Wonderlake's 12 in 2012
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Every year I sign up for one of these challenges ... and fail ... but that's not the point!
I think this year I might not specifically specify books I would like to read, more just to keep track of what I manage...
I would love to read one of the January reads- Oryx and Crake, but my copy is in storage *sadface
My current read is (Kindle) A Visit from the goon squad, by Jennifer Egan.
DH said he'd thought about sending me on a Nordic Crime film course for Christmas; above is a link from the course guide
- Jo Nesbo- Read a couple of his- The Snowman first, then went back to The Redbreast, and Nemesis which I thought sucked... I have The Leopard to read, but in series order I need The Devil's star next, hmm
- KO Dahl
- Anne Holt- I've read 1222 by her and thought it was awful
- Karin Fossum
- Thomas Enger
- Gunnar Staalesen
I have Egan's book in my purse as a waiting book. Unfortunately there hasn't been much progress yet. It looks like it will have to come out and be a real read soon.
Finished A Visit from the Goon Squad, which I enjoyed - a good start to the year. We were near the books in the supermarket and DH was surprised that I hadn't heard of it so that was the reason why I picked it up. He kept on going on about part of it being all spreadsheets & graphs (obv. he's not read it himself, just heard about it), so I guess I thought it was going to be a lot more 'avant garde' than it was. A bit like Cloud Atlas in the way it goes back and forth in time with recurring characters, or perhaps something by Bret Easton Ellis.
Book No.2= Snowdrops, A.D. Miller
Annoyingly my reservation for the January read Oryx & Crake came available at the library and I was in town yesterday, but on a Friday they close early (5pm) so I didn't have chance to collect it.
I am concentrating on Before I go to sleep; not particularly enjoying it, but want to get it finished. Over-hyped IMO
#4- before i go to sleep. Heh, overhyped trash
I downloaded another one by Jennifer Egan the other day (Kindle daily deal I think)- Look at me
I am henna colouring my hair and I feel a bit like one of 'God's Gardeners' LOL
#6. The Assistant, Bernard Malamud
One my husband recommended to me. The guy just piles on the misery, and every ray of hope seems to hide a thundershower. A slightly positive ending however.
I got "French children don't throw food", Pamela Druckerman out of the library
Finished #8 Beneath the Bleeding.
I also got Modern Children's Literature: An introduction from the library
Had to take Modern Children's Literature back to the library before I finished reading it, sad face; OTOH it might have been a good idea as it made me add about a zillion books to my "must read" list.
#9 Fever of the Bone- Val McDermid... was alright; but I prefer to have some chapters from the killer's POV, infact the murders seemed to take a back-burner to Tony's personal epiphany. Have reserved The Retribution from the library; hopefully the return of Jacko Vance will see a bit more going on
Started to read How I live now, by Meg Rosoff last night. I got this as a free book from World Book Night 2012. I also received The Damned Utd.
I had no idea what 'How I live now' was about, apart from the blurb at the back ("ROMANCE"). Probably not something I'd normally pick up, which is part of the point of WBN, right? The cover image of a girl's hair tied back with a ribbon makes me think it should be historical fiction. Enjoying it so far I guess, the chatty style is easy to breeze thru. One of my first boyfriends was called Edmund.
Finished #10 How I live now, which I am glad was chosen as a World Book Night title as I'm not sure I would have read otherwise. I have registered it on Book crossing, and plan to release it/ pass it on sometime soon.
And started The Retribution mwah hah hah. This will be the end of the published Tony Hill novels, so afterwards I think I might be catching up on the Mark Billingham/Thorne books I have missed
A lady was reading Mark Billingham on the bus today, I think it was Good as Dead.
The Retribution has made it onto the longlist of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.
o god, and Before I go to sleep
#11. The Retribution
Got myself up-to-date with the series, now all I have to do is wait for the next one to be written :>
Started Parable of the talents last night
Got The Panopticon from the library yesterday cuz I read a review of it in the paper the other week
The Panopticon is one of the Waterstones 11
Browsing on the internet I found
a "5-minute memoir" by Fagan where she steals some of the sunflower seeds from the Tate Exhibtion... just a fortnight ago we planted sunflower seeds with our daughter as part of Turing's sunflowers event ...
Oh this "bath salts" drug sounds like the stuff they took in Parable of the Sower, creepy
Oh some guy wants Class-A drugs to be sold in pharmacies;
The Panopticon should come with a free tab of acid or something, there's A LOT of drug use going on
He's in the news today about alcohol too...
12. The Panopticon
I would like to send a copy of this to my friend Jenny, who lives in Paris, to remind her why she went there in the first place.
Story about how putting children in care/ secure units is actually WORSE for them
RE World Book Night- The Damned Utd was on the list this year, given that Euro 2012 commences tonight perhaps I should make this my next choice ... reading a book about football would be about my max level of participation
A lady on the bus was reading "Confessions of a lipstick queen" which weirdly seems really hard to track down ...
