What are You Reading in 2009?
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My Profile Page says I'm reading three books, but I haven't picked up the other two in quite some time. And I'm barely reading the above-mentioned at all -- a couple of pages per week. Yet, it's a very good book!
It is The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters.. it's an ARC from vine.
It is like her others, wonderful. I should finish it tonight perhaps?
I review everything I read, and recent reviews can be found on my profile page. Or on Club Read if anyone's also following that group.
I'm currently rereading Anne Fadiman's Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader because when I first read it, I wasn't in the habit of writing reviews, and as Anne has become my favorite Author, I feel like I owe it to her.
The next one will be A Passion for Books, edited by Harold Rabinowitz and Rob Kaplan.
It's a collection of essays, stories, poems, etc... on book-related subjects.
My favorite genre is Books about Books, and I've decided that I've neglected my collection of them for too long now, so for the rest of this year, unless there's a compelling reason to choose otherwise, I'm indulging myself.
I started out just washing bedclothes, ended up switching our winter bedclothes to summer ones on all four beds ( 2 guest rooms ) and doing other laundry, cleaning closets, drawers and the attic. ( a little in the attic) .
Thus I read very little, sadly.
I'm waiting for People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.
Also like Fahrenheit 451, which I read once every few years.
There's Rex Libris, a graphic novel about a librarian, which I have not got my hands on yet. I am not wild about the GN genre, but this one sounds interesting.
I totally love it so far.
Have been reading more non- fiction than in past years. At the top of the list would be The Four Deuces: A Korean War Story by C.S. Crawford followed by two WW2 books writen by Japanese Authors, Japanese Destroyer Captain by Tameichi Hara and Midway the Battle That doomed Japan by Mitsuo Fuchida
Currently reading another military sci-fi Relentless (The Lost Fleet, Book 5) by Jack Campbell
My Wife likes the Aunt Dimity books. She even tried a few of the recipes in the back of them. (I like them).
An interesting read. This is the account of the cruise of the whaleship 'Sharon' out of Fairhaven Mass. from 1841 till 1845. Whose Captain was murdered a year later by three of the crewmen. And then the ship being almost single handedly being retaken by the third officer.
The story mostly unfolds through the journals and letters of the Third Officer Benjamin Clough and the ships cooper Andrew White. Also other ship logs from other ships that crossed their path.
Two things make this simple account very interesting;
One, it reveals the sinister side of the whaling industry. At this time, whaling at it's height with over 700 American ships hunting for whales. This leads to ships being manned by sailors with little or no experience. This also seems to be the case with many captains as well as many were given this post at very young ages with only one or two cruises under their belts. This inexperience and youth seems to be a factor in the violence of many Captains to their crews.
Two, these years (1841 to 1845) were the same ones that Melville was sailing the same waters. Where he jumped ship (the whaleship Acushnet ). He had seen many of these same conditions that are described in the book on his ship. Also as there were over 20 deserters from the Sharon he might have heard tales about the Mad Captain who flogged a seaman to death. The author Joan Druett references Melville many times during this narrative.
She also dwells on the reasons that this chapter in whaling history is not very well known and may even have been covered up.
All in all a very readable and interesting history.
I've just discovered Joan Druett myself. I have read only one other of her books, A Watery Grave (Wiki Coffin Mysteries). This being a mystery series based around the United States South Seas Exploring Expeditionof 1838. I'm not a big fan of mysteries, but one that takes place in the age of sail caught my eye.
She has written serveral other histories, which I'm going to look into myself. She Captains,
Heroines and hellions of the sea, Hen Frigates and She Was a Sister Sailor
I mosy likely did mention her somewhere. I read A Watery Grave (Wiki Coffin mysteries last year.
Just finished Think on My Words by David Crystal for the Elizabethan England challenge.
On chapter 7 of Maps of Time and about half-way through The Pirates' Pact.
Dunno why the touchstones don't like fiction tonight ...
Just obtained a copy of She Was a Sister Sailor based on the journals of Mary Brewster and edited by Joan Druett. Will get to it soon.
I am reading one right now that you might or might not find interesting. I know you are used to bigger boats than most of us :-)
Old Glory: A voyage down the Mississippi by Jonathan Raban is Raban's tale of his "dream" trip from Minneapolis/St. Paul to New Orleans in a 16 foot boat with an outboard motor. I have not gotten too far--only through Lock 5A, but I am enjoying his descriptions of the river, the small towns and the people. I have only done the trip from Alton, Illinois, to the Ohio River, but so far it seems like the same river.
