Tuesday, June 4, 2013

What are you reading?

And by that, I mean, what have you fallen into, and need to shake yourself when you pause and re-enter the actual world around you?  What has overwhelmed and enveloped you, carted you away?
Let me know.  I have a wide open summer and I am hungry for books to devour.












13 comments:

  1. Marcel Pagnol, "The Time of Secrets," and "The Time of Love."

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  2. I loved "pillars of the earth" by Ken Follet and just started "world without end." Also, "year of wonders" by Geraldine Brooks.

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  3. Thanks, kids, they're on my list! :)

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  4. Crazy but I am re-reading (read: listening to on audio book) S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders," which had a profound affect on me in sixth grade (in that I have since had a boundless attraction to bad boys - in fiction, thank goodness not in life). It is silly and dated and ridiculous, but I finally figured out why it was all the rage back in the day: It features cute bad boys who do nothing but talk about their feeeeeellllings and love horses. The adolescent girl trifecta!

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  5. 'The Solace of Open Spaces' Gretel Ehrlich

    Hoping to read Margaret Atwood's 'Oryx and Crake' and 'The Year of the Flood"

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  6. LOVED The Outsiders, but have not reread since puberty--PA: Always kickin' us up a notch!

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  7. Don't you love Karen's comment? "The adolescent girl trifecta!" That kills me. So true!. Growing up I was always being placed in the 'lowered expectations' classes; affectionately referred to as Tardsville. The Outsider was always on our specialized juvenile delinquent lit list.

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  8. LOL, re Tardsville! ;-) I did some research after I finished The Outsiders (which actually is not a bad book, all in all) and it is STILL among the most-banned titles ever. Of course the bad boys are always smoking, drinking and fighting - along with quoting Robert Frost and reading Gone With The Wind (totally serious here)- so I guess that's always going to be controversial. All of Hinton's YA novels were made into movies, some with pretty impressive casts, but I've never seen any of them. I think I will stick with my own imaginary visuals of Darry, SodaPop and Ponyboy. :-)

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  9. It's been a long time since I've read something that really sucked me in. I keep hearing about "Pillars of the Earth," though, so I may have to give it a try.

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  10. Oh, but if you haven't read it, Cheryl Strayed's "Wild" is truly wonderful.

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  11. According to my branch of the LA library system, I'm now the 242 person in line for George Saunders' Tenth of December: Stories.

    Atwood's Year of the Flood was available.

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  12. While you wait, here's another short story collection you might be interested in: Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club --- this year's Pen/Faulkner winner--

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