13. Parable of the Talents
ok I'm taking the plunge and making The Damned Utd my next read
Reading, but not particularly enjoying The Damned Utd. Lots of names of MEN and I don't really have much idea of who any of them are. One of the reviews on here is from a guy who was 11 when the action happened, naturally he loves the book. The structure of flashbacks furthermore are unhelpful for me.
I was eyeing up a collection of American Gothic Tales in the library the other day...
Ok have officially given up on The Damned Utd; got to about page 90, and bearing in mind the Page 99 test I just couldn't carry on. He goes to a hotel and talks to a man, then to a football match where various men kick a ball around and then he shouts at them afterwards in the changing rooms...
Have picked up Rivers of London instead, Ben Aaronovitch from the Crime longlist.
So I'm reading Rivers of London (which I think will be quite a quick read as the font is pretty big), and it tootels along all nice, jolly, cosy and then there's a horrific crime!!!
re Rivers of London and the whole Punch & Judy thing... wasn't there a "Luther" about this-
14. Rivers of London
was ok, but seemed to be very clearly the beginning of a series of books- I don't think it sat very well as a stand-alone novel. E.g. what happened to Lesley at the end? or Nightingale. I thought the bit where he goes round to his parent's house shoe-horned in - setting up the next book which I believe features his dad quite a lot. Favourite character- 'creepy' Molly
It would have been Octavia Butler's 65th birthday today
Found a good site about tropes :
Makeup 'inspired' by The Great Gatsby LOL (A lady was reading it on the bus the other night)
Well I am halfway thru Where the bodies are buried... will I manage to get it finished?
However looking on the library catalogue I believe that I have borrowed the Forum Library copy, but tomorrow I will be taking mine back to City library... where apparently I can "check shelves" :>
A lady in the canteen in work was reading Hollywood, Charles Bukowski #spotted
Well my plan to return 'my' copy of Where the bodies are buried, but then lend a different copy were scuppered as although I did locate the other copy of the book, when I tried to borrow it it said that it was reserved for another member :
There was this feature about the 'fake meat' industry in the Weekend magazine recently:
(see- Oryx & Crake, Year of the Flood)
Interesting article.. I suspect selling the idea to consumers is going to be a tough call and being a non meat eater (who likes Quorn!) I don't think I would be tempted..
15. Mice, by Gordon Reece
How come I can read one 300pg book in 3 days (nights), but another aka Where the bodies are buried sees me running out of time?
Mice- reminded me of Room, a mother and her child have bad things happen to them but ultimately they take matters into their own hands.
It made me think of DD and how she will turn out ...what she will be like in school. Also about 'home': Shelley and her mum set up lots of cosy rituals, home is a place you are happy to return to
Grr I have to get Child 44 read by 14th July (another library book reserved by another borrower).
Oops I missed my stop on the Metro coming home, reading Child 44 doh
Child 44 is nearly finished... and Leo's passing on the details of the case to a family who will further ensure it gets passed on couldn't help but remind me of "Parable of the Sower/Talents" and the passing on of 'Earthseed' #slightlypreposterous
Finished (16.) Child 44; in the back there's a Q&A section with T R Smith. He says he wanted to write a book that would make you miss your stop on the way home *blush
Cool! The picture of the Alice in Wonderland dishes is making me go and make a cup of tea!
17. Moon over Soho
I think I have the same gripe as following the first one, the book possibly needed to be twice as long just in order to round out the story. His dad hardly featured in it at all, and the whole 'jazz vampire' thing was blatant (who it was)... I have requested the library to get a copy of the recently released Whispers under ground :>
18. The Testament of Jessie Lamb
Good, enjoyed it, very thought-provoking about parents and children. It also put me in mind of several past reads from this year:
- Oryx and Crake/ Year of the Flood: the genetic engineering of animals
- Parable of the Sower/ the Talents
- How I live now
Ooh exciting! Over on Wikipedia it says M Atwood is writing the 3rd book in the 'Oryx' series "Maddaddam" to be published next year!
To breakup the gloom of Gulag I picked up Blacklands by Belinda Bauer in the library, it is infact possibly worse in terms of a depressing read, altho I haven't got to the section of Gulag re children.
My reading of Blacklands also has sadly coincided with this:
The mother of Moors Murder victim Keith Bennett has died without ever finding out where her son was buried.
Winnie Johnson, 78, died on Friday night after a long campaign to get her son's killer, Ian Brady, to reveal the location of his body.
Twelve-year-old Keith was abducted on his way to visit his grandmother in Manchester on 16 June 1964. ...heartbreaking
Oops, one of my library books is due back today Batman & Robin- Born to Kill. I got it out after watching "The Dark Knight Rises" :> Given the time now this is not going to be returned til Monday now #fined
Also Raising Babies by Steve Biddulph is due back on 2nd October. Hubby got this out (on my ticket!) one week when we were attending storytime; it looks like an easy, quick read that I might be able to squeeze in. The copy I have is sub-titled "Should under 3s go to nursery?"