Actually I enjoy travel books of that sort. here's a list of some that I have read and enjoyed;
Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen : Reflections on Sixty and Beyond by Larry McMurtry
Roads : Driving America's Great Highwaysby Larry McMurtry
Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least-Heat Moon
Travels with Charley in search of America by John Steinbeck
And having the previlage of crossing country 4 times on the old Hyway 66 this one really brought back memories;
THE VERSE BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD the Story of the Burma Shave Signs and the jingles by JR. ROWSOME, FRANK
And did I complain when you directed a list of books to me--only one of which I have read--that all sound interesting? No, I did not. In fact, I thank you for further contributing to the advancement of world peace. My dogs and my husband, however, are complaining because there is less and less room for them in the bed.
from Carlos Maris Dominques "the house of paper"
"...the books are advancing silently, innocently through my house. There is no way I can stop them"
"Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity... we cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access, reassurance."
--- A.E. Newton
So let them keep advancing.
An other blast from the past. Martin Padway in visiting Rome, and is whisked back to 535 A.D.. Where he introduces brandy, modern book keeping, printing presses and movable type, news papers and manages to save the world the 1000 years time called the Dark Ages. The story often humorous and brings to mind A 'Connecticut Yankee' in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain. Just enjoyable and fun to read.
Typee by Herman Melville
Had read this many years ago, but really enjoyed it much more this time around. What Melville wrote is part travel log, part sea story (tall tale) and idyllic and sometimes romanticized look on a way of life that has disappeared.
This copy is based on the oringinal text that was printed in England. A much edited version was printed for the U.S. market where the more explicit parts and the not so flattering look at the Missionaries were omitted.
I've put his second book on my TBR pile Omoo.
On my mp3 player, I am listening to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. Very enlightening and well done. I know very little about WWII, so this is pretty much new information for me.
Lastly, at home, I'm reading The One Thing You Need to Know by Marcus Buckingham. I enjoy Buckingham's writing style and find myself agreeing with his conclusions.
One Second After by William R. Forstchen
Fairly standard story about the collapse of the U.S. after an attack by an E.M.P. (electrical magnetic pulse) weapon. The author goes into great detail about the decisions that a small town most do to survive. He does this by the use of the debates that the people who make up the ruling council have.
The book has a more ominous tone than other ones in this sub genre, (Alas Babylon, Earth abides, Damnation Alley, Lucifers Hammer etc.).
But I couldn't get into or care for any of the the charactors. The story just seemed to go from one clique to the next. There were no surprizes or twists, you knew what was happening before you turned the page.
I think the authors main purpose was to show how tenuous our hold on and way of life is. In this way he succeeds very well. It will make some of you think.
If I ever get a minute to sit down with clan hands ( gardening)
I will finish The Miracles at Little No Horse.
Right now I am too achy to hold the book.. lol
Always had a interest in the Spanish Civil War and it looks like it might be good.
I have Mistress of the Art of Death in my car CD players, Dreamers of the Day on my work MP3 player, The Dog Department in my "lunch at work" shelf, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on my book table, and The Brothers Karamazov also on my book table, getting 30 pages a night. I will finish that book or die trying. (actually, it's starting to get interesting).
Really, looking at this, there must be something terribly wrong with me...
"The Brothers Karamazov also on my book table, getting 30 pages a night. I will finish that book or die trying."
LOL I have read books like that! and then wondered why.... I hope that you do end up enjoying it.
I am really glad to have gotten the new planting done yesterday as it has rained off and on for hours.. :)
off to read for a bit..
A Spanish journalist is ask to write an article for the 60 th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War. He writes a story of the last days when 1000's of Republicans were fleeing to France for exile, and a mass execution of Fascist leaders. Several people escape the firing squads and become leaders in Franco's government.
Sanchez Mazas a founding member Franco's Flangist Fascist party is one of these people. He tells the story of his escape and how when his hiding place is discovered his life is spared a 2nd time by a soldier that found him and let him go.
The journalist becomes intrigued with the story. And asks , Is the story true? and if it is why did the soldier let Sanchez go?.
The book is in three parts. First is about the journalist and what he learns. Second part is told thought the eyes of Sanchez Mazas. And the third part is about the soldier.
What makes this book so interesting is that all the people and events are real. Although concidered a novel it reads more like history. The journalist in the book refers to it as a tale.
It is a memoir about a woman who spends a year in India.
I am just beginning it , but liking it so far.
