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1bardsfingertips
maig 6, 2008, 9:13 pm

Like the subject says ;-)

2ronincats
maig 6, 2008, 10:28 pm

I'm typing one-handed after breaking my arm last month, so I'll just refer you to my profile page, where I am keeping up my reading log for this calendar year. Righr now I'm trying to decide what to read next.

3bardsfingertips
maig 6, 2008, 11:09 pm

Hey, I broke my toe last night :)

Seriously...

I hope your arm heals well.

4Katie_H
maig 6, 2008, 11:30 pm

I'm reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. I just started it last night, but it's quick, so I should finish it tonight. Here's my complete "On Deck" list, but the next up will probably either be Anil's Ghost, Time Traveler's Wife, or Bonfire of the Vanities (keep putting this one off because of the length).

5apmullaly
maig 7, 2008, 12:56 pm

Ashes of Victory by David Weber, The Deportees and other stories by Roddy Doyle, and Renegade's Magic by Robin Hobb. Of the three Weber's is quick reading military SF and should be done soon; I haven't started Deportees but I love all things Doyle and Hobb's book should be good even though its not my favorite series of hers.

6StarGazer72
maig 7, 2008, 2:08 pm

Oh let's see, I'm reading: The Middle English Pearl; Sir Gawain and Pearl: Critical essays; Pearl: Image of the Ineffable; Pearl in its setting; The Politics of Pearl; Text and Matter: New Critical Perspectives of the Pearl-poet; oh, and in my spare time re-reading Lord of Emperors by Guy Gavriel Kay.

Yay for research papers on obscure poems.

7mynenni
Editat: maig 7, 2008, 2:45 pm

I loved the Time Traveler's Wife, it was so good my mother-in-law read it and she is at the age now where she looks at the type size of a book before she'll read it because it's too hard. She was so into it that she missed going to church one Sunday morning just so she could finish it.

I'm reading The Bone Collector right now and will be moving the The Coffin Dancer next.

8suzecate
maig 7, 2008, 5:20 pm

I usually update my profile page every few days to reflect what I'm reading. I'm in the middle of The Book Thief and a couple others have been put on hold indefinitely.

I've read very little this week as I've spent nearly all my free time watching Veronica Mars on DVD. I'd heard of it and the fact that most of it was filmed in San Diego County but wasn't sure it was my cuppa tea - now I find myself addicted.

9bardsfingertips
maig 7, 2008, 5:47 pm

Okay, I guess I should commit to what I had started.

I am currently reading Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert

I am also doing a long revisit to Gravity's Rainbow along with an annotated guide; hence my thread on "a-and" which was finally explained to me as someone going, "Aaaand..."

10mynenni
maig 7, 2008, 8:58 pm

Love the Veronica Mars series. It was a shame that it was cancelled. It's fun to see the places in San Diego where it was taped.
At the end of one episode, my husband said he thought he might actually have seen them taping as he had accidently come across a scene walking somewhere and didn't really know what it was until we watched the episode.

11bardsfingertips
Editat: maig 16, 2008, 12:51 pm

And now I am going to read A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick.

If you wish to read my short thoughts on Dune Messiah, click on the title and look for Bardsfingertips' review.

Daniel

12vq5p9
maig 16, 2008, 1:14 pm

#8 I finished The Book Thief about a month ago and LOVED it.

13suzecate
maig 16, 2008, 2:53 pm

>12 vq5p9: - I had to return it to the library unfinished (that's what comes of starting it just before it comes due), but I'm eager to get back to it.

>11 bardsfingertips: - Good review! I wasn't even aware it was a series, but then again, I only saw the movie.

>10 mynenni: - I never saw them taping, but supposedly they were at UCSD the last year I was there. When a tragedy happened at the Coronado bridge, I felt an "I told you that bridge was nothing but bad news" coming on.

I'm in the middle of It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life With Less Stuff and just started Midwives: a novel. The former is to help me deal with the clutter; I'm not a hard-core hoarder, but I have a hard time parting with certain things - especially books. The latter is for my discussion group, meeting tonight (always the procrastinator I am).

I'm still not reading much thanks to Veronica Mars. :) I should be done with the whole series in another week.

14ronincats
maig 17, 2008, 10:15 pm

I just finished Lady Friday, the latest in the Keys of the Kingdom series by Garth Nix, and am starting John Varley's Red Thunder for a discussion group Tuesday.

15TeacherDad
maig 17, 2008, 11:51 pm

started 2 new ones last night: America America, an ER free book!, and 101 Ways to Bug Your Teacher...

Somewhat selfishly got Book Thief for my son, now can't wait for him to finish so I can take it over...

16suzecate
maig 18, 2008, 10:26 am

I'm 100 pages into Moby Dick (for a reading group). I last read it 15-20 years ago and really disliked it then, but I thought I'd give it another chance, although I give myself permission to slam it shut at any time.

17bardsfingertips
maig 22, 2008, 3:55 pm

I could never get past the church scene. I should try again. :-P

18TeacherDad
maig 22, 2008, 10:27 pm

Haven't read MD myself, but my dad always said you could skip every other chapter, especially if you weren't that interested in details on sailing, etc...

19Accalia
maig 23, 2008, 12:21 am

Just started "Sunday's with Vlad" Its been fun so far. More adventures with the undead in the real world, I am guessing it is kind of like "The Dead Travel Fast."

20bardsfingertips
maig 23, 2008, 1:32 pm

See, that is why I wanted to read MD, because of the details in sailing and whaling. :-)

Darn that church scene to heck!

21suzecate
maig 23, 2008, 2:13 pm

Actually, the undead are to blame for why I'm not reading much this week. ;) (Oh, Buffy, you corrupt me.)

I'm about 200 pages into Moby Dick. I survived the church scene near the beginning (for one, Job annoys me); the sailing details aren't exactly my cuppa either. Zelig wasn't missing out on much IMO.

22bardsfingertips
maig 28, 2008, 5:23 pm

Last week I finished A Scanner Darkly by Philip K Dick. I really liked this book even though it was depressing as bloody hell... I plan on writing a review on it, that way I feel like I am doing more on LT than refreshing the pages and starting topics on various forums...

Anyway, a great novel about the drug culture and self-identity...but, very depressing.

Now I am reading a book I am borrowing from my gf's friend, High Stakes by Dick Frances.

:)

23TeacherDad
maig 28, 2008, 8:21 pm

Just finished America America (highly recommend) and almost to the end of On the Shoulders of Giants and will probably start Legerdemain tonight...

24normanbr
maig 29, 2008, 2:32 pm

I just moved into my Russian history phase of reading and am about 3/4 of the way through Peter the Great; His Life and World, which bagged a Pulitzer for Robert K. Massie.

It's a wonderful out-of-the-bag book to start with and I am finding it to be extremely interesting and informative.

Catherine the Great; a Short History, by Isabel de Madariaga is next.

Ah, the intrigue of it all.

25StarGazer72
maig 29, 2008, 2:39 pm

I've been meaning to read Moby Dick ever since I saw the movie Powder and he quoted from it. Never have managed to get around to it. My list of TBRs is way too long.

Right now, I'm re-reading Bonds of Vengeance by David B. Coe so that I can remember enough to move on to the next one, Shapers of Darkness.

26bardsfingertips
maig 29, 2008, 2:46 pm

Speaking of Russian Literature, I just bought The Master and Margarita and Moscow to the End of the Line. I am very excited!

27whymaggiemay
juny 1, 2008, 7:40 pm

Just finished The Prince of Frogtown so will begin The Grapes of Wrath for my at-home read (HB) and Enrique's Journey for my train read. Both being read for different book groups.

28TeacherDad
juny 1, 2008, 10:16 pm

How appropriate, reading Enrique's Journey on the train...

29suzecate
juny 2, 2008, 11:09 am

30whymaggiemay
juny 2, 2008, 12:46 pm

#28 Ha! Hadn't even thought of that when I chose it. GoW is an old HB and didn't want to schlep it on the train every day.

Having begun Enrique's Journey I must say that reading it in bits is going to help me finish it. Horrifying what these kids do in order to reconnect with their parents. If I were reading it straight through I suspect it would be harder to finish it without taking breaks from it.

31bardsfingertips
juny 3, 2008, 6:15 pm

So, the Dick Frances book, High Stakes, was pretty good. Maybe three and a hlaf stars good; but it was entertaining for me because I can be quite an Anglophile at times.

Now, I am reading Tom Robbins' Jitterbug Perfume, which I am highly anticipating considering how much I LOVED Even Cowgirls Get The Blues.

32suzecate
juny 3, 2008, 9:08 pm

I made the mistake of seeing the movie of ECGtB first - I almost didn't read the book but was glad someone talked me into it.

33TeacherDad
juny 3, 2008, 9:48 pm

Jitterbug Perfume was my first Robbins, could it be 20 years ago?!?!?!? ...love his stuff!

started Legerdemain last night, a different style for me -- Cold War/Espionage nonfiction history? ...but it's a smooth, enjoyable read so far...

34ahgonzales
juny 4, 2008, 1:44 pm

I love Tom Robbins! My favorite is Skinny Legs and All.

