What did you read the week of December 1- 7?

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What did you read the week of December 1- 7?
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Sat, 12-07-2013 - 1:56pm

Since today is the last day of this week, I'm asking the question in the past tense.

Have an holiday events you are looking forward to?

Julia

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I finished Wool by Hugh Howey on 12/2, which I thought was great.

Never Mind the Goldbergs by Matthue Roth was a delight. I finished it on 12/3/13. It's about a modren Orthodox punk teen cast in a tv sitcom about Orthodox Jews.

In the Garden is a book of poetry by a neighbor Susan Spivack. 

Heaven is Paved with Oreos by Catherine Gilbert Murdock follows a younger group of characters than the author's other series starting with Dairy Queen. It was fun, I finished it on 12/4/13.

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis has every fairy tale in the novel. It's fun. Finished it this morning 12/7/13.

As for holiday things I'm about to get dressed "Victorian" and go to a neighboring Village's Victorian shindig. Next week I'll go listen to friends sing the "Messiah." I hope another friend will have an 'X' number of fishes potluck on Christmas Eve. Our 'Thanksbirthukkah' extravaganza was last weekend. (Yes, we served latkes for Thanksgiving.) 

Julia

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Sun, 12-08-2013 - 12:11pm

Last week I finally finished Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azir Nafisi. Now I want to read every book discussed in the novel, and learn more about life in Iran during the the revolution and beyond.

I just finished Where the Moon Isn't by Nathan Filer.The narrator is a nineteen-year-old young man who writes about what happened to him and his brother ten years previously, and how he was affected by his brother's death.  Matt''s description of  life with schizophrenia is obviously based on the author's experiences as a Mental Health Nurse in England. It does not have a conclusive ending. Matt's journey continues.   I will remember this novel for a very long time.

No more holiday activities this month. Now everyone is trying to keep warm. Friday morning and yesterday morning the temperature was about -34C, with a wind-chill equivalent of -45C (about -50 F).  This morning is a little better, but still very cold, so we haven't been going out more than necessary.

I know it's very cold in most of the U S.too. Stay warm, everyone, and enjoy your  own holidays.

Roberta

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Sun, 12-08-2013 - 7:03pm

 I finished The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister. It was just an okay read. I'm going to start The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith.

 Roberta, I hope that you're getting the cold snap now and it warms up a bit before I arrive for Christmas. My brother heard that we got snow and he phone to tell me that he had a snow blower for sale. He must have jinxed us because flurries are forcast for the next few days.

 Kathie

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Mon, 12-09-2013 - 10:50am

Hi Kacie08.

The windchill equivalent was only - 40C at 8:00a.m.; better than -45C! My daughter-in-law grew up in Yellowknife, NWT, and says that this week Regina reminds her of home.

I'm reading short stories now, but if I don't get to the library soon I'll reread Kim Stanley Robinson's Antarctica. Compared to the conditions described in that terrific book Regina seems warm and cozy. And even though it does seem cold here, we realize that it's a dry cold -(please don't smash your computer)!

Enjoy the snow.

Roberta

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Roberta,

Have you read Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi? It's about Iran and it's a lovely graphic novel. So it won't take you a long time to read. It's also a movie, just so you know, that won all sorts of awards, as did the books. It's ten plus years old and Satrapi has written more graphic novels/ memoirs about herself and her family since then. 

When It's cold, I read books set in the tropics! I've found reading 'cold' books, makes it seem colder to me. It gets mighty cold where I live in Upstate New York, but nothing like Roberta is explaining! Some warm books: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher. Can you think of other 'warm' books? 

I'm currently reading The Real Boy by Anne Ursu which halfway through is amazing. It's about a boy working as a hand, below an apprentice, for a Wizard, in a town with several Wizards. The boy is clearly autistic, but that word is never used in this fantasy setting. So far it's great!

Julia

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Tue, 12-10-2013 - 4:23pm

Thanks for the suggestion, Julia. I've put Persepolis on hold at the library.

I've just started Lucky: A  novel by Kathryn Para, the winner of the  2nd Search for the Great BC Novel. Since I got my new glasses yesterday, reading is much easier. I'm reading more quickly without so much eye strain and blurriness.

Roberta