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What are you reading in 2009 #2

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set. 2, 2009, 3:58pm

The 2009 Reading thread is getting pretty long, so I'm continuing it here.

I'm reading a book called The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli. Won't be out until next year sometime (I'm reading it for a possible blurb), but it is terrific so far.

set. 2, 2009, 4:17pm

I've read about 1/3 of "The Ever-Running Man" by Marcia Muller (the latest Sharon McCone mystery).

Editat: set. 3, 2009, 4:26pm

I'm reading Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang by Joyce Carol Oates. It was published in 1994 and it is about a girl gang that forms in the 1950s. While it doesn't have the drive bys and turf wars one might expect from a book about gangs, it is interesting to read how and why the girls came together and how they stood by each other through thick and thin. I'm almost finished and I highly recommend it. Get ready for some very long run-on sentences.

Oops - spoke too soon about no drivebys!

Editat: set. 5, 2009, 2:55am

Craze: Gin and Debauchery in an Age of Reason by Jessica Warner
A interesting social history of the"gin craze" of the early 1700's and the various "Gin Laws" passed by Parliment from 1729 till 1751. Sometime humrous, sometimes sad, sometimes the reading is a bit 'dry' (;D) but on the whole educational. (2 1/2 stars)

About halfway though Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920's. I'm enjoying it alot. I see that Frederick Allen wrote another book about the 30's.Since Yesterday: The 1930's in America, September 3, 1929 to September 3, 1939.Plan on looking into that one also.

Started "Harms Way" by James Basset. It's a re-ead that I read it many,many years ago. It's the basis for the John Ford movie of the same name staring John Wayne.

Have The Englishman's Boy waiting in the wings, it sounds like it will be good.

Editat: oct. 29, 2009, 12:21am

I just finished a re-read (after 38 years) of Jonathan Schwartz's first book, a collection of short stories titled Almost Home. It's amazing how age broadens one's perspective. I'm still working on my review.

Meanwhile, I've just started on a tome called The Middle Way: Finding Happiness in a World of Extremes by Lou Marinoff. I'm a pathetically slow reader, so I think this will keep me going until the end of the year. What I've read so far -- the dust jacket, the Acknowledgement, the Introduction and the first 12 pages, I'm very pleased so far.

*Edited to fix a typo I happened to find after almost 2 months.
I know, I know... get a life...

set. 5, 2009, 4:22pm

Lots of vacation reading! China Mievielle The City & The City was my favorite read this summer. A strange merge of a detective story with a Kafka-like beurocracy and mood, and a fantastic superimposition of cultures that were forbidden from "seeing" each other. I liked it enough to read it twice.

Editat: set. 6, 2009, 5:19pm

Finished Marcia Muller's "The Ever-Running Man".

Started "The Girl in the Green Glass Mirror" by Elizabeth McGregor...interesting so far...the story of a lesser known British painter, Richard Dadd, is featured within the primary story.

set. 7, 2009, 3:37pm

I finished The Last Lecture via audio mode. It was pretty much what I expected...I enjoyed it. It didn't teach me anything that I wasn't aware of already, but the true nature of the story does give your life a positive nudge in prioritizing what's really important.

Stories in Stone was a lot of fun and if you are interested in geology, architecture, and history this is for you.

I was ready to start Theodore Rex when a new book at the library caught my eye, The Real Wizard of Oz: The Life and Times of L. Frank Baum.

So far it has been incredible engaging (and I'm having a hard time putting it down). It describes more about life in America from 1850 to 1920. A topic I've been in to quite about this summer.

set. 7, 2009, 10:29pm

Funny you should mention the L. Frank Baum book, Steve. I was shopping for gifts at Borders yesterday, and saw that book, and almost picked it up for myself, but didn't. I guess I should have.

And I don't remember which one of you it was ("you know you're 50-something when you can't remember who recommended a book to you"), but someone here suggested Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin. I mentioned that I had met Helprin at a book-signing and found him dull, and you said that his writing was anything but. So I listened to the audio book. Wow. Thank you, whoever you are!

set. 9, 2009, 4:34pm

I just started The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stien, but I haven't had time to read much of it yet.

set. 9, 2009, 4:37pm

I'm beginning The Rapture of Canaan by Sheri Reynolds. It is off to a promising start.

set. 9, 2009, 6:22pm

>9 tloeffler: tloeffler The Real Wizard of Oz: The Life and Times of L. Frank Baum describes Baum's life experiences and suggests the influences to his later work. I have enjoyed (so far) the insights to life in mid 19th century upstate New York. I also like Rebecca's style.

set. 9, 2009, 9:08pm

Sounds good. Onto the library reserves it goes!

set. 9, 2009, 11:46pm

So far, I like The Art of Racing in the Rain. I'm about 1/3 of the way through. It's a dog's-eye view of life with his humans, the principal human being a young race car driver. (That's sports cars, not stock cars, thus they do really race in the rain.) I love how he can see aspects of racing as metaphors for life.

set. 9, 2009, 11:51pm

I'm about 100 pages into Sarah Waters' The Night Watch and am really enjoying it.

set. 12, 2009, 5:49pm

I am a little over 100 pages into Black Out by Lisa Unger and it's amazing.

set. 12, 2009, 5:51pm

Just finished Brooklyn by Colm Toibin and am about to start The Glass Room by Simon Mawer and return to The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov for a group read.

set. 12, 2009, 7:52pm

I finished and loved The Art of Racing in the Rain. I'm now juggling five different books:

Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspectives of Autism by Temple Grandin & Sean Barron. My current non-fiction read.