I'm having a little rut of bad books (or at least ones I don't enjoy). I finished Confederacy of Dunces and am trying to get through Madame Bovary and Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim, all of which I expected to like but didn't. So I'm trying to make up for that by reading The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.

35bardsfingertips
juny 4, 2008, 1:59 pm

I have heard many a-good things about Atwood. One thing in particular is that her stuff is rather weird, which is right up my alley.

36ahgonzales
juny 4, 2008, 2:14 pm

They are a little strange (in a good way), but I read two previously and really liked the feminist themes in her books. Plus I'm a sucker for sci-fi :-).

37Accalia
juny 10, 2008, 12:19 am

I am now reading Blood Noir by LKH. And I am so loving it already!

38suzecate
juny 10, 2008, 4:04 pm

Last weekend I read Ella Minnow Pea - the gimmick was amusing at first but tiring as the book wore on. And now I've almost finished The Omnivore's Dilemma (I think my SO is going to plotz if I mention corn one more time).

39charicecakes
juny 12, 2008, 6:10 pm

I'm reading Collages by Anais Nin. I'm really loving and it will probably be finishing it tonight. Before that I was reading One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, but I had the hardest time getting into the story. I had this same problem while reading Sex Wars by Marge Piercy. Great story just wasn't doing it for me at that time. I hate to start a book and not finish it, certainly during a 50 Book Challenge.

40bardsfingertips
juny 12, 2008, 6:48 pm

I love Anais Nin; but I have not read that one. Is it part of a the series she wrote? I think there are a total of 5 novels to it.

41bardsfingertips
Editat: juny 12, 2008, 6:58 pm

I just checked: it is not. What I was thinking about is called Cities of the Interior, which contain Ladders to Fire, Children of the Albatross, The Four-Chambered Heart, A Spy in the House of Love, and Seduction of the Minotaur.

42suzecate
juny 12, 2008, 7:09 pm

I read How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read, which I heard of from a friend (and LTer). It's not really what it sounds like, being part humor, part lit crit (not a how-to). Next up will be another library book - either Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict or The Sweet Far Thing.

43whymaggiemay
juny 17, 2008, 7:45 pm

Finished Enrique's Journey which spurred me on to read Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants which I finished last night. I'm half through The Grapes of Wrath (and right now would slap that Al up one side of his head for stupidity) and just started Christine Falls.

44bardsfingertips
juny 18, 2008, 11:51 am

I finished Jitterbug Perfume and loved it! Though, I must admit, while reading it I was asking, "Where's the philosophy?"

Even Cowgirls get the Blues was just full of such musings by Robbins. Nevertheless, towards the last 50 or so pages, it all hit full-force in total Robbins style.

Now, for my next book, I am travelling up the same vein of plot device (that being perfume) and reading Perfume: The story of a murderer. I am one of the few people who really enjoyed the movie and found the book as soon as I watched it.

45vq5p9
Editat: juny 18, 2008, 1:34 pm

I'm listening to Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. It's OK. Very Victorian.

46TeacherDad
juny 18, 2008, 11:19 pm

debating whether to start Michener's Mexico or the Clapton autobio...

47vq5p9
juny 19, 2008, 12:00 am

Oh! I didn't even know Michener wrote a "Mexico." When you get to that one, keep us updated!

48TeacherDad
juny 19, 2008, 9:01 pm

I will... right now the guitarist beat out the bullfighters, but I'm really trying to build up my California/Mexico history, so I'll get into the Michener soon...

49pinklady60
juny 21, 2008, 9:33 pm

TeacherDad - - I loved Mexico. Michener has a way of making history (even fictional) so exciting. He's one of my favorite authors.

50TeacherDad
juny 22, 2008, 1:29 am

I've enjoyed (and read more than once) Poland and Chesapeake, and I'm fairly sure I've read Space but I might be thinking of The Right Stuff...

51apmullaly
juny 23, 2008, 12:53 pm

I just started the Earth Abides by George R. Stewart. I figured that since I read so many post-apocalyptic books that I was very remiss in not reading one of the first.

52astutz
juny 24, 2008, 3:12 pm

I just finished Poetry as Insurgent Art by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and I'm reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov right now. I plan to pop open Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon next as well as another collection of poetry, but I haven't decided.

53bardsfingertips
juny 24, 2008, 3:17 pm

Yay, Nabokov!

54astutz
juny 24, 2008, 3:30 pm

Nabokov's prose is pretty sweet!

55bardsfingertips
juny 24, 2008, 3:37 pm

A short story reading of a Nabokov work here: http://www.newyorker.com/online/podcasts/fiction

56bardsfingertips
juny 25, 2008, 2:24 pm

Same post, different forum:

Being the avid readers that we all are, is anyone going to attend David Sedaris next week?

57pstotts
juny 25, 2008, 2:36 pm

I just started Dennis Lehane's upcoming novel The Given Day which is shaping up to be an interesting historical novel. It is quite different from his other books so far.

58bardsfingertips
juny 30, 2008, 12:54 pm

I finished Perfume: The Story of a Murderer over the weekend and found it to be a lush, single-minded story that I enjoyed greatly. To me, it read like Anne Rice in her prime.

Now I am going away from convention and reading a collection of short stories: The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov.

59suzecate
Editat: jul. 1, 2008, 1:17 pm

In the past 2½ weeks, I read three books relating to Jane Austen: Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, The Jane Austen Book Club, and The Friendly Jane Austen; the first is a historical fiction/time travel, the second is a novel set in the present, and the third is non-fiction. Currently, I'm reading Austen's own Northanger Abbey. I have a little tradition stretching back more than 20 years to read at least two Austen novels a year, so this is my first of 2008.

I started The Sweet Far Thing but couldn't finish before it came due at the library (to be continued...).

Pope Joan was for my local book club. I was the only one of 12-15 participants who didn't think it was fantastic, and I felt like I was burned at the stake for it. IMO it was aesthetically mediocre, and I'm going to call a spade a spade regardless of whether it agrees with my political sensibilities.

I'm sipping slowly Three Cups of Tea, which is my reading group's July selection (I don't want to finish too long before the discussion).

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex was interesting enough for me to nudge whomever was nearest and share a tidbit.

I've been on a music kick lately. I skimmed a half dozen books on flute and read two others: The Flute Book and How to Love Your Flute (the latter has a peculiar new age bent). And then there's Jazz 101 (I know next to nothing about jazz and hope to remedy that).

60ronincats
jul. 1, 2008, 1:31 pm

Chanale, you wrote:
In the past 2½ weeks, I read three books relating to Jane Austen: Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, The Jane Austen Book Club, and The Friendly Jane Austen; the first is a historical fiction/time travel, the second is a novel set in the present, and the third is non-fiction. Currently, I'm reading Austen's own Northanger Abbey. I have a little tradition stretching back more than 20 years to read at least two Austen novels a year, so this is my first of 2008.

Did you watch Masterpiece Theater this winter on PBS? They spent every Sunday night playing movies of all the 6 books, some of which took 2 or 3 nights. I taped all the ones I didn't already have. Such fun. I re-read Sense and Sensibility this year so far.

61bardsfingertips
jul. 1, 2008, 1:52 pm

59

I would like to read Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. It seems like something I'd enjoy.

Have you read Sexy Origins and Intimate Things?

62suzecate
jul. 1, 2008, 1:53 pm

I don't think I heard about MT. Do you think they'll repeat? I do have some Austen adaptations on DVD (1995 P&P being my favorite), but I must be missing quite a few.

63StarGazer72
jul. 1, 2008, 2:14 pm

chanale - I'm reading Three Cups of Tea also, but I'm having a horrible time getting through it. I *have* to read it, since I'm teaching it in the fall, but I find the style extremely off-putting. Does it get any better as you go?

I'm also working my way through Shapers of Darkness by David B. Coe, Paladin by C.J. Cherryh, and a re-read of The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Kay.

64suzecate
jul. 1, 2008, 3:26 pm

61 > I hadn't even heard of it and was about to ask what you thought of it but then saw you gave it 5 stars. I'll give it a look.

63 > I'm not far enough into it to say. My SO thought it was quite good, but we haven't discussed it yet; I'll have to ask if the style changes along the way.

65TeacherDad
jul. 1, 2008, 4:01 pm

re: 3 cups of T -- keep going, it does have some rough patches, but I've found it worthwhile...

66ahgonzales
jul. 1, 2008, 5:37 pm

It took me forever to get through the first 20 pages of Three Cups of Tea, but once I got past them the reading became a little easier. Not exactly an easy read, but interesting enough (and not all bogged down like it started out).

67pinklady60
jul. 1, 2008, 8:56 pm

I just finished The Worst Hard Time:The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan. It's one of my favorites this year. Everything I've read previously about the Dust Bowl is the migration of people away from it. This book tells the story of those who stayed behind. I highly recommend it!

68StarGazer72
jul. 3, 2008, 2:15 am

#66 - hahaha, I'm about 30 pages in right now, having had the book for a full month. Good to know it gets easier.

69suzecate
Editat: jul. 3, 2008, 10:52 am

C says he thought the style was consistent throughout. I couldn't say - I'm still barely into it, not having read a page of it for days. My deadline for finishing is the 18th.

