17, 2016, 11:15am Top

I started Hero of the Empire, and I continue to enjoy Hag-Seed.

67japaul22
Nov 17, 2016, 12:30pm Top

I've finished Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and The Underground Railroad. Now I'm over half way done with Trollope's The Duke's Children (last in the Palliser series - I'm sad to be almost done!) and Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner.

68bragan
Nov 17, 2016, 3:06pm Top

I just finished Excession by Iain M. Banks -- not my favorite of his Culture novels, but it's possible I really wasn't in quite the right mood for it -- and am now halfway through Raising Demons by Shirley Jackson, the second of her humorous memoirs about raising kids.

69RidgewayGirl
Nov 17, 2016, 8:03pm Top

I finished Commonwealth by Anne Patchett and am sorry to be finished with it.

I'm now reading Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch, which is certainly dark enough and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

70thorold
Nov 24, 2016, 3:42am Top

I finished Die Blendung (Auto-da-fé) yesterday, having had it set as "currently reading" for about the last three years. Whilst I recover from that, I've removed all ignition sources from the neighbourhood of my library and started a Maigret story...

71avidmom
Nov 24, 2016, 2:33pm Top

I am reading The Woman Who Walked In Sunshine, last year's Christmas present. It's been a busy few months, and these books are so wonderfully relaxing.

72bragan
Nov 24, 2016, 3:25pm Top

I've recently finished The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst, which I went into not even being sure what it was about and ended up really liking; The Rapture of the Nerds by Cory Doctorow and Charlie Stross, which was wacky, nerdy fun; and an ER book, Talking Back, Talking Black by John McWhorter, which was a very good look at the dialect of American English spoken by many African-Americans and why it is, in fact, a perfectly valid, distinct dialect of English.

Next up is Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell.

73wandering_star
Nov 24, 2016, 8:20pm Top

I am enjoying the essays/short fiction? of Ali Smith in Artful.

74RidgewayGirl
Edited: Nov 24, 2016, 9:26pm Top

I've started Zadie Smith's new novel, Swing Time and I'm eager to see where it takes me.

I've also begun a book of short stories by ZZ Packer called Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. The first story was about a Brownie troop at camp and it was excellent.

And I've started The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino as I noticed it on my tbr shelf as I was recovering from Thanksgiving dinner. There were four pies!

75ELiz_M
Nov 25, 2016, 8:31am Top

>74 RidgewayGirl: You can't have too many pies! Unless they are all blueberry.

76kidzdoc
Nov 25, 2016, 10:04am Top

I'm reading Clandestine in Chile by Gabriel García Márquez, which I should finish today, and The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, edited by Jessmyn Ward.

>74 RidgewayGirl: I look forward to your thoughts about Swing Time, Kay. I listened to Terry Gross's fascinating interview with her on Fresh Air on Monday, which made me want to read it more than I already did.

I read Drinking Coffee Elsewhere a decade or more ago, and I enjoyed it overall.

>75 ELiz_M: LOL

77Nickelini
Nov 25, 2016, 12:05pm Top

>75 ELiz_M: You can't have too many pies! Unless they are all blueberry.

Do you really dislike blueberry pie, or was that a clever reference to Stephen King's Stand By Me or "The Body" ?

78ELiz_M
Nov 25, 2016, 1:14pm Top

>77 Nickelini: I don't like blueberries in baked goods, so it was the only pie I could think of that I don't eat.

79RidgewayGirl
Nov 25, 2016, 1:43pm Top

>78 ELiz_M: We had pumpkin, pecan and two cherry pies because my brother does not listen. Those who chose cherry were then obligated to take a slice of each, which was either an inducement or not, depending.

80This-n-That
Edited: Nov 25, 2016, 6:18pm Top

>79 RidgewayGirl: That is a whole lotta pie, although I love cherry.