This guy was a fascist, a capital F fascist. He is the granddaddy of the worst of the radio talkers now, combined with the Christian militia guys, too. Our parents were raised in this environment, which is sobering in itself.
Non-fiction, but mind you, it was forty years ago. It might have been Every Man a King, but I can't say I remember for sure.
I have been off for two weeks, and have read very few,
what with visiting my son and running around with a friend,
working in the garden... I am still reading Dreaming in Hindi.
It is not a book that drags or sends me fleeing from its pages, but I am spending
more time with other things. That is both good, and bad. :P
Today is my sisters birthday and so I will be spending much of the day with her.. more not reading!
I recently read 2 delightfully weird and creepy books by Alexandra Sokoloff, The Unseen and The Price. I seem to be reading her books in reverse order, but that's OK -- they aren't a series. Her first novel The Harrowing is on my wishlist.
I just started The Odds by Kathleen George -- too soon to tell if I'll like it. I'm coming in on the middle of a detective series with that one, but a review of it in the newspaper caught my eye. It's set in Pittsburgh, a city I know somewhat, so that's a plus.
I meant to take up Judas Child (as my next fiction read) and Isaac's Storm (my next non-fiction), but before I could get started on them, I was at the county library with my son and picked up another book on my wishlist to occupy my time -- Heart Shaped Box -- and I was immediately hooked. When a book can give me shivers in broad daylight in a public library, it's usually worth checking out and finishing! (And I did.)
I am reading The Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories selected by Margaret Atwood & Robert Weaver.
Maybe it is just me but this book has not impressed me at all. There are a few stories that I enjoy but nothing to get overly excited about. I was so looking forward to reading it. I am almost done and relieved that it will soon be in my past.
A Spanish journalist is ask to write an article for the 60 th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War. He writes a story of the last days when 1000's of Republicans were fleeing to France for exile, and a mass execution of Fascist leaders. Several people escape the firing squads and become leaders in Franco's government.
Sanchez Mazas a founding member Franco's Fascist party is one of these people. He tells the story of his escape and how when his hiding place is discovered his life is spared a 2nd time by a soldier that found him and let him go.
The journalist becomes intrigued with the story. One - is the story true? and if it is why did the soldier let Sanchez go..
Ned Myers; Or, a Life Before the Mast (Classics of Naval Literature) by Ned Myers (edited by James Fenimore Cooper)
What a great book. Ned Myers ran away to sea at age 10 and he says of it ;
"Some idea may be formed of my recklessness, and ignorance of such matters, at this time, from the circumstance that I do not remember ever to have known the name of the vessel in which I left Nova Scotia. Change an adventure were my motives, and it never occurred to me to inquire into a fact that was so immaterial to one of my temperment. To this hour, I am ignorant on the subject"
His whole carreer seems to be like this. One of shifting sands and impulse.
Some of his stories seem to be a little far fechted, he seems to have mastered the art of the 'Sea Story' or 'Whopper' and could revial some of Mark Twains "Tall Tales"
He is full of regret for the lost opprtunities that he squandered, and the dangers of too much grogand drink. He doesn't spend alot of time beating himself for this but does warns younger men not to waste them if they come their way. He uses witty sayings all though the book to great advantage;
"Sailors make their money like horses, and spend it like asses"
or "... it being the fate of seaman to encounter the greatest risks and hardships in company, and then to cut adrift from each other, with little ceremony, never to meet again".
Overall it was a great read. Not so much about the day to day living like Dana's Two years Before the Mast, Meleville's White Jacket, or Buenzle's Bluejacket: An Autobiography, but like a fine painting the whole colorfull pallat painted in large strokes tells of a mans life.
Next up is a Sci fi read the first in the Helliconia Triolgy by Brian W Aldiss Helliconia Spring
I recently finished The House at Riverton by Kate Morton and I loved it. It's another historical fiction and the setting is aristocratic England during the period just before, during and after WWI.
I'm also reading Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul by Jack Canfield. Always love stories about cats!
Next up is also No Matter What: 9 Steps to Living the Life You Love by Lisa Nichols. Also a very appropriate read as I'm now living the life I love! :)
If you are in the mood for something interesting alternate history try West of Eden. It's also a trilogy. It features sentient dinosaurs. Harry Harrison created this alternate world with several experts. I found it very believable.
I'm currently enjoying The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. A most outstanding biography.
Thanks for the sugestion. West of Eden looks interesting. H.H. is not one author I usually seek out. I read a few of the Stainless Steel Rat books many years ago (they were OK.) Enjoyed his Planet of the Damned and Make Room! Make Room! the sorce book for the movie "Soylent Green". Bill the Galatic Hero had me in stiches. I guess I'll have to look into more of his books.
