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Pick-a-Shelf: Monthly > 2010-09 - Latin America - What will you read in September?

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message 1: by Slayermel (last edited Aug 28, 2010 07:25AM) (new)

Slayermel | 656 comments Hi guys so what do think you may choose to read, suggestions and recommendations.

Here's the Link to the Latin America shelf
http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show?s...

the Link for Latin American
http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show?s...

And last but not least Latino
http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show?s...

Have fun!


message 2: by Blarneygod (last edited Aug 29, 2010 05:21PM) (new)

Blarneygod | 168 comments I don't know if I will get to any books this month since I am swamped with school work... but if I do I will read The Alchemist


message 3: by Tara (last edited Sep 09, 2010 07:30PM) (new)

Tara | 742 comments I am going to try and get to 2666 (if I can get my hands on it) and Daughter of Fortune.
The Alchemist just came into the library for me.


message 4: by Candiss (last edited Sep 21, 2010 03:21PM) (new)

Candiss (Tantara) I am going to read Amulet by Roberto Bolaño.


message 5: by BJ Rose (last edited Sep 06, 2010 07:52PM) (new)


message 6: by Luann (new)

Luann (AZbookgal) | 989 comments A-ha! This is the perfect time to read The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges. I've been wanting to read it for a while! It's short, but my library has it in a book of short stories called In the Stacks: Short Stories about Libraries and Librarians so I'll read that whole book.

I've also been wanting to read Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Piers Paul Read ever since I read Miracle in the Andes. I'll have to add it to my YOU CHOOSE under non-fiction.


message 7: by Mita (new)

Mita (MitaB) | 104 comments I will, I will, I will read One Hundred Years of Solitude and finish it. I don't know how many times I've picked it up and tried to read it unsuccessfully, but I will manage it this time!!


message 8: by Sunflower (last edited Aug 28, 2010 08:19PM) (new)

Sunflower | 174 comments Interesting choice! I am finally going to have to bite the bullet(s) and read The Lacuna and 2666both of which are really long and have been waiting for my attention for some time.....


message 9: by Slayermel (new)

Slayermel | 656 comments I only own four off of the lists, which are on my TBR list *yikes* so I'm aiming to read a couple of the following

Love in the Time of Cholera
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
Zorro
The Alchemist


message 10: by Karen (new)

Karen (Karenofthebookworm) | 830 comments I also only own four off of these shelves which are on my TBR list. I am going to start with 2666 which is also on my you choose challenge. If I get it finished then I'll choose from The Savage Detectives, Bel Canto and The Club Dumas.

I'd like to congratulate Susan for finding the shelves without Harry Potter or Twilight.


message 11: by Slayermel (new)

Slayermel | 656 comments Oh yeah, I forgot all about that. Go Susan!!!! :0)


message 12: by Susan (last edited Aug 29, 2010 08:19AM) (new)

Susan | 2325 comments Mod
It will probably take me all month to finish Labyrinhths by Borges, which is -- naturally enough -- in the "started but never finished" task of my challenge. It has short stories from Ficciones as well as essays and "parables." Even though each one is very short, I've decided the only way I can really read the short stories is to read one, then search out several commentaries before going on to the next one. Others I've started in the past and would really like to finish are El Aleph, The Vintage Book of Latin American Stories, a dual-language book of short stories Cuentos Españoles, and Open Veins of Latin America. But I'll go back to any of those only if I finally finish Labyrinhths.

While that's going on, I'm going to tackle 2666 -- several of you have me very intrigued about it. I also want to explore some of Gary Soto's books for young adults, though I haven't figured out which yet. I've requested a bunch from the library and will see what grabs me.

And so many of you have mentioned Bel Canto that it's my if-I-possibly-can-fit-it-in selection.