81This-n-That
Edited: Nov 25, 2016, 6:23pm Top

On a book related note, I am currently reading an ARC called The Power of Meaning; Crafting a Life That Matters. It is partially rooted in positive psychology, and as usually happens, I have mixed feelings about the message.

Btw, has anyone else had any issues posting messages today? (I could see all the text in the box but only part of it was posting.) I had problems while using my kindle earlier but am on a PC now, and it seems to be fine.

82jnwelch
Nov 26, 2016, 3:49pm Top

I'm liking both The Underground Railroad and Hero of the Empire (young Winston Churchill) a lot.

83Simone2
Nov 27, 2016, 2:58am Top

I finished Kristin Lavransdatter, a trilogy set in medieval Norway, and really enjoyed it. Now starting in The Mulberry Empire by Philip Hensher.

84dchaikin
Nov 27, 2016, 9:46am Top

Trying to start Virgil. Starting with and struggling with a project gutenberg translation of his Eclogues.

85dchaikin
Nov 28, 2016, 9:26pm Top

Now onto The Georgics.

86AnnieMod
Nov 28, 2016, 10:24pm Top

I am still around and still reading - just took some time off LT - moved a few weeks ago to a new apartment with a second bedroom (aka to be known as the library), work had been crazy and I seem to have found a new hobby online.

Reading The Judas Goat at the moment - as masculine and almost full macho this series is, I actually enjoy it a lot.

87Nickelini
Nov 28, 2016, 11:37pm Top

>86 AnnieMod: Well, that all sounds exciting!

88bragan
Nov 30, 2016, 2:46am Top

I've finished a Doctor Who novel, Festival of Death by Jonathan Morris, and am now reading Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone by Eric Klinenberg.

89thorold
Dec 2, 2016, 11:02am Top

I don't really want my 999th and 1000th reviews on LT to be of forgettable detective stories, so (encouraged by recently getting through a couple of doorsteps that have spent far too long on the TBR) I've started re-reading Du côté de chez Swann. And of course I'm enjoying it very much. Assuming I don't get distracted in the next couple of days, that will be 999. I have a scheme lined up for 1000, but it might still change...

90RidgewayGirl
Dec 2, 2016, 12:27pm Top

>89 thorold: Congratulations. That's quite an achievement.

91RidgewayGirl
Dec 2, 2016, 12:30pm Top

I've finished Swing Time by Zadie Smith, about which I have mixed feelings.

I've now begun Marrow Island by Alexis M. Smith, who wrote Glaciers, a slight, but well-written book that I loved. I was pleased to see she'd written a new novel.

And I'm reading Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn.

92Nickelini
Dec 2, 2016, 1:47pm Top

Just finished reading Othello and am partway through The Conjoined, the new acclaimed novel by Jen Sookfong Lee.

93This-n-That
Edited: Dec 2, 2016, 4:32pm Top

After completing A Christmas Carol, I am onto What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear, plus The Dalai Lama's Cat for some variety.

94dchaikin
Dec 2, 2016, 10:36pm Top

I've been listening to My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. Not sure why I haven't mentioned it earlier, but posting now because I've really gotten into it...and I'm thinking about it a lot even when not listening.

95Simone2
Dec 3, 2016, 12:21am Top

I just started the new Jonathan Safran Foer:Here I Am.
And I can relate to your feelings, >94 dchaikin:, having just finished the second book in the series.

96dchaikin
Dec 3, 2016, 12:29am Top

>95 Simone2: - yeah, I'll have to chase down copies of the other three. As much as I like the audiobook, I'd rather read the rest. And I'm curious about Here I Am. I stumbled across a nice review of it somewhere. (There are lots of negative reviews.)

97japaul22
Dec 3, 2016, 6:58am Top

I've just finished Angle of Repose. I'm reading a joint biography of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley called Romantic Outlaws - really enjoying it.

I'm not sure yet what my next fiction will be, but the main contenders are Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton or a Barbara Pym novel.