I was sidetracked into reading Pride and Promiscuity yesterday, which was a bit dull. I'm a third through Northanger Abbey and now have Dirda's Book by Book going as well (it's slim though). Pity I have trouble sticking to one or two at a time.

70apmullaly
jul. 3, 2008, 1:29 pm

I just finished reading World Made by Hand} by James Howard Kunstler which was interesting take on what the future might hold without oil.

I'm starting Red Seas under Red Skies, I enjoyed The Lies of Locke Lamora so hopefully this will be entertaining.

I've also got Roddy Doyle's Paula Spencer on the TBR shelf. I've enjoyed just about anything he's put to paper so I have high hopes for that one also.

After that it will probably be local boy Raymond Feist's Wrath of a Mad God and then I think re-reading S. M. Stirling's The Protector's War and Meeting at Corvalis.

Sounds like a busy Thursday to me. ;-)

71normanbr
Editat: jul. 3, 2008, 10:31 pm

I have been reading A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn;

Today's mail brought The Insanity Trial; The Case or Mary Todd Lincoln by Mark E. Neely, Jr. and R. Gerald McMurtry.

I also received today Inside Lincoln's White House; The Complete Civil War Diary of John Hay edited by Michael Burlington and John R. Turner Ettlinger.

I have set Zinn's book aside to read today's arrivals.

72Katie_H
jul. 4, 2008, 11:40 am

My reading has slowed down a bit over the last month -- here are a few of my recent conquests -- I have reviewed most of these if anyone is interested:
-Amsterdam: I'm a huge fan of McEwan, but this wasn't a masterpiece, even though it did win the Booker....not my top pick by him.
-Marley and Me: I'm a dog lover and I just thought this was so-so
-Twilight: yes. I read this. I quite enjoyed it actually! It wasn't on par with Anne Rice, but I can see why it appeals to the tween subset. It was quite the pageturner.
-Portnoy's Complaint: meh. I'm not a fan of Roth, but I keep trying, since it seems like everyone else is.
-Loose Girl: Early reviewer book...compelling, but not quite what it's advertised to be.
-Talented Mr. Ripley: Loved it!! This was one book that was adapted to film quite well, so as I was reading, I was regretting having already seen the movie.
-Black Wave: Another ER book. Not so good.
-I am legend: I'd seen the movie prior to reading the book, and I was surprised with the evolution of the real story...the movie has absolutely nothing to do with the book except for the title and the idea of the "last man on earth." I actually preferred the movie in this matchup...I didn't love the book.

Now I'm reading Age of Innocence (should be done tomorrow), followed by Samurai's Garden.

73whymaggiemay
jul. 4, 2008, 3:18 pm

#67, Glad to hear you liked it. It's been on my wish list for awhile, so now I'll have to get it from the library. Recently finished a re-read of The Grapes of Wrath, which, as you said, has the family leaving. It will be interesting to find out the other story.

74Abraxas3d
jul. 5, 2008, 9:55 pm

I'm reading JunkBots, Bugbots, and Bots on Wheels: Building Simple Robots With BEAM Technology and enjoying it thoroughly. I'm about to build a few of the projects in the book with my kids, and it works out well because we're studying "Energy" this summer.

75TeacherDad
jul. 7, 2008, 1:25 pm

starting 2 today: A Wrinkle in Time and Mr Sebastian and the Negro Magician...

although I shouldn't be reading anything at all -- ever have one of the tests, no matter how imminent and important, that you just can't seem to study for?

76Accalia
jul. 9, 2008, 11:49 pm

Finished Panic in Level 4 and Snuff. I will now head into Geek Love, been looking forward to all the reading free time!

77bardsfingertips
jul. 10, 2008, 3:58 am

Geek Love is great!

I heard not-that-great things about Snuff, though...

78ronincats
jul. 10, 2008, 7:22 pm

bought and read Steven Brust's new book, Jhegaala, today!

79pinklady60
jul. 10, 2008, 8:52 pm

I just finished Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang. It's a fantastic memoir of her family spanning three generations during the 20th Century. If you want to learn more about the history of China during this time, including the political and military turmoil, this is a must read.

80suzecate
jul. 11, 2008, 10:11 am

In the last week, I finished Northanger Abbey, Book by Book, Extras, and The Year of Living Biblically. Extras was a turnip, but the others were all quite enjoyable.

I'm currently midway through The English American.

I haven't made any progress on Three Cups of Tea, although I need to restart soon because my deadline is in a week.

81bardsfingertips
jul. 11, 2008, 12:29 pm

I actually paused reading The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov to read a book loaned to me called Forever Peace; an interesting and somewhat depressing (thus far) sci-fi piece.

82apmullaly
jul. 14, 2008, 12:31 pm

I'll have to look out for that one. I've always loved Brust's Jhereg series.

83TeacherDad
jul. 14, 2008, 11:58 pm

picked up Atonement, Pratchett's Night Watch, and several volumes of FullMetal Alchemist at the ol' library today...

#80 -- I really enjoyed "YofLB" but think his Know It All was even funnier/better...

84Kittycat282
jul. 17, 2008, 9:56 am

I am reading spectre by william shatner (a star trek) novel

85suzecate
jul. 19, 2008, 10:21 am

Aquest missatge ha estat suprimit pel seu autor.

86suzecate
Editat: jul. 19, 2008, 10:36 am

83 - I'm with you there; The Know-It-All was hilarious. I love that Jacobs can laugh at his neuroses.

Books finished in the last week were The English American, Wicked Lovely, and Pride and Prescience - all decent but disappointing.

I wish I could say I finished Three Cups of Tea, but I only made it 160 pages or so before my reading group meeting. I started so early but then I procrastinated because I didn't want to finish too soon only to be caught off-guard with a crazy few days at the end with almost no reading time. Ach. I'll finish this weekend. Next month is Marley and Me.

Besides TCoT, I'm currently reading Sexy Origins and Intimate Things. It's highly entertaining, though somehow I doubt this is the sort of trivia book that would help one on Jeopardy! - pity. *g*

87whymaggiemay
jul. 21, 2008, 3:07 pm

Started Made in the U.S.A. yesterday, and breezed through the first half. It's engaging and I love the character of Fate but, for my liking, it's too similar to Where the Heart Is.

#86 - You'll love Marley and Me, but keep the kleenex nearby. Quick read, but I wouldn't have chosen it for a book club -- not much substance to discuss.

88suzecate
jul. 22, 2008, 9:12 pm

87 - Even as a cat person? I thought it a surprising book club choice, too.

89bardsfingertips
jul. 23, 2008, 12:06 am

Sexy Origins is such a fun book.

:)

90bardsfingertips
jul. 23, 2008, 4:18 pm

I just finished Forever Peace.

You can read my review...but I should state I was not very nice.

91bardsfingertips
jul. 28, 2008, 6:19 pm

I started reading my first James Bond book, Thunderball, this weekend.

James is a bit of a jerk in book form; but I am really enjoying Fleming's style of wit & writing.

92suzecate
jul. 28, 2008, 6:43 pm

I finished TCoT and Tone Deaf and All Thumbs? (the subtitle is misleading - it's about music and neuroscience). I currently have going Austenland, Inside Music, Interred with Their Bones (a murder mystery set at the London Old Globe), and Sexy Origins....

93bardsfingertips
Editat: jul. 29, 2008, 10:17 am

Are you still having fun with Sexy Origins, Chanale?

He has another book, more g-rated, called Extraordinary origins of everyday things. It has the best explination of where Easter comes from than any other book i have read before. (So it is known: I am such a trivia freak. It used to be much worse when I was a nerdy teen---and preteen. Then I discovered the horror genre & literature and I am less rabid about it now. Nevertheless, I will still buy a new Bathroom Reader whenever I see one I do not already have; assuming it is on sale, that is.)

94suzecate
jul. 29, 2008, 1:14 pm

Most definitely. I'm only about 130 pages into it so far, but it's the perfect sort of book for reading a bit here and there while waiting for web pages to load. I no longer read encyclopedias and almanacs for fun as I did when younger, so I suspect I've been downgraded from trivia freak to mere geek.

95whymaggiemay
jul. 30, 2008, 12:21 pm

Reading Cures for Heartache by Margot Rabb (touchstones not working). A nice original character voice.

96pinklady60
jul. 30, 2008, 7:44 pm

I'm about 150 pages into A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. Not really enjoying it and considering giving up. Does it get any better or just more of the same? Has anyone out there read it and did you enjoy it?

97normanbr
Editat: ag. 3, 2008, 4:56 pm

I just finsiehd A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. Excellent read!

Then I started the second edition of Eugene V. Debs; Citizen and Socialist by Nick Salvatore when my July Early Review book, Sweetsmoke by David Fuller arrived yesterday, so I set aside the Debs book and am a third of the way through Sweetsmoke.

98suzecate
Editat: ag. 4, 2008, 3:26 pm

96 - We both enjoyed A Short History of Nearly Everything overall, but for me, it got more interesting when Bryson got around to the anecdotes about scientists. I listened to it on unabridged CDs, and C got the illustrated book, which I would recommend searching out at the library if you're having a hard time getting into it.

