10 Books Read in May: (59 year-to-date)
- The Lola Quartet, Emily St. John Mandel (4) [ARC from LibraryThing/Unbridled]
- Dreams of Joy, Lisa See (4) [For my Book Club]
4 for Fun/Challenges:
- The Warden, Anthony Trollope (3.5) [quite an enjoyable author, despite the rating]
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark (3.5)
- The Painted Veil, W. Somerset Maugham (5)
- The Hand That First Held Mine, Maggie O'Farrell (4.5)
4 for my Junior Lit Challenge:
- The Matchlock Gun, Walter D. Edmonds (2.5)
- Homer Price, Robert McCloskey (4)
- Shiloh, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (3.5)
- The Shakespeare Stealer, Gary Blackman (3.5)
The Listeners, Leni Zumas (arrived in an Indiespensable shipment)
I know that the folks at Powell's Books are in love with Tin House Books (local to them, I believe) but this is the second Tin House book I've received as their primary selection, and I liked this one even less than the first...so naturally I wish they'd lighten up on the infatuation. It's a beautiful copy, of course, but trying to read it was like popping blood blisters: I could have done if I'd had to, but there was really no need to put myself through the torture. I don't think the writing was terrible, but then I couldn't understand what the heck I was reading.
"Zumas's debut novel comes at the reader in over a hundred self-contained, lucid pieces....creating a compelling build-it-yourself tapestry of cherished memories and open wounds."—Publishers Weekly
This month I read 5 books of 51 (22 year-to-date) for my various year-long challenges, as well as 2 for my Spring into Junior Lit challenge (read 8 of 10 total).
- Wishlist: The Hand That First Held Mine (8 more to go)
- Classics: The Warden, The Painted Veil (4 more to go)
- Newbery: The Matchlock Gun, Shiloh (1 more to go)
3 Current Reads:
- Last Call, Daniel Okrent. I tried to tell myself to finish Team of Rivals before picking up another non-fiction book, but that effectively stalled my reading altogether so I relented. Last Call is a fascinating read about Prohibition with tons of wonderfully entertaining information.
- The Lonely Polygamist, Brady Udall. I've been meaning to read this ever since it was nominated for the Indie Lit Awards last year (didn't make it to the short list though). I researched it before voting on a tie-breaker, and liked his writing style, it's sort of funny/sad, which suits me. I'm actually listening to it on Audible, and the narrator (David Aaron Baker) is as fabulous as the writing.
- Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin. Er, um, yeah. I haven't given up yet but I haven't made much progress either...it's written well and is interesting, but it is effectively 4 biographies in one go, and so is a lot to digest. I've ended up ordering my own copy so that I can annotate without compunction (I've been annotating Last Call to pieces and am finding that it's a wonderful way to absorb all those facts.) Don't think the library would appreciate me annotating their copy.
On My Nightstand:
- On the Road, Jack Kerouac: Readalong with Wallace @ Unputdownables is starting this week. This, I'm hoping, will be a fabulous way to get through a book I don't think I'll like much. :)
- The Bird Saviors, William J. Cobb: ARC from LibraryThing and Unbridled Books.
- The Family Fang, Kevin Wilson: I picked this up at a chance trip to Barnes & Noble because, you know, I need more books.