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1Kell_Smurthwaite
Jan 2, 2008, 12:17 pm

I'm finishing off two books I started at the tail-end of 2007:

Far from the madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (audio book)
The Truth About Fiary Tales by K T Casha

2SaraHope
Jan 2, 2008, 3:22 pm

My first book of 2008 is The Kite Runner (I can't believe this touchstone isn't working), which I'm enjoying so far.

3geneg
Jan 2, 2008, 7:30 pm

I'm reading Erskine Caldwell's Tobacco Road for the Deep South Group.

4jseger9000
Jan 2, 2008, 10:23 pm

Just finished Bel Canto by Ann Patchett on the first. Now I'm reading Age of Consent by Howard Mittelmark.

Just ordered Three Junes by Julia Glass.

Sara, tell me what you think of The Kite Runner (touchstone still isn't working, huh?). I've been meaning to pick that up for the longest.

5-Mr-Dustin-
Jan 5, 2008, 1:02 am

Well first off my recreation reading is Brief History of the Western World by Thomas H. Greer.

For class I will be getting into my textbooks this weekend and will be reading them on and off until April:
Cañar: A Year in the Highlands of Ecuador by Judy Blankenship
Cultural Anthropology: Adaptations, Structures, Meanings by David W. Haines
Canadian Government in Transition by Robert J. Jackson & Doreen Jackson
The Basics of American Politics by Gary Wasserman

And in theory I am teaching myself French with French the Easy Way by Kendris & Kendris.

6Kell_Smurthwaite
Jan 5, 2008, 9:58 am

Still not quite finished the other two, but I've also picked up a third one (naughty of me, I know, but I wanted to make a start on it!):

The Truth About Fairy Tales by K T Casha (reviewing for author)
Think passion is all over once you hit forty? Well, think again. Jaded after a series of failed relationships, Cate McCormack's channeling her "inner romantic" into her very successful books. Author of a series of contemporary takes on traditional fables and legends, Cate's surprised tofind herself caught up in her own fairytale as two "princes", one young and handsome and the other rich and powerful, vie for her affections. Head battles with heart as Cate slys the twin dragons of public perception and dented self-esteem to assert her right to her very own happy ending.

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (audio book)
'I shall do one thing in this life - one thing for certain - that is, love you, and long for you, and keep wanting you till I die.' Gabriel Oak is only one of three suitors for the hand of the beautiful and spirited Bathsheba Everdene. He must compete with the dashing young soldier Sergeant Troy and respectable, middle-aged Farmer Boldwood. And while their fates depend upon the choice Bathsheba makes, she discovers the terrible consequences of an inconstant heart. Far from the Madding Crowd was the first of Hardy's novels to give the name of Wessex to the landscape of south-west England, and the first to gain him widespread popularity as a novelist. Set against the backdrop of the unchanging natural cycle of the year, the story both upholds and questions rural values with a startlingly modern sensibility.

Out by Natsuo Kirino (reading circle choice)
In the Tokyo suburbs four women work the draining graveyard shift at a boxed-lunch factory. Burdened with chores and heavy debts and isolated from husbands and children, they all secretly dream of a way out of their dead-end lives. A young mother among them finally cracks and strangles her philandering, gambling husband then confesses her crime to Masako, the closest of her colleagues. For reasons of her own, Masako agrees to assist her friend and seeks the help of the other co-workers to dismember and dispose of the body. The body parts are discovered, the police start asking questions, but the women have far more dangerous enemies -a yakuza connected loan shark who discovers their secret and has a business proposition, and a ruthless nightclub owner the police are convinced is guilty of the murder. He has lost everything as a result of their crime and he is out for revenge. Out is a psychologically taut and unflinching foray into the darkest recesses of the human soul, an unsettling reminder that the desperate desire for freedom can make the most ordinary person do the unimaginable.

So, three very different books on the go at the moment. I'm enjoying them all so far!

7jseger9000
Jan 5, 2008, 12:22 pm

Oh man Kell, Out was an incredible book! Hope you enjoy it!

8Kell_Smurthwaite
Jan 6, 2008, 9:44 am

#7 jseger9000 - I'm enjoying it so far (I'm about 200 pages in), but I'm not really connecting with any of the characters as yet. I'll keep going and see how things pan out.

Also read a quickie last night:

The Wit and Wisdom of the Discworld by Terry Pratchett (compiled by Stephen Briggs
‘A marriage is always made up of two people who are prepared to swear that only the other one snores.’ from The Fifth Elephant. ‘Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.’ from Moving Pictures. The Discworld is filled with a vast and diverse population - from witches to vampires and from the fiendish to the foolish, it is a world in which magical books can devour the unsuspecting, and Death can escape to the country for some time off. The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld is a collection of the wittiest, pithiest and wisest quotations from this extraordinary universe, dealing one-by-one with each book in the canon. Guaranteed to transport you back to your favourite or forgotten Discworld moments it is the perfect book for die-hard Pratchett fans, as well as anyone coming to the Discworld for the first time.

It was excellent and a must-have for the collection of any Pratchett fan!

9Kell_Smurthwaite
Jan 12, 2008, 6:53 pm

Finished Out and Far from the Madding Crowd, both of which were enjoyable, but also finished my first 10/10 for the year with The Book Club Bible, which is an excellent guide - I highly recommend it to anyone who goes to a book group. Or, indeed, anyone who is on any kind of book discussion forum!

Now listening to an audio book of The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley, which I downloaded from Librivox, and reading The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux.

10Kell_Smurthwaite
Jan 16, 2008, 4:11 pm

On a bit of a roll now (finally got my reading mojo back good and proper!).