In the last week, I finished Austenland, Interred with Their Bones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Watcher's Guide and Breaking Dawn. All three were decent but unremarkable. It turns out that Interred started at the Globe but ended up on a wild goose chase à la Da Vinci Code; occasionally the intertwining of action and explanation got clunky, but it wasn't bad for a first novel. Austenland was more engaging than the average chick lit, so I was pleased there.
Breaking Dawn was the weakest installment in the Twilight series - I've been addicted despite Bella's dullness.

Ongoing are Inside Music, The Perfect Wrong Note, and Edith Hamilton's The Roman Way. I think I'll start Bel Canto soon. Seeing the announcements at the B&N around the corner for Ann Patchett's signing reminded me that BC has sat on my shelf unread for a year now.

99ronincats
ag. 4, 2008, 5:53 pm

I really enjoyed Austenland as a light read, probably because I am a huge fan of the A&E production of Pride and Prejudice just like the protagonist. (I would say the only reason I am going to see Mamma Mia is to watch Colin Firth in it--but it would be only half true, I want to see Meryl Streep's performance in it too.) I don't read much chick lit, so it made a clever change of pace for me.

100suzecate
ag. 4, 2008, 6:13 pm

I love, love, love P&P '95. I heard Mamma Mia! is atrocious, but I was considering seeing it for that reason, too (what a sucker I am for Mr. Darcy).

101pinklady60
ag. 4, 2008, 8:08 pm

#98 - - I did finish A Short History of Nearly Everything and am glad I did. Right after I posted here saying I wasn't enjoying it, the book seemed to pick up speed. Not being a science buff, I learned a lot and found many sections interesting - - especially about cells, bacteria, and evolution. And, of course, I always enjoy Bryson's wry humor.

102bardsfingertips
ag. 6, 2008, 4:26 pm

Hey, we broke 100 posts on this subject :^)

103bardsfingertips
ag. 12, 2008, 12:12 pm

The book I last read, which I finished well over a week ago, was Thunderball, my first James Bond novel. I enjoyed the writing very much and I found the British style attractive and humorous. I did not like James all that much…but it makes him all the more human rather than the cool-under-pressure manifestation that we all know from the film (except the Daniel Craig film(s)).

Right now, I am reading Fast Food Nation, which is a good, eye-opening read so far. I may never eat at McDonald's again…too bad I like Carl's Jr. so much.

104suzecate
Editat: ag. 12, 2008, 2:52 pm

Once again, I failed to complete library books before they came due, finishing only Committed: a rabble rouser's memoir, which was entertaining. Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee's cover blurb was amusing: "If you read only one book all year (like me), this is it."

I've also been reading Buffy the Vampire Slayer: the watcher's guide, volume 2 and Angel: the casefiles, volume 1 between watching episodes, which explains why I haven't been reading much.

I haven't started Marley and Me yet but need to finish by Friday.

105TeacherDad
ag. 13, 2008, 12:46 am

just recieved an ER book Sweetsmoke, and, since football season is upon us, also have a bookmark in Inside the Helmet...

106normanbr
ag. 14, 2008, 6:51 pm

#105 -- I hope you enjoy Sweetsmoke as much as I did. Let us know what you think of it, please.

107TeacherDad
ag. 16, 2008, 10:50 am

I am really enjoying Sweetsmoke -- got sidetracked for a few days, but should finish & review it this weekend...

108TeacherDad
ag. 19, 2008, 2:02 pm

ok, really enjoyed Sweetsmoke, need to pop up a quick review this afternoon... on to Leonardo and the Mona Lisa and a bunch of Newbery winners (I'm hoping to sub this year, gotta be ready!)...

109bardsfingertips
Editat: ag. 19, 2008, 2:58 pm

My review for Fast Food Nation:

What a great book! In spite of its facts and figures, also a flowing read. These are not scare tactics, these are pages dedicated to change. And not just the get-off-fast-food change, but change within workers' rights and the quality of food we eat, and the food served to children in School Lunch programs; of which I have been a part of...and to think, my government fed me that stuff because it was sold as being cheaper than healthier alternatives.

This might be a life changing book for you...it certainly has changed my outlook on many things.

----

Now, I am caught in between books and my dedication to them...

With that in mind, for a quick read I am going to read Lullaby

110bardsfingertips
ag. 26, 2008, 3:50 pm

I read Lullaby and enjoyed it. Though, for me it just seemed like there were a lot of holes on the story, but I think it's just Palahniuk's sparse & minimal writing that made it feel like that.

In the end, the whole story comes full circle and it all makes sense. I still love the book Fight Club, and I love it much more than I will ever love Lullaby...but I did enjoy it, and it was a fast read.

Just for kicks, I decided to reread The Lord of the Rings. I enjoyed it so much when I read it before, that I feel like (now that my sleeping trouble has been all but cured) that reading it now will only get better as I get older.

111suzecate
Editat: ag. 27, 2008, 10:21 am

I'm on vacation in Baltimore right now. Other than finishing Marley and Me, I didn't read much of anything in the week and a half before leaving.

I brought with me a couple Rex Stout paperbacks and a P. D. James, but instead I've been raiding the in-laws' bookshelves. I started with Deja Dead, then moved onto Death du Jour (both by Kathy Reichs, and now that I've had my fill of decomposing corpses and serial killers, I'm reading Elements of Style by Wendy Wasserstein, which is set in post-9/11 New York high society.

112bardsfingertips
ag. 27, 2008, 1:05 pm

So, I was being a big nerd and ended up finding something on the Penguin Classics' webpage: discussion question for a whole slew of books!

Here's the link: http://us.penguingroup.com/static/html/readingguides/title.html

Enjoy, and tell me what you think.

113charicecakes
set. 6, 2008, 1:43 pm

I'm currently reading The Unwanted:A Memoir of Childhood by Kien Nguyen. This book is arousing many emotions in me...

114TeacherDad
set. 10, 2008, 1:50 pm

bard, nice find on the penguin site...

my reading now is all text book, text book, text book, I'm afraid... (actually, I enjoy it, and kinda feel guilty for not wanting any fiction on the night stand)...

115poetontheone
set. 10, 2008, 4:03 pm

I'm reading Remy de Gourmont's The Angels of Perversity.

#113 - hi babe. I love you. :)

116suzecate
Editat: oct. 19, 2008, 5:29 pm

In the last six weeks, I've read Not Quite Dead Enough by Rex Stout, Charm City: a walk through Baltimore, Nobody's Princess (YA), Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, The Search for God at Harvard, Water for Elephants (Sept. book group selection), and Operating Instructions (Oct. selection).

I'm at various stages of reading The Rest Falls Away (vampires in Regency England), The 19th Wife, Raising a Bilingual Child, and The Silent Speaker (a Nero Wolfe mystery currently misplaced).

117TeacherDad
oct. 19, 2008, 7:51 pm

you've been busy! ...but could you pick a favorite?

118suzecate
Editat: oct. 19, 2008, 10:56 pm

Aquest missatge ha estat suprimit pel seu autor.

119suzecate
Editat: oct. 19, 2008, 10:57 pm

Hands down: Fingersmith. I loved the style, the atmosphere, the twists.

120bardsfingertips
oct. 20, 2008, 1:28 pm

I finally finished Lord of the Rings over the weekend. It was sad and lovely, actually...

I had also started The Gunslinger and am nearly finished with it. I think I'll continue that series.

121bardsfingertips
oct. 22, 2008, 11:48 am

I finished The Gunslinger. I feel like it was just a mere 230 page-long introduction to a much bigger work...

Well, on with The Drawing of the Three...

122suzecate
oct. 22, 2008, 12:17 pm

I tried to read Drawing many years ago but gave up on it. Perhaps if I'd read Gunslinger first . . .

***

I'm still reading vampire fluff. I'll get back to The 19th Wife once it's out of my system.

123bardsfingertips
oct. 22, 2008, 12:26 pm

Yeah, I tried the same a long time ago...but in audio format (King usually reads the Dark Tower Series himself). And it made no sense to me.

124suzecate
oct. 28, 2008, 8:28 pm

I've been reading little other than ballot measures and vampire books. In the last week I finished The Rest Falls Away:, Rises the Night, and The Bleeding Dusk. I was in the middle of When Twilight Burns when my book got drowned in iced tea, so I may have to get another copy (it has been in front of a fan for the last day).

Yesterday and today I read more from The 19th Wife and started Cover Her Face, the first P. D. James novel.

125bardsfingertips
oct. 29, 2008, 3:00 pm

I wish I could read as fast as you, Chanale ;-)

126suzecate
oct. 29, 2008, 3:16 pm

It's easy - just go for the fluff. :)

127suzecate
nov. 5, 2008, 4:41 pm

I finished When Twilight Burns and plan to finish The 19th Wife (at long last) and cover Her Face before starting anything new.

128normanbr
Editat: nov. 5, 2008, 6:04 pm

I am about to embark on a journey of Marcel Proust's six-volume novel, In Search of Lost Time, which has been touted as one of the best novels of the 20th Century.

I've been reading as much as I can about the author in order to grasp more of the details of his conplicated life and work.

So far I have read, Proust in Love by William C. Carter, How Proust Can Change Your Life by Allain de Botton, currently reading Proust's Way; A Field Guide to In Search of Lost Time by Roger Shattuck and have ordered Marcel Proust; A Biography by George D. Painter

Any suggestions from anyone as to books to read beforehand or tips of any nature?