Way more than will fit in a month. And I'm also really looking forward to seeing what everyone else enjoys, so I can add them to my TBR for later. I'm really going to have fun this month! Hope everyone else does, too. :)


message 13: by Lyn (Readinghearts) (last edited Sep 04, 2010 08:54AM) (new)

Lyn (Readinghearts) (lsmeadows) | 2397 comments Mod
Well, Susan, you have finally found a shelf that I have not only not read many books off of, but that I don't even have any listed to read, which for me TBR is saying something, lol.

I am going to go with at least one of the following:

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters by Lorraine López
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
Zorro by Isabel Allende
Plus I picked up Monsieur Pain by Roberto Bolano at the library today. It is pretty thin, so hopefully it will go quickly

If I was really feeling ambitious I would try to read one in Spanish since I minored in it in college. Although that was a LONG TIME AGO.


message 14: by Sara (new)

Sara (MonkeyGirlsMama) | 196 comments Of course, I just finished a book off this shelf just a few days ago ;) I am going to stay out of my comfort zone and read The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon. We'll see how it goes!


message 15: by Tina (last edited Sep 08, 2010 05:47AM) (new)

Tina | 231 comments Great shelf choice! I've picked out a lot of books that look really good to read, unfortunately, they aren't on kindle. I'm doubtful that there's much of a market for the Latin American genre in the small English section of the Asian bookstores, but I'll still make my rounds and look for some of the titles that caught my eye. Thankfully, this one made it into kindle format, so I'll at least get one book this month. . . The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann

Edit: I've also found Bel Canto by Ann Patchett to read. And Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra if I feel really ambitious!


Lyn (Readinghearts) (lsmeadows) | 2397 comments Mod
Wow, Tina, Don Quixote would be ambitious! If you get to it, I would love to hear what you think of it.


message 17: by Natalie (new)

Natalie (Nchhynes) | 55 comments I'm going to start with The Storyteller by Mario Vargas Llosa. I hadn't heard of it before I saw it on the shelf list, but it looks very interesting.


message 18: by Christy (last edited Aug 30, 2010 09:31PM) (new)

Christy (miss_c_3) | 35 comments I searched my TBR pile and found one that is actually on this list, so I'll definitely be reading it!

The Witch of Portobello by Paulo CoelhoThe Witch of Portobello

After that I'll see how the month goes and try to read at least one of the below list as well.

The Savage Detectives
In the Time of the Butterflies
All the Pretty Horses


message 19: by Lance (new)

Lance Greenfield (LanceGreenfieldMitchell) | 3 comments I recommend < a href="http://www.goodreads.com/author/list/... de Berniieres.

I may possibly re-read The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts, but will probably move straight on to the sequel: The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman.

Either way, I am lining myself up for a lot of Latin American laughs!


message 20: by Allie (new)

Allie (TubeofAIM) Some of you are very ambitious! I have other books going for other challenges, so I think I'll just try to finish one off this shelf.

I'm going to try to read Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende


message 21: by Pinky_rocks (new)

Pinky_rocks | 3 comments I'm new to this group but it's a good way to read some of the books that I have piled up here and find some new stuff too.

I'll try to read The Farming of Bones,The Witch of Portobello (which I can also use for another challenge yay) and maybe I'll try starting La Ciudad de las Bestias / The City of the Beasts again(my spanish is not very good...)


message 22: by J. Travis (last edited Sep 29, 2010 08:05PM) (new)

J. Travis Moger | 50 comments Mitzie wrote: "I will, I will, I will read One Hundred Years of Solitude and finish it. I don't know how many times I've picked it up and tried to read it unsuccessfully, but I will manage it this time!!"

Me too! I read two books for August and tried unsuccessfully to get through Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury by the end of the month. I'm about a third of the way through it, but plan to read Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude for September. Completed 9/29/11.

Edit: I picked up a copy of Jose Saramago's Death With Interruptions. If I get through One Hundred Years of Solitude, I'll read Saramago's book after that.


message 23: by J. Travis (last edited Sep 04, 2010 01:48PM) (new)

J. Travis Moger | 50 comments Natalie wrote: "I'm going to start with The Storyteller by Mario Vargas Llosa. I hadn't heard of it before I saw it on the shelf list, but it looks very interesting."