FINISHED:
1. The Truth About Fairy Tales - K T Casha
2. Out - Natsuo Kirino
3. Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
4. The Water Babies - Charles Kingsley
5. The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux
6. The Wit and Wisdom of the Discworld - Terry Pratchett (compiled by Stephen Briggs
7. The Book Club Bible: The Definitive Guide That Every Book Club Member Needs - Various Contributors
8. How to Do Just About Everything - eHow

CURRENTLY READING:
The Island of Dr Moreau - H G Wells
The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney

ABANDONED:
The House in the Forest - Michele Desbordes

12judylou
Feb 13, 2008, 11:11 pm

I just finished The Remains of the Day. Am I the only one on LT that didn't think it was wonderful?

13Kell_Smurthwaite
Feb 15, 2008, 1:59 am

# 12 judylou - I've not read The Remains of the Day yet, but I have it on my list of books to read...

FINISHED:
9. H. G. Wells - The Island of Dr. Moreau (audio book)
10. Stef Penney - The Tenderness of Wolves
11. Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness (audio book)
12. Gyles Brandreth - Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders
13. Global Ideas Bank - 500 Ways to Change the World
14. Jules Verne - Journey to the Centre of the Earth (audio book)
15. Pierre Choderlos de Laclos - Les Liaisons Dangereuses
16. Judy Hamilton - Scottish Myths and Legends

CURRENTLY READING:
Karen Blixen - Out of Africa
Charlotte Bronte - Villette (audio)
Various - Scottish Folk Tales

STARTING NEXT:
Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility
Henning Mankell - The Man Who Smiled
Barbara Kingslover - The Poisonwood Bible

14Kell_Smurthwaite
Feb 29, 2008, 6:23 pm

Well, my starting next list got thrown out the window. I've not been doing so much reading lately because I can't settle down and concentrate due to suffering from terrible morning sickness! I keep picking up different books and reading a litle bit here and there. So, at the moment,Ii'm reading:

Out of Africa - Karen Blixen
Villette - Charlotte Bronte (audio)
How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale - Jenna Jameson
Pregnancy For Dummies - Sarah Jarvis
The Somnambulist - Jonathan Barnes

15geneg
Mar 1, 2008, 8:26 pm

Well, my goodness Kell, got too close to your fella, ey?

Congratulations to both you and your hubby! Is this the first?

16scaifea
Mar 2, 2008, 9:54 am

Kell: I'm having the same problem! I haven't been reading much at all because I don't want to associate reading with feeling sick. But I really miss reading!

PS: I've recently discovered that ginger cookies (or anything ginger, really, but why not eat cookies when you can, eh?) really help my morning sickness (which lasts all day for me).

17-Mr-Dustin-
Edited: Apr 11, 2008, 4:35 pm

Ooooooooook, so this place is kind of dead right now, but no matter, I'll post anyway.
Just got my Early Reviewers book today -> Owning the Olympics: Narratives of the New China by Monroe E. Price and Daniel Dayan. Looking forward to it as it means I can read solely for enjoyment now instead of having to study, or do readings, or plan trips, etc. so I'm going to get on it ASAP.
FINALS! I'm writing my finals right now, whiiiiiiiich means I've pretty much finished up all my texts from the past few months (and also explains why I've been doing nil posting here over the last few months).
Soooooo,
Basics of American Politics by Gary Wasserman = Done
Canadian Government in Transition by Robert J. Jackson and Doreen Jackson = Done
Cañar: A Year in the Highlands of Ecuador by Judy Bankenship = Done
Cultural Anthropology: Adaptations, Structures, Meanings by David W. Haines = Done the required readings
And I'm pretty much done my Critical Thinking and Argument booklet.
So yeah, just kinda reading my Early Reviewers book, my Lonely Planet: Great Britain book while planning my trip, and studying for finals.

18TerrierGirl
Apr 17, 2008, 11:23 am

I'm still new-ish to Library Thing and am slowly exploring the groups. This group intrigues me a bit. Here are some of the books I've read so far this year. I've read a bit of an McEwan, but not Atonement. I thought in his most recent one, On Chesil Beach the author was really coasting on recent successes. It was finely and beautifully observed, but felt incomplete to me.

Other books I've read so far this year (below). I thought the Ha Jim was rather weak but finished it anyway. Does anyone know of any novels written about Tienenmen Square (sic) by writers who were actually there for the events?

Iris Murdoch, The Sacred and Profane Love Machine
Graham Swift, The Light of Day
Ha Jin, The Crazed
Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior
Elie Wiesel, Night
Zadie Smith, On Beauty
Gwendolyn Brooks, Maud Martha
Pat Barker, Life Study
Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake
Alice Munro, Friend of My Youth

19jmskone
Edited: Apr 23, 2008, 5:38 pm

Hey everybody,
Like Dustin, I've been taking a class so my book posting has been limited to that. Just got done writing about Jude the Obscure and Arthur Schopenhauer, so I'm going to try to spend the summer on lighter fare:
PJ O'Rourke on The Wealth of Nations - PJ O'Rourke
A Storm of Swords - George RR Martin
A Feast for Crows - George RR Martin
Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman

and if I have time I'd kinda like to read JF Cooper's Leather-Stocking Tales ...

20-Mr-Dustin-
Jul 23, 2008, 5:50 pm

Finished Owning the Olympics by Monroe Price finally after a huge drop-off in my reading while I was travelling about for during summer.
Now I'm on to the other Early Reviewers book I received: Simplexity by Jeffrey Kluger

21-Mr-Dustin-
Aug 13, 2008, 10:06 pm

Finished Simplexity last week, and am now on Ethics by William Frankena...sortof.