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill. (short stories -- I have mixed reactions to the different stories, but they are brilliantly written.)

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (Just started, rather gothic fiction) I've been wanting to read this for a while.

Owls Well that Ends Well by Donna Andrews (hilarious cozy mystery) Picked up at the library as a lightweight read to get me through the quieter moments of tending the Library Book Sale table for our Community Yard Sale -- now I can't stop reading it!

Someone in the House by Barbara Michaels (audio book -- suspense) Our library just got access for patrons to use NetLibrary audio books, and I had to try one!

set. 15, 2009, 6:24am

Been in a reading rut for a while. Start reading a book and can't get interested in it. When this happens I usually revert to my old stand by's , Science Fiction or Naval books (fact or fiction).
So have added two more too my list ;

1. "In Harms Way" by James Bassett

This book about the early days of WW 2 right after Pear Harbor. This was made into an excellent movie in the early 60's. The book as usual was better with the characters more rounded out, more background etc.
If you only know it from the movie, do yourself a favor and read this. You won't be disappointed
Bassett also wrote another good book Commander. Prince, USN: a novel of the Pacific War which is about the Asiatic fleet in the early days of the war.

2. "Submarine" by Edward L. Beach.

This was Beach's first book. In it he tells not only his experiences during his ten war patrols but in alternating chapters tells the story of other famous Submarines and crews. Anyone who has read anything about submarines in the Pacific will recognize the names of Wahoo, Tang, Trigger, Batfish, Archerfish etc. In it you see the development of the tactics that were used so successfully in WW 2.
You can also see where he gets all his the material for Run Silent Run Deep, it's not just a novel but in many ways autobiographcal.
I think every script writer in Hollywood read this book. Because in it I can see every submarine movie that was made in the 50's

set. 15, 2009, 4:33pm

Finished "The Girl in the Green Glass Mirror"...interesting novel about a less well known painter.

Started and finished "Silent Thunder" by Iris Johansen nd Roy Johansen. An enjoyable read, if somewhat predictable ending.

Barely started "The Poe Shadow" by Matthew Pearl.

set. 15, 2009, 7:40pm

reading: The Shining Paths by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki
An easy way of pathworking. Thanks Dolores!

the Glastonbury Zodiac by Mary Caine.

set. 18, 2009, 1:47pm

Read The Unseen by Alexandra Sokoloff. Quick! Go out and find this book! A soooooo GREAT BOOK. Can - not - put - it - down mystery. Hurry! Go buy this. Check it out of your local library. Steal it. Whatever. GO! NOW! Before it's too late.

set. 18, 2009, 3:43pm

#22 I agree! I really enjoyed The Unseen, read it almost all in one sitting and then ordered The Price by Sokoloff through Inter-Library Loan and seriously couldn't put that down, either.

set. 19, 2009, 2:33pm

I put aside "The Poe Shadow" by Michael Pearl, for now, to start "The Clan of the Cave Bear" for a Historical Fiction discussion class that begins in October. I'm enjoying "Clan of the Cave Bear" so far.

Editat: set. 20, 2009, 7:01pm

Mr. Roberts by Thomas Heggens

I decided to re-read this book after reading a bio of Heggen on line.
Mr. Roberts exploits on AKA 601, the USS Reluctant ( or the Bucket) was based on Heggen's life aboard the U.S. Navy attack transport USS Virgo (AKA-20).
The best parts of the book are all based on fact, even the palm tree which Heggen threw overboard twice in real life.
The book is made more poignant by the fact that Heggen committed suicide when he was only 30 years old.

Heres the link if anyone is interested in reading the article

The next book up is The Strange Case of Hellish Nell. The Story of Helen Duncan and The Witch Trial of World War II, by Nina Shandler

set. 20, 2009, 7:38pm

That is a fascinating article. I believe I will put Mr. Roberts on my list, as well as your next one, which just has a great title. Thanks!

set. 20, 2009, 11:43pm

lol@ imabookworm

Editat: set. 24, 2009, 5:19am

Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer

With the T.V. show starting , I put everthing on hold to read this book to get a preview of it.

If you know what your future was in 22 years , could you change it? Could you use it? That's the basic theme of this book.
The book starts out fast an furious and goes down hill from there. The characters are predictable and the plot forced to a point where I couldn't suspend my disbelief and go along with the story.
The highlight of the book is when half the world starts to complain about a "flashforward" gap when the scientific world wants to try and reproduce the experiment.

I'm always on the lookout for new (to me ) sci fi writers. so on the plus side I'm going to try some of Sawyer's other books. He has won a Hugo and Nebula awards along with John W Campbell Memorial Award.

set. 24, 2009, 6:05pm

#28...I'm looking forward to the "Flash Foward" series premiere which airs tonight, BTW.

I'm now about at the halfway point in "Clan of the Cave Bear"...enjoying it very much.

Editat: set. 24, 2009, 6:48pm

Just beginning Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

#28--I've set my dvr for the Flash Forward premier.

set. 24, 2009, 6:49pm

I'm about a third of teh way through The Man without a face an auto-biography of Markus Wolf, head of East German Foreign intelligence during the Cold War...it's very good although there's been little to dow ith espionage so far :( Mostly just politics

set. 24, 2009, 9:04pm

I just finished The White Queen by Philippa Gregory and have been absorbed in The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes for the past few days. Then it's back to finishing Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, An American Town by Warren St. John.