This author was recommended to me by my colleague whom you met by the elevator near my office. The following two novels are his favorite by Llosa: The Green House and The Way to Paradise.


message 24: by Ceinwin (new)

Ceinwin For the moment I'm going to read Daughter of Fortune byIsabel Allende


message 25: by Erin (new)

Erin Anderson (judesan) This will be my first month in this group, and right during my uni assessment period, too! I don't know if I'll manage. But I'd like to get through either Ernesto Guevara's The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey or The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz, which I've heard many good things about.


message 26: by Pollyanna (new)

Pollyanna (Polly8) | 94 comments I will try and read 3 books this month:

The House of the Spirits
The Alchemist
City of the Beasts


message 27: by Julie (new)

Julie Davis (JulieDhc) I'm new to the group as well ... and somehow find myself with a ton of reading "obligations." So I was very happy to find The Bridge of San Luis Rey on the list, because it also will be a mid-September reading selection for another group.


Lyn (Readinghearts) (lsmeadows) | 2397 comments Mod
I envy all of you that are reading books by Paulo Coelho. I just read two last month (drat) and loved them both. The Alchemist is a really quick read, and if you like it, I would also suggest The Zahir, which I thought was even better.


message 29: by Brad T. (new)

Brad T. I am going to read Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw. New to the group, looking forward to reading everyone's reviews.


message 30: by Edwin (new)

Edwin | 1 comments I have been meaning to read The Alchemist, I guess this is the perfect time to read it.


message 31: by J. Travis (new)

J. Travis Moger | 50 comments Julie wrote: "I'm new to the group as well ... and somehow find myself with a ton of reading "obligations." So I was very happy to find The Bridge of San Luis Rey on the list, because it also will be a mid-Septe..."

Hi, Julie. I just read this book last month for our literature shelf and really enjoyed it. You can check out my review in the August reviews or on my read-book page. I hope you like it as much as I did.


message 32: by Renee (new)

Renee (renodsgnr) | 4 comments I have chosen In the Time of the Butterflies and if time allows, The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters
The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters by Lorraine López In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

If anyone else will be reading these, lets compare notes!


Lyn (Readinghearts) (lsmeadows) | 2397 comments Mod
Renee - I might read The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters, it depends on timing. If I do, I will PM you and let you know and we can compare notes.


message 34: by LynnB (new)

LynnB | 1130 comments I'm new to the group, too. I'm going to read Like Water for Chocolate as it's been sitting in my TBR pile and this would be a good time to read it. I'm also going to read Stones for Ibarra if I have time.


message 35: by onarock (new)

onarock | 107 comments i just ordered The Alchemistfrom our library and i am position 34........holy, i may get it sooner than later tho depending on how many the library has.....i have a lot of books that i want to read, so i am thinking of finding a cd book that i can listen to while i do other things......hmmm

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Lyn (Readinghearts) (lsmeadows) | 2397 comments Mod
Hey LynnB - Welcome aboard. This is a great group. Hope you like it as much as I do.


Lyn (Readinghearts) (lsmeadows) | 2397 comments Mod
onarock wrote: "i just ordered The Alchemistfrom our library and i am position 34........holy, i may get it sooner than later tho depending on how many the library has.....i have a lot of books that i w..."

Did you know that The Alchemist has been on the NY Times Bestseller list for 144 weeks straight?


message 38: by onarock (new)

onarock | 107 comments Lyn M wrote: "onarock wrote: "i just ordered The Alchemistfrom our library and i am position 34........holy, i may get it sooner than later tho depending on how many the library has.....i have a lot o..."

no, i did not, ha, that explains it.......this will be my first romp in this kind of venue (latin), and with the quck read part, and a character that u get to know, i thought it would be a good place to start....


