What are you reading in September 2010?
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I borrowed the movie version of Never Cry Wolf from the library a few months ago. My husband and I hadn't seen it since the 80s and my kids had never seen it. I recommend it.
I am reading Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, a heart-warming tale on motherhood and adoption, balancing parenting and careers and living in two completely different cultures.
Yey another Vargas fan! I'm like you, I love Adamsberg.
I am way behind on the Canada Reads challenge and enjoying The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy. Better late than never.
I really enjoyed The Jade Peony too and had hoped it might win Canada Reads. I was a young girl in Vancouver and remember the separateness of the Chinese from the locals. This helped to explain a lot of that.
The Jade Peony looks good. Might have to go track down a copy.
I finished and reviewed the short story collection The Spot; stories by David Means. As it is a cold, rainy day where I live on Vancouver island - is summer now over? *Gulp* Where did the time go! - I plan to spend the day indoors relaxing on the couch with a warm cup of tea reading The News Where You Are, an LTER book. 80 pages in and so far it is turning out to be quite a fast read.
After that, I plan to read The Last of the Crazy People by Timothy Findley.
As it is a cold, rainy day where I live on Vancouver island - is summer now over? *Gulp* Where did the time go!
Rainy here in Vancouver too, and I thought exactly the same thing this morning! We were in Whistler on the weekend, and in the sun it felt like 30 degrees, but then the wind would gust through and it felt like 14--we didn't know whether to wear bikinis or polar fleece.
Anyway, I'm reading Garden in the Wind, which is a short story collection by the Canlit icon Gabrielle Roy.
8: I read her book 'The Windflower' earlier this summer and very much enjoyed it. :)
Yes Vancouver Islands weather could be better. I don't mind the rain but I could use a few more degrees. Still reading in bed this morning with tea was nice. I just started reading Drifting Home by Pierre Berton. So far so good
I am trying in vain to get into The Polished Hoe by Clarke. It really is good but I just can't get into it. So far, I have read 3 other books in the meantime. Can someone convince me it's worth it to continue?
After finishing starting in the west with Drifting Home by Pierre Berton and jumping all the way to Newfoundland with The Girl From Away by Claire Mowat I am now in the middle although still north with People of the Deer by Farley Mowat. That and spending far too much at Russell's. The giant used bookstore in Victoria.
That and spending far too much at Russell's. The giant used bookstore in Victoria.
Oh, lucky you!!!! I only had the pleasure of wandering in there once. When I'm in Victoria I always have family in tow, and their patience for bookstores usually lasts 10-30 minutes. And I can usually only get down the south aisle of Munro's in that amount of time!
17: As my shopping is always with my 6 and 2.5 year old I can assure you I can count the seconds I am able to stay in any store of interest to me and not to them. I just make sure I hit Russell's every day of my visit here (followed by the bakery next door)
I LOVE russels!! I have only been there once, but I am surprised they let me on the plane with all the books I brought back up north from Victoria :P Loved the second storey. :)
Edit: How did you like The Girl from Away?
Double Edit: Just read your review!
You make me envious being able to get to proper bookstores. More mr it is Folio, Chapters and Amazon. Not quite the same thing! :(
Russell's is definitely one of the best used bookstores. I hear they've done some renovating upstairs - more room for even more books!
I'm reading The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger.
I was back at Russell's this morning as my daughter "needed" more Daisy Meadow's fairy books e.g. Ruby the Red Fairy. Somehow she thinks she does not have enough but who I am to turn down a trip to the bookstore so off we went. I managed to find The French Isles by Claire Mowat that sequel to The Girl From Away so I was happy.
Russell's book store - a favorite for me, and yes katylit, they have 'expanded the upper level by taking over the second floor next door! With the expansion they have the 'used' and some new books on the old side - left when you come up the stairs - while the 'new' side, to the right, is predominately new and discounted books. Still floor to ceiling in books even with the expanded space!
I have finished and reviewed The Last of the Crazy People, a fascinating dark story of a family that falls apart with frightening consequences one fateful summer in 1964. I am surprised I am stunned that I haven't read this one, or anything by Findley, before now. Suffice to say, I will be reading more of Findley's works!
I am currently reading Elizabeth: The Golden Age by Tasha Alexander for the September Royalty theme for the Reading Through Time Group. It is proving to be a very quick read.
Here in Edmonton it's a beautiful Autumn day. While on my drive to Timmy's for a steeped tea, I noticed the fall colours are already sneaking in!
