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message 1: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments Any exciting beach books in your future or a new book from the library you can't wait to get to? Share your reading plans and goals for July with us!


message 2: by Leslie (last edited Jul 29, 2016 07:08PM) (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments I am going to try to scale back my planning this month. I have some library books I am hoping to read before they have to go back and a couple of readalongs but mostly I am just going to see what looks appealing...

Books borrowed:
The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century
The Tin Drum {currently reading}
The Fall of Hyperion
The First King of Shannara {audiobook}
The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Svejk, Book One
(readalong with Gill)

Books of my own:
A Fine Balance (readalong with Alice) {currently reading}
Heavy Weather


message 3: by Marina (new)

Marina (sonnenbarke) Leslie, you have a nice plan there.

My plans for July, so far:

Oryx and Crake
House of Leaves
Enduring Love
Il padre di mia figlia - this is a Bosnian book, but I couldn't find an English translation
MiXED NUTS or What I've Learned Practicing Psychotherapy


message 5: by LauraT (new)

LauraT (laurata) | 13533 comments Mod
I'll start with my last Rougon Maquart
Emile Zola Doctor Pascal

and then some books "in ordine sparso"- random:

Louise Penny How the Light Gets In
Louise Penny The Long Way Home

Agnes Martin-Lugand  La gente felice legge e beve caffè
Eugen Ruge In tempi di luce declinante probably

and maybe, time allowing

Robert Seethaler Il tabaccaio di Vienna
Elisabeth Howard,  Confusion
Lucy Maud Montgomery The Blythes Are Quoted
Jo Nesbo Nemesi
J. K. Rowling,  The Silkworm
Geraldine Brook,  Year of Wonders
Paolo Malaguti La reliquia di Costantinopoli

But these last two or three will get to August, I think ...


message 6: by Chrissie (last edited Jul 31, 2016 12:29PM) (new)

Chrissie I have to finish what I am reading:

1. Ghost Train to the Eastern Star 4 stars read

and read what I didn't have time for last month:

2. Under the Wide and Starry Sky 3 stars read

and then these:

3. Beautiful Ruins 2 stars read
4. Arrowsmith 2 stars read
5.The Book of Harlan 1 star read
6. Homegoing 1star
7. Vanessa and Her Sister 4 stars read
8. The Silver Dark Sea
9. The Architect's Apprentice
10. Sunset Song 5 stars read
11. Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets 3 stars
12. A House Full of Daughters: A Memoir of Seven Generations 3 stars read
13. Silent Spring 5 stars read
14. Thunder At Twilight: Vienna 1913/1914

The first and the last four are non-fiction.

Books 8, 9 and 14 will be read next month!


message 7: by Pink (last edited Aug 03, 2016 10:40AM) (new)

Pink I have these plans so far, not exactly light summer reading -

Group reads -
Uncle Tom's Cabin DNF
Bleak House maybe to start

Buddy reads -
The Mysteries of Udolpho currently reading
The Golden Notebook

AAB seasonal drama (Nobel Laureates) -
Collected Plays: Volume 1: A Dance of the Forests; The Swamp Dwellers; The Strong Breed; The Road; The Bacchae of Euripides: 001 Wole Soyinka
Waiting for Godot Samuel Beckett 3.5 stars

AAB seasonal non-fiction (countryside and nature)
Silent Spring 3 stars

Personal challenges -
The Painted Bird
The Art of War 3 stars

Library books -
Mothers of the Novel 5 stars
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families 5 stars
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Human Acts 4 stars
Tipping the Velvet 3 stars
Night 3.5 stars


message 8: by dely (new)

dely | 5214 comments Chrissie wrote: "I have to finish what I am reading:

1. Ghost Train to the Eastern Star

and read what I didn't have time for last month:

2. Under the Wide and Starry Sky

and then..."


I'm curious to see what you will think about Secondhand Time.


message 9: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Pink, both The Painted Bird as well as Being There by Jerzy Kosiński are on my wishlist, so I'd like to know what you think of the first.


message 10: by Chrissie (last edited Jun 29, 2016 04:58AM) (new)

Chrissie dely wrote: "I'm curious to see what you will think about Secondhand Time.."

Me too. I would have read it sooner if I didn't have my rule that I must read first those books already purchased.


message 13: by Chrissie (last edited Jun 29, 2016 07:57AM) (new)

Chrissie Cathie, so what are you thinking of A Little Life? Isn't it impressive?!

