raidergirl3's Orange 2012
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For Orange January, I am making this list. The books I have in my house should be the ones I start with, but I often am distracted by library books. I have no intention of reading all these- I usually aim for 2 or 3 books in the Orange month. These will be my running lists, and as I add or read books, the list will change.
Books in my house:
*Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel (2006 short list)
Small Island by Andrea Levy (2004 winner)
The Colour by Rose Tremain (2004 longlist)
Love Marriage by VV Ganeshananthen (2009 longlist)
Books from the library:
*The Septembers of Shiraz, by Dalia Sofer (2008 longlist)
This is How, by M.J. Hyland (2010 longlist)
Secret Son, by Laila Lalami (2010 longlist)
Black Water Rising by Attica Locke (2010 shortlist)
What I Read
The Giant, O'Brien, by Hilary Mantel (1999 longlist)
Black and Blue, by Anna Quindlen (1998 longlist)
The Tenderness of the Wolves by Stef Penney (2007 longlist)
House of Orphans by Helen Dunmore (2006 longlist)
Old Filth by Jane Gardam (2005 shortlist)
Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan (2012
Intuition, by Allegra Goodman (2009 longlist)
The Sealed Letter, by Emma Donaghue (2012 longlist)
Island of Wings, by Karin Altenberg (2012 longlist)
Gillespie and I, by Jane Harris (2012 longlist)
The Forgotten Waltz, by Anne Enright (2012 shortlist)
The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller (2012 winner)
State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett (2012 shortlist)
Foreign Bodies, by Cynthia Ozick (2012 shortlist)
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern (2012 longlist)
There But For The, by Ali Smith (2012 longlist)
Larry's Party, by Carol Shields (1998 winner)
Love your graphic!
Yes, Beyond Black seems to be on a lot of lists. It's been on my Orange lists for several events now. Although Mantel's other book, The Giant, O'Brien is really intriguing me.
I don't even know why I bother making these lists, as I change my mind as soon as it is written.
I was thinking of reading Small Island, but then it seems to get better reviews than The Long Song, so then I think I should read The Long Song first, and while I am debating all this, another book comes along and distracts me.
We are definitely sisters under the orange!
I've read a few on your list including Septembers of Shiraz, which was just O.K. for me. I can't get excited yet about Beyond Black, but I see that I'm going to have a lot of encouragement to do that since lots of people are reading it. I'll stay tuned.
Oh! And I did enjoy Small Island - especially after I had finished it and had time to think about it.
Sorry Hilary - I'm passing the note back to you in class with the 'no' checked off.
Next up, Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen. Looks like a much more traditional read. (It has an Oprah sticker on it)
Small Island, after all your comments, is moving up the list, but it may not get read in January.
Interesting Orange choices you are making. I've not yet read any of Mantel's work, but she's on the list. And it's fine to pass a note in class checked NO; well said! I'm curious about Black and Blue; which of the Orange lists is it on? I wonder if it's anything like A Cupboard Full of Coats which was considered for last year's Booker - an excellent read I thought.
eta: I found it - 1998 LL.
I am most surprised that the book was written by a Scottish person. How does someone in Scotland decide to write a book tied to the history of the Hudson Bay Company, and full of native history and relationships in Canada?
I was intrigued by your question/comment about the book being written by a Scottish person and found this interview with the author that explains how she came about writing this story.
And now I realize why I can never remember how to spell Penny/Penney, when it's Louise or Stef. (I only mention this because of your ongoing fascination with muddling book titles that sound the same, as it seems that I have the same trouble with some authors' names.)
Thrilled to find that you so enjoyed The Sisters Brothers...I did too. (Thoughts here if you're interested.)
I've had some library loans interfering with my OJ plans too...are you still going to squeeze one more in, do you think?
I'll have to remember to put Louise Penny/Stef Penney on my mixed up feature on my blog.
I really liked The Sisters Brothers, and Half-Blood Blues, which I just finished. Both were excellent, excellent reads, for very different reasons. They are always linked in my head because of the Booker and Giller, and that I then read them back to back.
I'm hoping to squeeze one for Orange in (lol) either Old Filth, which looks shorter, or House of Orphans, which the library wants soon!
thanks Michelle, my library has it, so I've requested it. I've never heard of it before, but the name Allegra Goodman sounds familiar. Unless it's just the allergy medicine I'm thinking of :)
Excellent month Jill, thanks for hosting. It's been great meeting so many new Orange readers!
I read Intuition already in March, with citizenjoyce, and we both really liked it. Michelle (3m) recommended it to me, and she was right! It was about medical research, and the best way is to think of it as a high-brow Jodi Picoult. Very balanced, showed all the complicated sides of an issue, but much less emotionally.
