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  1. I liked Isaac's Storm quite a bit, and I'd recommend checking it out. Larson wove modern scientific views on natural disasters into the Galveston hurricane narrative quite well, I think. I finished it yesterday. I really enjoyed reading it; thanks for recommending it.
  2. I liked Isaac's Storm quite a bit, and I'd recommend checking it out. Larson wove modern scientific views on natural disasters into the Galveston hurricane narrative quite well, I think. Thanks, Jason. I'll check it out.
  3. An interview. The Devil in the White City never really clicked for me--it was two parallel stories that never really merged for me. In The Garden of the Beasts on the other hand was hard to put down. I haven't read any of his others--but, maybe, some day....
  4. Adam McHugh has re-entered the blogging world. Of course, maybe you didn't realize he had left.
  5. One of the best.books. ever. "Hey, I'm not the only one who does that!" type moments were frequent.
  6. Finished Things That Fall From the Sky by Kevin Brockmeier and The Round House by Louise Erdrich. Currently reading Misreading Scripture through Western Eyes, The Toughest Indian in the World by Sherman Alexie, and Burning Bright by Ron Rash.
  7. Hmm. I have the same set and am a little daunted by its length. But breaking it down like you're thinking might just be the ticket. I've taken to shutting off my computer at 7 (sometimes it's on until 7:30), so I will have reading time in the evening.
  8. I usually work in an hour or more in the evenings, since I don't watch much TV.
  9. Currently reading Things That Fall From the Sky by Kevin Brockmeier
  10. No kidding--Amazon does make it way too easy. At least I've trained myself to click "add to wish list" instead of "buy now" (most of the time, anyway). What's sort of, kind of, filling my buying impulses are the free books for Kindle. It's a sad substitute, though. But, I just dug through my unread stacks of books looking for one I've already read, (and didn't find--probably in a box in the basement) and the guilt of all those unread books set in again. As for now, I'll wait for the library. Watch--"Gone Girl" will become available the two weeks in June we're on vacation and I'll have to start the waiting process all over again. oy.
  11. Gavin, you are seriously testing my resolve not to buy any new books until I read more of what I've already bought. ::fingers itching to click over to Amazon::
  12. Good idea for a topic, Christian.
  13. 52 is my goal--book a week, even though I think I should read more, even though I have no idea why. ::sigh:: I'm also going to try to post more reviews on Goodreads. I'm also going to really try to read the books I've bought but not read before buying new ones or, if it's a book I want to read but haven't bought, try to get it from the library**--which could also have the added benefit of learning to be patient. (I'm currently at #548 for Gone Girl.) January: Things That Fall From the Sky by Kevin Brockmeier The Round House by Louise Erdrich Burning Bright by Ron Rash Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible by E. Randolph Richards & Brandon J. O'Brien The Toughest Indian in the World by Sherman Alexie February: Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds by Sanja Gupta, MD Issac's Storm: A Man, A Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson American Ghost by Janis Owens Picture This by Jacqueline Sheehan March Making a Literary Life by Carolyn See The Master Butcher's Singing Club by Louise Erdrich Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn April Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maas American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath by Carl Rollyson Life After Life: A Novel by Jill McCorkle The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman May The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne The Circus in Winter by Cathy Day June Whose Names are Unknown by Sanora Babb The Writer's Book of Inspiration: Quotes on Writing and the Literary Life by Stephanie Gunning Leaving Resurrection by Eva Saulitis Ghosts of Alaska: Stories and Legends from the Last Frontier by Jody Ellis-Knapp Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories by Melinda Moustakis The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo July The Color Master: Stories by Aimee Bender The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara Shiloh by Shelby Foote The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams The Hanging in the Foaling Barn: Stories by Susan Starr Richards The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer The Art and Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner's Manuel by Victoria A. Mixon The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country: Traveling Through the Land of My Ancestors by Louise Erdrich **subject to change without notice.
  14. I've read Sherman Alexie's Blasphemy. I really enjoyed it, but since SA is one of my favorite authors, I may be a bit biased. A Land More Kind Than Home is also another good read. I plan on starting The Round House in the next few days, I hope. I'm on a Louise Erdrich reading jag right now and I'm reading one of her earlier novels. I'm glad to see The Yellow Birds on the list. There are also books on that list I want to read--Chabon's, Diaz, Alif the Unseen.
  15. I have Marilynne Robinson's book here, but have yet to read it. Maybe I'll pick it up sooner rather than later, now.
  16. and I do, a good online site is betterworldbooks.com. (My book addiction can't afford Amazon all new, all the time. A lot of their used books are under $4.00, shipping is free, and they constantly run sales on their bargin bin books. Currently, buy 4 used books that ships from them--not another seller--and get 30% off your order. Also, when you buy a book they donate a book to someone in need--usually overseas, I think. I use them all of the time for older books and books that are out-of-print. Newer books I buy new, so the author gets paid for his work. Yes, I'm torn about buying used books, but it really helped out during school when I had to buy 12-14 books per semester. (I mark my books up, so the library wasn't an option.) Next to the library, it's a good resource.
  17. From Amazon's list: Round House by Louise Erdrich--I have it sitting by my chair & I plan to start it this week. I've read: The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers--wow. Wild by Cheryl Strayed--mixed emotions about it. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Won't Stop Talking by Susan Cain--a life-changing book for me. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey--liked the mix of fairy tale and historical fiction. I read the short story "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank" and I may give the rest of the book a try based on that story. The short story is in The Best American Short Stories 2012." There's a few I may give a try--Wilderness, Dear Life: Stories, This is How You Lose Her.
  18. I read this book, and I normally don't read war novels. But this isn't your typical war novel. While I was reading it, "The Things They Carried" kept coming to mind. Both books have sticking power with me, which is unusual in a book. I originally borrowed TYB from the library, but then ordered my own copy. Like mentioned in the reviews, his poetry training comes out in his sentences. The format of the book--hopping around in time--works well, b/c it draws the reader into the "fog of war" so to speak--you're always trying to place the chapter in a linear timeline and it's hard to do. The main character's life is fragmented, and the reader's thought process is fragmented while reading. I read the Parade review, and that convinced me to read the book, which convinced me I needed to own the book. I intend on re-reading it in the next week or so, with highlighter and post-it flags in hand.
  19. I have this book somewhere--bought it at the Festival of Faith and writing, what, four/five years ago? Yann Martel was at the festival and I heard him speak, whatever year that was. Maybe I should find it and read it, since there's a movie about it now. What's one more book on the stack beside my chair?
  20. I thought the same thing when I was reading it--both things, actually. As I thought about it, I don't think Home can have the same type of writing because Glory's story (and her character) is so different from Reverend Ames. I think of Home as another version of the prodigal son story, only this one has all the messy parts left in b/c it's more from the POV of the older son who stayed home. While Glory left and then returned, she is, in a lot of ways, similar to the older son in the Biblical story, only she has secrets I'm pretty sure the older son never had.
  21. As of late: Home by Marilynne Robinson The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers The Lady of Arlington: The Life of Mrs. Robert E. Lee by John Perry The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie Juliet in August by Dianne Warren The Yellow Birds ranks up there with Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. I originally borrowed it from the library, but have since ordered a copy of my own so I can highlight it and stick it full of post-it flags. Usually, I don't read war stories, but I'm glad I've read both O'Brien's & Powers' books. 'tis nice to be done w/ school (except for graduating residency) and be able to read what I want. The biggest drawback--I won't be able to justify buying approx. 14 books every semester. I may go into withdrawal.
  22. Home by Marilynne Robinson The Brothers' Karamazov The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood
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