Author Topic: What are you reading?  (Read 4143 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

mbbored

  • Super Hero!
  • ****
  • Posts: 5315
    • Budget Grad Student
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #30 on: December 30, 2012, 12:40:27 AM »
I just started "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" by Jenny Lawson and haven't stopped laughing. It's absurd and profane and absolutely hysterical.

NbyNW

  • Jr. Member
  • *
  • Posts: 91
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #31 on: December 30, 2012, 02:23:30 AM »
I just finished Thin Line Between by Anne C. Petty and am starting the sequel, Shaman's Blood.

Betelnut

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 3697
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #32 on: December 30, 2012, 09:21:05 AM »
The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken, A Vish Puri Mystery, by Tarquin Hall.

Only three titles so far in this series and I've pounded them out in the last 10 days.  Sigh.

Very good mysteries set in modern-day Delhi with a great detective (Vish Puri), well-developed sidekicks.  Even his mother is fantastic.

Highly recommended if you like funny but engaging mysteries.
"And thus the whirligig of time brings in his
revenges." -- Feste, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.

Native Texan, Marylander currently

readingchick

  • Trivia Buff
  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 2633
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #33 on: December 30, 2012, 12:50:47 PM »
What This River Keeps by Greg Schwipps. It's set in southern Indiana, very fascinating.

heyyoume

  • Jr. Member
  • *
  • Posts: 59
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #34 on: December 30, 2012, 04:35:50 PM »
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is the best I have read recently - it's set in the future and is basically an adventure book about a computer game that references eighties culture a lot. No-one I have recommended it to has been able to put it down whether they like the eighties or understand computer games - and I felt like a kid again reading it - total enjoyment and (almost) complete suspension of disbelief.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern was the other really good one I read recently but for very different reasons.   Other than that Paulo Coelho's early stuff is pretty good and I tend to re-read him if I am between books.

Some NZ writers you might not have been exposed to that write well include Keri Hulme (The Bone People), Barry Crump (A Good Keen Man), Witi Ihimaera (The Matriarch), Janet Frame (An Angel at my Table) or Fiona Kidman (Paddy's Puzzle) but NZ fiction tends to be pretty bleak and depressing so don't go there if you want something light.  I also have no idea how accessible they are if you aren't a kiwi.

I am watching this thread with interest as I got book vouchers for christmas so can go on another book buying spree but have no idea what to buy.... I was going to stock up on Georgette Heyer but some of the suggestions here look really good :)

Snooks

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 2406
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #35 on: December 30, 2012, 04:50:41 PM »
I've just started reading Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman.  It's set in a reverse racist dystopia (so whites are the "lower" class) and centres around a nought boy and cross girl and their friendship.  It's the first in a trilogy aimed at young adults and I've been meaning to read it for years.

cabbagegirl28

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1162
  • violinp's my sister :)
    • My Fitness/Singing Blog
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #36 on: December 30, 2012, 07:04:01 PM »
I'm reading an e.e. cummings poetry anthology. I've also read The Brothers Karamazov off and on during break.


"To study and practice the goodness of life, the beauty of art, the meaning of music...To speak the words that build, that bless and comfort...And again, to practice./This is to be our symphony."

dawnfire

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 871
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #37 on: December 30, 2012, 08:55:11 PM »
I'm now on to Christine Feehan's Dark Celebration. Yes it's reunion book but with 17 books before it, there are enough characters to catch up with. I have to say it is my favorate book of the series.

Bijou

  • Super Hero!
  • ****
  • Posts: 12933
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #38 on: December 30, 2012, 09:06:11 PM »
Funny you should ask...I was just talking to my son and he told me he is reading two fascinating books.  One is called "The Making of a Chef" and the other is "The Soul of a Chef" and should be read in that order.  He isn't a chef nor does he have such aspirations but he found them so interesting.  They are non fiction by Michael Ruhlman.  He also recommended a book called Cod, about the cod fishing industry.  For Christmas he and his SO gave me a book called Salt, which is about the history of salt, or salts place in history.  His SO said she has given that book as a gift more than any other. 
I suggested to my son that he read the James Harriot books, "All Creatures Great and Small" and the rest of that series.  Those are some of my favorites.
I love Barbara Pym's books about life in small English villages in the 1930's, 1940's, 1950's, etc.
I've never knitted anything I could recognize when it was finished.  Actually, I've never finished anything, much to my family's relief.

BeagleMommy

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 3062
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #39 on: January 08, 2013, 02:34:57 PM »
DH gave me Anna Karenina for Christmas.  I'm only on chapter 10 so I've got a looooooong way to go.  I'm loving it so far.

PastryGoddess

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 4645
    • My Image Portfolio and Store
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #40 on: January 08, 2013, 02:40:51 PM »
I've decided to re-read the Lynn Kurland Nine Kingdom's series since a new book just came out.  After that I'm going to read "The Shadow of the Wind"

Lynn2000

  • Super Hero!
  • ****
  • Posts: 5047
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #41 on: January 08, 2013, 02:53:21 PM »
My mom reads so much, she read 129 books in 2012.  :o She really liked the 1963 Stephen King book (even though she's never read any other Stephen King book). She also like the Eric Larson book (In the Garden of Beasts). One of her favorite non-fiction authors is Simon Winchester; she also loves Rosamund Pilcher. She also loved the Steve Jobs bio by Walter Isaacson.

The latest book she was raving about was Replay by Ken Grimwood. This guy dies in his 40s and comes back as his teenage self, back in the past, but knowing everything he lived through for the next 25 years. So he does things differently, but still dies in his 40s, then comes back as the teenager again, and so forth. It sounds really trippy. She doesn't usually read much sci-fi; I think it has a lot more about the relationships than about the mechanics of time travel. She's kind of on a time travel spree lately and loves Time and Again (she said Stephen King recommended it) and also the Outlander series.

I read only 11 books in 2012, which makes me pretty sad next to her... I read a lot of non-fiction. I quite liked The History of the World in 100 Objects. It is a LARGE book, though. The director of the British Museum pulls out 100 objects from their collection and uses them to tell the story of human global history, about 8 to 10 pages per object. They range from a two-million-year-old handaxe to a modern credit card. I thought it was fascinating.
~Lynn2000

dawnfire

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 871
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #42 on: January 08, 2013, 09:07:26 PM »
I'm currently reading J.R  Ward's  Rapture. I can't quite seem to get into it like the others in the series but i'm sticking with it.

Last year I read 310 , not counting books i've re read. What can i say but i'm a bookworm who rarely watches TV.

Amara

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 2536
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #43 on: January 08, 2013, 10:16:39 PM »
Quote
DH gave me Anna Karenina for Christmas.

Oh, such an incredible book! Tolstoy was a fabulous writer. I am rereading All the President's Men. It's like a trip back to 1972. All the news stories, the men (except for Martha Mitchell) are so familiar. The only thing that's different is that I now know who Deep Throat was.

bansidhe

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 2058
    • The Menagerie
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #44 on: January 09, 2013, 12:17:31 AM »
Just finished Lord of Visible World: An Autobiography in Letters (H. P. Lovecraft) and just started Selected Letters: 1934 - 1937 (also H. P. Lovecraft).
Esan ozenki!

Arizona