I recently finished Masquerade by Nancy Moser, and ER book, and now finishing up No Country for Old Men. Also have The Girl Who Played With Fire on the go as well as Audition which I just had to read as it caught my attention just in the prologue!
I am reading Atonement by Ian McEwan. It's a book that deserved attention and I'm frustrated by back to school and birthdays... A great escape when I can get a few minutes at a time!
I am also a major Timothy Findley fan!
Right now, I'm reading an autobiography, Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet. Mr. Tammet has synaesthesia, savant syndrome and Asperger's.
Those are both on my TBR pile, along with Not Wanted on the Voyage. I think my TBR pile is near reaching maximal capacity lol.
Bcteagirl, check out the group "Books Off the Shelf Challenge" if you want support in reducing that TBR pile!
I'm about to start an Early Reviewers book, You Comma Idiot by Doug Harris
I think my TBR pile is near reaching maximal capacity
and what would that be? I think mine reached capacity ages ago, but it still keeps growing.
34: It looks like I have roughly 200 more books in my TBR pile than you, if your library is accurate ;)
Just started No Great Mischief which is set in Cape Breton
#35 - I can't tell--we organize our libraries differently. My TBR pile is a combination of my To Read and Currently Reading collections, which today is sitting at 431 books. I think it's fairly accurate (within 3 books I figure). If I usually read 80-100 books a year, 431 is really too many! Especially since I live in a small house. And never mind my wishlist, which is over 600 books. I'm not sure what capacity is, but I think it's lower than this. What do your stats look like?
About 650 TBR *Blushes* In my defence, a number of these are smaller cookbooks, and a few are classics I read long ago marked TBR again. :P
Clearly I have to be careful. My TBR pile sits at a mere 78 but I see things can get a lot worse! I need to stop reading the chat groups I think. I spotted a commemorative hardback edition of The Piano Man's Daughter for $2 this morning and it looks unread. Of course I had to pick it up because of this group to read the dust jacket and into the basket it went!
I recently read The French Isles by Claire Mowat and am now reading Last Summer in Louisbourg the third book in that series. If anyone can find these books (along with The Girl from Away I recommend them for kids (or Adults) as I am really enjoying them.
Amateurs... mine is over 1000 and growing. Clearly, the TBR challenge is NOT working for me :)
Bucketyell - you make me laugh! In this case I'm happy to be an amateur. But if I ever move into a bigger house, you'd better watch out! Your coveted TBR prize will be in jeopardy.
> 41 - Adding you went away to the Findley TBR list that I am tracking in my head. Thanks for the recommendation! Hummm... I really should check to see what books my local library has on the Findley topic.
edited to add: on the TBR pile topic, I am an amateur at approximately 125 books. ;-)
-39: You made me feel slightly better. But only ever so slightly lol. At this rate we will have duelling TBR piles... (Cues duelling banjo music to go along with it).
You are on!!! :)
But I am warning you... U of T has 4 book sales coming up (I know, 4!! Can you believe it?) plus the Book Depot's all fiction half price sale plus the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra book sale this weekend. I am broke just thinking about it!
Here's a link to the U of T sales... http://www.booksalefinder.com/utuniversity.html (sorry, I have no idea how to insert a link and make it look pretty). The first sale starts next weekend.
Still very jealous!!
I am currently reading The end of food. Despite being described as such on the back cover, It had not clicked that the author was Canadian. So lots of Canadian stats/news used. Quite an interesting read so far.
p.s-47-How are you liking 10224244::The case against Owen Williams? Did you receive it as an early reviewers copy?
I am reading un roman français by bad-boy French writer Frédéric Beigbeder, who has commonly been compared to Bret Easton Ellis and Jay McInerney. Besides a lot of name dropping, it's actually a very moving, honest account of his childhood, with sad but not sappy memories of growing up, the good and the bad. Now I just have to figure out whether it's actually biographical or autofictional...
Since there are a couple of us already reading You Comma Idiot, I thought I'd fast-track it on my reading pile. I've only read the first chapters, but I'm not overly impressed so far. I'd already read novels in the second person singular (a tactic used amply by Nicole de Buron in her humourous novels), but instead of creating connivance, I find it creates distance - frankly, whereas I might empathize with a unemployed male looser, I have a hard time being one...
I'm reading another Early Reviewers book: A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay
I just saw the film made about De Rosnay's first book-Sarah's Key. i must say that I thought that the film kept all the best parts of the book.
