"Reading Lolita in Tehran"Read "1984" while out camping last week - very smart writing, although quite disturbing!
The Good Soldier, by Ford Maddox Ford, and it's making me wish that instead, I was reading Brideshead Revisited which was kinda interesting.
Journey to the Hangman by Arthur Upfield and Japanese Linked Poetry by Earl Minor
Just finished Middlesex, which I didn't think I'd like but I did. Well written.
I am reading and savoring Virginia Woolf's "The Waves".
Just finished State of Wonder by Anne Patchett -- really compelling -- a great read!Since I'm a librarian and a book fiend, I always have too many books on my waiting list and only ever get to a fraction of them. Sigh.
Reading Small Lives, by Michon. And, reading Harry Potter aloud before bed to the kids.
The Toss Of A Lemon by Padma Viswanathan, just finished ( 2 hrs. ago) The Maytrees By Annie Dillard.Both bought at a Borders book store which is going out of business.Saddened by any book stores closing, chain or individual.Where will I go on my day off for a magazine fix?xo Jane
Saw your post title and thought I'd come here for suggestions. I am open and itching to dig into something good... I'll be back!
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You've got quite a stack on your bedside table with 10! I'm reading "Edible Landscaping", "Quarter Acre Farm", and "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek". All nature loving stuff because it's summer!
Alice Munro "Too much happiness" and i started about 10 other books ... i really must focus now...
Just finished "This Much I Know" by Wally Lamb. Now reading "Shantaram" by Gregory David Roberts. My bedtime book for the last month or so (can't read for long at night) is "Lantern Slides" by Violet Bonham Carter.
Just fished a Donna Leon thriller, Death at La Fenice, which was incredibly good and am now onto Carlo Levi's Christ Stopped at Eboli and a book about Rome by Robert Hughes. Love this post and all the ideas for future books I'm getting here.
I,too, am reading Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti series; In The Kitchen With A Good Appetite; and Hell Gate by Linda Fairstein.
Anne Sexton: A Biography by Diane Wood Middlebrook.
I'm on a bit of a Simone de Beauvoir kick at the moment. I'm making my way through her autobiographical works and am reading La Force de l'âge (The Prime of Life) right now. I also started L'Invitée (She Came to Stay) last night.
I've been on a short story kick:Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa LahiriFine Just The Way It Is, Annie Proulxon another note, Ann Patchett is partnering w/ another woman to open a bookstore in Nashville, hopefully in the fall. she couldn't bear that our city has almost no bookstores now.
I just finished "Lightning" by Jean Echenoz and started "Peony in Love" by Lisa See
I am reading the silver screen... I am all about film, film, film until August 7th.Well, actually, I am reading Graham Greene's Our Man in Havana.
just now "alkutuuli" by bo carpelan and the one that i read over and over again is "tilan poetiikka" by gaston bachelard (in french it´s "la poétique de l´espace")beautiful photo!
My childhood Astrid Lindgren books - again!!
Michael Pollan's 'The Omnivore's Dilemma'. I keep pausing to look up + verify what the author says online...its fascinating but biased.
The Magicians, by Lev Grossman. Pretty good, but it took me a while to get hooked.
I've been in a children's literature state of mind this summer. I've also just finished The Wind in the Willows, which I really enjoyed. I feel like summer is the perfect time to crack open those stories. Who doesn't want to read about anthropomorphic animals wearing three-piece suits? Currently reading The Princess and the Goblin. And The Hunger Games is an awesome, gripping read. Are you on Good Reads? If you are, we should really be friends.
Hi.Right now...'Don't Let's Go To the Dogs Tonight'. Finished a few out in the field this stint including 'The Sparrow' and 'Remarkable Creatures'...the former I was hesitant to read but was quite impressed with.btw--did you ever finish the Wallace Stegner book (can't remember which one you were reading now...)...would you recommend it?
i am between books since finishing "just kids" but nothing seems to be hooking me in the same way. there's always a bit of disappointment for me after i read something i love. first, it ends. and second, nothing compares for a few months.
I'm re-reading The Maytrees, thanks to you (and loving it all over again). Also ordered The Art of Eating's Dessert Issue...good before bed, short pieces.
Look at all of this good stuff. Now everyone should be set with reading material for the summer. My bedside table is about to fall over. Oh well, there isn't any hurry. I hope you are all enjoying summer (or winter...depending on where you are).nancy, Go Ann Patchett!Joyti, Good idea. We can't believe everything we read.Joanna, I am not. Should I be?Rachel, I was listening to The Spectator Bird and wasn't really feeling it. I didn't get very far. Maybe I'll go back to it one day, but I've tabled it for now.Katrina, I know what you mean. This happens to me with movies too.
i have just finished reading herman bangs "the white house/the grey house".now i am going for thomas mann "the magic mountain". that will keep me busy for a while i guess :)
Rachel, I'm not sure if you've read Wallace Stegner's Crossing to Safety, but someone just recommended it to me. It looks good.
I second State of Wonder.I really enjoyed it.
I'm so glad you asked this question. Reading all the responses, I have found myself with a list of books to look for. Currently, I've been reading Selected Stories by William Trevor.
All summer long i read italian classics (pavese, montale, Verga, calvino,...) in italian, in italy... Heavenly