*** What Are You Reading Now? - Part 4
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I figured a shoot’em up bang-bang book was perfect for reading on a day off and on a holiday known for it s big bangs.
Elsewhere, I put down The Collected Stories of Flanery O'Connor halfway through for a break. Now committed to finished the much much much less demanding Ready Player One. On audio I'm listening to Chasing Hillary by New York Times writer Amy Chozick, which has me kind of depressed about HC and the press, and I'm still in the Iowa caucus. Also... I won't finish before my library loan runs out.
I'm also reading Country Dark by Chris Offutt, which is a noir set in Kentucky in the middle of the last century, and Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi, which is interesting so far.
I just finished Brass by Xhenet Aliu, about a Lithuanian-American girl who becomes involved with an Albanian line cook, and about her daughter, all set in the decaying industrial city of Waterbury, Connecticut. It lost tension in the final chapters, but overall it was interesting and well-written.
I have that book Brass by Xhenet Aliu on my shelves. I was lucky enough to hear this author speak at one of my library conferences and she was very interesting. The book sounded good too. This is her first novel, but she has a book of short stories that was published previously. I may have to move that title up in my reading line as it sounds like that it is a pretty fair novel for a first timer.
Reading a book on Scandinavian Crime Fiction...still.
At night reading Thirty Umrigar's latest, The Secrets Between Us which is reading much like her first book which I read years ago.
During the day I am reading a scathing dystopian novel set in the nearly-but-not--quite-now, about the silencing of women, Vox by Christina Dalcher. I took it to bed with me the first night and had some really, really weird dreams so it's limited to the daytime now. It's riveting....
I'm now reading Blameless by Gail Carriger, the third book in the Parasol protectorate series and still a light and fun read.
I'm also reading The Outsider by Stephen King, which I'm enjoying, but it is about as Kingy a novel as it can be.
I recently finished Circe by Madeline Miller, which I loved.
I started reading Impostor Syndrome by Mishell Baker for my light fun read. She writes urban fantasy set in Hollywood, and the series, called the Arcadia Project is lots of fun.
I also read The Dry in a quick few days—good solid thriller, kept me interested, if not busting up any genre stereotypes.
I’m reading The Gospel According to Luke, but will get interrupted by life before I can finish and will have to come back it. Finally got The Attention Merchants back from the library, on audio, and so I’m learning about online evolution - google, Huffington Post and clickbait, Facebook among other sights. Makes me want to pull out of fb. I might finish this week. Also picked up The Complete Stores of Flannery O’Connor again, but I’m still not enjoying the middle section of stories.
So I've moved on to The Love Object by Edna O'Brien and The Summer Guest by Alison Anderson.
Reading Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn, for the Category Challenge
Also started Bodies of Light by Sarah Moss.
Now I'm reading a few things: Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young, whom I interviewed a while back when he became director of the Schomburg Center here in NYC—I've been looking forward to this one for a while. It is, however, very scholarly (as well as inventive and political, all in good ways), not to mention hardcover and heavy, so I'm not going to be toting regularly on my daily commute (2.5 hours total, much of which I end up standing).
So I'm leavening that with The Selected Poems of Donald Hall, which are lovely, and because over and over I keep seeing the ebook on sale and I keep almost pulling the trigger but then thinking I could just get the library ebook, I'm mooting this point by reading the library ebook of Adam Haslett's Imagine Me Gone.
Good to find another reading poetry. I think we may be a dying breed.
I'm also reading Other Minds, a nonfiction book about octopuses and what their evolution and mind can tell us about ourselves, and The Years by Virginia Woolf which is the last novel of hers that I haven't read yet.
I will say that my kids never laugh harder while reading than while reading the poetry of Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky.
Still reading Silent in the Sanctuary and also read a sample ebook of The Dollhouse and ordered the whole version of it (used) straightaway. Looking forward to its arrival in a few days.
I also have a copy of that book on my shelves. I like Kate Atkinson so I really should get that book read.