Editat: set. 24, 2009, 10:03pm

My DVR is recording FlashForward as we speak while we watch the comedies on NBC. I had heard that the book was less than wonderful but the NYT reviewed the tv show well.

I just finished The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle and wow, what a great book. Heartbreakingly sad.

set. 24, 2009, 9:22pm

33: coppers

The show (flashforward) seems like it might be fairly decent.

set. 24, 2009, 10:04pm

#34 - Good to know -thanks!

set. 25, 2009, 11:00am

#25 - I worked on a ship once with an obnoxious captain. I told him he better be nice or I would throw his palm tree over the side. I don't think he got it.

set. 27, 2009, 9:54am

I think of this group every day.. but my life has been so hectic now that I am back to work..

The Last Will of Moira Leahy is my most recent read.. it is a vine book and it is a lovely, easy, entertaining read. Just right.

Not sure what I will read next.

set. 27, 2009, 12:10pm

" The Strange Case of Hellish Nell. The Story of Helen Duncan and The Witch Trial of World War II", by Nina Shandler

This book might be a good read for those looking for something to read for Halloween. (even if it's history)
Helen Duncan was a median and Spiritualist born in 1898. Who at a young age could see sprits, and see the future events.

What makes this book good is that the author does a good job of going back and forth though Helen's life, to keep your interest up. It seems that she had the "Gift" as they call it to deliver messages for the beyond.
She got it right on many occasions. Example;

1. She predicted in early 1940 that Germany would not invade England. (this was just after Dunkirk)
2. That England and Russia would be allies (after Germany and Russia signed the non-aggression treaty)
3. That the United States would enter the war (we were officially neutral at that time)
4. that the War would last 6 years and involve the world from the U.S. to Japan (this is before Pearl Harbor)
5 And would end with two large bangs (atomic bombs?)

But this is not what got her into trouble!.
She told of the loss of the HMS Hood on May 24, 1941, and the sinking of the HMS Barham this is when the war department was keeping these reports secret. They went to the extreme of sending fake holiday greeting to the families of the diseased Seamen from these ships so the general public would not know.

Then the plans for D-Day start and Helen's problems begin to grow. till in n 1944 Helen Duncan and her four co-defendants listened to the court clerk read the following charges;

(from the back cover)
"...You four conspired together, and with persons unknown, to pretend to exercise some kind of conjuration, though the agency of the said Helen Duncan, spirits of deceased persons should appear, and were communicating with living persons contrary to the Witchcraft Act of 1735"

There is a lot more to the story. I don't want to ruin it for any who wish to read it. I give it about 3/5 stars.

set. 27, 2009, 12:20pm

I've been reading alot of non-fiction recently, so it's time for some fiction. Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco. I read somewhere on LT that this was The Lost Symbol for the thinking person.
I'm not that much of a thinking type person, but it sounded interesting.

set. 27, 2009, 4:40pm

#38 Wow, that sounds fascinating! I never, ever, heard of that case or that book. I guess that goes on the Wishlist, too . . .

set. 27, 2009, 5:05pm

40: tymfos

What I found so interesting in the book was the interest the whole nation took in it, and it's not well known today.
It was such a big story at the time, that Winston Churchill sent a personal note to the Home Secretary asking why the "Withcraft Act of 1735" was being used in this case and what was it costing the goverment to try this case.

set. 28, 2009, 10:57am

#38 Thanks a lot, Marty. My library doesn't have it, so I had to go and buy the book. Luckily, I found it cheap!

set. 29, 2009, 8:39pm

Almost finished An echo in the bone by Diana Gabaldon. I'm enjoying it quite a bit; hopefully the story doesn't end with this book!

set. 30, 2009, 8:20pm

I recently finished reading The Secret by Kat Martin and just picked up Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michael and got from the library today The Illustrated Lark rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson

oct. 1, 2009, 11:51am

>43 BarbN: Another Gabaldon fan on a different thread assured me this morning that Diane is already working on the next book in the series. Can't wait!

oct. 1, 2009, 12:16pm

Recently finished a good one--Resistance: A Frenchwoman's Journal of the War. This was a journal/memoir of Agnes Humbert who was an early member of the French Resistance arrested by the Germans and sentenced to forced labour in German prisons. It was published in 1946 and only translated to English in 2008. For more, my review is here:


oct. 3, 2009, 9:11pm

Found some time to do some reading...priorities change with Sept...School starts (I'm a teacher and a full time Dad).

But I've completed The Last Lecture...sad but inspiring,

The Secret...Very uplifting and inspirational in it's presentation and packaging, but this information is nothing new....the metaphysical assertions are what interest me though (see my review),

The Real Wizard of Oz: The Life and Times of L. Frank Baum...very interesting and more about that wonderful time period (1870 to 1920)...it's interesting how much TR's life and Baum are similar...they both went out West and worked for progress change,

Now I'm having fun with Weapons of Choice...time travel...it reminds me of the Movie The Final Countdown...it's the first book of a trilogy so I have the next on deck if this one pans out,

I'm thinking an HG Wells bio next...will see

oct. 4, 2009, 2:51pm

#47..Sounds like you have been reading some interesting material.

oct. 4, 2009, 3:01pm

Finished Wolf Hall (excellent). Now beginning Byatt's The Children's Book

oct. 4, 2009, 3:20pm

>48 callmejacx: It has been fun...Weapons of Choice is hard to put down. I just watched the TV premier of Flash Forward (DVR)...extremely intriguing!...I haven't read the Sawyer book (I have it) yet, as I think I'll wait for the series to run it's course.