98ELiz_M
Edited: Dec 3, 2016, 7:57am Top

I'm am currently reading (or needing to read) too many books! I want to finish Time Regained by the end of the year, need to finish The Door by Tuesday for bookclub, am supposed to be reading/monitoring a discussion of Ancillary Justice for my goodreads group, I suggested The First Circle for the 1001 group for this month so I should start that, AND I am behind on my Shakespeare and should read both Richard III and Henry VIII this month. All this while attempting to bake 600 or so cookies over the next week and audio is not really an option, since the library does not have audio for any of the above except the Shakespeare (which I need to read as well as listen to in order to understand who is saying what). Eeep!

99dchaikin
Dec 3, 2016, 9:22am Top

For you Liz

100jnwelch
Dec 3, 2016, 1:12pm Top

I'm near the end of The Nakano Thrift Shop, by the author of Strange Weather in Tokyo, and I've started DeLillo's Zero K.

101bragan
Dec 3, 2016, 9:58pm Top

I've finished Twelve Sharp, yet another of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels, and Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen, a great little collection of comics. I'm now reading The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. Next up will be Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Space Chronicles.

102Simone2
Edited: Dec 4, 2016, 2:23am Top

>100 jnwelch: I really liked Strange Weather, looking forward to your thoughts on the next one by Kawakami.

103ELiz_M
Dec 4, 2016, 7:41am Top

>99 dchaikin: Thank you, that looks wonderful :)

104jnwelch
Dec 5, 2016, 12:04pm Top

>102 Simone2: Ah, great to hear from a fellow fan of Strange Weather, Simone. Unfortunately, I thought The Nakano Thrift Shop was okay, but not great. Her writing had the same gentle pull, but I just didn't connect with the characters as much as in her first one.

105dchaikin
Dec 5, 2016, 11:16pm Top

finished My Brilliant Friend today. I'm absolutely in love with the book - a rare response for methese days. Maybe in a month I'll feel differently, but right now I'm thinking of starting the audiobook over again on my commute tomorrow.

106AnnieMod
Dec 5, 2016, 11:21pm Top

After finishing The Judas Goat (cheeky but as good as the previews ones if you like the series), I am reading The Ipcress File which has a somewhat weird narrative structure but I am enjoying it so far anyway.

>105 dchaikin: I think I need to get around to that one and finally read it -- had been eyeing it for a while but the whole hype around it was getting to me and making me chose something else...

107Nickelini
Dec 5, 2016, 11:35pm Top

>105 dchaikin: That's been on my wishlist for ages and my book club is reading it in spring. I am about to check out from Chapters-Indigo (flipping between online book shopping and LT), and it's in my cart. Looking forward to it.

108Nickelini
Dec 5, 2016, 11:36pm Top

>106 AnnieMod: the whole hype around it was getting to me and making me chose something else...

I know, the hype. It's a book-kill (kinda like a buzz-kill) for sure. The thing that's really put me off though is the cover. But I've read uglier books . . .

109dchaikin
Dec 6, 2016, 12:00am Top

The covers I saw in amazon were awful! I'm not usually sensitive to covers, but they are just so wrong. I want to buy the whole set (even the one I just listened to) but...I might shop around for better covers.

110Nickelini
Edited: Dec 6, 2016, 12:14am Top

>109 dchaikin: I'm pretty sure I've tried to do that, and in English, that's what we've got. There are even newspaper articles written about this very problem.

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/07/elena-ferrante-covers-b...

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/02/isnt-it-un-ironic-why-aust...

https://www.bookstr.com/article/elena-ferrante-s-intentionally-terrible-covers/1...

I could go on. Google search "cover" and the author's name, and you'll get a bunch of hits.

They're Europa Editions. I have to say it's a line of books that intrigues me, but the covers overall tend to be terrible, artistically speaking.

111dchaikin
Dec 6, 2016, 7:59am Top

Wow. An Atlantic article even. I feel a bit better knowing it wasn't just me.

