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Eleanor's Trousers in Pittsburgh is doing 20 things including…

Read one book a month

16 cheers


Eleanor's Trousers has written 22 entries about this goal

Ok. I'm calling this done.

I read constantly now that I use the public transportation all the time. I probably actually read three or four books a month. It rocks. I’m done with this.

one more

finished “Best Non-Required Reading 2006”. Lots of good stuff in there, if a little Iraq heavy for my taste.

Three stars.

finished yesterday

Anne Tyler’s “Digging to America.” Very good- although if I had edited it, I might have changed some of the sections a little. 3 stars.

Oh- and I finished “On Chesil beach” weeks ago. Brilliant. Five stars.

And “Water for Elephants”- another 4 stars here. Wonderful.


Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins- 4 stars (and perfect for getting sucked in on the bus… I missed my stop because I was reading one day.

Now reading:
The Well of Loneliness, Radclyffe Hall

Waiting for (from Bookswim):
The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama
On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan


Reading Like a Writer.

Quite good. I especially like the list of books you must read immediately at the back.

I’m really enjoying my bookswim membership (even if it doesn’t add to my already gigantic library. I do like to own the books I read, for the most part.

So far in August

The Mistress’s Daughter (A.M. Homes)- 3 stars

I Feel Bad About My Neck (Ephron)- 4 stars

currently reading:

Jitterbug Perfume (Tom Robbins)
Reading Like a Writer
No Plot, No Problem

Read in July

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle- Barbara Kingsolver (5 stars)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (4 stars)

Starting the New Year halfway through one

Currently reading Leslie Feinberg’s Drag King Dreams- I like it so far, if not quite as much as I enjoyed Stone Butch Blues. It should be finished sometime in the first week of 2007, giving me a head start on the 50 books this year. I also suspect some of the books I’ll be reading will be a little cheesey… I’m getting married in 2008 and will have some wedding planning to do!

"Isabel's Bed"

Finished. Another fluff novel picked up in the airport- plain Jane in her early forties winds up drab and single with no prospects and moves off to live with a free spirit who changes her life. yada yada yada. Good enough for that sort of thing and a quick read, but no fine literature here. A great way to ignore all my graduation requirements for a few hours.

Finished Marquez

“Memories of My Melancholy Whores”.

I really enjoyed this- and reading it on a balcony overlooking the courtyard in New Orleans definitely added to the experience. Marquez always adds a touch of whimsy to everything he writes and this was “Lolita” with fantastical and humourous bits. I’ve already passed my copy on to a friend and recommend this one.

Eleanor's Trousers has gotten 16 cheers on this goal.


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