Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Prithee, Inform Me: What Are You Reading?

We've only got a month left of summer, mes auteurs, so prithee, inform me: what are you reading?

Books I'm currently reading:

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Fall Higher by Dean Young

Why Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne

Books I've recently finished reading:

The Iliad by Homer

Sum by David Eagleman

No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender

The Lifting Dress by Lauren Berry

Reviews of these books potentially to come in future posts!


  1. The Hobbit. Lookin' forward to the movie, and figured I should give the book a read first.

  2. Who Fears Death - Nnedi Okorafor
    20,000 Leagues under the Sea - Jules Verne
    A Dance with Dragons - George RR Martin

  3. Lots of graphic novels, most recently:
    Unwritten by Mike Carey
    American Vampire by Scott Snyder
    Smile by Raina Telgemeier
    Bone by Jeff Smith
    Akira's next I'm thinking,

    As far as traditional novels I just finished the Vampire Acedemy Series by Richelle Mead and I'm looking forward to picking up The Taqwacore by Michael Muhammad Knight.

  4. I read all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy last week, in my break from writing. This week, I'm back to novels in my genre--Jane Austen sequels. I've got Sass and Serendipity and The Darcys of Pemberley for review, and Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility for two different group reads.

    This weekend while I'm on vacation, I'd like to finally read Throne of Fire--preordered it for my Kindle, so I've had it since May. I've just been too busy to read it!

    Next week, I need to read two reference works: An Intelligence Officer in the Peninsula and A Regency Companion.

  5. Current: Gulliver's Travels (defoe), Sophie's World (gaarder), Berlin (Beevor), Time Out of Joint (Dick)

    Recent: Afterlight (Scarrow), Witches Abroad (Pratchett), For Two Nights Only (Holt), The Trial (Thomas), Whoops (Lanchester), The Call-Up (Hickman), Moon Over Soho (Aaranovitch), Reaper Man (Prathcett), Outliers (Gladwell).

  6. Just finished Jim Butcher's Ghost Story (awesome) and Jacqueline Carey's Naamah's Blessing. Both gave me the literary high I've been thirsting for. Now, on to Jude the Obscure (Hardy), and possibly some George RR Martin.

  7. Current: The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security by Kevin Mitnick, A Light in the Dark by Nathan Lowell

    Recent: The Magicians by Lev Grossman, The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

  8. I saw Jorgh's comment about The Hobbit and got really excited. I guess I'm behind. I knew it was coming...but then I found video blogs and then I had to blog about it. So excited.

    Oh yes...currently reading Natasha's Dance. A cultural history of Russia.

  9. The Eye of the World by Richard Jordan
    Across the Great Barrier by Patricia Wrede
    The Grand Weaver by Ravi Zacharias

  10. I just finished The Book of Flying by Keith Miller.

  11. The Art of Racing in the Rain
    One Thousand Gifts
    The Amish Nanny

  12. Just started Stories, a compilation of dark stories edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. Just finished The French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld, by Herbert Asbury (who also wrote Gangs of New York).

  13. Just finished "Them" by J.C. Oates, and was disappointed.
    Now reading "Between Meals; An Appetite for Paris" by A.J. Liebling and loving it.
    To be followed by "Whiter than Snow" by Sandra Dallas.
    I am a serial monogamist (where reading is concerned).

  14. Just got these from the library:

    A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
    One of Our Thursdays is Missing (Jasper Fforde)
    A Northern Light (Jennifer Donnelly)
    Magic Under Glass (Jaclyn Dolamore)

  15. What am I *not*, let's see:

    A Game of Thrones by George R. R Martin
    Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
    A Faerie Fated Forever by Mary Anne Graham
    Mozart's Blood by Louise Marley
    Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker
    Lime Creek by Joe Henry
    The Crown of Vengeance and The Dream of Legends by Stephen Zimmer

    So many more on the TBR shelf. But that's the start of my list.

  16. The Art of Racing in the Rain (twice)
    100 Secret Senses (Amy Tan)
    The Handmaid's Tale (Atwood)

  17. oh - and read The Goon Squad too, strange one that.

  18. I just finished reading a YA novel called "Arson" by Estevan Vega, which is first in a potential series, and a B&N reprint of one called "Covered Wagons" that originally came out in 1922.

  19. I'm reading this really funny book of political essays titled, “I Don't Want to Go the F**k to Sleep." And I LOVED "Goon Squad." It's up there with my favorites.

  20. Reading the Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht. Just finished the Snowman by Jo Nesbo and Don Bartlett, Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage by David Ignatius. They are all well written and enjoyable to read. I can recommend them all. Try to read a book every two or three days.

  21. Books I'm currently reading:

    The Confession by John Grisham

    Books I've recently finished reading:

    Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
    In the Name of Honor by Richard North Patterson

  22. Just finishing The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss

  23. This is my summer of Shakespeare. I've been reading the plays and watching the movies. I just did a reread of Richard III, and loved it.

  24. I've recently finished reading Emile Zola's Lourdes and now I'm half way into Rome, the second of his Three Cities Trilogy.
    He's definitely a bad example for the wannabe writer. It's not just that he's prone to author-intrusiveness - the whole point is to provide a vehicle for author intrusion. But it's gripping stuff.

  25. Recently: SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi (excellent - I'll be buying the book when it comes out in November), THE EMERALD ATLAS by John Stephens (also excellent), and THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner.

    I'm currently reading ERAGON by Christopher Paolini, and am enjoying it immensely, as well as BOOM! by Mark Haddon (a fun read).

  26. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. This man's work is proof that it's still possible to tell an original story of science fiction and fantasy.

    Before that I was reading Jack Vance's Tales of the Dying Earth. I wanted to read something that was a source of inspiration to other authors of sci-fi/fantasy, and now Jack Vance is an inspiration to me.

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