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1LynnB
Apr 2, 2010, 12:19pm Top

I've just finished Roseborough by Jane Roberts Wood and am about half-way through When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

2lkernagh
Apr 2, 2010, 1:25pm Top

I am currently reading The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches by Quebec author Gaétan Soucy. With high winds whipping southern Vancouver Island today, I am happily going to spend the rest of the day curled up on the couch mesmerized by Soucy's prose, and whatever else I pick up next.

3Cecilturtle
Apr 2, 2010, 1:49pm Top

I have started The Line by Olga Grushin. I got it through the Early Reviewer Program. The premise is interesting where the characters gather around a line for concert ticket. So far, I am mostly enjoying it for its beautiful prose.

4munro
Apr 2, 2010, 8:06pm Top

I'm reading Ada, or Ardor by Nabokov. Fun, but work; he is much, much (much) more clever than I am.

5loosha
Edited: Apr 2, 2010, 8:27pm Top

Just closed the cover on The Disappeared (5 stars...worth a re-read), and am opening Let the Great World Spin.
ETA munro, I'm promising to read that Nabokov sometime soon. My heritage is Russian, and Ive read none. Shame on me.

6Nickelini
Apr 2, 2010, 11:11pm Top

lkernagh, the wind is crazy today, huh? I dragged my 13 year old out for a walk tonight because she'd been in the house all day. It certainly was a blustery day. Anyway, I'm reading The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro.

7loosha
Apr 2, 2010, 11:45pm Top

Lucky you, nickelini. I love that book and it is one of my perennial re-reads. I hope you enjoy it.

8Cecilturtle
Edited: Apr 3, 2010, 10:16am Top

#4 - one of my favourite books ever, although it's true about it being hard work - which is why I haven't tried Lolita yet. There's a wonderful little book called Deux étés by Eric Orsenna which tells the tale of a translator struggling with Ada - it gives a new, also very poetic, perspective on the book.

9lkernagh
Apr 3, 2010, 11:52am Top

Nickelini - yesterday was crazy for weather! Thankfully this morning seems calmer so I will venture out into the world ;-)

Finished The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches by Gaétan Soucy yesterday. A stunning piece of work that was a Finalist for France's Prix Renaudot and I am now on the hunt for anything and everything written by Soucy. My review is posted on the book page here: http://www.librarything.com/work/600076/reviews/58385609

I have now started The Wet Nurse's Tale by Erica Eisdorfer - So far, it is a charming Victorian period piece but not grabbing my attention like I had hoped it would.

10lkernagh
Apr 3, 2010, 11:55am Top

#5 loosha - was The Disappeared the story by Kim Echlin or Gloria Whelan? I loved Echlin's book and I can see where it would stand up to a re-read!

11loosha
Apr 3, 2010, 1:06pm Top

#10, It's the Kim Echlin. Really excellent.

12Nickelini
Apr 3, 2010, 4:20pm Top

LynnB - I just saw your review of King John of Canada, by Scott Gardiner. Great to hear you liked it, because I just picked up a copy at Coles for $5.99. I was trying not to buy it but I just couldn't resist the description on the cover.

13sventington
Apr 3, 2010, 4:41pm Top

I'm reading Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens.

14LynnB
Apr 3, 2010, 5:20pm Top

I'm reading some Canadian non-fiction: Defending a Contested Ideal by Luc Julliet. It's a study of the merit system and the PSC.

15LynnB
Apr 4, 2010, 1:13pm Top

I'm finally reading The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga which I bought when I started to feel like the only person around who hadn't read it.

16LynnB
Apr 5, 2010, 8:36am Top

I really enjoyed The White Tiger...it's the kind of book that made me feel I'd been punched in the stomache...which is a good feeling to get from a book once in a while.

I'm now reading a book I won at a Library fundraiser, Heaven Eyes by David Almond and wondering why I feel compelled to read everything people give me.

17LynnB
Apr 5, 2010, 4:30pm Top

Heaven Eyes was a really good young adult novel.

I've decided I've read enough fiction for a while, so have started The Strange Case of Hellish Nell by Nina Shandler. It's about a woman, Helen Duncan, who was tried for witchcraft during World War II.

18Cecilturtle
Apr 5, 2010, 7:06pm Top

I'm really late on the Canada Reads picks (too much to read!) but have started Good to a fault - I am hooked!

19loosha
Apr 6, 2010, 2:05pm Top

I got caught up in Good to a Fault, too, it was my favourite of the Canada Reads.
I'm totally enjoying Let the Great World Spin. Even had a little bit of a cry over it.