I just finished This Cake is For the Party by Sarah Selecky. I just found out that the book is on the Giller Prize Longlist. I think that I have to read more from the longlist before passing judgement.
33: Just spotted your message now for some reason. I will check that out next year when I start new reading challenges :) I still have a couple books to read for my 'Books Won' reading challenge and 'Chunksters' reading challenge (Books over 500pgs).
Edit: Question: Around new years is there a general forum for all reading challenges so you can find out about them? I think that would be a lovely idea.
oh the challenges. Every time I read about one I think I want to join but I know I have to be careful as I really don't read enough to take part in too many challenges.
I could not help myself and started a new challenge a while ago but have really done no advertising of it so it is still small. I wanted a more complicated global challenge then what I saw in the group 'Reading Globally' and I wanted to take into account that when I start reading about a country I typically move onto more books about the country. If anyone needs another challenge (without a deadline!) you can check it out here.
A general forum about challenges would be a great idea
I'm starting into the Giller-longlisted Light Lifting (no touchstone) by Alexander MacLeod. I've heard Alex read twice now (and will again, on Friday), and he's fantastic.
Touchstones are always busted on small press books that aren't in a lot of libraries, it seems....
55 - uh oh, fmgee, I've joined your challenge. Now I have reading for a lifetime...
I'm just about to start reading Late Nights on Air. It's an unsolicited loan; a friend is insisting that i read it. She feels that it's a particularly good autumn read. I've loved every book this friend has recommended to me so i have high hopes. And it's been a while since i've read an English Canadian book...
I think I am going to be starting that book on Monday jfThing, so let me know how you like it :)
I also read a fabulous psychological thiller/ mystery by a Canadian/ BC author Still Missing by Chevy Stevens. What a fascinating read!! It's her first novel -and I think it's becoming very popular outside of Canada as well. Great book!
I'm just onto Born Under A Million Shadows by Andrea Busfield. She's not a Canadian author, and it's not the Kite Runner - but so far - wow! What an interesting take on Afghanistan from a young boys point of view.
On holidays behind the old Iron Curtain and just finished Michael Connelly's The Brass Verdict. It was a good read and I'm kicking myself for only bringing one book. I'll have to canvass the bus for someone who had enough sense to bring more than one book!
I finished reading Room by Donoghue and really liked it. It's less about the actual kidnapping and more about the bond between mother and son. Very well done.
Just realized I have lax in posting here. I finished The Frightened Man - a great Victorian murder mystery with some grit and attitude, Blindness - a compelling page turner about the collapse of society - for a Group Read over on the 75 Challenge Group and I am now reading Room. Not far enough into Room to have any thoughts but it is great to see others here have read it and liked it!
>60 Bcteagirl:: I got a bit sidetracked and haven't picked up Late Nights on Air since chapter 1. Hopefully i'll get back to it this week... If you decide to read it, let me know what you think!
Will do! I have an interlibrary loan due on Monday, so am hoping to start it next week :)
I finished Room by Emma Donoghue last night (a good story with a refreshingly insightful view through the eyes of the 5 year old narrator Jack), and the novella I'jaam by Sinan Antoon (a stunning piece of work about the oppressive lifestyle under the Iraqi regime before the American invasion).
I have the short story collection The Beautiful Red by James Cooper ready to go but I am waffling if that is really what I am in the mood for right now.
Thanks to all of you Canadian bookworms, I picked up a copy of Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright . I'm just a few chapters into it, and already hooked. jfThing - I could not get into Late Nights on Air.... let me know what you think. At least it's a library book for me - so maybe I can try to get into again.
I *loved* Clara Callan :)
Recently finished reading No Great Mischief which was a really great book.. the kind of book that includes both the good and bad in life, but doesn't leave you feeling all depressed.
Last night I finished Her Mother's Daughter for an early reviewers book. Really not my cup of tea... People who like the Southern sort of 'here is my screwed up family, but we all stick together' (Ok southern is just my stereotype for that sort of book) might like it, but it just rubbed the the wrong way throughout the book. While it does paint a picture of small town life (Small town almost anywhere, not necc. Cape Breton or even Canada), it is also a town where obesity is cured through harassment and introduction to online dating websites (Fatty websites of course), mothers actually talk their young teenage daughters *out* of putting babies up for adoption (Sure, there are good reasons for doing so, but what do you feel deep down?), and the running joke is fat people crushing each other when they try to be close (resulting in hospital trips). Almost all (alright all) of the characters just seemed annoying to me. I did like the last half of the book more than the first, so if you are reading it it does get a little better. This is not a book I would lend to my friends... going to have to find a way to soften it up a bit for review (And this version is already softened).