129bardsfingertips
nov. 5, 2008, 7:30 pm

That's awesome, Normanbr. I would love to read them someday.

One of the things that holds me back from doing so is that most editions I've come across have rather dense print. I do not mind when print is small, but I do like spaces between the lines.

I would love to read Proust; after all, I believe that I involve myself greatly in involuntary memory---it would be nice to read what sparked that interest in psychology circles.

Speaking of long novels, I am still reading The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I am on the third volume of the series, The Waste Lands. I plan on reading all seven all the way through.

130cshigh
nov. 5, 2008, 9:56 pm

I just started reading The New Annotated Dracula. A fantastic story I haven't read since I was very young (the only book to ever give me nightmares) and the annotations are extremely thorough and insightful. What's really great is the editor, Leslie S. Klinger, does the annotations as if the events really took place, which adds a fun depth to what is a surprisingly inconsistent and contradictory novel. I'm totally hooked on it!

131bardsfingertips
nov. 13, 2008, 4:34 pm

I love annotated books.

I am now starting Wizard and Glass.

If you wish to read them, I posted reviews on the previous books: The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, and The Waste Lands.

I am really enjoying this series.

Onward!

132suzecate
nov. 13, 2008, 8:45 pm

I'm still reading Cover Her Face, The 19th Wife is on hold, I started to read Shelf Life but it came due before I could finish, and I thought I had to start reading My Sister's Keeper for my reading group, but I had the wrong week, so as it turns out I don't have to rush.

133TeacherDad
nov. 14, 2008, 4:09 pm

just picked up the best American nonrequired reading 2008 and finding it very entertaining/hilarious...

134suzecate
nov. 19, 2008, 2:40 pm

I finished Cover Her Face, The 19th Wife, and My Sister's Keeper (which I liked until the gag-inducing ending).

I started The Fight for English: How Language Pundits, Ate, Shot, and Left and A Certain Slant of Light (YA ghost story).

135anglimuse
nov. 24, 2008, 10:00 pm

I've just begun Watching the English by Kate Fox. I suppose it's popular anthropology, focusing on the "rules" behind English behavio(u)r patterns. It's a good read - especially for Anglophiles.

136bardsfingertips
nov. 25, 2008, 3:17 pm

I left my book at my girlfriend's house over the weekend, so yesterday I read The Magical Worlds of Lord of the Rings.

I learned a bit from it...and I posted a small review.

137mgbooks
des. 1, 2008, 11:31 am

I'm reading an Advance Reading Copy of The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines.

138suzecate
Editat: des. 1, 2008, 1:20 pm

anglimuse - I've had my eye on that one. I should give it a bump up on my to-read list.

I finished The Fight for English, A Certain Slant of Light (YA ghost story), Darcy's Story, and Enduring Love (interesting in a freaky way but not among McEwan's best).

I'm currently reading Shelf Life (a memoir of a novelist turned bookstore employee), The Bilingual Edge, and Gaiman's latest, The Graveyard Book (YA).

139bardsfingertips
des. 1, 2008, 3:11 pm

It's funny, Chanale, I clicked on Enduring Love and the first review says: "One of McEwan's best." I had to laugh aloud to that.

Suffice to say, I had never read any of his books. I would like to read either Atonement or The Cement Garden.

140suzecate
des. 1, 2008, 3:46 pm

That's a funny coincidence!

I'm hoping to reread Atonement this month; The Cement Garden I've never read.

141ahgonzales
des. 13, 2008, 6:42 pm

bardsfingertips: Did you finish Wizard and Glass? I'm having a hard time getting through it, although I know it's supposed to be a reader-favorite. Kind of boring to me, but what do you think? I started the series last month, but so far I've like the other three much much better.

143pinklady60
des. 14, 2008, 1:00 pm

I just finished The Fallen by T. Jefferson Parker. It's a crime drama that takes place in San Diego, and was kind of fun to read about places I recognized, the corruption of local politicians, San Diego's scandalous pension fund, etc.

144bardsfingertips
des. 15, 2008, 11:44 am

ahgonzales

Gosh this book is looooong! But I just have 100 pages left! Nevertheless, once the romance is figured out by others and the threats become more real, the story get much better.

But, yes, i agree with you.

I think I am going to give it 3.5 stars.

145suzecate
des. 15, 2008, 1:52 pm

I finished The Graveyard Book, The Society of S (a Mysterious Galaxy recommendation - excellent YA fantasy/mystery), and Sweet Love. Still ongoing is my vampire anthology reading, and I just started The Gun Seller (I'm a Jeeves & Wooster fan and was tickled when I heard Hugh Laurie wrote a book).

146bardsfingertips
des. 19, 2008, 12:26 pm

Finally finished Wizard and Glass! Oh, my goodness, that took a lot longer than I wanted it to.

I wrote a review.

I am going to take a break from the Tower and go down another road for a while... I'll be reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

147TeacherDad
des. 21, 2008, 12:42 am

I was thinking of picking up The Road again soon (a bit bleak for the season though) -- working on Animal Farm this weekend...

148suzecate
des. 23, 2008, 3:42 pm

I finished Shelf Life (at long last). Current books are The Gun Seller and Pride and Prejudice.

149Porius
des. 23, 2008, 10:45 pm

currently reading The Letters of Leonard Woolf. Fin: For Your Eyes Only, Letters of Robertson Davies.

150bardsfingertips
des. 26, 2008, 12:39 pm

I finished The Road on the 24th, now I am going to read Watchmen before the film gets released.

I have a review posted about the former ;-)

151suzecate
des. 30, 2008, 3:44 pm

This past week I read The Long Way Home. I'm actively reading The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British, which I spotted at Book Works, and Neptune Noir (essays on Veronica Mars). Several other books are on the back burner.

152bardsfingertips
des. 30, 2008, 3:53 pm

I think I want that book! A Field Guide to the British! That sounds awesome :-)

153Porius
des. 31, 2008, 12:02 am

does the Field Guide come with binocs? I've just started for the umteenth time Robert Lynd's PLEASURES OF IGNORANCE. I'm comfortable with the subject.

154suzecate
des. 31, 2008, 3:09 pm

No, a monocle. ;-)

155pinklady60
des. 31, 2008, 9:27 pm

My last book of 2008 - - Rain of Gold by Victor Villasenor. The biography of his family, written from tales handed down through 3 generations and how they came to the US from Mexico.

156TeacherDad
gen. 1, 2009, 12:38 pm

I've read Rain of Gold -- good one! I just started Rock On, and I guess today's the day to start a new "50 book challenge" thread...

Happy New Year to all!

157pinklady60
juny 10, 2009, 10:32 pm

Wow, no one has posted on this thread for 6 months. Can that be correct? Maybe this will get it started again.

I just finished reading Still Alice by Lisa Genova, a heartbreaking story of a Harvard psychology professor and linguistics expert who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers Disease. This was an eye-opening book of particular interest to me because I believe my husband is exhibiting some of the signs of dementia, although he hasn't been officially diagnosed yet. The book is written from the perspective of Alice, the sufferer, and gave me lots of insight into feelings my husband may be going through.

158absurdeist
Editat: juny 11, 2009, 12:46 am

157...that book has an incredibly high rating - 4.52 w/over 300 users. Definitely have to check that out.

I've never posted here before; I live an hour-and-a-half north of you fine folks. I much prefer S.D. to L.A. And your founder is a real cool cat!

I'm reading Kenelm Chillingly by Edward Bulwer-Lytton at the moment. Don't know what it's all about yet, other than this kid - Kenelm Chillingly - is a bit precocious and I'm betting possesed with metaphysical powers.

159bardsfingertips
juny 11, 2009, 12:22 pm

Sorry, Pinklady...been a busy lad :-(

But, I shall be posting here more.

For one, I finished Broken Angels. Great series thus far, but the first book was better.

Right now, I am tackling a bunch of stuff... I am reading Angels and Demons so I can give it back. It's actually good light reading to do before you go to bed...less stuff to think about. I am also re-reading Stranger in a Strange Land, but the original, uncut version. I loved this book then, and I am loving it even more now. I've also decided to add Children of Dune to the mix.

So...that's all for now... I am back to public transportation to work, so I'll get much more reading done (assuming I get enough sleep).

160TeacherDad
juny 15, 2009, 1:31 am

I just finished The Adrian Mole Diaries or The Secret Diaries of Adrian Mole (I see by the touchstones there are several of them -- off to the bookstore!)... I'm fairly sure I read the first one, but yo no se...

Started Catfish and Mandala about a man returning to Viet Nam; given our large Vietnamese population, wonder if it's been a city reading choice? it's good so far...

161suzecate
juny 15, 2009, 5:52 pm

157 - I've been posting what I read in the "50 book..." thread.

I'm currently reading Unaccustomed Earth (Jhumpa Lahiri) and One Foot in the Grave (Jeaniene Frost).

162pinklady60
juny 17, 2009, 8:23 pm

TeacherDad, I enjoyed Catfish and Mandala a couple of years ago when I read it. Although it draws a wonderful picture of the country and culture of Viet Nam, it's much more than a travelogue.

