TEN ON TUESDAY

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Last week, I was sick and I took a sabbatical from blogging; and now I’ve got some catching up to do!  

I’m still picking my way through Snow Falling on Cedars (by David Guterson.) It’s not a novel you whip through; but there’s a story underneath all the nautical terminology. It’s about a Japanese man accused of murdering another local man in a fishing community.  It takes place in the Pacific Northwest, on an island off of Seattle, in Post-War America.

I’ve also starting A Short History of Byzantium (by John Julius Norwich.) It’s my “Sunday” read, which means I only read a chapter or two every Sunday. This is something I had started to do when I was a member of The History Book Club on goodreads and it’s a practice that works out well for me. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by an interesting; but perhaps daunting tome, I just pick at it a little bit until it’s done! You too can eat an elephant one bite at a time!

I’ve removed Enough About Love (by Herve LeTellier and The Kite Runner (by Khaled Hosseini) from my list for now and added The Little Book (by Selden Edwards)  and Atonement (by Ian McEwan.) I’ve moved up Netherland (by Joseph O’Neill) because I’m sort of in that mood where I can tolerate repressed white lit-fic male authors and I might as well read it ‘em while the mood lasts!

  1. The Little Book (by Selden Edwards) – Mount TBR
  2. Netherland (by Joseph O’Neill) – Mount TBR
  3. Atonement (by Ian McEwan) – Mount TBR
  4. Emma (by Jane Austen) – Back to the Classics; Mount TBR
  5. The Royal Road to Fotheringhay (by Jean Plaidy) – Mount TBR
  6. Pest Control (by Bill Hughes) – What’s in a Name? Challenge #5
  7. The Religion (by Tim Willocks) – Mount TBR
  8. The Time Traveler’s Wife (by Audrey Neffenegger) – Mount TBR
  9. The Age of Innocence (by Edith Wharton)
  10. Sea of Poppies (by Amitav Ghosh)

AUDIO

I finished We’re Alive, Season 1 (by Kc Wayland; performed by a full cast.) The review went up on my regular blog today so you can check it out there. I’m still procrastinating on listening to more of the Arthur Miller plays, though I suspect that when I need to listen to a  short audio and, post a review to stay on blogging schedule, The Arthur Miller Collection (by Arthur Miller; performed by various full casts) will come in migty handy… and rather soon too! 

I also listened to The Spy Who Loved Me (by Ian Fleming; narrated by Nadia May) which I really did not like one bit! It’s the only Bond novel written from a female’s point of view and, Fleming apparently thought that a female’s point of view was all about her identity as defined by her sex life. I haven’t fleshed out what I really want to say about this audio yet; but I suppose it will come to me in the next couple of days (look for a review either Thursday or next Tuesday!)

I also finished Zombiestan (by Mainak Dhar; narrated by John Lee.) I liked the fact that the story wasn’t all doom -and-gloom: There were children, lots of survivors and hope; but I didn’t like the writing (seemed kinda like a self-pub, even though it wasn’t) and I felt the zombies weren’t zombie enough :-/

Right now I’m listening to The Last Werewolf (by Glen Duncan; narrated by Robin Sachs.) I read it in eBook format last summer and wasn’t really all that impressed: I felt that GD was showing off the fact that he passed his Philospohy 101 course and, I thought the inclusion of vampires was stupid. I’m listening to it now because I always wondered if I was overly critical because I didn’t have the red-gilt, parchment-colored pages to indulge in or; the leering voice of Robin Sachs to engage me. The Readers (podcast and goodreads group) are hosting a Summer Reading feature and The Last Werewolf os the first book up. I thought this was a great opportunity to take another look at the first-in-series. Even though I only gave it three stars before, and i’m not sure that, even with Robin Sachs, it will garner a higher rating; I know I’ll still probably pick up Tallula’s Rising (second title in the trilogy) in June and, it’s good to have a  little refresher before preceeding in a series!

I’ve snuck Half-Blood Blues (by Esi Edugyan; narrated by Kyle Riley) onto the list. It’s another Readers selection for the summer….

  1. Half-Blood Blues (by Esi Edugyan; narrated by Kyle Riley)
  2. Vacation (by Matthew Costello; narrated by Peter Macon)
  3. The Bone House (by Brian Freeman; narrated by Joe Barrett) – Thriller/Suspense
  4. Silent Scream (by Karen Rose; narrated by Marguerite Gavin) – Thriller/Suspense
  5. My Dog Tulip (by J.R. Ackerley; narrated by Ralph Cosham) – Biography/Memoir
  6. The 4% Universe (by Richard Penak; narrated by Ray Porter) – Non-Fiction
  7. My Korean Deli (by Ben Ryder Howe; narrated by Bronson Pinchot) – Non-Fiction
  8. The 13-1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear (by Walter Moers; narrated by Bronson Pinchot) – Fantasy
  9. Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures (by Walter Moers; narrated by Bronson Pinchot) – Fantasy
  10. The Eleventh Plague (by Jeff Hirsch; narrated by Dan Bittner)

THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN AND SCHEDULED FOR 05/22/2012. IMAGINE MY SURPRISE WHEN I FOUND IT STILL SITTING IN MY DRAFT FILE! I’VE PUBLISHED IT IN LIEU OF A POST FOR 05/29/2012 AS TUMBLR HAS EATEN THAT DRAFT! I GUESS IT ALL WORKS OUT :-/

NEXT WEEK I’LL DO A TWO-WEEK CATCH-UP (HOLD THE MUSTARD 😀 )

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