112Simone2
Dec 6, 2016, 9:10am Top

>96 dchaikin: I am about 200 pages into Here I Am and really love it. It is about judaism and a family falling apart but all is so well created and the dialogues are amazing: quick and witty.
I guess I can relate to a lot that's being said so that is part of why I enjoy it so much, so that makes me a bit subjective I guess, but then again, I think many readers in the age of about 40 can relate to what the story is about. I would give it a chance if I were you!

113dchaikin
Dec 6, 2016, 9:47am Top

>112 Simone2: good to know and glad you're enjoying it. I'm in that about 40 age and Jewish and now more interested.

114AlisonY
Dec 7, 2016, 5:12pm Top

I've finished another book at long last. Classic Yates - I remain humbled by the writing.

On to the master himself (for me) - Hardy's Jude the Obscure.

115SassyLassy
Dec 8, 2016, 12:25pm Top

>114 AlisonY: The master indeed. On my all time top ten novels.

116dchaikin
Dec 8, 2016, 9:01pm Top

I've started listening to Stiff by Mary Roach. From 2003, which seems ancient now. It's pressing my queasiness limit.

117Nickelini
Dec 8, 2016, 9:47pm Top

>116 dchaikin: That one's on my wishlist. Looking forward to your comments.

118dchaikin
Dec 9, 2016, 9:36am Top

>117 Nickelini: wondering how much I'll have to say. It's better than you might expect, but also mainly what you might expect. Roach has fun. I try to overcome getting faint, because she's also really interesting. (I'm about half way through)

119bragan
Edited: Dec 9, 2016, 11:28am Top

>118 dchaikin: I felt Stiff did a surprising amount to overcome my own extreme squeamishness on the subject, at least for the duration of the time I spent reading it, and maybe with some lingering effects, too.

120bragan
Dec 9, 2016, 11:28am Top

Oh, and while I'm here, my own current reading is a volume of four Shakespeare plays: A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, Twelfth Night and The Tempest, none of which I'd read or seen performed before. I'm a little way into As You Like It right now.

121RidgewayGirl
Dec 9, 2016, 11:45am Top

I'm reading Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn, which is set in Jamaica and is unrelentingly grim, but interesting. It's also written in dialect, which only works when done very, very well. Here it isn't done well and makes the book more difficult to understand.

So I'm also reading Trashed by Alison Gaylin which is just a lot of fun.

122ELiz_M
Dec 9, 2016, 1:19pm Top

>120 bragan: wow, that is an excellent volume!

123bragan
Dec 9, 2016, 1:37pm Top

>122 ELiz_M: Well, it's a handy compilation of plays. I'm not exactly impressed with the introductory matter and such, though.

124Simone2
Dec 10, 2016, 2:30pm Top

I finished Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer and absolutely loved it. A five star read for me.
Now onto Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor.

125AlisonY
Dec 10, 2016, 3:17pm Top

>115 SassyLassy: I'm delighted to hear that. I've only read 2 other Hardy novels and I fell in love with them both, so looking forward to getting stuck into this one.

126dchaikin
Dec 11, 2016, 10:32am Top

Finished Virgil's Georgics - a second time. I'm looking into a collection of Pindar's poems - which is chronologically backwards by several hundred years. I might kick off the New Year with the Aeneid.

>124 Simone2: almost bought Here I Am in Kindle...but then decided to wait until I will actually read it to buy it.

127Nickelini
Dec 11, 2016, 1:01pm Top

Finished Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata, which was beautiful but deceptively difficult, and now on to A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood. So far it's excellent.

128thorold
Dec 12, 2016, 3:40am Top

Finished Du côté de chez Swann at the end of last week, and have started on a thousand-page book for what should be my thousandth LT review (provided that Tim doesn't suddenly switch over to a new way of counting reviews that gives a different answer). It could take me anything from three weeks to seven years to read it, so don't hold your breath...