It's better to see the Movie (in this case TV show) first and then read the book for me.

Editat: oct. 4, 2009, 3:34pm

I've been reading alot of non-fiction recently, so it's time for some fiction. Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco.
Also to give my mind a rest I've started His Majesty's Ship by Alaric Bond

oct. 4, 2009, 8:08pm

Finished reading "The Clan Of the Cave Bear" ahead of my upcoming 'Historical Fiction' read & discuss class.
Started "Age of Innocence" for a different read & discuss class.

oct. 4, 2009, 9:53pm

I'm about half way through The Closers by Michael Connelly on my mp3 player. In the car I am listening to The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. In the bathroom, I am almost finished with The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell. Today I finished Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. The last three books reflect the influence that LibraryThing has had on my reading--I had never heard of any of them until they showed up in one thread or another on LT. And in just this evening's reading, I've listed three more books to look for at the library! Fun!!

oct. 8, 2009, 2:51pm

I just finished Now Hear This! by Daniel Gallery. I picked up this recommendation from usnmm2 and just want to pass it on. It is quick; it is easy; it was always funny--sometimes just a smile funny, but often laugh out loud funny. As I read the last chapter at lunch I was getting some pretty funny looks since I could not stop myself.

I know a bit about boating, but certainly have no navy experience. It was still a really fun book.

And for those who wonder why I only gave it 3 1/2 stars if I think it is so wonderful--it is because it is a well written, humorous book, but not a great book.

oct. 8, 2009, 4:00pm

Lisa, just read your review of Resistance. I have been wanting to get this from the library. It is will now be a priority.

oct. 8, 2009, 7:56pm

54: LisaCurcio,
Glad you enjoyed Now Hear This. It's alway a rush to recommend a book and someone reads and enjoys it. That's what LT is all about.

Read the first 100 pages of Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco. It seems good but my mental biorhythm's must be on a triple low just cann't wrap my mind around it at this time. Will pick it up again in a few months.

Am about 50% done with His Majesty's Ship by Alaric Bond Fairly good so far. He has a little different take on a well worn age of sail genre.

oct. 9, 2009, 10:03am

>55 cindysprocket:: cindysprocket,

Resistance: A Frenchwoman's Journal of the War is one of my favorite reads this year. I hope you enjoy it, too.

>56 usnmm2:: usnmm2,

Thanks again for recommending Gallery. I plan to read more! As to Umberto Eco--I like to think that I am not a total idiot, but I had a great deal of difficulty with both Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum. I think it is in part something lacking in my education since I really did not understand what was going on some times. I always think I should try to reread those, but there are too many others waiting.

oct. 9, 2009, 5:40pm

Still reading "The Age of Innocence"...looking forward to discussing it in the class that begins Oct. 15. Reading the first of six short stories for the "Short Fiction" class which also starts Oct. 15.

oct. 9, 2009, 10:48pm

Started Little Bee by Chris Cleave, this evening.So far so good.

oct. 9, 2009, 11:01pm

About halfway through South of Broad by Pat Conroy. There are flashes of the brilliant writing we saw in The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini but, overall, it is very uneven. I was so looking forward to this book and am disappointed, so far. Maybe things will get better? A reader can always hope!

oct. 9, 2009, 11:34pm

I'm reading The Titan's Curse with my niece and Dracula for Halloween

oct. 10, 2009, 5:32pm

His Majesty's Ship by Alaric Bond

This is book #1 in Alaric Bond's "Fighting Sail Series". As an 'age of sail' story the action, tone and progression of the tale is on par with many other 'Age of Sail' books.
What makes this book different is the use of many characters and shifting point of views. You have the young boy that volunteers for service and is on a great adventure. The older men who were pressed into service and haven't been off the ship or see home in many years. Even some sailor's who belong to a clandestine group that is dedicated to the overthrow of England. A full gambit of officers from the older Midshipman who has almost no chance of making Lt.. To the Peer who has friends in high places, and one who has worked his way up from between decks.
With the many characters and shifting point views tends to make the ship and the sea going life the main characters in this story. This change in points of view is refreshing in a well worn age of sail genre.
After all there is only so many times you can follow Midshipman _________ to his rise to Admiral _______________. Don't get me wrong I've enjoyed every one of these series I've read (Hornblower, Bolitho, Ramage etc.). It's my feel good and safe genre. My comfort food of literature. But they can be a little repetitive. Anyway it's nice to see them handled in a little different and fresh way.
I have bought the 2nd book Jackass Frigate, which has met with good reviews. I hope Bond can keep it up.

Editat: oct. 12, 2009, 11:41am

I just finished Dexter by Design, the latest of the Dexter series. Good, fast read if your looking for something edgy. I am now starting The Lost Symbol and I hope it's as exciting as his other books.
For my YA book, I am reading Shiver which, unfortunately, has too many parallels to Twilight to be named. I keep trying to keep the other book series out of my mind but it keeps creeping in.