The reserve for Raising Babies must have got cancelled so I still have that out from the library.
Overall so far I am feeling pretty proud of my reading achievements in 2012, and it's not even over yet!
I gave up on Agent 6 after about 200 pages... I just didn't care about what was going to happen at the concert etc.
Now reading The Family from One End Street, as it is considered to be a children's classic. I can't recall it being a family favourite from my childhood; it is nice to read however, and to be taken back to remembering how proud you would be of a new school uniform. The references to old money are quite baffling however: pounds- shillings- and sixpence
Oh gosh it is starting to get chilly in the mornings on the way to work; perhaps I need to think about switching my reading over to my Kindle- easier to "turn" the pages while wearing gloves. Predominantly I have been reading library books this year
I'd heard that Agent 6 wasn't as good as the previous books in the series. Shame you're not doing much to change that perception.
Hoorah- I got an answer right on "Only Connect" tonight, due to (children's book!) The Family from One End Street - The answer was 'carnation, lily, lily, rose' :D
Oh gosh I have given up on another book!
I just wasn't feeling Darkside, and gave up after about 100 pages. I didn't like Jonas, I thought he seemed almost a little "simple", I HATED the naming of DCI 'Marvel' - who was anything but, obviously.
Onto The Blackhouse, by Peter May, which seems to have a very similar setting as Raven Black.
I have realised what I need at my elbow as I read The Blackhouse-- a nice glass of whiskey !! Especially as the weather now is becoming darker, colder and wetter :: brrrrr!
I am really enjoying The Blackhouse- the setting is amazing, I want to go visit there !!! I love the way that it's part of the UK but at the same time so foreign and feels like it has more in common with Scandanavia
So I am extra pleased to have picked up the sequel The Lewis Man for my Kindle for 0.20p !
Finished (25.) The Tomb, and chose Little Face by Sophie Hannah as my next read, due to it being chosen as a World Book Night title for 2013.
My copy is a weird 'Flipback' title, supposedly designed for commuters to be able to read with one hand whilst standing up on public transport.
OMG I am finding Little Face really hard going, the descriptions of David's cruelty to Alice are making me feel "can I go on with reading this?".
Also, every character in it seems to be mentally unstable!
Or you could return it late and pay the fee (ie, make a donation to your library). I always thank our kids for paying their overdue fee and let them know that the money goes to new books for the library. (It's the only money we have these days for new books.)
> 90. Hi Mamzel; I didn't want to keep the book late because as a library user it upsets me when people keep books for longer that they're allowed to. It sends a clutch of fear down my spine- they might keep the book indefinetly !
Do you think The Yellow Birds would be appropriate for teen readers? I'm always looking for a decent war book for my students.
eta - I had to come back since I realized the choice of the word 'decent' is not the best for a book of war. Realistic and accurate would have been better.
> 93. How old are your teens ? One of the points that is made a couple of times in the book is the age (youth) of Murph and Bartlett (16/17/18 ish) and that their battle-scarred sargent is 'only' 24; so teens might be able to relate strongly to the characters in that respect; on the other hand when you are 14 then 18 seems about a million years away and "grown up" right ?
re: The Devil's Star - uhoh I work on the fifth floor of my office block !! haha
They are in high school so this sounds like it could be a good fit. Thanks for your input!
btw - 14-year-olds these days sometimes act like they're 24!
> 96. saw this and thought of you:
"the award, which is aimed at books for 11 to 18-year-olds "
Unfortunately, this book is aimed at the lower end of this age spectrum. What the author says about nonfiction for kids is so true. I find more books in the adult section. There is a real push these days for students to read nonfiction so I am always on the lookout for popular titles that would appeal to teens. The School Library Journal just released their Best of 2012 lists. One title on the adult books for teens, however, is amazingly, very hard to find. It is called Juvenile in Justice by Richard Ross. I thought that was very unfair to promote a book that wasn't available.
Started to read Redemption by Will Jordan; not 100% sure why I reserved this at the library, it must have been on some list but I cannot remember which. Not my usual cup of tea, but I'm willing to give it a try; I hated the book of The Bourne Identity, or more specifically the ending when I read that
EDIT: I think I must have been looking at this list
Curious to see what you think of Redemption. As for The Bourne Identity, I admit to having been a huge Ludlum fan back in the 1980's when I read his books as a teenager. I am not sure if they would stand the test of time if I were to re-read them today.
29. Redemption was fine, although now thinking back I have very little memory of how it ended...
I have since picked up The Redeemer, another Nesbo one but my reading really slows down when I'm not in work - no >40 wonderlake: minute bus journey (each way ), instead an 18-month old to look after! So doubt that I will finish it before the end of the year, although I am back in work on 31/12/2012 :(
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