Chicken Spaghetti asked me what books I’m reading. Since I’m guessing that FBI files, thick documents related to my salaried job, and The Horn Book don’t count, I had to think a little.
Luckily, the previous night, I’d started reading Raymond Wemmlinger’s Booth’s Daughter. And I recently got my hands on a couple of knockout fall titles: Dianna Hutts Aston and Julie Maren’s An Orange in January and Alice McGinty and Wendy Anderson Halperin’s Thank You, World.
I also read the first page of The Grapes of Wrath the other night while 3-year-old F was trying to fall asleep. No offense to Steinbeck fans, but I was pretty tired, and I think I may have beaten F to Slumberland.
And you — yes, you. Don’t go until you’ve commented on what you’re reading. Surprise me.
Hey, Chris. When you mentioned your FBI files, I thought of the files that the Miss. Dept. of Archives and History has: the Sovereignty Commission files (or something like that). That was the commission that officially worked to preserve segregation in my home state. How awful is that? I would like to look through them, though.
What I’m reading:
–A ginormous pile of student essays for graading.
–The Fagles translation of The Aeneid.
–Rick Riordan’s new one, The Titan’s Curse..
–Waaaaay too many blogs, magazines, and whaatnot.
hi. am reading The Secret by Rhonda Bryne and Penguin’s book of speeches and Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple mysteries for the hundreth time. Tolkien’s L.O.R also for the hundreth time. And Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. And Louis L’Amour – War Party – a book of short stories. Like to read many books at one time. My bedside table is crammed with books and we have to stop buying books soon!!!! Readaholic.
I’m reading Ami McKay’s book The Birth House…it is amazing. Also, Comedy of Errors, by Mr. Shakespeare himself – my husband, who is hearing impaired, and I are going to see the play this weekend, so we’re reading each other the lines so that he can follow the action. Hilarious! I would suggest reading plays with loved ones any day of the week…it’s a nice way to unwind before bed.
currently reading “under and alone” by william queen…fascinating.
I’m in the midst of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. Seriously funny stuff.
hey, im currently reading “Scar Tissue”, by Anthony Kiedis. Very interesting read about the life of a rock star, along with the ups and downs of drug abuse and addiction in downtown L.A.
When I saw it, I thought, wow, just what the world needs, another book about a drug addict who found a way to get clean. However, it had to do with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, so i couldnt resist. Great read.
Orson Scott Card’s “Homebody”
I loved the Ender series and the Bean series, and now I just can’t stop…
Also John Piper’s “Don’t Waste Your Life”
Hypocrite in a pouffy white dress. I chose it for the cover photo but ended up loving it. Just funny enough, just relevent enough, just thought provoking enough to keep you wanting more.
A terrible Jane Austen wannabe novel. One of those, “here’s what happened to Darcy’s great grandniece twice removed,” books. So bad it’s.. well, bad.
Also- An Innocent, A Broad by Denis Leary’s wife Ann( Anne?)
and An Anothroplogist on Mars, Oliver Sachs
I am currently reading Captain Corelli’e Mandolin, am about half-way through and I find it enchanting. I love to read but very rarely have the time, so I am really picky when it comes to choosing a book. I also like to read a good book over andover again, like Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice and Bleak House.
Master: Magician by Raymond E Feist
Lamb: The Gospel according to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (for school)
I am having a summer reread a French author thon and reading Colette, “The Pure and the Impure,” and all of Francoise Sagan. Next door to France is Belgium, and there lives Amelie Nothomb and her deliciously wicked satire. Her little prose novels (100 pages etc) are as easy to toss down as chocolate truffles and of them have been translated into English.
Have you tried GNOCKS? It’s a fun link that takes you to a space where you type in three authors or books you like and then it generates a recommended read for you. It was suggested that I read Dr. Seuss! There is a link on my space to it if you can’t find it. Like your blog- guess you can tell. :)
If you like reading you might want to check out BookWise. My Mom does it. http://www.mybookwise.com/marciaprice/
I am reading “The Count of Monte Cristo”, “Death of a Salesman”, “Down the Rabbit Hole,” and “The New World Translation fo the Holy Scriptures.”
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. It is amazing, and has been a true pleasure to read.
Hi, congratulations on your upcoming publication. I am reading Dubliners-James Joyce. This is a slightly odd choice for me, but it is so.
I recently discovered Christopher Moore and intend to read his books back-to-back until I get burned out or finish all his novels too date; he’s sort of addictive. It started when I picked up Island of the Sequined Love Nun off of a relative’s bookshelf, and am currently reading Coyote Blue. Moore is frequently compared to a lot of other authors I’ve enjoyed a lot — e.g. Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, & Tom Robbins.
I’m reading “Sorcere’s Moon” by Julian May. Finished reading “A Dog’s Life” by Peter Mayle yesterday. It was a fun, easy read with an interesting perspective and a few good laughs. Not an absolute “must” though.
I’m reading The Grapes of Wrath as well. I found it a bit tricky to get into at first, all that regional dialect. Plus it’s great for sending me to sleep but i’m glad that i’ve hung in there.
Since I love to read, and was perusing your blog from the “blogs of note” link, I can’t pass this up. I’m battling through “The First Man in Rome” because I love the works of Colleen McCollough and am stubborn, and I’m starting “Wicked…The life and times of the wicked witch of the west” by Gregory Maguire for the pure curiousity of it. My husband has always intended to write and pub a children’s book, we’ll likely visit your blog again. Keep it up!
Sarah Kane — _Blasted_
David Foster Wallace — _Infinite Jest_
Anonymous — _Lazarillo de Tormes_
Oscar Wilde — _Salome_
I’m reading everything by John Wyndham. His books are really good sci-fi, politically thoughtful, with insights on society’s faults etc. They’re more ‘quiet alien invasion’ than ‘flying cars and spaceships’, which is refreshing. I recommend them. It’s nice to see someone taking notice of children’s literature ^.^
i am a steinbeck fan and now reading john fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman. it’s taking me a while, though, to finish it..
The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome, by Susan Wise Bauer
A Thread of Grace, by Mary Doria Russell (brilliant novel set in Italy during WWII)
Teaching Reading Sourcebook, published by CORE (great resource for teachers, education editors, publishers, writers, and parents)
I just discovered your blog and plan to return very soon.