Editat: oct. 12, 2009, 12:29pm

63 mamzel,

If you like vampire books you might try The Book of Common Dread/a Novel of the Infernal by Brent Monahan. It's a nice change to the standard vampire story.
What if there were only 5 or 6 vampires in the world and they could go into a church and be out in daylight and not burst into flames when coming in contact with a cross
This book and it's sequal The Blood of the Covenant: A Novel of the Vampiric are the first oringinal vampire books since Dracula was published.

oct. 12, 2009, 1:03pm

#53 lbradf, I am also listening to The Thirteenth Tale in the car! I thought it started slow, but it's really been picking up! I need a road trip!

#63 I'm on the library reserve list for Dexter by Design, but I'm pretty far down the list. I'm looking forward to it--I stumbled onto those books by accident and I love them!

oct. 12, 2009, 8:23pm

Started Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon.

oct. 28, 2009, 5:13pm

Reading "The Birth of Venus" & enjoying it.
It is set in 15th century Florence Italy, during the time of the Medici family's influence on the art of the day, including Botticelli. I recently completed a series of art appreciation lectures w/slides about Botticelli, which adds to my enjoyment of "The Birth of Venus".

oct. 28, 2009, 10:27pm

Just finished The Face by Dean Koontz, which was very suspenseful.

My current fiction book is Easy by Phillip Depoy, which is an offbeat mystery set in Atlanta. It features an investigator who uses a combination of old-fashioned detective legwork and meditation to help solve his mysteries (the current case involving as strange a cast of characters, living and dead victims, as one could ever hope to find in one book).

Non-fiction, I'm reading Report from Ground Zero. Wow. The first part of it (which I'm reading now) is mainly first-person accounts by police and fire personnel of their experiences on 9/11.

oct. 31, 2009, 4:12pm

I just finished read The Dewey Decimal System of Love by Josephine Carr. Not worth the time, but it was a short book and I was away from home, so no regrets. On my mp3 player, I am listening to Body Movers by Stephanie Bond. (The first one, not the second one that comes up via the Touchstone.) I've had the book on the player for quite awhile. I decided this road trip was a good time to start it, having just finished The Closers by Michael Connelly.

oct. 31, 2009, 5:58pm

oct. 31, 2009, 8:27pm

I'm basking in time to read while waiting for my agent's verdict on my new novel. In honor of Halloween, I'm reading Dracula. I'm also really enjoying Brenda Rickman Vantrease's new historical novel, THE HERETIC'S WIFE, which will come out next spring.

oct. 31, 2009, 8:41pm

I'm reading Filthy Shakespeare - a somewhat scholarly treatment of Shakespeare's penchant for really obscene puns and double-entendres.

It's funny and interesting, but I can only read it in small doses. Otherwise it's a bit mind-numbing.

nov. 4, 2009, 11:53am

I am reading People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. So far, so good.

nov. 5, 2009, 5:44am

Several books going at once, but current favorite is Black Glasses Like Clark Kent: A GI's Secret from Postwar Japan.

nov. 8, 2009, 2:43pm

Finished Jackass Frigate by Aleric Bond and starting The White Rhino Hotel: A Novel by Bartle Bull.

nov. 8, 2009, 7:14pm

Finished "The Birth of Venus", continuing reading the final chapters of "The Age of Innocence".

nov. 8, 2009, 8:07pm

Reading Andrew Motion's Keats supplemented by The Poems of John Keats, edited by Jack Stillinger.

nov. 10, 2009, 12:51pm

I'm waiting for Under the Dome to drop through the door any morning now so I'm marking time with Selected Short Stories

nov. 10, 2009, 3:22pm

Just started Wolf Hall! For once in my life, I'm reading a popular book while it's still popular!

nov. 11, 2009, 2:01pm

Just finished Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish. (Didn't like it nearly as much as I hoped to based on the title.) I'm listening to Words that Work by Frank Lutz. I decided it was time to take in a bit of non-fiction. My husband and I are reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan (I read aloud as he drives me to work).

nov. 11, 2009, 2:09pm

What a great idea, Lois! I never thought about doing something like that (of course, I generally don't ride with people who will let me read aloud). What didn't you like about Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral? I have it, and it's been on my TBR list for ages (also, based on the title). There are always so many book decisions to be made that I don't want to spend time on something I may not like! Any opportunity to move something to the side to make way for a better book....

nov. 11, 2009, 2:21pm

I started One Big Damn Puzzler by John Harding last night. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet.

nov. 11, 2009, 2:35pm

>81 tloeffler:: What didn't you like about Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral?

Too much description and too heavy handed in getting the life lessons across. I think the points could have been made more entertainly and more interestingly via dialogue and action.

Re your reading aloud comment--yes, having someone who lets you read to them does make it a more promising activity ; )

nov. 12, 2009, 12:58pm

Currently reading Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe: Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions by H R Ellis Davidson - good, dense comparative mythology.

I'd love to try reading to the driver when we're on a long trip, but unfortunately I can't read in the car. Bus, train, airplane, no problems, but I get car-sick reading in a car. :-(

Editat: nov. 12, 2009, 1:06pm

Aquest missatge ha estat suprimit pel seu autor.

nov. 12, 2009, 5:11pm

Just finished Anne Frank: The Life, The Book, The Afterlife. I've read and reread the diary many times of course, and several other books about Anne and her times. But this one is unique, and is making me ponder many of my easy assumptions about Anne and her talent.