I guess it's just the rules of publishing which have The Sealed Letteron the list in 2012, when I can see it's been on the Giller Prize long List back in 2008. Anyway, I'm halfway through it and well caught up in the intrigue and Victorian life. It's hard to believe the same woman wrote Room! If I hadn't seen the author, I would guess it's Sarah Waters' novel.
I think the more I think about the book, the more I'm going to like it. I liked the structure of the book as well.
Nancy - you'll have to try The Sealed Letter, I really liked it. Ooh, Half-Blood Blues was fabulous.
Deb - the list is fun! Keep adding as you read. Your review of Island of Wings is what made me get it from the library
Jill - Donaghue is very versatile. I'll have to look for some of her other backlist.
It was Deb's comments about Island of Wings which got me reading it. My husband's family originally came from Benbecula which is one of the Hebrides Islands, so there was an extra connection for me. My in-laws visited Benbecula when they went to Scotland a few years ago. I think they'd be interested in this book.
Deb's got me interested in Island of Wings, too. Family connections make it all the more so!
I see we'll have to apply pressure on Nancy! :) Looks like we are half- way there!;)
Iceland? very cool. I love the Arnaldur Indridason mystery series set there. Have you been reading those?
I hope to read Song of Achilles very soon, and I expect The Forgotten Waltz to come to me from the library soon. Hopefully before the winner is announced.
I'm a little surprised it won. It was a great tale and all, but she had the main story and just fleshed out some new characters. It didn't make me think like Gillespie and I, or feel like The Forgotten Waltz, or fall into the writing and blues like Half-Blood Blues.
Now that a few days have passed, I feel a little freer to say that I didn't think Song of Achilles was well written at all. I thought it read like a ya novel to me. Not that there is anything wrong with ya -- I read it all the time. I thought it was a little Twilight-y as a matter of fact. Again, I've read the whole Twilight series so I'm not above it. I just don't think that type of book should win the Orange Prize.
Edited to add: Obviously Madeline Miller is a much better writer than Stephenie Meyer. Wanted to be clear on that point.
1. finishing State of Wonder (SL 2012)
2. there but for the (LL 2012) if I can renew it at library
3. Night Circus (LL 2012)
4. Foreign Bodies (LL 2012) (Paris in July event)
5. Larry's Party (winner 1998) (Canadian book challenge, and read all CS books
It's my understanding that homosexual relations were common, though not homosexual relationships. In other words, men were expected to marry women, but it was totally acceptable to have dalliances with their male friends on the side. I think this is why there was some hesitancy about Patroclus and Achilles being open about their relationship - they could sleep together, but not be in love.
In most interpretations of this story, Achilles was in a relationship with Briseis, and (probably) slept with Patroclus on the side. Miller turned this around by having Achilles and Patroclus together, with Briseis serving as a sort of cover-up for the love between the two men.
I have never read much mythology, so my knowledge is pretty limited. I must have missed so much inSong of Achilles. The first book I read which helped me get some of my gods straight was Gods Behaving Badly, which I loved. Then The Lightning Thief, and now Song of Achilles. It's hard to get how an author has adapted the myths without knowing the original. I picked up The Odyssey as a book sale after reading Song of Achilles. Hopefully, I'll give it a try someday.
Pick up a copy of Mythology by Edith Hamilton. It's an indispensable resource! I've owned a couple dozen copies in my lifetime, because they either fall apart from use or I give them away. :)
What translation of The Odyssey do you have? THIS is an awesome webpage that allows you compare the many different translations. I've tried the Fitzgerald translation and did not like it. A friend recommended the Allen Mandelbaum translation so I'm going to give that a go. I've only ever read selections from The Odyssey and really want to read the complete work.
I finished State of Wonder, and it was pretty good. I did not like Dr Swenson, and found her frustrating. SoW reminded me of Intuition, which I read earlier this year, another Orange nominated title. I left a comment on the book thread already.
After State of Wonder, and then a dreary Canadian Late Nights on Air, I needed a lighter book, so French Lessons, not an orange book, is my read right now. I think Foreign Bodies or The Paris Wife will be my next read. I'm combining Orange July with Paris in July when I can.
Apparently Paris has the same annual rainfall as Vancouver, which I can testify, is a lot.
Also flew through Larry's Party. Carol Shields at her (almost) best there. I only have one more novel of hers to read. She does have other writing - short stories, biographies, plays, and essays to read.
That's pretty much it for Orange July. I'm heading up to the cottage this week, and I have to decide what books to take with me. I haven't been reading many mysteries, so I'm taking a few, and maybe another Orange, Small Island, or The Colour.