WHAT ARE YOU READING? - Part 6
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What are you reading as the year is getting to a close (and what happened with this decade? I swear, it was 2011 yesterday...) :)
In paper, finished a book on the geology of Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Vistas. I started James Baldwin’s The Devil Finds Work, but haven’t gotten into it as it’s about classic movies I haven’t seen. So I’ve also begun Reading Dante: From Here to Eternity by Prue Shaw, which is really nice early on.
(Oh, and I’ve worked out a 2020 reading plan focusing on The Divine Comedy and Vladimir Nabokov’s Russian novels... although I haven’t posted anything yet)
I've given up on any planning - either I ignore it or I get so frazzled that I read something just because it is there and that is no way to enjoy a book... :)
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo? Or did you mean Andric indeed as the touchstone assumed (I'd recommend anything by Andric).
Finishing Katalin Street is next, then maybe a bit more TBR-pruning before the end of the year. And Germinal, if I can squeeze it in somewhere, so that I can finish the year with the Zolathon more or less on track for my three-year target.
PS: In a way he reminds me of Edward Rutherfurd or Michener :) Except that I was born closer to Andric's subject than to the other 2 - so I knew some of the history of the place that got weaved into the novel better than with the books of the other 2.
>7 baswood: Bas, Spenser is so much fun - once you get into it :) Have fun with it.
Have done little reading in the last month or month and a half. Too much going on. BUT, recently I finished the latest Edna O'Brien novel, Girl and enjoyed it. It tells the harrowing story of one of the girls from northern Nigeria who is kidnapped by the radical Islamist group Boko Harem (the girls are known as "Chibok Girls"). I previously read Helon Habila's short nonfiction book on the same subject to prepare for the novel.
Allowed myself the first couple of chapters of Germinal to celebrate, but I’m also busy with Alles über Sally, another Austrian novel that’s been loitering on the TBR. Taking my library books back at the beginning of the week without getting any new ones out is paying off!
>16 avaland: That’s about when I first heard of Showalter too. The chapter on Woolf is included in an anthology of Feminist literary criticism I used for a course I was doing in 1993. Only 26 years to get around to reading the rest of the book...!
I am getting excited about the 2020 Category Challenges and selecting my books!
>24 AlisonY: best kept secrets — surely The cone-gatherers (which I still haven't read...) is on every list of "best Scottish novels"?
>25 benitastrnad: >26 RidgewayGirl: Glühwein season!
And I'm reading The Body in Question by Jill Ciment.
I read another "random cycling book" (Amsterdam-Delphi: op de fiets naar het orakel by Rosita Steenbeek) over the weekend, and finally got around to finishing the Antal Szerb essay collection Reflections in the library yesterday.
I'm now busy with Alma Schindler-Mahler-(nearly Kokoschka)-Gropius-Werfel's Memoirs.
My most recent finish was The Christmas Hirelings in audio (a freebie from Audible last year), which was short and sweet and rather predictable, but also narrated by Richard Armitage, who has a truly lovely voice. I also did a combination read/listen of Naomi Novik's Spinning Silver, and it was excellent (this is how a retelling/reimagining of Rumpelstiltskin should be done).
As for current reading, I am doing a combination read/listen of David Grann's The Lost City of Z, which has been a fascinating experience. It's also bumped a few other books higher up on my "need to read" list. I'm also still working my way through A Case for the Book of Mormon by Tad R. Callister. I should finish both of these before the year ends.
On the fiction front, I am in the last story in Connie Willis' A Lot Like Christmas, and I am doing a buddy read of Erin Bow's Plain Kate with my sister. Before the year ends I hope to sneak in a reread of The Dark is Rising, and I want to see if I can also read Georgette Heyer's A Christmas Party.
The Making of You: The Incredible Journey from Cell to Human by Catherine Vestre (an Early Reviewers book), which was a little simplified for my science-nerd tastes, but interesting, anyway.
Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins, which was interesting and creatively written, but didn't work for me quite as well as I would have liked.
Common Sense by Thomas Paine, which was remarkably readable for a musty old historical document.
The Black Company by Glen Cook, which irritated me so much in the beginning that I couldn't enjoy it even after it improved.
American Housewife by Helen Ellis, a collection of stories I mostly wanted to like more than I actually did
Nod by Adrian Barnes, a weird and original apocalypse story that I enjoyed.
And I'm now almost finished with Kameron Hurley's The Geek Feminist Revolution.
I've now started Isaac Singer's memoir of his pre-WW I childhood in Warwaw, In My Father's Court. It's been a while since I read any Singer, and I'm looking forward to getting deeper into this. The memoir is really more a series of anecdotes culled from his memory. His father was a rabbi who conducted a Talmudic court in his home, as was common for Jewish communities in Eastern Europe of the time.
I’ve started Ordesa, a recent Spanish novel.
>45 benitastrnad: There are loads of good travel books about Germany. What about:
- Three men on the bummel
- Boswell on the grand tour: Germany and Switzerland
- A time of gifts
- A tramp abroad
...just for starters, not to mention stacks of more recent and more regional ones. Also many by German writers, of course. Tagmash: https://www.librarything.com/tag/Germany,+travel
I'm going to start The Expendable Man by Dorothy Hughes next. I have quite a bit of time off of work over the holidays, but with family visiting and my kids home all day I might not get as much reading done as normal. We'll see.
I was glad to finish Hollinghurst's The Spell as it wasn't overly grabbing me. Tomorrow morning I'll be sitting up in bed with a mug of tea and plate of toast starting Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge and trying not to think about what on earth I'm going to feed a glut of visitors on Friday.
I'm now reading The City of Brass by. S. G. Chakraborty, which I'm enjoying so far. Most likely I won't finish that one before the year ends.
Before I left town, I was listening to 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak. I'll get back to it this week as I start commuting again.
I just got back from 6 whirlwind days of catching up with family and friends (and gorging as much as possible on the sights and sounds of Manhattan) in New York City and New Jersey, so I'm a bit behind in my LT posting. Jumping here to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Just before leaving for our trip, I finished Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen. During the trip (especially during those San Francisco to NYC plane rides) I read the novel Gods and Generals, Jeff Shaara's U.S. Civil War prequel to his father's famous novel of Gettysburg, The Killer Angels. I'll be posting more about both on my individual thread.