It’s Monday, Where Have I been?

It’s Monday…well, it’s actually been a few Mondays since I last took part in J. Kaye’s meme It’s Monday! What are you Reading? So what’s been going on?

I’ve posted reviews of Pauline Melville’s Eating Air and the Canal House Cookbook Volume No. 2 – Fall & Holiday. Both were wonderful, in two completely different ways, so I recommend checking them both out.

Also, there is an updated list of my favorite podcasts thanks to Weekly Geeks: Did Somebody Say Podcasts? Which might lead you to ask… do the British really read more than we do, or do they just sound smarter with those accents?

As for my current reading list – I’ve revisited some short stories by Flannery O’Connor in the wake of her winning The Best of the National Book Awards. Halfway thru A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories without any real change to my initial opinion, but we’ll see.

There will be a new review up on Wednesday: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl. It will be followed by a new weekly feature, What’s So BookSexy About…? It will be a place for random thoughts, facts and additional reading related to the latest book review. If that doesn’t make much sense, hopefully all shall become clear before week end.

In the meantime, Happy Monday!

It’s Monday! What are you reading?*

And there’s the rub… what am I reading?  Most of my Sunday was spent  trying to decide what to read next.  I’ve been looking through the piles of TBR’s on my bookshelves, trawling the blogs to see what everyone else is recommending and trying to figure out how “role playing” fits into GoodReads (umm…yeah).    Plus, my credits on just renewed. I’ll need to choose an audio book for the week as well.

The audio book should be easy.  I’ve narrowed it down to Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger or The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters – both seem suitably sad and spooky for the Fall.  As for the other…

I picked up two older Hilary Mantel novels last weekend: Vacant Possession and A Change of ClimateWolf Hall is sitting next to the bed, but that thing is the size of the Bible!  (I am visiting relatives in two weeks and it may be the book to bring; when not reading I’ll use it to beat back my nephew for the t.v. remote.  Remember, it’s all about multi-purposing!).   I’ve learned that one of the traps of blogging is trying to keep posts current, which means reading a lot of newer releases or books that are relevant to what’s going on in the world.  It’s a big part of what I love about reading.  It also can be a bit exhausting having set that kind of internal bar.  Stepping out of the 24-hour news cycle looks pretty attractive.

SO!  I’m open for suggestions.  It’s Monday… what’s everybody reading?  And, honestly, don’t you wish you were reading it here?

The Morning Room

*Don’t forget to take a look at what everyone  is reading at J. Kaye’s.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! – and here is what I’ve been up to:

I posted A Discussion of Two Novels by Margaret Atwood: Oryx and Crake & The Year of the Flood.  It’s a discussion, rather than a review, because I tried to keep the focus on the narrative techniques & away from any major plot points.   So much of the fun of reading these novels comes out of piecing the stories together. To give too much away would ruin the genius of the books.  Both are fabulous reads and I hope I was able to do them justice.

Pauline Melville had an article up in the Guardian UK with her Top 10 list of revolutionary tales.  I posted an excerpt that provides some interesting insight to her latest novel.  Which led me to ask: “How much you want to know about the book you’re reading?  There’s a poll up – so please check it out and let me know your thoughts.

As part of Arianna Huffington’s evil plan for complete global domination:  The Huffington Post has a new Books section (and it’s about time!).  There’s a nifty feature where a blogger can automatically have comments they make to an article posted directly to their blog.  I did a little test run with Beth Kephart’s article on the new FTC Guidelines, entitled Do Book Bloggers Make a Difference?.

I also finished Saint Peter’s Fair, my first book in the Brother Cadfael Chronicles by Ellis Peters, and have started The Virgin in the Ice.  Since finding these books is hit and miss, I’m reading them completely out of order.  It would be ridiculous to try to finish the series before reviewing it, so I’ll be posting my opinion of the series so far in the next day or so. I’ve just received Into Great Silence from Netflix, a documentary on a French Monastery.  I love when everything falls into place like that.

Happy Monday Everyone!  Don’t forget to stop by at J. Kaye’s Blog to see more of what people are reading.

It’s Another Monday! What Am I Reading?*

All these Mondays are starting to add up…  So what’s coming up on BookSexy for everyone to look forward to?

First, check out the  review of Walter Moers’ The Alchemaster’s Apprentice that was posted over the weekend.  It’s a wonderful October read, especially if you have a YA in your life going through Harry Potter & Twilight withdrawals.  It’ll stop the shakes – promise!

And I just downloaded The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood from!  That TBR stack is just getting too high – so I thought this book might be a better use of my commute than BBC podcasts.   To be honest, I’m interested in seeing how this goes.  The last “serious” novel I listened to was His Illegal Self by Peter Carey, which was definitely slow going at times (and a bit of a downer).  I usually save my downloads for lighter fare… but we will see.

Amphibian by Carla Gunn is my current reading read (and the next book from my Brooklyn Book Festival haul ).  I’m about 25 pages in and moving along nicely.  The story is told in the first person by Phineas William Walsh, a young environmentalist who’s about to go Greenpeace on his fourth grade class.  Gunn has perfectly re-created the feeling of being trapped in the car with a  precocious 9 year old.  And the physical book, itself, is a pleasure and a prime example of why the transition to digital books will be a slow one.   My copy is a paperback with bright, glossy covers and tightly bound.  The first page you open to is a black and white photo of a tree frog (which features prominently in the plot).  The paper used has a slightly corrugated feel to it, and the typeset is in Legacy & Legacy Sans.  These are details I don’t always notice, but I had to give props to the Coach House Press for a beautiful product.

Happy Monday everyone!

*It’s Monday!  What Am I Reading? is a meme originating from J. Kaye’s Book Blog.  Please check out what other bloggers are reading here.

It’s Monday! What Am I Reading?*

It’s Monday and while my stack of books isn’t necessarily going down (which actually makes me very happy) – progress is being made!  Last week I finished reading and reviewed Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow.  I highly recommend it… which is a huge relief! I’ve been reading a lot International literature (mostly British and European) lately and was beginning to worry about my lack of excitement over contemporary American authors.

This week will be an ambitious one.  I’ll be finishing up The Alchemaster’s Apprentice by Walter Moers and am beginning Amphibian by Carla Gunn… both books I picked up at the Brooklyn Book Festival.  Moers is a German author and Gunn is from Canada (see what I mean about the International lit?).

And if you read my interview at Bookduck for Book Blogger Appreciation Week you already know how much I am looking forward to Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood – due out…. TOMORROW!? (Umm, I just looked that up on Amazon).  Another book added to the stack.

Homer &L angley by E.L. DoctorowThe Alchemaster's Apprentice by Walter Moers

the yearoftheflood.cvr*It’sMonday!  What Am I Reading? is a meme originating from J. Kaye’s Book Blog.  Please check out what other bloggers are reading here.