I started two new ones, Lighthousekeeping by Jeannette Winterson and Mr. Flood's Last Resort by Jess Kidd.
I'm now reading Neutrino Hunters by Ray Jayawardhana. Next up, after having it sitting on my shelves staring balefully at me for many, many years, I'm finally going to start Stephen King's Dark Tower series with The Gunslinger.
I'm finishing up An Artist of the Floating World which is excellent. Then I'm not sure, but maybe Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively and A Brave Vessel which I checked out from the library because we are about to go to Bermuda on vacation and part of this nonfiction book is set there.
Also starting my foray into poetry with She Walks in Beauty. Although, I'm trying to separate poetry from my novel-reading life in my mind. The record-keeper in me will freak out otherwise, as I'm finding it more satisfying to skip around and not read every poem.
Now I'm on to Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively which I'm loving so far. I'll also start a nonfiction book, Brave Vessel which I picked because it has a section about the early American colonists' time on the island of Bermuda and we're about to go on a cruise there.
I loved Moon Tiger. I think it is one of my favorite books ever.
I started Soldier's Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point today by Elizabeth D. Samet.
Now back to something more serious (perhaps...)
Moving on now to Beside the Sea by Veronique Olmi. This is my second read from Peirene Press, who publish short translated novellas from successful European writers who generally have not found literary fame outside of their own country. They take a very interesting and fresh approach to publishing - worth a look at if you've not heard of them before.
I am already behind in my reviews by 4 books....
I'm now reading a (very short) ER book, Edge of the Known Bus Line by James R. Gapinski. Not sure how I feel about that one yet. Next up should be Just Kids by Patti Smith.
For nonfiction, the latest collection of pieces by Rebecca Solnit is coming on vacation, unless I take Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World (it might take longer than the four days I have at the lake.
I got this book from our library and I found so much food for thought in it that I purchased a used copy to keep in my home library.
Smitten with Kittens
Diana, the People's Princess by Donnelly
Diana, The Life of a Princess
Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings
And I am about to start Pat Barker's latest, The Silence of the Girls, which is quite a departure from her usual topics.
I am currently reading a NetGalley book The Fashion Designer. I feel as if I came into this book in the middle of things, but will persist now that I have a better handle on the storyline. I did not read the first in the series, so that put me at a disadvantage. I think the author should have done a better job of introducing the story, or else just combined the two into one book. I was totally confused until I got several chapters into the book.
Meanwhile, I'm reading Javier Cercas's most recent novel (at least it was when I added it to the TBR: he's probably had time to write another two or three since then) El monarca de las sombras. Very good so far. And on my e-reader I've started Martin Hendriksma's "biography" of the river Rhine, De Rijn. Biografie van een rivier.
I just started reading Meet Me at the Museum--quite a shift in mood.
I'm currently reading the last Rebecca Solnit collection of essays, Call Them By Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays), and started Nicola Barker's The Cauliflower.
At bedtime its K. O. Dahl's The Fourth Man (a Norwegian crime novel)
That book of essays by Rebecca Solnit is on the National Book Award Non-Fiction Long List for 2018. It should be good reading.
I never buy these but wait my turn in long, long library lines. Well, I've figured out that if you "recommend" a title before they purchase it you go to the head of the line. I think I recommended they purchase Lethal White the day the pre-order date came up and it worked!!
I finished Strange Pilgrims, a 1992 collection of 12 short stories of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and the audiobook version of Can't Stop Won't Stop, an (incomplete?) cultural history of Hip-Hop (fun, but flawed).
So now I've started Of Love and Other Demons, a 1994 novel by Marquez, and an audiobook version of The Triumph of Christianity, a 2018 take by Bart D. Ehrman. Also, preparing to start Romans.
>183 japaul22: I picked up my copy from the library yesterday. As soon as my son leaves for a friend's house and my husband leaves to play golf with my father, I'm digging in.
In addition to Lethal White, I'm also reading The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urea, which is so well written. I'm really enjoying it.