What are you reading the week of April 21 to 27th?

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What are you reading the week of April 21 to 27th?
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Sun, 04-21-2013 - 4:23pm

Hi Readers!

What are you reading the week of April 21 to 27th?

Are you doing anything for World Book Night on April 23?

Julia

 

 

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Right now I am reading Living with Shakespeare ed by Susannah Carson. It's essays by writers, actors and directors about what Shakespeare means to them, how they came to Shakespeare. I don't think I'll read it cover to cover, but I've already found neat stuff.

I am giving out 20 copies of Kindred by Octavia E. Butler and 20 copies of Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward at three area high schools and one college on World Book Night, Tuesday.

Julia

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I loved The Lawgiver by Herman Wouk. Now I'm reading Water Witch, a 1982 scifi/'fantasy novel  by Cynthia Felice and Connie Willis. I recognize a few themes and scenarios  from other, later Willis novels.  There's a bit more fantasy in this novel than I usually like, but it's entertaining,humerous, and fast moving.

Roberta

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 I'm reading Starting Now: A Blossom Street Novel by Debbie Macomber and Temple of a Thousand Faces is still my bus book. Up next is The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchannan which I've heard good things about.

 We don't have World Book Night in Canada so I looked it up. What a wonderful event- giving out books on Shakespeare's birthday. I would hand out any of these books from the list- The Language of Flowers, Mudbound, or Still Alice because I loved all of them. I have Look Again sitting on my bookshelf so I may just pull if off the shelf tonight. A couple of the UK books are new authors so I must check them out.

 Kathie

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I'm about to start The Half-life of Facts - Why Everything We Know Has An Expiration Date by Samuel Arbesman.

Roberta

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About World Book Night, especially if it comes to Canada!, don't do what I did and pick a book you haven't read.

I chose Salvage the Bones, I think right after it won the National Book Award. I knew the characters lived through Hurricane Katrina and since a hurricane and a tropical storm came through my community, a year & a half ago, I thought it was a good choice.

Then I read it. Wow!  Depressing, sad, bleak. Three adolescents raising themselves because their mother has died and their dad climbed into a bottle. They are poor, black, rural and have no adults in their lives. Then there's a hurricane! I really wish I had asked for Bossypants, which was also on the list...

If I get the opportunity, next year I will ask for a funny book.

I gave books away in a community college classroom, a high school in an 11th grade classroom studying science fiction and in the lunchroom there, then at the soup kitchen in my village.

Julia