She was remarkable, and far more complex than she is usually credited with being. I am so glad I found this book.

nov. 12, 2009, 5:54pm

Just finished The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery which I enjoyed very much and Black Glasses Like Clark Kent by Terese Svoboda--very sobering and thought-provoking.

nov. 13, 2009, 5:40pm

Having finished "The Age of Innocence", I've started "The Boleyn Inheritance".

nov. 14, 2009, 9:45pm

Reading God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America by Hanna Rosin--a book that caught my eye at the library while looking for something else. Quite intriguing.

Also reading Resilient Leadership by George S. Everly, Jr. I got this as an Early Reviewer book and then kind of forgot about it. I appreciated the reminder from LT that I hadn't reviewed it yet. The book is very timely as our offices are going through layoffs like we've never seen before. As a regional HR manager, I have lots of opportunity to exercise resiliency and leadership.

nov. 23, 2009, 5:53am

"THE ROAD" BY Cormac McCarthy;

As a post-apocalyptic story this one is about par with a many others in this sub-genre of science fiction. What makes it good is the way McCarthy tells the story. Using a sparse economic writing style that is matter of fact, and has a cadence that draws you into this treck of this dark, bleak hopeless world. You can feel the cold and smell the ashes.
Overall I enjoyed this book, but like many others I could't tell you why.

nov. 23, 2009, 4:05pm

As part of my idea to read more books of a literary nature, my next book to read is Empire Falls by Richard Russo.

nov. 23, 2009, 11:19pm

Unseen by Nancy Bush

Editat: nov. 24, 2009, 1:42pm

>As part of my idea to read more books of a literary nature, my next book to read is Empire Falls by Richard Russo.

This one is on my top 11 favorite contemporary books on my author website (http://megwaiteclayton.com/meg_books.shtml). 11 = weird number, I know, but which one to cut?

I've been brought kicking and screaming to Julia Child's memoir, My Life in France - and am really glad to have been. Surprisingly delightful!

nov. 24, 2009, 2:30pm

20 pages from finishing Wolf Hall (I know, why don't I just cut out of work early and just finish it??), to be followed by Patriotic fire : Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans. When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson in the CD player (loving it so far).

I also enjoyed Empire Falls!

nov. 24, 2009, 2:33pm

If I could throw in an "advertisement".....

The Missouri Readers Group is trying to entice a few more members to join our discussions of MO books & authors. If any of you have a MO connection or a MO interest, please pop over and join us!

nov. 24, 2009, 3:05pm

>93 megwaiteclayton: Meg
I am about 100 pages into "EF" and enjoying it . I think it's destined to be way up on my favorite list also. I see you also have Last Orders by Graham Swift on your favorite list. I just bought it and it's on my short TBR pile.

nov. 26, 2009, 8:01am

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

A great book!!
One of the best books I've read in many years. Full of characters good and bad and I cared for everyone of them. I can add nothing to the positive reviews that have already been written by many readers.

nov. 27, 2009, 3:39pm

Under The Dome Stephen King

I haven't read a new Stephen King book in years. But this one caught my attention, so here it goes for 1071 pages. This should take me into 2010.

nov. 27, 2009, 4:28pm

Just finished The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov--a trendy read on LT and 4 stars in my book. No review because many others have already said it better. Also an early reviewer book: The Information Officer by Mark Mills which I really did not like. Review here--http://www.librarything.com/work/7648251/reviews/52804060

nov. 27, 2009, 5:46pm

I've read about 1/2 of "The Poe Shadow" by Matthew Pearl...ok, but a bit of a slow read...the main character, & the narrator, annoys me sometimes.

nov. 28, 2009, 12:06am

I just finished Gore Vidal's Creation this morning, and began A Dark Muse by Gary Lachman this afternoon. Creation was wonderful.

nov. 28, 2009, 10:58am

Finished The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, which was an entertaining read, and started Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Murakami.

des. 4, 2009, 3:45pm

101: PhaedraB
if you liked "Creation" you might also enjoy Julian

des. 4, 2009, 4:26pm


I read Julian more than twenty years ago. Can't believe I waited this long to read Creation.

des. 4, 2009, 9:53pm

Just started Curtain by Agatha Christie

des. 6, 2009, 11:01pm

Reading Fort Sumter to Perryville by Shelby Foote Interesting, the book is so large I may only try to read another Foote book once in 2010.

des. 7, 2009, 4:21pm

I know that Foote trilogy. I have two of the volumes on my shelf: the one you are reading and the second one, Fredericksburg to Meridian. They are all huge! I'm hoping to read the whole trilogy next year, but to be realistic . . . maybe not.

des. 8, 2009, 7:11am

Just had a major urge for some non-fiction and started Leviathan by Philip Hoare. So far I'm loving it - I think I OD'd on fiction for a while.

des. 8, 2009, 9:45am

Finished Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche, which was a very good set of interviews and analysis regarding that incident, and started When You Reach Me, a so far quite intriguing young adult title, and Mistress Shakespeare, a novel centered around Anne Whateley and Shakespeare.

des. 8, 2009, 10:40am

I'm inching my way through Into the Path of Gods because I owe the author a review. On the side, I'm reading The Know-It-All which I began on a plane ride. It's light weight, but pleasant. Once I get these out of my way, I can begin my Christmas reading.