163ronincats
juny 17, 2009, 8:57 pm

Aquest missatge ha estat suprimit pel seu autor.

164ronincats
Editat: juny 17, 2009, 9:01 pm

I've been posting my reads in my thread on the "75 book challenge" here

Right now I'm reading The Magician's Book by Laura Miller, her discussion of coming back to the Chronicles of Narnia as an adult.

165bardsfingertips
jul. 7, 2009, 1:13 pm

All righty! I finished The Chamber of Secrets & Stranger in a Strange Land, the latter I gave 5 stars to, of course. ;-)

Now... I am dedicated to Children of Dune. So far, I am enjoying it more than Dune Messiah.

I should be starting The Prisoner of Azkaban soon, but I may take a short hiatus between the two books.

166Winter_Maiden
Editat: jul. 10, 2009, 11:11 am

I'm re-reading the Mary Stewart romantic suspense novels that introduced me to grown-up books when I was a child. Currently up, Wildfire at Midnight, which has all the elements of classic Stewart: travelogue (Isle of Skye), mystery plot (serial killer in remote community), mysteriously motivated and possibly guilty love interest (an "all dark and damn-your-eyes" novelist), a location haunted by an immanent past (pagan British), and a strong flavor of post-war upper-middle-class Britain still clinging to pre-war manners and standards.

I read multiple non-fiction works simultaneously. Currently up: Larry Tye's Satchel, about the great pitcher and personality, who turns out to have been a very canny man who deliberately crafted his image to negotiate the Jim Crow South & The Annotated Archy and Mehitabel, which puts the philosophically-oriented ramblings of the vers-libre cockroach into the contexts of the original New York Sun newspaper columns by Don Marquis, with editorial annotations. Neat.

167pinklady60
jul. 13, 2009, 9:51 pm

I've read 2 outstanding memoirs in the last few weeks by the same author, Loung Ung. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers tells her story as a five year old girl who flees Phnom Penh with her family during the 1975 revolution of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime, leaving her life of privilege to endure brutal treatment, loneliness, and starvation. This story is followed up with Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites With the Sister She Left Behind, which begins when Ung comes to the USA with her older brother.

The first book was particularly powerful, in my opinion, and left a lasting impression on me.

168Winter_Maiden
jul. 14, 2009, 12:47 am

I've heard very good things about those books, especially the first.

169Winter_Maiden
jul. 14, 2009, 12:52 am

I'm taking a break from Mary Stewart to read one of my backlog of Georgette Heyers that have been arriving in the mail. This one is Cousin Kate, which is sort of her Northanger Abbey.

Also re-reading The Legacy of Persia, a book that inflamed my imagination when I was in my mid-teens, and inspired a life-long interest in the culture of Iran. As dated as it is (it's very big on the concept of national character), it is still a delightful read. Iran/Persia is one of those countries that seems to inspire passionate devotion in its visitors.

170bardsfingertips
ag. 3, 2009, 5:25 pm

I finally finished Children of Dune. To be truthful, I really enjoyed it. I am nearly done with the 3rd year at Hogwarts, too.

171whymaggiemay
ag. 4, 2009, 5:02 pm

About 1/2 through Cutting for Stone which is an excellent novel and is really driving me to read it. Will begin Hide-and-Seek With Angels on the ride home tonight.

172suzecate
ag. 4, 2009, 11:38 pm

I've mostly been reading vampire books lately, including Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost and the Sookie Stackhouse series. Ah, escapism.

173whymaggiemay
ag. 10, 2009, 2:41 pm

Started Yellow Raft in Blue Water and The Lost City of Z, but quite good, but very different.

174TeacherDad
ag. 16, 2009, 12:07 am

just finished Art Kills -- absolutely awful, don't bother -- and started Guns of the South, so far so good...

175bardsfingertips
ag. 17, 2009, 12:00 am

I am reading Neverwhere right now. I am half weay through and I keep asking the book, "Why is this not a comic book?"

It is quite good.

176suzecate
ag. 26, 2009, 12:08 am

I finished The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (ugh) and started a fluffy humor book.

177bardsfingertips
set. 3, 2009, 11:30 am

So, Neverwhere was a lot of fun, and I can see why it has the following it has. I also have a new punny joke I can torture people with.

Right now, I am reading a few books. One is Molloy by Mister Beckett (so far so good, and not as difficult as I thought it would be). I am reading The goblet of fire, thought I would never enjoy that series as much as I am. And, from the suggestion of a new friend, I am reading Journey To Ixtlan. I was told I would appreciate the works of Tom Robbins much more if I were to take that route.

178bardsfingertips
nov. 5, 2009, 12:27 pm

I posted a review for Needful Things.

;-)

179suzecate
Editat: nov. 11, 2009, 6:41 pm

I've been reading almost nothing. I got through most of Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You, part of The Meaning of Wife, and part of How Sex Works (evolutionary science, not a manual!). Oh, and the backs of cereal boxes. :)

I tried to listen to Stardust on audio CD (read by Neil himself), but I just couldn't do it. Audiobooks and I just don't get along - I miss my exits driving, and I don't retain much. I am tempted to read along while I listen at home, at least for a couple chapters.

180pinklady60
nov. 12, 2009, 8:34 pm

I just finished reading The Gravedigger's Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates. I think this may end up being one of my favorites for 2009.

In 1936 a Jewish immigrant family, desperate to escape Nazi Germany, settles in a small town in upstate New York, where the father finds work as cemetery caretaker and gravedigger, a demeaning job for a former school teacher. After many years of prejudice and abuse, the daughter Rebecca begins a new life, reinventing herself as Hazel Jones and raising a child with exceptional musical talent.

The storyline in this book reminded me of Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser in that both Carrie and Rebecca suppress the secrets of their pasts and do what is necessary for survival. Strong characters and many emotional and painful themes.

181bardsfingertips
nov. 13, 2009, 1:05 pm

I am totally on a Stephen King kick right now. It must be because he latest novel is a BIG one, just breaching 1000 pages called Under The Dome. I have entertained the idea that it's really just the plot of the Simpsons' Movie, but I won't go there.

Anyway, I just finished a great little nonfiction called The Purity Myth. I should write a review/essay for it within the next few days...

I am now reading 'Salem's Lot. I am still on The Broom of the System, which is quite good. I need to start a book I borrowed from a friend called A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. Oh, and I started to reread It before bed. Books have never frightened me, so I am safe ;-)

I am trying to read a book of mine called Sick: anthology of illness, but short story collections have always just taken me a lot longer. Less goal fulfillment, mayhaps....

Thanks for posting, friends!

182bardsfingertips
des. 4, 2009, 12:02 pm

I just posted some new reviews.

And I am about halfway through Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King (I'm on a kick, I know...)

183krtierney
des. 30, 2009, 3:08 pm

I've been slogging my way through The Gold Bug Variations for over a month now. It's not that I don't like it, but for some reason it's a really slow read.

184bardsfingertips
des. 30, 2009, 3:49 pm

I finished Broom of the System, A walk in the woods, and Wolves of the Calla.

Right now, I am halfway through the fourth Harry Potter book.

185bardsfingertips
gen. 15, 2010, 12:05 pm

I am reading a wonderfully entertaining and thought-provoking book called Kafka on the Shore.

186pinklady60
gen. 16, 2010, 8:58 pm

I just finished reading New York by Edward Rutherfurd, a book I received for Christmas. This is my first experience reading Rutherfurd, but probably not my last. His writing reminded me a lot of James Michener, one of my favorite authors.

This novel brings to life the momentous events that shaped New York from the city’s founding to present day - - the Revolutionary War, the explosion and effect of immigration, the trials of World War II, the near-demise of New York in the 1970s, and its rebirth in the ‘90s. It tells the story of several fictional families and their descendants by weaving them in and out of historical situations, having them interact not only with each other, but also with significant historical figures.

187ronincats
gen. 16, 2010, 11:48 pm

I'm setting aside the latest Jasper Fforde, Shades of Grey, for the moment to finally read Three Cups of Tea for a discussion group.

188TeacherDad
Editat: gen. 27, 2010, 7:33 pm

(been awhile, see if I remember how to do this:) Shades of Grey is next on my list, whenever Son #1 finishes it; just finished You Shall Know Our Velocity and picked up The Golems of Gotham (why? cool cover)...

never sure why I can't get all the titles right...

189ronincats
gen. 27, 2010, 8:22 pm

Finished Shades of Grey on Monday--see my review on the book page. The Sorceress of Karres is next.

190WordMaven
gen. 27, 2010, 9:16 pm

Reading Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd. Excellent read; it's already kept me up past my bed time a few nights. It's funny and sad and informative and enlightening and is a perfect fit for my current Pink Floyd Revival.

Poor Syd. :-(

191bardsfingertips
gen. 28, 2010, 2:21 pm

Poor Syd indeed. I'd like to read that.

192WordMaven
gen. 28, 2010, 6:34 pm

I highly recommend it. They had several copies at Border's MV when I got mine along with my new Wish You Were Here CD. Going back this weekend for Animals.