20LynnB
Apr 10, 2010, 2:56pm Top

I'm about to start my Early Reviewers book, The Swimming Pool by Holly LeCraw

21lamplight
Apr 10, 2010, 4:39pm Top

I just reserved The Little Girl who Was Too Fond of Matches at the library. Thanks! I'm reading Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden at the moment. I've just barely dipped into it but so far feel that it will be a great read!

22lkernagh
Apr 11, 2010, 11:33am Top

lamplight - Soucy's book was good and I can't stress enough his ability to shock the reader!

Cecilturtle and loosha - I read Good to a Fault last year and agree, I was glued to it. It is also very aptly titled!

Getting caught up on my readings, I finished The Wet Nurse's Tale - it was alright and did manage to improve as I got farther into the story. I then quickly finished When We Get There - loved this one and I have posted a review on the book page here: http://www.librarything.com/work/2855488/reviews/58477870

I finished the Victorian murder mystery The Blackheath Poisonings last night - I found it to be disappointing and rather dry for reading. I am now going to pick up The Patience Stone.

23Cecilturtle
Apr 11, 2010, 7:15pm Top

I finished The Graduate which I enjoyed, especially its optimism.
I have now started Ce que le jour doit à la nuit by Yasmina Khadra, an Algerian author. Very well-written and deeply emotional.

24Nickelini
Edited: Apr 12, 2010, 6:07pm Top

I'm sure some of you are familiar with Yann Martel's (Life of Pi) project of sending Stephen Harper novels to read. He tracks it all at his web site: www.whatisStephenHarperReading.ca

Apparently Martel is currently traveling and so has asked others to help out, including Steven Galloway, author of the Cellist of Sarajevo. Steven's letter to Stephen is quite amusing, so I thought I'd point it out:
http://www.whatisstephenharperreading.ca/2010/03/15/book-number-77-king-leary-by...

25lkernagh
Apr 12, 2010, 7:21pm Top

Joyce - Thanks for sharing the websites! I had no idea that Martel had taken on such an interesting challenge of his own ;-) I would be curious to learn if the PM has read any of the books sent to him. I have bookmarked the website so I can dig through the list later and probably add still more books to my TBR pile!

26Nickelini
Apr 12, 2010, 7:24pm Top

And make sure to read the letter that Martel sends with each book. Some of them are just great.

27lamplight
Apr 12, 2010, 8:41pm Top

#24 Thanks for the info and the website. Where is that Canadian politeness though? I think Stephen Harper should respond to Yann Martel -- Even a thank-you note would be nice.

28Bcteagirl
Apr 13, 2010, 12:23am Top

I had no idea, that is hilarious! :)

29LynnB
Apr 13, 2010, 6:36am Top

Yann Martel has published a book of his book selections and letters to Prime Minister Harper. I saw it at Chapters.

30Nickelini
Apr 13, 2010, 11:16am Top

Yes, I saw that too, LynnB. I didn't look at it though because I figured it was the same material as his website. Maybe next time I see it I'll take a gander at it.

31loosha
Apr 13, 2010, 1:14pm Top

Thanks, Joyce. I'm really enjoying reading those letters and wouldn't it be great to actually have a reply, or some indication that our great leader IS reading, once in a while.
I finished the witty satire Toby: A Man and just picked up Where the God of Love Hangs Out and Remarkable Creatures.

32LynnB
Apr 13, 2010, 6:26pm Top

I'm reading Discovering Your Personality Type by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson about the enneagram indicator of nine personality types.

33ajsomerset
Apr 13, 2010, 10:51pm Top

The Lusty Man by Terry Griggs.

34jpyvr
Apr 14, 2010, 8:00am Top

Fordlandia by Greg Grandin.

35torontoc
Apr 14, 2010, 7:22pm Top

I just finished The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon. It is excellent- I couldn't put it down!

36lkernagh
Edited: Apr 15, 2010, 9:08pm Top

The Golden Mean is one book I am looking forward to!

Just realized that I haven't been updated my reading here - Ooops! I finished The Patience Stone in one afternoon - found it to be quite insightful and recommend it highly. Dove back into my comfort zone of historical fiction with Rasputin's Daughter by Robert Alexander - book two in his three part Russian series. Found it to be an intriguing suspenseful read, but not quite on par with his first book, The Kitchen Boy. Next up is The Gathering by Anne Enright.

37LynnB
Apr 15, 2010, 6:29pm Top

38Cecilturtle
Apr 16, 2010, 10:42pm Top

My sister, my love is really intense, but it is definitely food for thought.

I have finished Ce que le jour doit à la nuit - very powerful and exquisitely written, as well as Les femmes & l'amour du vin, a wonderful little book on women's role in wine: the mythology, history, taboos, as well as a series of interviews on some of today's most influential women in the field.