des. 8, 2009, 11:01am

I'm reading Happiness Makeover by M.J. Ryan and listening to The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I'm enjoying both very much. The audio version of The Help I'm listening to has different readers for each of the narrators. Very enjoyable.

des. 8, 2009, 3:12pm

I just finished Twilight at the urging of my teenaged nieces. I can see why the teens love it, but not my cup of tea. And I'm picking up my audiobook of The Help from the library tomorrow!

des. 9, 2009, 1:08am

Regarding the audio version of The Help. I'll be curious to hear if your version also has multiple readers and how you like it. I grew up in the country in the Pacific Northwest. The world described in The Help is nearly as foreign to me as Gone with the Wind even though it is contemporary with my existence.

des. 9, 2009, 10:13am

>#96 I see you also have Last Orders by Graham Swift on your favorite list.

I so love this book. So so so so so love this book. If I could write like this...

des. 9, 2009, 10:15am

I also listened to the audio of The Help. I'm dreadful at reading dialog, so really enjoyed having it read to me.

des. 9, 2009, 1:37pm

Speaking of audiobooks. I have rediscovered the beauty, almost the poetry of the language of Dickins and Melville from the audiobooks.

des. 9, 2009, 10:10pm

"the poetry of the language"--along those lines, I loved hearing the reader pronounce character and place names in Crime and Punishment and The Three Musketeers. A large part of my pleasure in those books was that auditory experience.

des. 9, 2009, 10:10pm

"the poetry of the language"--along those lines, I loved hearing the reader pronounce character and place names in Crime and Punishment and The Three Musketeers. A large part of my pleasure in those books was that auditory experience.

des. 10, 2009, 9:48am

I pulled The Vorkosigan Companion from my TBR shelves last night and am enjoying it.

des. 10, 2009, 2:32pm

My audio version of The Help does have multiple readers, and so far, so good. Speaking of WONDERFUL audiobooks, I would thoroughly recommend that everyone get a copy of Rudy Dee reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. I haven't been so affected by an audiobook since my very first, which was Atlas Shrugged read by Edward Hermann.

des. 12, 2009, 10:40am

Thank you for the audio recommendations, Terri. I am going to look for those at the library. I've always felt I "should" read Atlas Shrugged by somehow physically reading it has never happened. A good audio version might be just the ticket!

des. 12, 2009, 10:52am

I'm reading The Tale of Desperaux. By Kate Dicamillo. Its a very sad and funny story. Desperauxs ears are really big.

des. 12, 2009, 11:03am

I am reading a book I thought I would enjoy, My Life, My Kids by Audrey Wood.

des. 14, 2009, 1:39pm

I enjoyed The Tale of Despereaux - I read it after seeing the movie.

des. 15, 2009, 11:35pm

So glad that I finished My Life, My Kids. You can bet I will be staying away from the sequel.

Now I am reading a good book, Hot Rain by Kat Martin

des. 16, 2009, 9:57am

I am thoroughly enjoying The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen.

des. 16, 2009, 11:58am

I just started The Last Summer of the World by Emily Mitchell, and am loving it so far. Gorgeously written!

des. 16, 2009, 4:06pm

Boy, my last post was in October! I did finish The Last Symbol. I felt rushed through most of the book, like the characters were rushing around Washington, and I almost felt out of breath reading the dialogue. However, the pace came to a screeching halt in the last 30 or so pages.
I am now reading My Sister, My Love by Joyce Carol Oates and it has me at the edge of my seat. She, so far, has done a wonderful job building tension and suspense for, what promises to be a horrible event involving a 4-year old skating prodige.

des. 16, 2009, 5:02pm

#128 I read My Sister, My Love a few months ago and thought it was amazing. The fact of its being based on real events keeps it in the front of your mind that there is more to it than just a tense story and adds real tragedy to what might otherwise be just another thriller. A superb book.

des. 16, 2009, 6:58pm

With chaos at work, and the normal holiday rush haven't been reading as much as usual, so still working my way threw Under The Dome by Stephen King. A little over 500 pages in to it and it's still keeping me interested.

des. 17, 2009, 9:06am

Just started The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti; hope it's as good as it sounds.

des. 17, 2009, 9:20am

#131 Please let us know - it's on my Mount TBR and looking for a good excuse to jump off.

des. 17, 2009, 2:36pm

Hah! Will do, Booksloth. So far so good. Hope you've got your skis on.

des. 17, 2009, 7:24pm

jnwelch and Booksloth - I really enjoyed The Good Thief!

des. 18, 2009, 11:53am

I'm reading Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. I've had it for a long time, so I am trying to finally read it this year as part of my Books off the Shelf challenge. I am listening to Echo Park by Michael Connelly. I continue to enjoy the Harry Bosch series very much.

des. 20, 2009, 12:55pm

Booksloth and coppers, I finished The Good Thief and liked it. Ren was quite a guy. I can see why it's being compared to Dickens. What a cast of characters - Dolly, Benjamin, Mrs. Sands and many other memorable ones.

Next up is the new Inspector Montalbano, The Wings of the Sphinx by Andrea Camilleri.

des. 20, 2009, 7:55pm

Since my last post on this thread, I've read
"A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini, "Whisper to the Blood" by Dana Stabenow, and "A Risk Worth Taking" by Robin Pilcher. I'm currently reading "Portrait In Sepia" by Isabel Allende".

