Friday, September 10, 2010

What Are You Reading Now?

The following list was composed after I posed a question to my Facebook buddies: "What are you reading right now?" Here are the responses:

  1. "Too Much Happiness Alice Munro. I can’t stop reading!”
  2. "“Rereading...Rainbow Six Tom Clancy
  3. "Hunger Knut Hamson. I've read it a bunch, but just loooove the protagonist. Hamsun was a favorite of Henry miller.”
  4. "My Sister's Wedding, by Hannah R. Goodman. Excellent book, absorbing, complex characters.”
  5. “I am reading Laurell K. Hamilton, The Killing Dance...very good read.”
  6. “The Child Thief, by Brom. I'm still out about whether or not I like it, but the story is interesting. I like it when people take traditional stories that everyone knows and completely changes them so I thought I'd give it a try.”
  7. "Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers, a depiction of the Vietnam War from the POV of a young soldier. Great, unique voice, laugh-out loud funny, and harshly realistic. Loving it.”
  8. “No time for reading, but I have been listening to various classic novel audiobooks from librivox. Currently, I'm listening to David Copperfield, which has great characters but I find it somewhat slow and boring. Just finished Picture of Dorian Gray which was pretty good. Of course, being classics, I assume you've already read them.”
  9. “Just finish 1984, again.”
  10. ‎”Racing Weight, How to Get Lean for Peak Performance. Its a good read but mostly it just makes me hungry. Oh and its by Matt Fitzgerald.”
  11. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao*. Maybe the best book I've read in five years. Maybe longer. There is not one boring word.”
  12. “I just finished Sue Miller's The Senator's Wife--depicts the lives of 2 psychologically well developed female characters and their intriguing relationships. Couldn't put it down. I'm still thinking about the unexpected & spot on ending and how Miller got her characters there-- her foreshadowing was superb.”
  13. Wally Lamb's -The Hour I FIrst Believed
  14. “Currently reading 'The Zookeeper's Wife' by Diane Ackerman. I'm liking it a lot, and I'm fascinated, but the authorial intrusions that crop up every once in a while (but not often enough to feel fluid) keep me out of the lyricism of the rest of the writing. It's like... she's got me, and I'm there with the characters, watching a fawn's legs splay on a wooden floor as its tiny hooves slip, smelling the musk of lynx kits, listening to the gibbons call and echo in their eerie rising hoots... and then you get a line like, "you can tell this sort of thing from pictures of their house." It's like, hey, wait, I was reading a story about a couple that run a zoo, and it's past tense, and I was listening to the monkeys. Why the hell are you talking about a posthumous interview with their neighbor?”
  15. Middlesex is an amazing book. You either love it or hate it. I loved it.”
  16. My Summer Vacation by Hannah Goodman. Have you heard of it? It's OK. :)”
“Oh, and Swim the Fly by Don Calame. Very funny YA book. My cousin-in-law, who's a children's librarian, wrote a raving review for it on Facebook which is why I ordered it.”

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