*** What Are You Reading Now? - Part 3
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If you are not in the States, then ignore the first paragraph and enjoy the weather and the books you are reading :)
In all cases - what are you reading? Any special reading plans for the spring/autumn?
Currently I am listening to Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik, and I am reading Faith Hunter's Skinwalker (will probably finish today or tomorrow) and The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson. Oh, and I started On Stories by C.S. Lewis earlier this week.
Now I'm reading The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen and continuing on with Thinking: Fast and Slow which is interesting but slow reading.
I'm also about halfway through two very good novels, Circe by Madeline Miller and Salt Houses by Hala Alyan.
I'm listening to The Winter King by Thomas Penn, a bio of Henry VII. (Not sure that's the right touchstone).
On kindle, I'm reading The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies.
I can't believe somebody besides me is reading a book from the National Geographic Directions series. I am reading South of the Northeast Kingdom by David Mamet. Mine is about living in Vermont. I have Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country by Louise Erdrich up next. As soon as I finish the Vermont book.
So what did you think? I had to read it for an exam and I just couldn't finish it...
>16 fannyprice: Well, just that bit said about Tangerine intrigued me. So, a Gothic psychological thriller?
>19 AlisonY: I really enjoyed The Confessions of Max Tivoli back when it first came out. Have you read Greer's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Less, by chance? I have not.
I just finished a great book, Small Country: A Novel by Gael Faye, due to be published in June here, but it won the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens in France. I also finished Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri.
Otherwise, I'm currently reading She Would be King (no touchstone yet) by Wayetu Moore, also An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman The Journal of Phebe Orris, 1820-1830, and The Language of Secrets, a crime novel/mystery by Ausma Zehanat Khan (this latter I read a chapter or so at bedtime).
>29 avaland: I look forward to reading your thoughts on Small Country - it’s what I want to read as soon as I get through a backlog of library books. I nearly started it the other day, but forced myself back to the library books!
Yesterday I started: Thinking about the Earth : A History of Ideas in Geology by David R. Oldroyd, a book Kevin (stretch) got be interested in. I'm on page 12... Today I started The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel García Márquez, which is part of my May goal. And then on Audio, Monday I started Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat, linked short stories on Hatie
And I'm still working through 1 Maccabees.
I think that's all.
I've also started the George Herbert biography Music at midnight, which I've been wanting to read since it came out. Looks very good so far.
In the audio realm, I am listening to Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright, and Liza Mundy's Code Girls is waiting in the audio wings (one of the holds that just came available).
My ILL request for Emma Bull's War for the Oaks came in, so I started that on Wednesday. Waiting in the wings for print books (borrowed) are Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Crazy Rich Asians, both holds that almost certainly have holds on them, meaning I have three weeks to read them, no renewals available.
And my book group is reading Uncle Tom's Cabin for the month of June, so that is also waiting in the wings. Plenty to keep me busy!
Now I'm doing a reread of The Handmaid's Tale in a beautiful folio society edition that I got for my birthday, listening to shrill by Lindy West on audio, and for nonfiction reading Prairie Fires, a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
I've recently finished The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman which was everything I love in one book and a five star read for me.
Now reading Straying by Molly Mccluskey, about an American living in Ireland, So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, which is uncompromising, but also accessible and useful, and The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani. Clearly my vague plans to read older books as well as new and shiny ones isn't working out so far.
So you're saying it doesn't get less violent, but stick with it?
Must be something about Spring....
Audio: I finished Claire of the Sea Light and started Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger which I'm mixed on, definitely some good though. I'm waiting for the the library to release another book I want to try.
Bible: spent last weekend reading through 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees and 1 Esdras and the brain held (reviews maybe indicating some some sense of info overload). This week I finished 3 Maccabees and I'm starting 2 Esdras.
slowing working through two other books too, mentioned above somewhere.
I also picked up a reading group book Read It and Eat. I am not in a book group now, other than these LibraryThing groups, but it is a fun book to read, and I am getting some good reading suggestions as well as recipes.
I decided to revisit a past fave, How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen.
I really need to update my thread now.
I'm now reading The Newford Stories by Charles DeLint, which is taking me a while, because it's a big three-in-one omnibus volume.
I'm also reading The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky and The Aviator by Evgenii Vodolazkin, both of which I am enjoying enormously although they are very different from each other.
I've now started Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, which I've been meaning to get to for a while.
>103 benitastrnad: I liked it, obviously, but, man, you might want to check with your book group whether anybody in it is likely to feel unable to handle reading about little kids in danger or distressing situations involving babies. I've known more than one person who's had kids and then suddenly found themselves just completely unable to deal with that kind of thing!
>104 dchaikin: Lab Girl is one of those books I was eager to pick up right away when it came out, and then inexplicably took a long time to get to. Or maybe not inexplicably. So many books, so little time, and all that.
I'm reading Tomb Song by Mexican author Julián Herbert, which reminds me of Luiselli's The Story of my Teeth. And I'm reading The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner, Let's No One Get Hurt by Jon Pineda and I'm almost finished with The Aviator by Russian author Evgenii Vodolazkin, which was wonderful.
I'm almost done with The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe, a biography about the woman best known for writing the words to Battle Hymn of the Republic. And I'm not sure what will be next. Something off my shelves.
Having skimmed the last few books in order to have a basic overview for them in time for my panel last month made me realize how much I hate doing that. I'm a read-it-thoroughly, start-to-finish kind of gal. I had read the last 50 pages of each, but in my read-throughs are rereading even those, since they change slightly in context. It makes me glad I didn't go to work at LJ Reviews, since they have to do that all the time. I suppose you get used to it if you have to, but I personally dislike reading that way.
I'm currently reading When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, one of the founders of Black Lives Matter. It's a really thought-provoking book, and she tells her story and adds the greater context and meaning as she goes and it's tremendously readable. When I'm not reading, I'm thinking about how I know so very little.
I'm also reading Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall, a British crime novel that feels a lot like something written by Barbara Vine, and How to be Safe by Tom McAllister, which is about a teacher who was momentarily suspected as an accomplice in a school shooting. But it's also a much broader book than that.
I finished The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel, which was inexcusably sitting on my shelf unread for over ten years, and I started the New Testament. I've read Matthew, and will start Mark when I get a chance.
I have started too many books. Can't seem to settle, too many distractions I think (or too many temptations and not enough me, ha ha)
>149 Dilara86: Ismat Chughtai was one of the people I wrote about in my final-year dissertation, a long time ago. Not a name you see every day, but very interesting.
And now I've just started Provenance by Anne Leckie, which I am anticipating very much enjoying,
I just finished Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall. It was an excellent novel that reminded me of Barbara Vine at her best. Really tightly plotted and it all held together through the final sentence.
I'm now reading When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, which is doing a superlative job of showing how certain policies and attitudes affect the lives of real people. It's devastating.
And I'm reading How to Be Safe by Tom McAllister, about a woman who was briefly suspected of being involved in a school shooting.
I'm currently reading A Slant of Light by Jeffrey Lent and started listening to Roxanne Gay's Hunger: A Memoir of My Body.
Grace by Natashia Deon is set in Georgia, in the mid-nineteenth century. There are two different stories being told, and while it hasn't gripped me yet, I'm interested in finding out what happens to them.
And I'm reading Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten, because I'm in the mood for a solid crime novel. There's something very soothing about the steady pace of a solid police procedural.
Also reading Nabokov's Invitation to a Beheading in tiny bursts before bed... once I get horizontal I tend to pass out pretty quickly, but this is another one that might be really good in short doses.
Now I'm reading Tommy Orange's There There, which is terrific so far.