#135 Ibradf, I like your "Books off the shelf Challenge" idea! I do that periodically with my books, most recently last spring/summer (2009).

Editat: des. 21, 2009, 6:07pm

I started Will in the World over the weekend. A fascinating discussion of Shakespeare and his world.

Edited for lack of spelling

des. 21, 2009, 5:57pm

I loved Will in the World, jennieg. It really gave me a feeling for his life and times, and insights into the plays.

des. 21, 2009, 6:07pm

I am reading I'm Perfect; You're Doomed by Kyria Abrahams and Foreskin's Lament by Shalom Auslander. I seem to be on a kick of reading memoirs by agnostics who tried out religion or former believers who have left religion behind. (In 2009 I read The Year of Living Biblically, God's Harvard, and The Unlikely Disciple. Having been raised religious and remaining so throughout my life, it's curious to me how people can resist faith. Their journey helps me examine the basis of my own faith.

des. 22, 2009, 5:33am

Finished Under the Dome by Stephen King

**** Minor spoiler below:********

Not to bad book, sort of a combination of The Stand and the "Goldfish Bowl" by Robert Heinlein.
Stephen King has used the theme of higher order 'beings" before in Insomnia.
The major drawback is by the middle third of the book there are so many characters that the the story gets confusing as Sk jumps between them, sometimes a whole chapters are only 1 or 2 paragraphs. This changing point of view robs the story of its natural flow.
Overall I enjoyed the book and I think most Sk fans won't be disapointed. (I give it 21/2 to 3 stars)

des. 22, 2009, 6:11am

Currently on The Anniversary Man. I became very jaded with thrillers/murders several years ago but R J Ellory is one of the few authors who still holds me utterly gripped.

des. 22, 2009, 11:58am

#51 "A Sailor's Life" by Jan De Hartog

After the epic Under the Dome, I needed to still my mind. After looking in my TBR pile I found this book.
In 1955 Jan De Hartog was an author of some repute of books about sailors and the sea, a young boy after reading one of his books decided to go to sea and wrote him to ask his advice on going to sea. This book was the resault of that request.

des. 22, 2009, 7:08pm

I'm reading Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton. Very different! I never would have expected a historical novel from him.

des. 23, 2009, 10:42am

Recently finished Sicilian Tragedee--just what I needed while I am working my way to the end of Les Miserables. The "tragedee" is a quick read and laugh out loud funny. More here

Les Mis is well worth the time to read it, but it has taken me about a month.

des. 27, 2009, 11:05am

For Christmas I got Worth the Risk by Nora Roberts. So far so good.

des. 27, 2009, 8:07pm

My next book will be The Devil Himself by Dudley Pope.
about the mutiny on the HMS Danue in 1800.

des. 28, 2009, 12:49am

I just finished a very entertaining crime fiction, The Cleanup and started The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys.

des. 28, 2009, 1:24am

I am reading I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President. It's not at all like what I usually read, but I am enjoying it.

des. 28, 2009, 5:58am

Just got stuck into one of my Xmas books, Stranger in the House, which is about the impact on British women of having their men return from the 2nd World War after several years away, traumatised and often injured. It's a fascinating document about a much-ignored period of our history and I'm loving it.

Editat: des. 28, 2009, 10:05am

Having received a number of books as holiday gifts - and purchased some myself! - I've started with King's Dragon, given to me by one of my sisters, which is the first in a fantasy series she's liked.

des. 28, 2009, 7:48pm

>144 MmeRose: I should have read that book before I mailed it to my dad for a New Year's present.
I just finished The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. I loved this book. It made me smile and laugh. How can you not love an 11-year-old girl who teaches herself chemistry?

des. 28, 2009, 10:42pm

I'm reading Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt for a discussion group. It's interesting to read about the history going on during Jesus' youth, but it's not very compelling yet.

des. 29, 2009, 11:07am

I escorted my granddaughter to the library yesterday and picked up Princess Academy for myself. It's a pleasant little read.

des. 29, 2009, 8:37pm

My last two books for 2009:
The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland and One Girl's War: Personal Exploits in MI5's Most Secret Station by Joan Miller. My wonderful library got a copy for me through Interlibrary Loan all the way from San Jose State University Library! (I'm in Seattle)
I love my library! Without it, I would have spent so much on books I'd be bankrupt and homeless, living on the streets in a hut made of books. In 20 years, there have only been two books they could not get for me.
I tried listening to The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie but the narrator's voice grated on my nerves. I'll have to try the paper version.

des. 30, 2009, 5:47am

#155 What did you think of The Owl Killers, ctpete? I loved Company of Liars so definitely want to try that some time soon.

Still reading Stranger in the HOuse, which is absolutely fascinating, but I'm also on The Mystery of Edwin Drood - partly because I've always meant to get round to it and partly because I have Drood waiting on Mount TBR so wanted to read this one first.

des. 30, 2009, 10:05am

des. 30, 2009, 2:25pm

# 156, Booksloth: I'm not quite finished with it (but will be before 2009 ends). I think it is excellent, similar set up to Company of Liars, each chapter is a different voice.

des. 30, 2009, 3:01pm

#158 You know I'm going to have to order it now? And it's all your fault;-)