What are we reading in April?
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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.
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.
I'm reading Ada, or Ardor by Nabokov. Fun, but work; he is much, much (much) more clever than I am.
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.
Lucky you, nickelini. I love that book and it is one of my perennial re-reads. I hope you enjoy it.
#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.
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.
#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!
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.
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.
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.
I'm really late on the Canada Reads picks (too much to read!) but have started Good to a fault - I am hooked!
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.
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:
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!
And make sure to read the letter that Martel sends with each book. Some of them are just great.
#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.
Yann Martel has published a book of his book selections and letters to Prime Minister Harper. I saw it at Chapters.
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.
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.
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 :-(
I'm reading The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester for a book club.
I've started Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood, but I won't be able to make much progress with it until next week.
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).
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...
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.
Bcteagirl, you've made me laugh out loud! So far, I've avoided both Twilight and Harry Potter.......
I'm enjoying a lengthy but funny and smart conversation with Alan Bennett via his Untold Stories.
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.
I'm reading Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent by Andrew Nikiforuk for a book club.
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.
#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.
>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
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.
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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