129bragan
Dec 12, 2016, 11:36am Top

Well, I'm finished with Shakespeare for the moment, and am now reading Clockwork Angels by Kevin J. Anderson, a science fiction novel based on a Rush album. Sometimes the sheer randomness of my reading amuses even me. (Now if only I were enjoying the book nearly as much as the juxtaposition.)

130dchaikin
Dec 12, 2016, 12:17pm Top

"a science fiction novel based on a Rush album" ? !!

131bragan
Dec 12, 2016, 12:43pm Top

>130 dchaikin: Yup. Mind you, it was sort of a story-telling concept album to begin with.

132japaul22
Dec 12, 2016, 12:48pm Top

I'm starting The Door by Magda Szabo, a NYRB publication of a Hungarian author previously not translated into English.

133dchaikin
Dec 12, 2016, 1:31pm Top

>131 bragan: was is 2112?

134bragan
Dec 12, 2016, 1:38pm Top

>133 dchaikin: No, Clockwork Angels. Their other rebel-in-a-dystopia SF concept album. :) And, if I'm honest, probably my less favorite of the two, even if I do generally like their more recent sound better than that of their 2112 days.

135kidzdoc
Dec 12, 2016, 3:26pm Top

I'm currently reading Judas, the new novel by the acclaimed Israeli author Amos Oz.

136dchaikin
Dec 12, 2016, 4:11pm Top

>134 bragan: Ah, I lost track of them. For me, Rush's more recent sound was the later 1980's, as opposed to the 1970's. I'd never heard of Clockwork Angels.

>135 kidzdoc: very interested in this one, Darryl.

137Simone2
Dec 12, 2016, 4:18pm Top

>135 kidzdoc: That is a good one, don't you think? I was fascinated by the theory that Judas was not a betrayer but the only true Christian and the effect this would have had on Judaism, Christianity and the relations between them.

138bragan
Dec 12, 2016, 4:48pm Top

>136 dchaikin: I think they're one of those bands that a lot of people lost track of and assumed had just faded away, even while they were still happily putting out albums and possibly even just getting better and better. Which seems to describe a surprising number of musicians I'm interested in, somehow.

139AnnieMod
Dec 12, 2016, 5:10pm Top

Gave up on The Ipcress File - it is not a bad book but for some reason it was just not working for me. I will probably try it again later - I think I was just not in the mood for it.

Back to Perry Mason with book #24 from the series: The Case of the Crooked Candle - the 29th Perry Mason novel I am reading this year (most of them in order but some had been read just because I could get my hands on them).

140RidgewayGirl
Dec 12, 2016, 8:32pm Top

I've finished Trashed by Alison Gaylin, which was just a lot of fun, and Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn, which was unrelentingly grim. Now I have a bunch of reviews to catch up on.

I'm now reading the slight, but beautifully written Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson.

141mabith
Dec 15, 2016, 1:31am Top

Quickly reading Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts for a bookclub tomorrow (first the meeting was on, then it was off, then it was back on at the last minute, very frustrating). Also working on The Road to Mecca by Muhammad Asad and Liar Soldier Temptress Spy by Karen Abbott.

142RidgewayGirl
Dec 15, 2016, 1:48pm Top

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson was a gorgeously written novella, full of the atmosphere of Brooklyn in the seventies. It was a lovingly rendered portrait of a city at an unlovely time.

Now I'm reading The Mothers by Brit Bennett, another book on the Tournament of Books (very) long list.

143AnnieMod
Dec 15, 2016, 2:04pm Top

I am back to Jack McDevitt with Polaris. The change of narrator from the first book caught me a bit off-guard (part of why I liked it was because of Alex and his thought process). But it is not bad actually - and I am curious what happened with that ship :)

144Nickelini
Dec 19, 2016, 11:51am Top

Finished A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood, which will go on my top reads of the year list. Now reading Tim Winton's In the Winter Dark.

