Okay, I’m starting to pick up and read too many books at a time!!! 5 days ago
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And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.
Not quite the home run that The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns were for me. They were both hard to put down and had my heart pouring out for the characters and the Afghanistan people.
This third novel was good. But I didn’t love how it layered new characters on apparently unrelated old characters and then tied them together at the end. At times I was reading and the new characters and story line seemed disjointed from what I’d already read. I found myself asking “who are these people??” But since each character was wonderfully developed, it kept me reading to find out where it all would end up.
I think I would have LOVED this book if it had been more about Pari and Abdullah all the way through and not added in a lot of the other characters, but what do I know?
Time to read something completely different and catch myself up for February. 2 weeks ago
I’m halfway through a unique collection of short stories called Seven Japanese tales by Junichiro Tanizaki. I am also reading a much lighter title, Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs.
When I was younger, I couldn’t understand how people read several things at a time. Each book was a world and it joggled me to live in multiple realms at a time, reality included. My grandmother, on the other hand, would have a book to read in each area of her home. You could find a biography in the kitchen, a classic in her bedroom, and a contemporary title in the living room. She liked ones set in New York. Needless to say, reference books found their place in the bathroom. Now, I can read two or three books at a time. This actually makes me feel like I’ve graduated and moved on to a higher class in some intangible reading course. It makes me feel like I’m part of a group of readers that my late grandmother belonged to. 2 weeks ago
I just finished The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. on my Kindle, and I’m not quite done digesting insights, projections, questions and implications. I picked this up because it is touted as an invaluable inside look into a particular guy’s mind as it picks apart his thoughts and attitudes about women and relationships. Nathaniel P. is a soon-to-be celebrated, serious author. Lives in Brooklyn. Middle-class. Of impressive educational pedigree. Assumes he is forward-thinking with regard to social matters, including matters involving women and getting with women. Constantly guilty.
This book didn’t immediately win me over. I only got invested in it at the 70% mark, which is so unusually late that I was surprised it happened at all. But as I read the final paragraph last night, I was very moved, and I felt that it had shown me things – true things about people and about myself. It showed rather than stated aspects of the man-and-woman conversation in ways that made me aware of my judgements (that were long up for evaluation). Ultimately, the reason why it took me so long to deeply care about what the hell was going on is the fact that the main character and his friends aren’t… well.. part of my tribe. Yes, I do enjoy books and ideas and culture. But I do not live in the world of ideas quite like they do. In short, I’m not an intellectual. But it turns out that this did not at all prevent me from appreciating the book. I’d recommend it to friends. I’m pretty sure that a week from now, I’ll still have The Love Affairs on my mind (and emotional digestive track). 4 weeks ago
This month, I finished Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. It was a crash course in technology and online security, a coming-of-age, and a peek into a particularly geeky group of teens. The book is shamelessly geeky. The group of teens are so into what they do, it makes you want to give something like LARPing a try. The novel sells its brand of geekiness as a form of cool, but the slang used throughout the pages isn’t always convincing. 4 weeks ago
The Thin Woman’s Brain: Re-wiring the Brain for Permanent Weight Loss
by Dilia Suriel 4 weeks ago
So I completed my January book yesterday about Mary Tudor very good read now I’m moving onto Northanger Abbey. 1 month ago
Jan’s book of the month! I’m just past the half way mark with a day to go! That’s progress! 1 month ago
I read 3 chapters and the prologue yesterday so far the book is focusing on her grandparents and parents prior to Mary’s birth interesting stuff! 2 months ago
Self explanatory, right? Potential (preliminary) reading list:
1. The New Strong Willed Child- Dr. James Dobson
2. Dare To Discipline- Dr. James Dobson
3. Our Unmet Needs- Charles Stanley
I’d like to throw in some fiction, but honestly, I have no idea what to read. Hmm. Library time is coming up. My mom had some books she loved…maybe I’ll try to find out what they were and check out the series. 2 months ago
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer. The story of a sad, lonely woman in 1985 who’s psychoanalysis led her to shock therapy. And during each therapy she time traveled to her own life in another age in 1918 and 1942. It was part fantasy, part historical fiction as her time travel bounced her back and forth between the three eras and her life in NYC. In each period she lived during wartime and peace, and saw the progress of both society, commerce and infrastructure. There was an interesting subplot which showed her brother, as a gay man in each of these eras, and what he endured at the hands of society. I’m not really a fan of fantasy, so I didn’t like the overall premise, but as usual, I enjoyed the historical fiction component.
So glad to get my 12th book in under the wire. Happy New Year all!
PS I’d previously marked this goal as done and so its in the “doing this again” category that doesn’t show up on my active 43t list. I thought I may count this goal as done now as I have entries that go back to December 2006. But I just had so much fun looking back at my entries on this goal that how can I stop? So I will press on and continue with a goal that has definitely become part my life. Wonder what 12 books I’ll read in 2014?? 2 months ago
OOps, running out of time on this one. But just finished A Throusand Hills to Heaven: Love, hope and a restaurant in Rwanda by Josh Ruxin. After just returning from Rwanda, I really enjoyed this. It wasn’t the book I expected and at times it was a little self-serving (even as the author was doing good deeds) but I still loved it. 2 months ago