*** What Are You Reading Now? - Part 5
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How is your reading going? And for the people from the Northern hemisphere - do the shortening days influence what you are reading? If you live down south, do the lengthening days influence you?
Welcome to (probably) the last thread for the year - come and tell us all what you are reading.
>4 SassyLassy: I enjoyed The invention of nature as well.
I finished Romans, and Of Love and Other Demons, the last novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, which plays on Rapunzel. Recommended to fans of Love in the Time of Cholera. Now I'm reading News of Kidnapping, Marquez's nonfiction account of ten people kidnapped, all for one purpose, by Pablo Escobar around 1990.
The Nanny Diaries
On Chesil Beach
I am reading The First Love on my Kindle for NetGalley, about 86% done.
Got hit with a Book Bullett! I had to go to Amazon to see who or what was Claire DeWitt, and so added the first book in this series to my ever growing TBR list.
Work is going through a very stressful patch, so I feel the need for some light relief in my next read - I'm going with the comedian Romesh Ranganathan's new memoir that I picked up at a recent book signing at Cheltenham Literary Festival.
Right now I'm half way through Aristocrats by Stella Tillyard, nonfiction based on the letters of 4 wealthy British sisters of the 18th century. Very good.
And doing a group read of Wild Harbour, a fairly obscure Scottish book written in 1936 that predicts the second world war and a pacifist couple's reaction to it.
Ouch! You got me with a book bulletin. The Stella Tillyard book sounded interesting so a visit to Amazon later and I have added it to my growing wishlist.
On the print and ebook front, I am reading Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine and Greywalker by Kat Richardson.
And I have picked up copies of both The Witch Elm by Tana French and Transcription by Kate Atkinson and I'm looking forward to both of these.
Audio, The Invention of Nature is only ok, for me. The info is good, but, well, the reader is somehow wrong, and the text isn't flawless. Anyway, for the moment I've switched to On Grand Strategy, and haven't decided if I'm enjoying it or not. Again, the historical info is good (this reader is decent)
I started listening to book six in the Septimus Heap series. This one is titled Darke and is my commute book. It has a great narrator so this will be fun.
I also started reading the YA novel Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas. This one will be a quick read.
What I have finished recently: Friday Black, by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, which I thought was terrific.
Also Fierce: Essays By and About Dauntless Women, an anthology that a friend of mine who runs a small press put together. These are interesting—a really mixed bag, but a great idea to highlight some of history's unsung game-changing women, and I enjoyed it.
Now reading The Story Prize: 15 Years of Great Short Fiction for review, since apparently short stories aren't done with me just yet.
I'm also reading Ohio by Stephen Markley, which is turning out to be a much better and more nuanced story than I'd thought after the first fifty pages. It's about various people from New Canaan, Ohio, who went to high school together and are all in town for a variety of reasons (from "never left" to "driving through as quickly as possible") eight years later.
I'm also reading There, There by Tommy Orange.
Accident: A Day's News by Christa Wolf - finished Nov 1 and reviewed, although it seems like a long time ago
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - finished Nov 6 (generally recommended)
Galatians - finished yesterday am
Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel García Márquez - this is what I'm reading when I can read
On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis - also finished Nov 2
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf - Finished Nov 9
Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior by Bart D. Ehrman - listened mostly during a drive from Houston to New Orleans and back. Finished Wednesday.
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan - the so far really interesting book I'm listening to.
I've just started Foe by Canadian author Iain Reid, which is just as mind-bending and eerie as I'm Thinking of Ending Things.
And the Tournament of Books long list has been announced, so I'm reading R. O. Kwon's The Incendiaries and Peng Shepherd's The Book of M.
Now reading Boswell on the Grand Tour, which is just as delightfully (unintentionally) funny as you would hope.
I’m now about halfway through Der abenteuerliche Simplicissimus, another of those classics we’ve all been meaning to read forever...
Now having a go at Anthony Kenny’s An illustrated history of Western philosophy (no, the pictures don’t really make it any easier to follow...) and switching to Uwe Timm’s Der Mann auf dem Hochrad when my brain starts overheating. Because who can resist a taxidermist on a penny-farthing?
>104 bragan: >105 Dilara86: I’m beginning to think there must be something wrong with me because I didn’t enjoy The song of Achilles...
Assaulted Caramel by Amanda Flower, while on a Caribbean cruise. This was a gift from my Santa last year.
Malevolent Magic by Mildred Abbott--in the Corgis mystery series, with some holiday magic and weirdness thrown in for good measure.
A Christmas Courting for NetGalley, which was a series of short novellas.
Currently reading Murder Past Due for NetGalley
I'm also reading America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo, also from the ToB list and also excellent, this time concerning a Filipino family in California. And I'm reading Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro, which is about a woman in a marriage she's committed to, who nonetheless embarks on an affair. It's an intense and very internal novel.
Next audiobook is Becoming, I'll start tomorrow morning.
I seem to have quite a lot of things on the go, and I’m not sure which are going come to anything before Christmas (probably something else altogether...): I’ve read a few chapters of the next Zola in the pile, L’assommoir, I’m enjoying Charles Martin’s blank-verse translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and I’ve gone off on a complete tangent into Old English linguistics.
Winter's Tale - Exit Dan, pursued by a bear...
Written in what the author describes as "a shadow tongue"—a version of Old English updated so as to be understandable to the modern reader—The Wake renders the inner life of an Anglo-Saxon man with an accuracy and immediacy rare in historical fiction. To enter Buccmaster's world is to feel powerfully the sheer strangeness of the past. A tale of lost gods and haunted visions, The Wake is both a sensational, gripping story and a major literary achievement.
>128 lisapeet: I hadn’t heard of it, Lisa. Sounds entertaining.
Still dipping a toe into the magical world of Old English word-order, but I don’t think I’ll get much further before Christmas. Taking note of The Wake (I approve of Charles Kingsley’s Hereward the Wake, of course, because it has a minor character called “Thorold” in it - I don’t know if he is in this new one as well...).
And I’ve gone off on another complete tangent and started Welcome to Lagos, which looks like fun.
And I'm now reading But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past by Chuck Klosterman. I've only just started it, but I was very annoyed at having to put it down to go to work this morning, so that seems very promising, indeed.
>143 japaul22: Well, even without Mary Beard to put him in context, he would have a hard time standing up to 21st century scrutiny. But I did enjoy The blue flower.
Now reading the second part of Richard Dawkins’s memoirs, Brief candle in the dark, which is a bit easier to read in between the excitements of a family Christmas than a high intensity French novel.
I'm almost finished The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai and it fully deserves every accolade and award it's been given.
I'm also reading A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, and a crime novel called What You Don't Know by JoAnn Chaney.
I also finished Kudos, the last book in Rachel Cusk's Outline trilogy. I enjoyed it, but I think the first two were better.
And I'm about halfway through Melmoth which I have been eagerly awaiting (thanks, SantaThing)!
But Happy New Year to those who do!