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Laytonwoman's 2013 Orange reading

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1laytonwoman3rd
Dez. 14, 2012, 8:39pm

Anticipating Orange January (I assume we're still calling it that, in spite of the prize's name change). I didn't get as far last year with my reading list as I had hoped. But the good news is, the books are still there, so I can carry on...

I hope to read these prize winners or contenders in 2013:

Song of Achilles
A Spell of Winter
The Night Watch and/or The Little Stranger

Three of these are left over from last year's intentions...but let's see how I do. New year, new start.

2rainpebble
Dez. 15, 2012, 5:36pm

Linda,
I will be reading Song of Achilles along with you provided my number comes up in the Library queue soon enough.
I hope you love the other three as much as I did. A Spell of Winter was a solid 5 * read for me while the other two were 4 & 4 1/2 * respectively.
I have you starred and will be checking back in January.
Here is to 2013,

3raidergirl3
Dez. 17, 2012, 2:27pm

I think we still call it Orange January; I know I want to.

Ive read all four on your list, and all are good. I am partial to the Sarah Waters' novels as you can't go wrong with her books.

4laytonwoman3rd
Dez. 17, 2012, 2:41pm

Yes, Elizabeth...I like Sarah Waters too. I've read Fingersmith and Tipping the Velvet, and enjoyed both of them.

5rainpebble
Dez. 20, 2012, 12:28am

I have only read the two Sarah Waters books you have listed above but I really like how she writes and am looking forward to Fingersmith this year and may read Tipping the Velvet for AV/AA.

And raider, when Jill took her little survey seems most of the responses were as you feel. Keep it Orange January and Orange July. After all, what is in a name? A lot!

6TinaV95
Jan. 1, 2013, 3:10pm

Hope you adore The Song of Achilles as much as I did!!

7laytonwoman3rd
Jan. 29, 2013, 2:20pm

Well, January threw me a curve, and I didn't do the reading I intended. I may still get to Achilles in the near future, but I'm playing it by ear for a while.

8rainpebble
Jan. 29, 2013, 4:03pm

Oh Linda, I just finished it early yesterday but was so wrung out that I couldn't write a review at the time. Am hoping to do that today or tomorrow. I also hope that you enjoy it as much as I did. Not having studied Greek Mythology nor the Greek Tragedies, I was afraid of this one but now I want so badly to dive in to The Iliad. Just thinking that I will get to the challenge books that I wish to read in February before I begin. I am excited to read it after having read The Song of Achilles.

9Yells
Jan. 29, 2013, 10:16pm

I know almost nothing about Greek Mythology so I was a little sceptical but I loved it too!

10rainpebble
Jan. 30, 2013, 12:00am

Yea us, bucket!~! :-)

11rainpebble
Jun. 29, 2013, 2:14pm

Wondering what you are planning to read in Orange July? It's almost upon us.

12laytonwoman3rd
Jun. 29, 2013, 2:19pm

Oh my goodness, Belva...you're right! And I haven't been thinking about it at all. I think I'll try for Song of Achilles again. Maybe if I put it on my desk, in plain sight, I'll get to it?

13rainpebble
Jul. 2, 2013, 6:47pm

I loved Song of Achilles Linda. I found it hypnotic and fascinating and it made me want to run to my shelves for Homer.

14laytonwoman3rd
Jul. 11, 2013, 3:44pm

July is getting away from me already. I'm in the middle of a fascinating non-fiction read, My Promised Land, which I don't want to be distracted from. I've promised to read The Mists of Avalon with my daughter. If I get through both of those this month, I may get to an Orange read as well. Isn't life supposed to slow down in the summer? Ain't happenin' here!

15rainpebble
Bearbeitet: Jul. 16, 2013, 11:08am

Ain't happenin' here either Linda! We have been 'logging'. Taking out some old cottonwood trees & a huge plum tree whose branches broke from the snow this winter. We are nearly done but my shoulders are killing me from running that old power saw. I couldn't believe it when he had me running the saw. I guess he thought I had leaned from my 3 brothers who were cutters....not! I only learned to swear like a logger from them. lol!~!
Anyway my reading time has gone to pot this summer too. I have only managed one Orange thus far, When We Were Bad. I am hoping to get another couple in by month's end but don't see it happening at this point. However I refuse to wish Winter back although I can hardly wait for Football Season this Fall.
I am going to have to see if my library has My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel. I went over to the book page and this one sounds like a truly wonderful read. Thanx for the reck.
Cheers,

16lauralkeet
Jul. 16, 2013, 12:40pm

>14 laytonwoman3rd:: well, I'm excited to see what the mother-daughter duo thinks of Mists. I read it 18 years ago (I remember it precisely because I was pregnant, and finished the book during those first weeks when a baby sleeps a lot). It had a huge impact on me but I've often wondered how much of that was hormonal, LOL.

17laytonwoman3rd
Bearbeitet: Jul. 16, 2013, 1:19pm

#15 My Promised Land isn't due for publication until November, Belva. Tell your library to order it now...it's very, very good. And important, I think.

#16 Daughter has read it once already; I'm eager to get into it, having read the Prologue. I just need to find blocks of reading time, and am frustrated that I'm not doing so. Funny, I don't remember MY baby sleeping a lot during those first weeks. Seems like I'd just think she was down for a while, start doing something (or napping myself) and she'd wake up again. Partly why she's an only!

18rainpebble
Jul. 17, 2013, 1:37pm

>17 laytonwoman3rd::
Linda, my library has now ordered two copies of the book and I am number 2 in the queue. Yea me!~! Thank you so much.

>14 laytonwoman3rd::
I was unaware that Mists of Avalon was 7th in a series by Bradley until last night. Have you read the others? Just wondering if they can be read as stand-alones.