Ten on Tuesday


Ten on Tuesday_09202011
I slogged my way through IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS (by Erik Larson) at last! It recounts Ambassador Dodd’s and his daughter’s experience in Berlin at the onset of Hitler’s rise to power. The book raises a few questions without answering them (so perhaps this a good book for book clubs); but I have to admit I’m not as impressed with it as I had hoped to be. Maybe because I’ve already experienced the epic tome THE RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH (by William L. Shirer) or; maybe because I don’t find Larson’s writing very fluid. I’m not sure; but I feel less guilty about not having read THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY. I had tried to read it years ago; but I found the writing in the opening chapters rather obtuse: Not that it had difficult language; but that without the book description in hand, I wouldn’t have known what it was really about and; I was too impatient with the time Larson was taking to getting there :-/
 
THE TRUE MEMOIRS OF LITTLE K tops the list because I need to read it for an online book club discussion hosted by Jennifer K (DevourerofBooks) and Nicole B (NicoleBo) AND it also happens to qualify for the What’s in a Name? 4 Challenge sponsored by BethFishReads. A BAD BEGINNING  moves up and THE AGE OF INNOCENCE comes into the picture for the What’s in a Name? 4 Challenge. KINGS OF THE EARTH and SKELETONS AT THE FEAST (BOTNS Author Challenge) hopefully will have been read by October 11, 2011. A DISTANT MIRROR:THE CALAMITOUS 14TH CENTURY (by Barbara Tuchman) lurks in the picture as an ongoing read. I’ve been finishing off one or two chapters a week for months now and soon, I think by the end of October) I’ll be able to claim it as DONE!
 
TEN ON TUESDAY
 

  1. The True Memoirs of Little K (by Adrienne Sharp);
  2. The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book the First, by Lemony Snicket);
  3. Kings of the Earth (by Jon Clinch);
  4. Skeletons at the Feast (by Chris Bohjalian);
  5. The Age of Innocence (by Edith Wharton)
  6. Hornblower During the Crises (by C.S. Forester);
  7. Little Women (by Louisa May Alcott);
  8. The Little Women Letters (by Gabrielle Donnelly);
  9. Hornblower and the Hotspur (by C.S. Forester);
  10. The Secret in Their Eyes (by Eduardo Sacheri)


WHAT’S IN A  NAME? CHALLENGE #4:
I had originally planned to listen to qualifying titles in audiobook format; but as usual, with the onset of fall, a certain panic has set in and I’m now cramming to get in all in before the end of the year :-/
A title with [number] in the title: 3:10 to Yuma (by Elmore Leonard; narrated by Henry Rollins)
A title with [gem] in the title: A Study in Emerald (written and narrated by Neil Gaiman)
» A title with [size] in the title: The True Memoirs of Little K (by Adrienne Sharp)
» A title with [evil] in the title: The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events , Book the First, by Lemony Snicket)
A title with [travel] in the title: The Time Traveler’s Wife (by Audrey Neffenegger)
A title with [life stage] in the title: The Age of Innocence (by Edith Wharton)

BOTNS READING RETREAT NOVELS
Secrets of Eden (by Chris Bohjalian)
Double Black (by Wendy Clinch)
Unexpectedly, Milo (by Matthew Dicks)
The Bee-Loud Glade (by Steve Himmer)
House Arrest (by Ellen Meeropol)
The Reservoir (by John Milliken Thompson)
Revenge of the Radioactive Lady (by Elizabeth Stuckey-French)
Finn (by Jon Clinch)
The Improper Life of Bezillia Grove (by Susan Gregg Gilmore)
» Kingdoms of the Earth (by Jon Clinch)
» Skeletons at the Feast (by Chris Bohjalian)

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