193bardsfingertips
Editat: feb. 5, 2010, 1:13 pm

I just wanted to say that Kafka on the Shore was an excellent book for me. I finally wrote a review. I still have several other reviews to write. I neglected January for doing reviews. I need to catch up!

194bardsfingertips
jul. 29, 2010, 2:46 pm

Anyone? No love? Hello?

195TeacherDad
Editat: ag. 2, 2010, 11:14 am

guess none of us read any more... ; )

I've polished off The Passage and The Keep so far this summer, liked 'em both a lot, and just started Remarkable Creatures -- very interesting, about Darwin and others discovering species and developing theories...

196ronincats
jul. 29, 2010, 11:45 pm

I've been reading fantasy--some favorite rereads in the Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones and the Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix, and read the Robert Fagles translation of the Aeneid.

197pinklady60
jul. 30, 2010, 5:50 pm

I've just finished White Fang, a classic by Jack London and Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, about Paul Farmer, an infectious disease specialist, who serves the poorest of the poor in Haiti.

198TeacherDad
jul. 30, 2010, 10:14 pm

love White Fang! It's going on the re-read soon list...

199marietherese
ag. 1, 2010, 6:34 pm

At the moment, I'm reading Anne Allison's Permitted and prohibited desires : mothers, comics, and censorship in Japan (which is excellent and very thought-provoking); Siren Songs; King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes and, for something a bit lighter, Mary Stewart's My Brother Michael.

200bardsfingertips
ag. 2, 2010, 3:06 am

I am reading a fun book I am borrowing from a coworker called Monster Hunter International. It is quite enjoyable thus far.

201GlendaHam
Editat: ag. 5, 2010, 3:31 pm

I recently joined the Alliance francaise and they have a nice little library of French books, so I am currently reading l'elegance du herisson (The Elegance of the Hedgehog) in the original.

202WordMaven
ag. 20, 2010, 4:47 pm

I aM SO late to this party!! Sorry! I finished (and reviewed) the gawd-awful Girl w/Dragon Tattoo a month ago. My big thrill this year has been books on CD; I hope they count! I'm listening to JAWS right now. I never read the book, but saw the movie of course, when it came out. I was in 11th grade and afraid that Land Shark was gonna get me in the shower! :-D

I finished ANGELOLOGY on CD and enjoyed it. No way I could read that book. Too many details and meanderings.

What next? I'm in the sweet spot: time to choose a new book from the vastness.

203TeacherDad
ag. 26, 2010, 12:59 am

I never thought audio books should "count" until my sons and I listened to First Among Sequels during a 1000+ mile road trip, and it was purty darn close to being as interesting and involved as reading the words myself...

That said, I just finished Chuck Klosterman's IV: A Decade of Curious People... and found it as hilarious and thought-provoking as he usually is, and am almost finished with Jennifer Egan's Visit From the Goon Squad...

204suzecate
ag. 26, 2010, 3:57 pm

I wish I could listen to (or more accurately, retain anything I hear from) audiobooks - I would get so much more reading done. I did listen to the audiobooks for Great Expectations and David Copperfield earlier this year because I really enjoyed Martin Jarvis's performances, but I had to read along with my paperbacks.

205TeacherDad
ag. 27, 2010, 11:54 am

In the middle of the perfect (or worst?) book for our weather: Skeletons on the Zahara, shipwrecked sailors captured as slaves in the desert. Every chapter makes me thirstier and thirstier...

206bardsfingertips
ag. 27, 2010, 11:59 am

Speaking of shipwreck, I am reading Shogun right now. So far, I really like it. It is quite adventure.

207GlendaHam
Editat: ag. 27, 2010, 4:43 pm

I liked shogun a lot .. in fact I liked all of James Clavell's books!
I'm currently reading La gourmandise by Muriel Barbery, the same person who wrote l'elegance du Herisson Nothing like reading about the joy of eating from a Frenchwoman. Do they ever know about good food!

208WordMaven
ag. 30, 2010, 3:39 pm

Currently listening to The Idiot by Dostoyevsky on a Naxos CD. Micheal Sheen is the reader and he is so good. He recorded this one 15 years ago before he was so well-known here in America. I'd love to read along but I can't find the translation he's reading from. I mean, I can't identify the translation. Oh well. It's still very interesting.

209poetontheone
set. 30, 2010, 2:13 am

I've started in on Celine's Journey to the End of the Night.

210pinklady60
set. 30, 2010, 6:54 pm

Just started Claire Tomalin's biography of one of my favorite authors, Thomas Hardy.

211WordMaven
oct. 2, 2010, 7:25 pm

Just finished listening to both Flavia de Luc novels on CD and started Pirate Lattitudes on CD today. I love books on CD but they're making me lazy!

212absurdeist
oct. 3, 2010, 11:23 pm

Bard! I'm way late to the party, but let me say that besides Dune, Children of Dune is easily the best of Herbert's Dune series. Glad you liked it. Dune Messiah, Herbert said, was always meant to be a transitional novel in the Dune universe, which may account for why most Dune readers have found it to be so ... lackluster, disappointing. I know I sure did.

I'm reading The Black Corridor by Michael Moorcock and loving it. It's post-apocalyptic fiction from a decidedly lonely perspective.

Also reading Joseph Frank's Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time ... enlightening ... an education ... excellent!

213ronincats
oct. 3, 2010, 11:30 pm

Just finished The Shadow Pavilion, the fourth in the Detective Inspector Chen fantasy series. This is a great series!

214pinklady60
oct. 5, 2010, 6:52 pm

I'm about half way through Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult. I love the way she tackles controversial issues. This time it's about a wrongful birth lawsuit by the mother of a little girl born with OI (osteogenesis imperfecta), a collagen defect that causes brittle bones.

215bardsfingertips
oct. 10, 2010, 12:42 am

212: I did enjoy Children of Dune very much.

216WordMaven
oct. 17, 2010, 4:59 pm

This is the best reading weather! Now reading Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum.

217WordMaven
oct. 23, 2010, 5:43 pm

Freaky Enriquey, can you enlighten me from reading this book on Dostoevsky---what was the big deal on The Idiot? I think I missed something...

218bookwoman247
nov. 5, 2010, 8:27 am

I'm reading Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges. I'm loving it! It feels very much like the literary version of an M.C. Escher painting. I think I've stumbled on a new favorite author!

Back in October my favorite read was Willa Cather's My Antonia. Surprisingly, I'd never read it before. It also became a favorite book.

219WordMaven
nov. 5, 2010, 10:56 pm

I love it when I stumble up on a new favorite writer. Congrats, Bookwoman247! I hope the romance lasts.

220bardsfingertips
nov. 7, 2010, 4:13 am

...still reading Shogun...

Stupid (but really good) book for being so long...

221ronincats
nov. 7, 2010, 1:08 pm

Spent the last week of October at Mysterious Galaxy, seems like. Saw both Lois McMaster Bujold and Connie Willis, having read Cryoburn, Blackout, and All Clear the previous week. Also read Pegasus by Robin McKinley, and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, and they ALL were excellent.

222pinklady60
nov. 7, 2010, 7:28 pm

Just finished reading Dracula by Bram Stoker. I can't believe it took me all these years to get around to reading it. Although I'm not a fan of horror novels, I must say I enjoyed this one.

223WordMaven
nov. 10, 2010, 2:16 pm

I read Dracula in my thirties; I, too, took a long time before reading it and it was pretty scary! It still haven't lost its punch. I listened to it on LibriVox a few months back and it amazes me how creepy and scary it is still!

224ahgonzales
des. 14, 2010, 1:20 am

Bard I love Shogun! I've unfortunately had to read too much for school to read many for-fun books, but I am very, very slowly getting trough Moby Dick. I'm sure I'll finish it up over the winter holiday.

225bardsfingertips
maig 11, 2011, 5:07 pm

What is everyone reading?

226suzecate
maig 11, 2011, 7:34 pm

This week I've been reading from Working-Class Women Poets in Victorian Britain: An Anthology, The Poetry of Chartism, The Poetry Toolkit, The Making of a Sonnet, A Serious Occupation: Literary Criticism by Victorian Women Writers, Victorian Poetry As Cultural Critique: The Politics of Performative Language, Victorian Women Poets: Writing Against the Heart, Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Politics and Poetics, and close readings of a half dozen poems in The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Poetry in addition to spending hours poring over an online facsimile of Eliza Cook's Journal (1849).

I haven't had much time for anything else this week between researching and writing. And to think Eliza Cook warned of the dangers of spending too much time with one's nose in a book.

227pinklady60
Editat: maig 13, 2011, 6:29 pm

Just finished Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston. This is a riveting account of the author's 127 hours trapped by a boulder in the Utah desert. He eventually had to amputate his right arm with a dull knife in order to free himself. The story alternates between his previous skiing, biking, and mountain climbing experiences and his entrapment in the Blue John Canyon.

If you enjoy adventure stories, you'll probably enjoy this book. It's probably going to be one of my picks for 2011.

228suzecate
maig 13, 2011, 6:44 pm

pinklady60 - The next time I feel achy after hiking, I won't complain. :o a

I started Skin: Talking About Sex, Class & Literature by Dorothy Allison last night, which is more or less a memoir pieced together from essays she wrote over the years.

229WordMaven
maig 15, 2011, 4:53 pm

Working my way through Anna Karenina right now. I'm about halfway through.