I am just a couple of pages into Late Nights on Air now, and have started Lost in the Barrens.
I too am very interested to hear about Late Nights on Air. It is on the shelf waiting.
71: Lost in the Barrens is my next Mowat book as I have yet to find a copy of The Regiment.
I am still reading People of the Deer and The know it all but I finished reading Alice in Wonderland with my daughter which we have been slowly working on for a long time inbetween all sorts of Fairy Books.
I loved Late Nights on Air. I think she did a fabulous job of capturing the north--both the people and the geography, and I especially liked how she captured the feeling of the air during those long summer twilights. I haven't been to Yellowknife, but I've spent a lot of time in Northern BC and also the Yukon, and I could really relate. If you're not crazy about the first half of the book, stick with it because it changes quite a bit when a bunch of the characters go on a canoe trip.
Will let you know about Late Nights on Air.. right now I am only about 3 pages in :P
I can tell you that I am loving Lost in the Barrens so far! The only reason I have not given it all of my attention is I wanted to get my Cape Breton books done. People of the Deer is one of the ones I want to read for my Cross Canada challenge shortly as well, how are you liking it?
I am enjoying People of the Deer. The subject matter is very interesting but something about it is not as good as the other Mowat's I have read (and yes that is only two but I only found out he existed two months ago!). I think I like it slightly less as it is less of a continuous story due to the frequent telling of tales. I am around 2/3 done and happy to recommend it but not if it is the only Mowat someone is going to read. I am very interested in comparing it to The Desperate People but as I am going to try and read all of Farley's books chronologically I have to wait a a few books.
Oooo that sounds like a fun reading plan! I only found out about Mowat this summer really... I have been collecting his books like mad, but this is only the second one of his I have read so far. :)
I know it is now October 1st but this belongs in the September posts:
I finished, reviewed and surprisingly enjoyed James Cooper's short story collection The Beautiful Red. The surprise being that I am usually not a fan of horror genre.
Currently reading, and making very quick work of A Secret Kept, an LTER book by Tatiana de Rosnay.
I'm reading Henry James' The Portrait of a Lady. I started it yesterday, so I guess it belongs on this thread.
See you all on the October thread real soon!
Last night I finished Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat and am going to give it 5 stars. I really did enjoy this book. It was realistic without being too extremely gory or anything (After all, it is aimed at higher level children) and gives you a introduction to Northern survival/way of life. Loved this book :)
Late Nights on Air is going slower. I think I am on pg. 5 now :P
#79 - love Henry James and that one's definitely one of his best.
I'm finishing Sweet Thursday by Steinbeck in an old French translation. The translation is only okay - it was back in the day when transposing culture was important. For example, they speak of Prisunic (the French equivalent of Zellers) instead of Safeway or whatever the original was. The story, however, is surprisingly funny and tender.
#49...I thoroughly enjoyed The Cast Against Owen Williams} I was in the right mood to read a crime mystery, but was surprised on how the story escorted me throughout the story. It was magnificent. One of my top favorites this year.
I'm nearly finished Annabel by Kathleen Winter. I'm really enjoying it. A part of me wants to give the parents and a few others a good shake and say - wake up and do something about the problem. I can't understand the inactivity of the parents , or even Wayne to not get more proactive. But that's just me!! :) I realize it's a good story -and there's a purpose for the slow unfolding of the story. Every one seems sort of lonely and distant. Still -I'll be giving it a good review. It's very thought provoking and probably true to life for that time and place.
Has anyone else read any of the other Shortlisted Giller Prize books? If so - which ones, and what did you think? Anyone have a favourite? Or is that another thread?
I will have to look up which ones they are, I think that would be a great idea for a thread!
In Annabel, I found the friend who travels (What was her name?) incredibly annoying. I know she is supposed to come across as the saner one, but she just rubbed me completely the wrong way. She seemed uppity and know it all to me. But thats just me.
@#84 - There is a thread about the Giller books over in the Prizes group. I haven't read any of the shortlisted books. Here is a link to that discussion thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/98925
84: Light Lifting is excellent. I reviewed it here on LT. Everyone I talk to is raving about it.
(Nice to see that the touchstones are finally working for it, too.)
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