I just got The Rise of Theogore Roosevelt and am looking forward to it.
Read and enjoyed Pillars of Earthmany years ago. Follet is another of those authors that I never think of but am always pleasently surprised when I read him. I've read his Eye of the Needle, The Key to Rebecca, Code to Zero, Night Over Water and Whiteout and have enjoyes them all.
Going to dive into The Big Book of Canadian Book Stories by (John Robert Colombo) that I started reading in January. It's been pleading for me to read it. I am surprised by all the articles that came from newpapers way back in the late 1800's. Very intersesting.
In the car, I'm listening to Winter Study by Nevada Barr. I keep thinking that I've already listened to this book, but since I can't remember who gets murdered or who the murderer is, I'm also thinking it doesn't much matter if I've already listened to it!
I am continuing to make my way through Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series. I just finished The Narrows, and will be requesting The Closers from the library soon.
Lastly, even as I type, I am downloading The Time Traveler's Wife, a title I saw favorably reviewed a number of times on LT, prompting this library check-out.
I've heard a movie is in the works and I think it may have also inspired a short lived TV series titled The Journeyman.
I was surprised. It is a good book, one of those on my re-read shelves.
At All Costs: How a Crippled Ship and Two American Merchant Mariners Turned the Tide of World War II by Sam Moses
This is the story of "Operation Pedesetal". Which was the name of the convoy to resupply the Island of Malta after two years of constant bombing by German and Italian forces. This convoy was the most well armed and protected convoy and the most attacked convoy in history. After a six day running battle (being bombed in the day time and attacked by E-Boats at night) Only 5 merchant ships out of 15 made limped into Malta. These 5 ships carried enough cargo and fuel to keep Malta going for another three months and allowed the British 10th submarine force to return and sink enough axis ships to forced Rommel to retreat and allowed America time to join forces with the Britsh Army and retake northern Africa, Sicily and force the Italians to surrender.
It's also the story of two Merchant Seaman, Fred Larson a vertern Merchant Marine Officer and a Merchant Seaman Cadet Lonnie Dale. These two men reboarded (this action also inspired others to reboard and help) the oiler SS Ohio after after it was abanded and on fire to repair it's AA guns, engines and fight fires to fight off German dive bombers and Italian "E" boats for two days
A Hanging Offense: The Strange Affair of the Warship Somers by Buckner F. Melton
A very readable history of the only mutiny on a U.S. Naval vassal the U.S. Brigg of War Somers in 1842, that resulted in the three ring leaders being hanged. The result of which led to the founding of the U.S. Naval Academy.
On the surface you would say O. K. discipline in those days were harsh and these things happened in those days.. But it ends up that these three young men were hanged without a court Marshall or the benefit of legal council of any kind.
Add to the mix that the mastermind of the mutiny was a young acting Midshipman named Phillip Spencer whose father was John Canfield Spencer was Pres. John Tyler's secretary of war, and had arranged the boy's commission with the help of Capt. Oliver "Hazzard Perry.You now have the setting for high drama and what sounds like a Hollywood script.
The book is written in a very low keyed tone. Every chapter is more of an essay on the main people involved and each part of the event as it unfolds. Overall it gives a good account of the facts as known and the condition both political and physical of the U.S. Navy and the Country ain 1842.
The story is a who's who of America and American Maritime History. James Fenmore Cooper, Richard Henry Dana Jr., and almost every member of the Perry family. William H. Seward who would be Pres. Lincoln's Sec. of State in the Civil War.
The Lt. aboard the Somers was Melville's cousin and may have been the source for Melville's book Billy Budd. There are some very striking similarities between Capt. Mackenzie and Captain Vere. The last exchange between Capt. Mackenzie and Seaman Smalls is touching ;
Capt. Meckenzie - "Small" ..."what have I done to you that you won't bid me goodbye?"
..... "I did not know that you would bid a poor bugger like me goodbye Sir,"
.... Now Meckenzie it was who asked forgiveness of Small. He told the seaman that he had to go through with the execution; both the honor of the flag and the safety of the crew demanded it. "Yes, Sir and I honor you for it," replied Small. "God Bless that Flag!"
Billy Budd years later says ""God bless Captain Vere!"
I'm still in my Theodore Roosevelt mode this summer. I completed The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt which I thoroughly enjoyed. Morris made me feel like I was right there with TR through many of the formative events in the first part of his life. The book follows his development from birth to the moment he assumes the Presidency.