I am now starting The Seven Year Bitch, an Early Reviewers' gift. I need a little humour right now: my family has a trip planned to France and all flights are canceled due to that stupid volcano eruption :-(

39lkernagh
Apr 18, 2010, 2:38pm Top

Finished The Gathering - wasn't impressed with it so is not one that I would recommend. Next up is The Rehearsal.

40LynnB
Apr 22, 2010, 12:54pm Top

I'm reading The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester for a book club.

41Nickelini
Apr 22, 2010, 1:04pm Top

I've started Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood, but I won't be able to make much progress with it until next week.

42jpyvr
Edited: Apr 22, 2010, 6:25pm Top

I'm zooming through Marlon James' The Book of Night Women. It's a compelling book, though the violence and brutality makes it difficult going at times (at least for me).

43Cecilturtle
Apr 22, 2010, 5:18pm Top

I'm in it for the long haul with Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell and having some irreverent fun with Idiot America by Charles Pierce...

44LynnB
Apr 24, 2010, 8:59pm Top

I'm finally reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I bought it because everyone else has read it. Last time I bowed to this kind of pressure, I read The White Tiger which was just amazing, so I am hopeful history will repeat itself!

45Bcteagirl
Edited: Apr 24, 2010, 9:15pm Top

I own The Kite Runner for the same reason, but have yet to start it. Let me know how you like it! :)

The last time I bowed to that sort of pressure, I read Twilight and several brain cells died...

46arcona
Apr 24, 2010, 9:31pm Top

Lynn, I don't think you'll regret reading The Kite Runner. I thoroughly enjoyed it, much to my daughter's surprise because it's not the type of book I often read. I've just started reading The Cellist of Sarajevo (like you with the Kite Runner because everyone else has read it) and so far am enjoying it.

47LynnB
Apr 25, 2010, 8:19am Top

Bcteagirl, you've made me laugh out loud! So far, I've avoided both Twilight and Harry Potter.......

48jpyvr
Apr 25, 2010, 9:24am Top

I'm enjoying a lengthy but funny and smart conversation with Alan Bennett via his Untold Stories.

49lkernagh
Apr 25, 2010, 11:53am Top

I finished The Rehearsal, a LTER book. Overall, I found it to be quite good and have posted my review on the book page here: http://www.librarything.com/work/8157692/reviews/58935201

Next up is The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan.

50Bcteagirl
Apr 25, 2010, 2:04pm Top

47: Only one twi and no HP yet.. Glad I amuse you lol :P

51LynnB
Apr 28, 2010, 12:48pm Top

52loosha
Edited: Apr 28, 2010, 1:11pm Top

*49 I've just finished The Rehearsal too and enjoyed your review.
I am reading Cool Water, by Dianne Warren, a free copy I won from CBC on Twitter. (The touchstone isn't loading. I'll try to edit later.)

53cocoafiend
Apr 29, 2010, 5:38am Top

I'm about halfway through The Appointment by Romanian writer Herta Müller - set in Ceausescu's Romania. Also oh so slowly wending my way through an issue of Open Letter, Beyond Stasis: Poetics and Feminism Today. This last offers a useful insight into Canadian women writing what some like to call avant-garde poetry. Ultimately, however, I find it quite a bit of it pretentious.

54Nickelini
Apr 30, 2010, 10:33am Top

Last night I finished Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood, and then started Life After God by Douglas Coupland. The second one isn't a novel, but I'm not sure what it is . . . fictionalized memoir?

55Cecilturtle
May 1, 2010, 2:15pm Top

#53 - how are you liking Müller? I've been curious ever since she got the Nobel Prize which created a bit of a stir.

I'm reading What is Stephen Harper Reading by Yann Martel, which is a great way of discovering new books and The Brief Wondrous life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz - his writing style alone is worth it - so colourful and engaging.

56Cecilturtle
May 1, 2010, 2:16pm Top

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57Bcteagirl
Edited: May 1, 2010, 5:37pm Top

>55 Cecilturtle: I was wondering this afternoon if anyone had considered putting together a 'What is Stephen Harper reading' book challenge of sorts :P And since new books are being sent they could add more books on to their challenge as they saw fit :P

58Nickelini
May 1, 2010, 5:12pm Top

#57 - Great idea!

59lkernagh
May 1, 2010, 9:03pm Top

I second the great idea. I skimmed the books sent to Harper to date and I could see a lot of interesting books that I haven't read.

60arcona
May 2, 2010, 10:06am Top

Maybe we could start a thread called "What is Stephen Harper Reading" where we tell each other about the unread gems as we read them? Sort of like this thread only just books off that list?
I subscribe to the link on Google Reader so I get the attached letter, name of book as each new book is added, and response (if any).

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