Happy Birthday, Cathie.


message 14: by Chrissie (last edited Jun 29, 2016 07:56AM) (new)

Chrissie Raul,

Re: The Golden Pavilion: Good to read if you have seen the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, which is beautifully set in the Japanese landscape. Not the most gripping book, but interesting ideas about the concept of beauty. I kept wondering if I couldn't follow it completely b/c I am not Japanese.

Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle I really think was excellent. You have to work to understand. The beginning is practically incomprehensible. I don't love all of Nabokov's books but most.


message 16: by Pink (new)

Pink Chrissie wrote: "Pink, both The Painted Bird as well as Being There by Jerzy Kosiński are on my wishlist, so I'd like to know what you think of the first."

I'll post my thoughts when I've read it :)


message 17: by dely (new)

dely | 5214 comments Pink wrote: "I'll post my thoughts when I've read it :) "

Also for Waiting for Godot! I loved it and I hope you will enjoy it too.


message 18: by Chrissie (last edited Jun 29, 2016 09:45AM) (new)

Chrissie Raul, I loved Lolita, but found Pale Fire just OK. Heart? You'll have to decided on that. For me It is more about playing with language.


message 19: by Myst (last edited Jul 31, 2016 08:11AM) (new)

Myst | 494 comments Catchup:
Seizure
Marker

On Track:
Crisis
Foreign Body

Read-A-Longs:
Blood Trade
Black Arts
Animal Farm

Time Allowing:
Divided in Death
Finish the Oedipus Trilogy


message 20: by Chrissie (last edited Jun 29, 2016 09:47AM) (new)

Chrissie Thanks, Pink. Both you and I don't like the super happy books. This one will then fit the bill.


message 21: by Laurel (new)

Laurel Bradshaw (llawryf) | 680 comments For book club:
The Tall Pine Polka (July 7 meeting)
The Boston Girl (for August meeting)

On audio:
Finishing Murder, She Meowed for my rereading project of the entire Mrs. Murphy series.

On ereader:
Finishing The Wine of Angels - Really liking this series so far, and plan to read more.

For MLA (Minnesota Library Association) talk in October:
10 books on British history: Monarchs, Mayhem, and Madness. Or something like that. Currently reading She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth

July color challenge (for another GR list): orange
Have to pick a cooking mystery series author for Dec. book club and I haven't decided yet. It turns out all three authors I have checked out have orange covers, so maybe this challenge will get me to start on them...
Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth
A Deadly Grind
and I can't remember what the third one is ....


message 22: by Pink (new)

Pink Well I won't have a problem with my books not being super happy next month! They're all pretty bleak but that's how I'm feeling right now.

dely, I'll let you know what I think of waiting for Godot too.

I really must read some more Nabokov, I agree with Chrissie that he's a master of language, but his books have been a bit hit and miss for me otherwise.


message 23: by Chrissie (last edited Jun 29, 2016 12:17PM) (new)

Chrissie Pink, I gave Pnin one star. I hope things improve for you.


message 24: by Pink (new)

Pink Chrissie, I quite liked Pnin, I think that's the one we most differ on. I know you loved Lolita, as did I. I didn't much like Pale Fire, too complicated for me and I didn't like Speak, Memory quite as much as you. I think the only other book of his I've read is a short story, Mary. I still want to read Ada or Ardor and Invitation to a beheading.


message 25: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments Raul wrote: "Death Comes for the Archbishop
Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
The Age of Reason..."


I love that Willa Cather book - hope you like it!

Ada or Ardor has been on my radar for a while so I will look forward with interest to hearing how you like it Raul. I liked Pnin more than Pale Fire (though I think that I liked Pale Fire more than you did Pink). I haven't tried Speak, Memory - is that one nonfiction?


message 26: by Alice (last edited Jun 29, 2016 09:09PM) (new)

Alice Poon (alice_poon) My tentative July reads:

The Trial (currently reading)
Watership Down
A Fine Balance
The Masterpiece


message 27: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Pink, I have a hard time with you r not loving Speak, Memory, but oh well. I think it may be because I love bios. Have you read Schiff's Vera? It is about both husband and wife.

Alice, I hope you can now get a hold of A Fine Balance and do enjoy it. Wasn't there a problem getting your hands on it? I sort of remember you saying that. My head is a sieve.


message 28: by LauraT (new)

LauraT (laurata) | 13533 comments Mod
Lots of good books I see!


message 29: by Raul (new)

Raul Bimenyimana | 737 comments Leslie wrote: "Raul wrote: "Death Comes for the Archbishop
Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
The Age of Reason..."

I love th..."


Leslie wrote: "Raul wrote: "Death Comes for the Archbishop
Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
The Age of Reason..."