145dchaikin
Dec 19, 2016, 11:57am Top

Finished Stiff on audio. Now I'm trying to listen to The Making of Donald Trump, but it leaves me very depressed. Fortunately it's short.

Otherwise I've survived Pindar's Odes and only recommend them to masochists and other dedicated. I'm still reading the end of one book though (I used two translations), where it has a short collection of English poems influenced by Pindar.

146jnwelch
Dec 19, 2016, 1:24pm Top

Just started both A Gentleman in Moscow, and Darktown. Create Dangerously was very good, as was Talking to the Dead.

147thorold
Edited: Dec 20, 2016, 2:38am Top

Still busy with "project 1000" (about 600 pages to go...) and in between times I'm listening to Molloy on audio, which is working out very well, despite my scepticism about audiobooks.

148ELiz_M
Dec 21, 2016, 10:24am Top

I am on holiday, visiting mum in MN, which means I have more reading time than usual (yay!). My morning quiet time/coffee book is Time Regained, my afternoon nap-inducing book is In the First Circle and my evening book is The Ice Palace. The latter two feel particularly good for snowy-wintery-cold reading.

149AlisonY
Dec 22, 2016, 8:51am Top

I've finished Jude the Obscure (another Hardy winner), and am away now for another love-in with Karl Ove Knausgaard in My Struggle: Book 3: Boyhood Island.

150RidgewayGirl
Dec 22, 2016, 9:37am Top

I've just finished Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner, which was much better than the usual first-in-a-series crime novel.

Now it's back to The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride.

151bragan
Dec 22, 2016, 3:32pm Top

I've recently read The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2012, edited by Dan Airely, which was interesting enough, and Doctor Who: Twelve Doctors of Christmas, which was charming in concept and disappointing in execution.

I'm now reading The Book of Jhereg by Steven Brust, which contains the first three novels in a long-running fantasy series. This is actually a re-read for me. I read this volume ten years ago, liked it, meant to continue on with the series, and then just... didn't. I've finally decided to do so, but I'd forgotten almost everything about the first three, so I'm refreshing my memory.

152Nickelini
Dec 23, 2016, 2:15pm Top

I like to read something pleasant at this time of year, so instead of taking a chance on an unknown book, I'm rereading Pride and Prejudice and finding it as delightful as ever. I try to reread a book a few times a year, but this is my first--and probably only-- for 2016.

153dchaikin
Dec 24, 2016, 7:53am Top

Reading The Story of a New Name, book 2 in Ferrante's Neopolitan series.

154cindydavid4
Dec 24, 2016, 8:33am Top

I have loved Cokie Roberts for years, both on NPR and in her other books. This one didn't take for me - not sure why, its been a while. How did your group like it?

Just finished You will not have my hate, and started summerlong for a book group.

155japaul22
Dec 24, 2016, 9:51am Top

>152 Nickelini: me too. I'm reading a Barbara Pym novel, Less than Angels. It's not a reread, but Pym novels all have the same feel which is comforting and very pleasant to me.

156mabith
Dec 24, 2016, 10:33am Top

>154 cindydavid4: Only three of us read it, but we all enjoyed it. I looked at it as a stepping stone to more thorough works about the lesser-known women featured. It led to some great discussion about how history is taught to kids and teens.

I just finished Clotel by William Wells Brown, which (and who) I'd never heard of. It was very interesting, though not a literary masterpiece. Brown was an escaped slave and the book is a fictional account of one of Thomas Jefferson's children by his slave Sally Hemmings. It was first published in 1853. I find it really intriguing that anyone in this time would write this book. I'm planning to pick up a biography of Brown in January, as he seems totally fascinating.

Now reading Life Among the Savages, a maybe-slightly fictionalized essay memoir about family life by Shirley Jackson (she referred to it as a memoir herself). Also reading 67 Shots: Kent State and the End of American Innocence.