I'm almost done with Mornings on Horseback. Another homerun! McCullough focus much more on TR's early life and family as well as other influencing factors.
I also fun with 1901. It's an Alternate History novel with the "what if" being a Germany invasion of the US at the turn of the century. TR also figures as a major character. This was Conroy's first book and was not my favorite (I have also read 1862 and 1945,) but still enjoyable. It was also not a "What If" (Germany's Invasion) that I had ever read before. I find his books to be fun fast reading as his stories move with a lot of narration. I thought the books ending was clever. You can judge for yourself.
I also read Hurricane of Independence: The Untold Story of the Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution. Williams ties a large Hurricane that hit the East Coast of North America in Sept 1775, to historical events and then speculates on how the storm affected the outcomes. I love the idea and did learn a bit, but felt it a little disjointed and dry at times
I hope you find and enjoy a copy.
One the interesting outcomes of this event was the founding of the U.S. Naval Acadamy.
The first half was mostly Robert Lincoln and his mother Mary Todd. Now I'm into the next generation - Robert's 2 daughters. (His only son died as a teenager)
I am descended from a cousin's line (My grandmother was a Lincoln). It is really sad to think the President's line only lasted 3 generations beyond him. The family was certainly cursed with sorrow and tragedy at every turn.
Edited to add: I'm currently reading and enjoying an advance copy of Dreaming in Hindi by Katherine Russell Rich, which focuses on language acquisition and cross-cultural experiences.
On the commuter train: The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis; I'll continue re-reading her Falco series - good, humorous mysteries set in in 1st c Rome.
At lunch: Ravens and Black Rain: the Story of Highland Second Sight by Elizabeth Sutherland
In the evenings (once I get through watering the garden, and house/garden sitting for my sister & a friend, both of whom are out of town), either Cloth and Clothing in Early Anglo Saxon England, AD 450-700 by Penelope Walton Rogers or Kevin Danaher's The Year in Ireland: Irish Calendar Customs
Can you tell I like archaeology & folklore? :-)
I tend to be a *very* fast reader - not always a good thing - so the list will be mostly different next week.
Since you read & liked "Judas Child"...you might also like Carol O'Connell's 'Mallory' series, if you haven't discovered it already.
You mentioned liking 'Phantom of The Opera"...
recently I attended a series of lecture classes called "An Afternoon with the Phantom". The instructor had visited the Paris Opera House, and she shared her experience & photos with the class. After discussing the history of the Opera House, we talked about the book "Phantom Of The Opera" by Gaston Leroux, then we watched & discussed the film "Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Phantom of the Opera" (love the movie, BTW).
Now I'm reading Journey into Fear, edited by Richard Peyton. It's a collection of scary railroad stories. Legends/allegedly "true" ghost stories alternate with short fiction, supposedly inspired by the legends, by some great authors. (Sometimes the connection between the legend and the tale it supposedly influenced is pretty slim, except that they both involve a train.) Fun reading.
Thanks! I have read most of the Mallory series. But I just borrowed one that I missed from the county library, and plan to start it this weekend.
Have two in the on deck circle and keeping with my pledge to read more non-fiction they are both histories;
Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920's by Frederick Lewis Allen
At 12 Mr. Byng was Shot by Dudley Pope
You are bringing back memories usnmm2. I remember reading Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920's for my History class at Texas A&M almost 30 years ago. As I recall it's a great account of the 1920's. My Professor at the time called the 1920's the first "Modern Decade."
Right now I'm almost done with The Defiant Agents by Andre Norton. This is part of her Time Travel Series. It's quick and fun to read and focuses on a alliance between the Apaches and the Mongols against the Reds,,,B-)
Next up I'm going to try The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. The motivation for this is a love of New York City History (especially the 19th Century) and I'm just coming off of two wonderful bios of Theodore Roosevelt, where he grows up in the New York of the 1870's. So we will see where this path takes me.
Happy Reading all!
If you like NY history, you might enjoy Downtown: My Manhattan by Pete Hamil
>145 Catgwinn: Catgwinn...Good luck with your class. I've heard of Wharton but never read any of her books. She was referenced a few times in the Roosevelt bios.
Sounds like a great discussion on Phantom. I love the movie in most of it's versions, and loved seeing it live! I can't imagine what it would be like to see the Paris Opera House! That must be a real experience to remember!
