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Scattershot Reading

I was going to post about all the things I'm reading right now, but there are just too many things, and my brain is just not up to it this morning. Maybe later. I'm reading several books at home - both hardcover and paperback - plus a book and a couple of galleys on my Kindle, jumping from one to another in an episode of "Short-Attention-Span Theater."

What are you reading?



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Sep. 23rd, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC)
Now is one of those rare times when I'm actually reading only one book: Mary Todd Lincoln by Jean H. Baker, a fascinating, complex, and sympathetic biography.
Sep. 23rd, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
Several things at once, hoppity hop. Lessee -- book IV of the Ramayana, a collection of Browning, Tristran and Isolde by Swinburne, and am wording my way through the Child Ballads, one ballad a day. Regarding the lack of fiction, I finished a series earlier this week and have not yet settled on what's next -- I've poked at several opening chapters, but none have stuck.

Sep. 26th, 2011 02:01 am (UTC)
I just finished Ann Rice's "Angel Time." It's a fast read, but difficult for me because her protagonist's situation has an uncanny resemblance to mine. Well, maybe not so much the part where he's six feet four, blond, and a hit man. The Childe's other grandmother insisted on giving me an audio version of Anita Diamant's "The Red Tent" for the trip home. I listened to the first disc and was ANNOYED. Which, admittedly, kept me alert and awake. I kept rewriting sentences, and indeed whole paragraphs, in my head. I hated the way the women were characterized, particularly how they all had the hots for Jacob and therefore were perfectly happy to be annexed by him en masse as sister wives. Blah. DOWN WITH THE PATRIARCHY! Mostly I didn't like how the book was supposed to be about Dinah, but one disc through what promised to be her life story, I still hadn't heard one thing about anyone but her four mothers. Still, I suppose I'll have to plod through the rest of the story so I can express gratitude to my counterpart. I don't want to make my son's mother-in-law think I'm a snob. Possibly it gets better, though I doubt it. Next up is Lev Grossman's "The Magician King"--even though "The Magicians" made me sad. Also, my favorite part of "The Magicians" was the ending, which the sequel will probably undo. Oh well.

The Sparrowhawk and I have taken up our old custom of bedtime reading again, and he's reading me "The Keeper of the Bees," by Gene Stratton Porter. Reportedly, this was my grandmother's favorite novel. It is unintentionally hilarious at times. Oh, the dialogue!! And the bizarre pre-World War II theories about "purifying the blood" to eliminate illness. But the Bee Master, the Storm Girl, and the Little Scout are awesome, not to mention our hero Jamie, a wounded war veteran who set out on an adventure, believing he was dying, but was lucky enough to reach California, where it appears he may succeed in curing his untreatable wound by eating tomatoes and sun-bathing . . . .
Sep. 26th, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
Ooh, wounded war veteran!
Sep. 26th, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, I thought you'd like that part . . . . ; )
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