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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 :)
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?
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.
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...
I am reading and listening to Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. I had never heard of him before.
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!
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...!
>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.
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.
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
I'm reading I'm Not Scared, by Niccolo Ammaniti. Took me a bit to get into it, but now I'm hooked.
>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.
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.
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.
>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.
>30 bragan: I absolutely LOVE Thug Notes! My son introduced me to it a few years ago. He is so much fun.
>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.
>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.
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.
>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.
>46 dchaikin: Ah!!
Finally finished The Captive & The Fugitive, my least favorite volume. I hope to not hear about Albertine ever again.
After a slightly slow start, really enjoying Blue Latitudes, which has been on my wishlist since Chatterbox reviewed it in 2011!
The Wizard of the Crow, with a Denise Mina for light relief (I forget the title -the first Paddy Meehan).
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.
Finished listening Masters of Greek Thought: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, by Robert C. Bartlett. Review in my thread.
>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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
I am enjoying the essays/short fiction? of Ali Smith in Artful.
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!
>74 RidgewayGirl: You can't have too many pies! Unless they are all blueberry.
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
>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" ?
>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.
>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.
>79 RidgewayGirl: That is a whole lotta pie, although I love cherry.
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.
Trying to start Virgil. Starting with and struggling with a project gutenberg translation of his Eclogues.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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!
>100 jnwelch: I really liked Strange Weather, looking forward to your thoughts on the next one by Kawakami.
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.
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...
>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.
>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 . . .
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.
>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.
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.
Wow. An Atlantic article even. I feel a bit better knowing it wasn't just me.
>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!
>112 Simone2: good to know and glad you're enjoying it. I'm in that about 40 age and Jewish and now more interested.
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.
>116 dchaikin: That one's on my wishlist. Looking forward to your comments.
>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)
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.
>122 ELiz_M: Well, it's a handy compilation of plays. I'm not exactly impressed with the introductory matter and such, though.
>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.
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.
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...
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.)
>130 dchaikin: Yup. Mind you, it was sort of a story-telling concept album to begin with.
I'm starting The Door by Magda Szabo, a NYRB publication of a Hungarian author previously not translated into English.
>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.
>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.
>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.
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).
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reading The Story of a New Name, book 2 in Ferrante's Neopolitan series.
>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.
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.
>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.
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 :)
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.
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.
Finished listening Ceasar and Christ, by Will Durant. History of Civilization, volume 03. Great story! Review in my thread.
Finished "project 1000" (now revealed as Der Zauberberg) this morning; now relaxing with Elizabeth Taylor short stories again...
It looks like I will actually get in one more book this year, as I finish off Tyrant Banderas, unfortunately set aside earlier.
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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