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message 1: by Michael, Mod Prometheus (new)

Michael (knowledgelost) | 1255 comments Mod
Apart from The Secret Garden what are people reading this month?

This month, I'm going to be reading Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman and How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper. Not sure what else


message 2: by MK (last edited May 01, 2014 04:47PM) (new)

MK (wisny) | 120 comments I have great books in my book clubs this month!

To Kill a Mockingbird and One Hundred Years of Solitude are first, Breakfast of Champions soon after. I read The Secret Garden in February, so won't be rereading. I was surprised at how very much I enjoyed that one, tho. I certainly didn't remember enough detail, from earlier readings.


message 3: by Leanne (new)

Leanne (littlebunnylibrary) I have loads to read this month!

I will be joining in on the group read The Secret Garden. At the moment I am reading The Tiger in the Smoke and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, both of which I am really enjoying.

I also plan to read The Book of Lost Things and The Man Who Was Thursday. I am going to be a busy little bee this month!


message 4: by Justine (new)

Justine Knott | 1 comments I loved The Book of Lost Things Leanne.

I'm reading Stoner and Lionel Asbo: State of England, two very different books. Stoner is a classic novel and the latter is modern & satirical.

I like the sound of the introverts book.


message 5: by Franky (new)

Franky I'm going to try to make some more progress with the challenge: just finished Steinbeck's Ghost and am currently reading Neverwhere. I'll probably read A Firing Offense as part of the Pulp Fiction book of the month, Light in August for the Southern Lit group and maybe 2010: Odyssey Two for the challenge. Not sure if I'll get to all these.


message 6: by MK (new)

MK (wisny) | 120 comments I would be really interested in your opinion of Light in August, Franky. I've been kinda sideways eyeballing it lately, but Faulkner still intimidates me :D

I'm going to get Graphic Novels this month :). I picked up Maus I, and II from my library late last week.


message 7: by Franky (new)

Franky MK wrote: "I would be really interested in your opinion of Light in August, Franky. I've been kinda sideways eyeballing it lately, but Faulkner still intimidates me :D

I'm going to get Graphic Novels this mo..."


Faulkner is intimidating, I totally agree. I really need a quiet place to focus when reading his books and I can't be reading any other book at the same time when I'm reading one of his. It took me quite awhile to get through The Sound and the Fury.


message 8: by MK (new)

MK (wisny) | 120 comments I haven't attempted one since 11th grade English class. I remember it as being a tortuous experience :p


message 9: by Leila (new)

Leila (leilajen) I'm currently reading Le Rouge et le Noir by Stendhal for school, which I find quite draining. I also finished Jane Eyre recently and loved it!


message 10: by Karen (new)

Karen MK wrote: "I haven't attempted one since 11th grade English class. I remember it as being a tortuous experience :p"

I think what is torturous in high school isn't as much so as we get older and more - I don't know - accepting? I find that to be the case for me, anyway. I loved both The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying, both of which I read recently and I think I would have hated them in HS. I did hate Vonnegut in HS so I could make that my test case!

I just finished The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey and found the ending perplexing. I am making my way - oh so slowly - through North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell and finding that really interesting - love the language so much but definitely have to concentrate on every word which means lots of re-reading. Plan to start The Secret Garden soon. Also listening to War Brides by Helen Bryan on the recommendation of a friend and liking it so far. And for something completely different, I plan to pick up a copy of The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy because it will plug a number of holes in my challenges!


message 11: by MK (new)

MK (wisny) | 120 comments Karen wrote: "I think what is torturous in high school isn't as much so as we get older and more - I don't know - accepting? I find that to be the case for me, anyway. I loved both The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying, both of which I read recently and I think I would have hated them in HS. I did hate Vonnegut in HS so I could make that my test case!"

Karen, as I've started to pick up more classics to read, I'm realizing how correct you are. HS English teachers managed to wreck quite a few good books, I've learned :p.

I've just recently finished two Vonnegut's - couldn't stop laughing, even while understanding it was a sharp social commentary in one case (Breakfast of Champions), and wrestling with horrific war trauma in the other (Slaughterhouse-Five). More Vonnegut will be on my reading lists soon :)


message 12: by Diana (new)

Diana R. | 5 comments I've read this month:
The One
Hidden
Frigid
Legend
Twenty Boy Summer

Currently reading:
Perto de Ti


message 13: by Sonali (new)

Sonali V I just finished reading'Bel Canto' by Ann Patchett. I liked the very concept of the novel and the very gradual way the author shows how differences dissolve as one starts living in close proximity day after day, how you discover so much of yourself and others in such circumstances and of course the inevitable lack of understanding and empathy of an indifferent world.
I have just read about 47 pages of Victoria Thompson's 'Murder on Marble Row'.


message 14: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (nantown) | 46 comments I read The Secret Garden this weekend and loved it. I have also read Antigone, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, Unmentionables and Be Careful What You Wish For. I'm going to read All the Light We Cannot See next.


message 15: by Jeff (new)

Jeff  (jeffpartlow) | 9 comments I haven't read short stories in decades. I'm debating whether to start by tackling those of Nabokov, Chekov, Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, or someone else?

Note: Normally, my favorite two genres seem to be classics and mysteries/thrillers.

Anyones comments/suggestions appreciated -- thanks in advance.


message 16: by Sonali (new)

Sonali V Nancy, would love to read'Fikry'. Did you like it? I have finished Victoria Thompson's '....Marble Row'.I really love the way she brings the old New York to life. I have just started Andre Gide's 'Lafcadio's adventures' and I am liking it.


message 17: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (nantown) | 46 comments I absolutely loved Fikry and am intrigued by Marble Row. Does the whole series take place in old New York?


message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

MENAGERIE MANOR, by Gerald Durrell

THE RAVEN'S BRIDE, by Lenore Hart

DRUMS OF AUTUMN, by Diana Gabaldon


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