Lyn (Readinghearts) (lsmeadows) | 2397 comments Mod
It is a really good book, I highly recommend it.


message 40: by Tina (new)

Tina | 231 comments Lyn M wrote: "Wow, Tina, Don Quixote would be ambitious! If you get to it, I would love to hear what you think of it."

I'm not holding my breath. I haven't had time to really sit down and read in awhile--but I'd love to get to it. . . if not this month then someday :)


Lyn (Readinghearts) (lsmeadows) | 2397 comments Mod
Me, too, Tina, but heaven only knows when it might be.


message 42: by Lynne (last edited Sep 07, 2010 07:11PM) (new)

Lynne (Lmsindel) Wow- seems like lots of new people are joining us this month. I guess they heard that this is the best group on GR. Welcome all!

I went to the library today with a list of 8 books to check out, but could only find two:

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love and
Bless Me, Ultima.

I also checked out Nowhere Is a Place: Travels in Patagonia and Patagonia Revisited by Bruce Chatwick because they didn't have his In Patagonia. I would love to go there someday. It became a dream of mine when I saw how beautiful it is while watching "The Amazing Race".


message 43: by Luann (new)

Luann (AZbookgal) | 989 comments Lynne wrote: "Wow- seems like lots of new people are joining us this month. I guess they heard that this is the best group on GR. Welcome all!..."

I'm not saying that isn't true, Lynne, but I think it has a lot to do with our top position right now on the GR featured groups list!! :)


message 44: by Susan (last edited Sep 04, 2010 06:43AM) (new)

Susan | 2325 comments Mod
Tina wrote: "Great shelf choice! I've picked out a lot of books that look really good to read, unfortunately, they aren't on kindle. I'm doubtful that there's much of a market for the Latin American genre in ..."

Tina,
If you're interested in Borges, his works are all out of copyright. So you can find the individual stories from Ficciones and other books in text format on the web (they're very short). I haven't checked, but some may also be available in audio format from The Gutenberg Project. Also, something as classic as Wilder's Bridge of San Luis Rey might be. Hope you find something(s) you like!


message 45: by Susan (new)

Susan | 2325 comments Mod
Lyn M wrote: ... Plus I picked up Monsieur Pain by Roberto Bolano at the library today. It is pretty thin, so hopefully it will go quickly."

I'll be interested to hear what you think about it, Lyn. There's basically no info on it in Goodreads -- no reviews, not even a description.


Lyn (Readinghearts) (lsmeadows) | 2397 comments Mod
Susan wrote: "Lyn M wrote: ... Plus I picked up Monsieur Pain by Roberto Bolano at the library today. It is pretty thin, so hopefully it will go quickly."

I'll be interested to hear what you think about it, Lyn..."


I must have linked the wrong edition because it says that it isn't even being released until Jan 2011, but my library already has it. I will do more research.

BTW - I will for sure let you know what I think. I know nothing about the author, just saw the book on my libraries new books shelf and had seen the author's name on this list. LOL.


Lyn (Readinghearts) (lsmeadows) | 2397 comments Mod
Susan wrote: "Lyn M wrote: ... Plus I picked up Monsieur Pain by Roberto Bolano at the library today. It is pretty thin, so hopefully it will go quickly."

I'll be interested to hear what you think about it, Lyn..."



Susan - here is the correct link Monsieur Pain


message 48: by Susan (new)

Susan | 2325 comments Mod
Lyn M wrote: "Susan - here is the correct link Monsieur Pain ."

Thanks!


message 49: by Tina (new)

Tina | 231 comments Susan wrote: "Tina wrote: "Great shelf choice! I've picked out a lot of books that look really good to read, unfortunately, they aren't on kindle. I'm doubtful that there's much of a market for the Latin Ameri..."

Thanks Susan--didn't think about them being out of print, I thought it was probably because of a foreign publishing company. I'll check it out further!


message 50: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I've just started Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende- "Portrait in Sepia" by Isabelle Allende! It meets the monthly reading goal of two of my groups - Latin America and Historical Fiction. Looking forward to getting into it!


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