What have you been reading this week/ year so far?

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Registered: 08-11-2008
What have you been reading this week/ year so far?
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Wed, 01-08-2014 - 7:00pm

I am currently reading an ARC from Feruary 2013, that I got in November called Wash from Margaret Wrinkle.  I thought it was YA, but it's not, I don't think. It's about a young/ not so young slave in Tennessee, his white owner and the black woman who takes physical care of both of them. It's set from 1812 to 1823.

I've also read and loved Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein about an American woman transport pilot in England ferrying planes around for the RAF. She gets captured by the Nazis and ends up in Ravensbruck concentration camp. It's a novel but it concerns itself with the real Ravensbruck's Rabbits, girls and young women who were "medically experimented" on. I got it from the library.

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block, also an ARC from last year, is a retelling of "The Odyssey" through a dystopian, magical realism, LA lens, that I found trippy and wonderful. I loved it!

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is about a 15 year girl and her brother and their physically and emotionally abusing Dad in a city in Nigeria. I couldn't put it down. Paperbackswap is where I got this one from 2003. There's another book I read too, but I'm not mentioning it with these others...

Happy Reading in 2014! REad books you like!

Julia

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I've read 27 books so far this year.

I'm currently reading Seeing Red by Kathrin Erskine.

Other very good ones, --I haven't read much of the above, but I loved her Mockingbird in 2013 or 2012 are:

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Paperboy by Vince Vawter

Julia

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Registered: 06-13-2008
Mon, 02-03-2014 - 6:28pm

 I'm reading Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich and I've got The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd waiting in the wings.

 I've got Labor Day on Mt. TBR and I didn't realize that it has such an unusual style. I think that it's going to bother me as well.

 Kathie

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Registered: 01-28-2000

I also get distracted by an unusual writing style, such as no quotation marks, at least until - or if - I get far enough into the book so that I'm used to it.  Reading becomes a chore when you have to work to figure out who is saying what.  Other unusual or unexpected writing styles can also be distracting. I focus more on the mechanics of  decoding orinterpreting the written words than on enjoying or contemplating what those words say.

Now I'm reading Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon, something like his earlier, much longer  Last and First Men but with two possible futures.

Roberta

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I've read 11 books so far this year, a couple of romance ones — the Neighbor from Hell series. They are hysterical.

I'm currently reading Labor Day and am having a really hard time with it because of the whole missing quotation marks thing. Is it just me? It's really horrible. I can't not focus on the fact that they are missing.

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Thu, 01-23-2014 - 6:54pm

 I've got two books on the go, The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani and Deadly Notions by Elizabeth Lynn Casey.

 Kathie

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Registered: 01-25-2000

I am reading the series "The First Ladies Detective Agency" 

I am now on "Tears of the Giraffe."  I just love them. 

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My post just disappeared!  What happened?

Since the beginning of the year, I've read One thousand and one nights: a retelling by Hanan al-Shaykh,about half of the short stories in The Progress of Love by Alice Munro - I'll read more next time I'm between library books - and I'm currently reading Beyond the God Particle by Leon Lederman and Christopher Hill. Some sections appear to have been written from Yoda from Star Wars, but I'm continuing so I can learn more about the Higgs boson.

I loved The Purple Hibiscus.

I hope this post doesn't vanish like the last one.

Roberta

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Happy New Year Everybody!

I finished Wash and I really liked it. I'll post a review here.

Next up: Burqas, Basball and Applie Pie: Being Muslim in America by Ranya Tabari Idliby.

Julia

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Registered: 06-13-2008

 Happy New Year

 I'm reading Shadows of Death by Jeanne Dams.

 Kathie

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Registered: 01-07-2014

I've been reading an on-line read from the following link.  Very interesting;

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BE9PPHE

Enjoy!