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The book is about an old WW1 four stacker destroyer in the Plillipines at the start of WW2. The main charactor is a young Naval Officer is the gunnery officer. Just so happens that at the start of WW2 that Adm. William P. Mack USN (Ret.) was was a young gunnery officer on the USS Pope an old WW1 vintage four stacker station in the Phillipines.
This is what makes this book unique from the many other fiction books that I have read set in this time frame. There is a feel of authenticity to the conversations amoung the charactrs;
"Where and when will the war will start. Pearl Harbor, Hong Kong, Singapore etc."
Also the charactors or more fleshed out than in most books of this kind. Not only the officers but the enlisted as well. They all have their lives and problems aboard ship and ashore. We care about them.
The battle sequences were well written and the fictional USS O'Leary DD 200 Took nothing away from the actual historical battles.
Overall a good read and recommended to any that like Naval Fiction.There are a few more books that the author wrote to continue the story. I just might look into them
Many things that Lewis mentions about May 1919 sound familiar;
> '... short haired women, like long haired men, are associated with radicalism, if not free love.' (1960's?)
> refering to a cartoon that appeared in "Life";
'... Uncle Sam saying to a soldier, "Nothing is to good for you, my boy! What would you like?" and the soldier answers "A job" (today?)
>149 stevetempo:: stevetempo and >145 Catgwinn:: Catgwinn
I looked into The Age of Innocence
and it's tweeked my curiosity. Being written in 1919 I think it might be a good segway with " Only Yesterday..." followed by "Years of Grace" (1931) by Margaret Ayer Barnes .
Speaking of Pulitzer Prizes was fate trying to say something with the 1928 winner The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
I hope you enjoy The Age of Innocence if you decide to read it. It was a different kind of book then I normally read. It's an historical romance of the world of High Society New York in the 1870's. I found Edith's witting style outstanding. The book resonated with moments in my life and I found myself really caring about the characters.
The underlying message (dealing with conformity,,,"group think",,,what ever you want to call it) is an issue of the human condition and very germane to today.
I'm into Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology. It's an Early Review. In to the first 100 pages and I'm liking it. It's very interdisciplinary (science, history, etc.) and that's something I very much enjoy. After that it's back to TR with Theodore Rex. The reading will slow a bit next week though as I find myself back in the classroom again with my students.
FINALLY!!! A recomendation I don't have to find, buy or wait 2 months to get it from the library. It's already in the TBR pile. Got it as a present last Xmass. Thank you Lisa.
You are welcome, and I will count on you to return the favor some day. It is always nice to take one off of the TBR pile for the two or three we put on it as a result of these threads!
Have you ever tried listening to books? I download them to my mp3 player free from the public library. It's great for listening to books on airplanes, waiting rooms, anywhere. I always have three or four on the player--much easier to carry and handle than three or four physical books!
>161 CharlesBoyd:--You tempt me to read The Water is Wide again myself! It is a book I have never forgotten.
I enjoy listening to audio book all the time, but almost all my listening is to non-fiction books. I find it very hard to keep my mind focused on the plot of a novel while listening to the story being read.
I'm currently reading Dead Famous by Carol O'Connell. It's the one Mallory mystery that I haven't read yet.
Want to finish it before my SAIL classes resume in September...I'll be reading several different books for different group-reading classes, plus reference reading (online & hardcopy) for other classes.
Glad to know you liked "Age of Innocence"; I'm looking forward to reading it for my one of the SAIL classes. BTW I've added "Stories In Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology" to my "Find/TBR" list...it sounds like an interesting read.
So far, a very interesting read. Pulitzer Prize winning author Horwitz goes on a Civil War quest through the South, and meets quite a variety of fascinating (sometimes funny, occasionally scary) people who are still caught up in the Civil War, one way or another.
ETA for spelling of book author's name.
Now another one of hers, Dead Before Dark by Wendy Corsi Staub. Actually started last night but couldn't tell you what it was about. Going to start all over again tonight.
Also reading Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip by Matthew Algeo. A fun trip down the blue highways of the midwest.
In the car, I am listening to Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos. I had never heard of it. However, the reviews on the back of the CD case were excellent, so I took a chance. I almost brought the CDs into the house to keep listening. That is a sure sign of a book that's gotten hold of me--and I've just begun the second CD!
On the mp3 player, I am listening to Finger lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich. I'm not far enough into the story yet to know if I'm going to like this latest entry in the series. However, I love hearing how the reader portrays Grandma Mazur and Lula, so as long as they get plenty of action in the story, I'm sure to like it.
And I'm thinking this thread is getting a little long, so opening a new one. Back in a minute with a link.