230GlendaHam
Editat: maig 15, 2011, 11:04 pm

After shopping at the Carmel Mountain Borders today (last day... and they are closing their doors) I came home with a windfall of 25 books for about $70. I just started the first one:
the Gangster we are all Looking for by Le Thi Diem Thuy, a Vietnamese woman who ended up here in San Diego. When only a child, she was one of the "boat people" rescued by the Navy. Seeing San Diego as she experienced it is really fascinating.

Wasn't this book that PBS named this as THE book to read this year?

(edited for my lousy spelling)

231mlpicou
maig 16, 2011, 12:07 pm

Re-reading Lawrence Clark Powell - Alchemy of Books, Books in My Baggage, and - when I get around to it - about 6 more by this author. He does repeat himself, however.

232WordMaven
maig 18, 2011, 3:45 pm


The Gangster We Are All Looking For by Le Thi Diem Thuy is currently the One Book selection of the San Diego Public Library. Looks really interesting.

Still making my way through Anna Karenina. At 817 pages, this is the longest book I've ever read. After this, reading a 300-pager will feel like nothing!

233bardsfingertips
Editat: jul. 1, 2011, 10:25 am

That's how I felt after reading Shogun.

234ronincats
jul. 1, 2011, 5:01 pm

I just finished Heartless, the fourth in the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. Fun, tongue-in-cheek, clever steampunk fantasy.

235WordMaven
jul. 3, 2011, 1:55 pm

Wow, she's already up to #4? I read Soulless and Changeless is collecting dust, but I didn't even know she'd published two more.

236ronincats
jul. 3, 2011, 2:09 pm

Yup. Number five is due out next March.

I'm re-reading the first 3 Percy Jackson books so I can finally read the last two. I waited for the 5th to come out in paperback so I had all matching books, and so didn't read #4 until I got the physical copy of number 5, and then realized it had been long enough that I would need to reread the first ones--and now finally have carved out the time. Just starting The Sea of Monsters.

237pinklady60
jul. 3, 2011, 5:03 pm

I just finished Bill Bryson's Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States.

It's an entertaining, anecdotal, if not completely factual, look at the history of the English language in the United States and the evolution of American culture. Bryson’s wry wit kept me chuckling throughout the book.

238TeacherDad
jul. 4, 2011, 11:08 am

I just finished The Gangster We Are All Looking For and Unbroken this weekend -- both good San Diego connection books. Gangster is a quick read, very poetic and personal. I went to Kearny High so knew the neighborhood and families, but of course coming from the other side of the refugee/new country I didn't see or know the painful emotional toll... Unbroken is full of Navy, Asia, and military; very interesting even when hard to read about the suffering and abuse in POW camps.

239WordMaven
jul. 4, 2011, 3:08 pm

I'm finally reading Island of the Blue Dolphins and it's really, really good. It's a quickie for sure; I had to make myself put it down and go to sleep the other night. I never read it before.

I read in the back matter that it was voted one of the top ten American books for children of the last 200 years by Children's Literature Association. I went to their site but I couldn't locate the list. I wonder what else is on that list?

240Keeline
jul. 5, 2011, 11:24 pm

#239,

Of course Island of the Blue Dolphins has a San Diego connection since Scott O'Dell lived in Julian, CA. It also has a Santa Barbara connection where I bought by copy in a used bookstore -- a signed first printing in a dust jacket. This is one of the enduring Newbery award winners.

Here's one brief version of the list to which you refer: http://home.comcast.net/~dwtaylor1/childrensliteleven.html

James

241ronincats
jul. 5, 2011, 11:34 pm

Since it is July Juvenile and YA month over in the 75 book challenge group, I am continuing in that vein after finishing the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series with Elijah of Buxton, a Newbery Honor Book.

242WordMaven
jul. 6, 2011, 3:28 pm

Keeline: Thanks for posting that link.

243suzecate
nov. 9, 2011, 3:01 pm

I recently finished Hard Times and The Mill on the Floss. My current novel is Felix Holt, the Radical, which is slow going so far. Other than that, I've been buried in historical research about Victorian prostitution and magdalen houses in considering the 'fallen woman' as dramatic monologue speaker in Victorian women's poetry (Augusta Webster, Amy Levy, Fanny Forrester).

244GlendaHam
nov. 9, 2011, 11:08 pm

Just finished Chrysalis by Heather Terrell. If you like books about recovering art work stolen by the Nazis in WWII you would like this one..

245WordMaven
nov. 18, 2011, 3:56 pm

I just started Name of the Rose. It's been sitting on my bookshelf for a long time. So far, it looks like a detective story and that is just fine by me.

Perfect reading weather right now!

Glenda: Doesn't Daniel Silva have a main protag who recovers stolen art or some such? His books are very popular, but I haven't read him. Yet.

246bardsfingertips
nov. 23, 2011, 12:37 pm

I am currently reading 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.

:-)

247WordMaven
nov. 29, 2011, 5:19 pm

>246 bardsfingertips:: how is that? I'm terribly curious but I don't feel up to undertaking such a big book right now. I think it's #1 on the NYT Bestseller list this week.

I was reading The Last Werewolf quite happily for about 10 chapters, but the sentence structure started bugging me. At first I felt transported by it, but then after about 50 pages I felt annoyed by it. However, I do have it coming on CD soon so that way I can finish it off. I just hope the reader has a deep, smokey voice fitting of a 200 YO werewolf.

I see a mere 11 days ago I was reading Name of the Rose, which I quickly set aside for The Last Werewolf. Shameless hussy. :-P

248bardsfingertips
des. 8, 2011, 10:00 pm

So far so good. But it is dense and took some time getting to the meat of the story; which is very unlike his other books considering how short they usually are.

249WordMaven
des. 12, 2011, 5:26 pm

>248 bardsfingertips:: Yeah, I aint ready... ;-p

250bardsfingertips
des. 13, 2011, 4:05 pm

By the way, I wrote a review for Norwegian Wood: http://www.librarything.com/work/5860/reviews/54603944

252ronincats
gen. 3, 2012, 6:47 pm

I'm reading The Night Circus.

253WordMaven
gen. 13, 2012, 3:28 pm

I had the Night Circus from the SDPL, but now that I'm back in school, I don't have time to read it, so I returned it. I hope you enjoy it, Ronincats.

Just finished Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston. "Honey I shrunk the grad students!" is a good alternate title. Typical mainstream formulaic fiction and not nearly as good as The Andromeda Strain. Sad that Crichton's gone, though.

254pinklady60
gen. 14, 2012, 4:28 pm

Just finished Fatal Cure by Robin Cook, a medical thriller pretty much like the rest of his books. This one deals with HMOs and managed care, and made me stop and think about the direction the U.S. is heading with its health care system.

255ronincats
gen. 14, 2012, 5:39 pm

I loved The Night Circus--wonderful language and imagery! Strongly recommended. My copy was from the SDPL as well!

256poetontheone
gen. 19, 2012, 10:05 pm

I'm reading The Satanic Verses and The Colossus of Maroussi

257WordMaven
gen. 23, 2012, 3:51 pm

My copy of The Night Circus arriv ed at the SDPL just as my new web development class began, so I had to return it for the next person pretty quickly. I did not get a chance to read it. :-(

On a whim, I picked up A Discovery of Witches and I'm reading that at every spare moment. Really enjoying it. I categorize it along with a few other literary paranormal reads such as Angelology and The Historian.

Cold and rainy today, which I find perfect for lounging under the covers and reading. But I have homework to do.

258pinklady60
gen. 24, 2012, 8:08 pm

Just finished The Chief: The Life of William Randoph Hearst by David Nasaw.

It's a fascinating look at the newspaper and magazine publishing magnate and one of the most important figures in 20th Century America. Although he ran for political office and never won, he was a huge influence on American politics.

The book is over 600 pages, but the storytelling ability of the author, combined with his access to newspaper editorials and correspondence, results in an amazing and informative read. Makes me want to go back and revisit Hearst Castle at San Simeon.

The book includes extensive notes and index.

Winner of the Ambassador Book Award
Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Prize
Winner of the Bancroft Prize

259TeacherDad
feb. 2, 2012, 10:56 pm

I am reading, ever. so. slowly. Stephen King's 11/22/63 -- new job, new crack of dawn hours, new lots of work = dropping off to sleep as soon as I get through just a few pages. But it's well worth it, so far.

260pinklady60
feb. 6, 2012, 2:02 pm

Just finished Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer. The Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer writes about his real life experiences when he escaped from a WWII detention camp in India and made his way to Tibet, where he lived peacefully among the Tibetans until Communist China invaded in 1950.

Although not particularly well written, it’s an interesting story with lots of details about Tibetan culture.

It's an ALA Notable Book and on the list of National Geographic's 100 Greatest Adventure books

261WordMaven
feb. 8, 2012, 4:20 pm

Still reading A Discovery of Witches on my groovy Nook Color ereader.

I don't think the device is as conducive to reading as I'd hoped it would be, but it is great for reading in bed. I don't have to worry about lighting or the weight of the book. It's perfect for reading in bed.

Anyone else want to chime in on what they're noticing about their ereader and its impact on reading habits?

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