157AlisonY
Edited: Dec 24, 2016, 10:42am Top

So I started Knausgaard's My Struggle: Book Three yesterday on my morning commute, looking forward to having time to read it over Christmas, and I'VE ONLY GONE AND LEFT IT UNDER THE DESK IN MY OFFICE :( Aghhhhh - how annoying!!

I've therefore started The Children Act instead until I can get my hands on it again.

158Simone2
Edited: Dec 24, 2016, 4:03pm Top

>157 AlisonY: The Children Act is a good read, one of McEwan's best in my opinion. Not as good as Knausgaard though :)

I started the Icelandic novel Heaven and Hell (can't find the touchstone) by Jon Kalman Stefansson and also will soon start in Ferrantes Neapolitan series part 3,Those who Leave and Those who Stay.

159avidmom
Dec 24, 2016, 6:45pm Top

I've stumbled across a really good Christian fiction series, Healing Ruby and am on the second of the three-part series, Healing Ruby: Breaking Matthew

160kittycatpurr
Dec 24, 2016, 11:50pm Top

Just finished Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott.

Currently reading Best Short Stories of Ring Lardner and the LBJ biography The Path to Power.

161RidgewayGirl
Dec 25, 2016, 3:15pm Top

>160 kittycatpurr: Megan Abbott is one of my favorite authors.

162AnnieMod
Dec 26, 2016, 8:42pm Top

Finished The Spy last night - which was not a bad short novel about Mata Hari (as long as you do not expect it to be history). Review in the record. Back to Perry Mason today :)

163bragan
Dec 27, 2016, 6:35pm Top

I'm now reading The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue by David Sax, which isn't quite as interesting as I'd hoped. Next up is Blue Shoes and Happiness, another installment of Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. I figure I'll probably finish that before the end of the year. Not sure if I'll manage another one after it, though.

164AnnieMod
Dec 27, 2016, 6:40pm Top

And after another Perry Mason (The Case of the Fan-Dancer's Horse) which was the last Mason for the year for me after reading 35 of them (yeah, I am as surprised as anyone else), I am back to McDevitt's Alex Benedict with Seeker. The way I am going through books in the last days of the year, I suspect that I will finish a few more unless if I pick up something big and heavy.

165MarcusBastos
Dec 27, 2016, 7:31pm Top

Finished listening Ceasar and Christ, by Will Durant. History of Civilization, volume 03. Great story! Review in my thread.

166japaul22
Dec 27, 2016, 8:50pm Top

I'm reading Dear Mr. M by Harman Koch and A Train in Winter, nonfiction about women who were involved in the French Resistance during WWII.

167Nickelini
Dec 27, 2016, 9:36pm Top

>166 japaul22: I'm looking forward to Dear Mr M. Looking forward to your comments. Harman Koch is turning into one of my favourite authors.

168Simone2
Dec 28, 2016, 3:58am Top

>166 japaul22: >167 Nickelini: Me too, I have the book waiting on my shelves and am looking forward to what you think of it.

169mabith
Dec 28, 2016, 11:11am Top

Having a nice light read with the historical mystery The Deeds of the Disturber by Elizabeth Peters, and a less light (no pun intended) memoir, Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey.

170jnwelch
Dec 28, 2016, 5:29pm Top

A Gentleman in Moscow and Darktown were both excellent. Now I'm reading the next in the Poldark series, Four Swans.

171thorold
Dec 29, 2016, 12:44pm Top

Finished "project 1000" (now revealed as Der Zauberberg) this morning; now relaxing with Elizabeth Taylor short stories again...

172SassyLassy
Dec 31, 2016, 2:19pm Top

It looks like I will actually get in one more book this year, as I finish off Tyrant Banderas, unfortunately set aside earlier.

173AnnieMod
Dec 31, 2016, 11:20pm Top

This year, I am crossing into the new one with only one book being started and not finished yet -Children of Time - with a bit less than 3 years left on this year, even if I read in all these hours, I won't finish it - and I am not planning to do that anyway:) I will see you all in next year's thread over in the new group.

Happy new year!

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