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  1. I haven't read any of his others--but, maybe, some day....

    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 haven't read any of his others--but, maybe, some day....

    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. I got Shelby Foote's 3 volume Civil War narrative last Christmas and I've wondered how long it might take me to get through all of its nearly 3000 pages just reading 30-60 minutes each night.

    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. smile.png

    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.

  4. Ha! Sorry! I just finished it (I did little else since last night but read). It was a very exciting read. But be strong! I have made way too many impulsive purchases on Amazon, it's just so easy. Sadly, in my small-town Mississippi library a day or two ago, "Gone Girl" as just sitting on the shelf. Of course, our library is less a library and more a Facebook/computer lounge these days.

    But I know how you feel I have bookshelves full of unread books at my house, but I keep going to the library and buying kindle books, etc. I'm also trying to focus on reading what's on my shelves this year. We'll see how it goes.

    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). smile.png 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. smile.png

    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.

  5. 52 books?!!

    You guys have my undying respect and admiration.

    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.)


    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




    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




    Making a Literary Life by Carolyn See

    The Master Butcher's Singing Club by Louise Erdrich

    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn




    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




    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




    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




    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. smile.png

  6. The New York Times Book Review posts their list of "100 Notable Books of 2012." List is alphabetized and split into "Fiction and Poetry" and "Non-Fiction."

    Some familiar titles in the list and some new ones (to me, at least) as well.

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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? ;)

  11. I'm about a third of the way through this right now, and am really starting to enjoy it. It doesn't have the immediate, fragile lyrical beauty of Gilead, but I feel like its riches are starting to show. Seeing the story of Gilead it from the Boughton's perspective is fascinating.

    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. :)

  12. 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. smile.png The biggest drawback--I won't be able to justify buying approx. 14 books every semester. I may go into withdrawal. smile.png

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