I love th..."


It's my first Willa Cather book so I'm excited about it. And Speak, Memory is auto-biographical.


message 31: by Greg (new)

Greg | 7684 comments Mod
Raul wrote: "It's my first Willa Cather book so I'm excited about it...."

I haven't read that one yet, but I did quite like My Ántonia.

Death Comes for the Archbishop is definitely on my to-read list - I feel fairly certain I'll like that one too.


message 32: by Greg (last edited Jun 30, 2016 01:00AM) (new)

Greg | 7684 comments Mod
I thought Pale Fire was a fun read and very clever, but it was in large part just a big intellectual game ... making fun of literary criticism, petty patriotism, etc. Pink & Leslie, I can see why many of you didn't like it. And Raul, I can definitely see what you mean in it not having much "heart."


message 33: by Pink (new)

Pink Greg, yes definitely too clever for it's own good, or for me, but I do want to re-read it one day.

Chrissie, no I haven't read Vera, but I have seen you mention it before and I'd like to try it one day. I too love biographies, Speak, Memory was a great book, but I didn't love it. Perhaps I judge everything by Nabokov too harshly after the amazingly high standard of Lolita.


message 34: by Raul (new)

Raul Bimenyimana | 737 comments I don't know if it makes sense, but I felt that Pale Fire was a bit too calculated? In the sense that it was written to impress the reader of the author's capabilities, who is obviously greatly gifted.


message 35: by Pink (new)

Pink Raul wrote: "I don't know if it makes sense, but I felt that Pale Fire was a bit too calculated? In the sense that it was written to impress the reader of the author's capabilities, who is obviously greatly gif..."

I definitely felt that.


message 36: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Pink wrote: "Greg, yes definitely too clever for it's own good, or for me, but I do want to re-read it one day.

Chrissie, no I haven't read Vera, but I have seen you mention it before and I'd like to try it o..."


That is true about the excellence of Lolita.


message 38: by Cathie (new)

Cathie (cathiebp2) | 653 comments Chrissie wrote: "Cathie, so what are you thinking of A Little Life? Isn't it impressive?!

Happy Birthday, Cathie."


Chrissie wrote: "Cathie, so what are you thinking of A Little Life? Isn't it impressive?!

Happy Birthday, Cathie."


Thank you! Yes, it is impressive. I finished Part 3... heartbreaking.


message 39: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Cathie wrote: "Yes, it is impressive. I finished Part 3... heartbreaking.
t..."


Cathie, I went into it knowing nothing and so was surprised in finding out what a difficult, heartbreaking read it was to be.


message 40: by Alice (last edited Jun 30, 2016 08:53AM) (new)

Alice Poon (alice_poon) Chrissie wrote: "Pink, I have a hard time with you r not loving Speak, Memory, but oh well. I think it may be because I love bios. Have you read Schiff's Vera? It is about both husband an..."

Chrissie, I still don't know when I'll get my hands on A Fine Balance (it's marked "available" on the library catalogue, but "not ready for pickup" on my account page). Frustrating....

Pink, I liked The Golden Notebook a lot. Would love to hear your thoughts on this. Interesting that you want to read the ancient classic The Art of War! I've been thinking of getting a Chinese copy on my home visit in November.


message 41: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Alice, I do understand how annoyed you must be!


message 42: by Gill (new)

Gill | 5720 comments Esther wrote: "My plans for July:
Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
And the Mountains Echoed
[book:Hor..."


Esther, I've just read And the Mountains Echoed. I gave it 4 stars. Hope you enjoy it.


message 43: by Cathie (new)

Cathie (cathiebp2) | 653 comments Chrissie wrote: "Cathie wrote: "Yes, it is impressive. I finished Part 3... heartbreaking.
t..."

Cathie, I went into it knowing nothing and so was surprised in finding out what a difficult, heartbreaking read it w..."


Chrissie, I "heard" a little bit about the book, that is worth the read. I was caught off guard that Jude's POV was not in Part 1, but then came Part 2 and thus far...


message 44: by Esther (new)

Esther (eshchory) | 1321 comments Gill wrote: "Esther, I've just read And the Mountains Echoed. I gave it 4 stars. Hope you enjoy it. ..."

I really liked his others so hopefully this one too.


message 45: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Cathie, let's see what you think.. It was one of my most favorite fiction books for last year.


message 46: by Pink (new)

Pink Alice, I've been meaning to read The Golden Notebook for a couple of years, since we had a buddy read here of another Lessing novel, but I always put it off due to the length. I'm a bit daunted by it already, but looking forward to it.

The Art of War is one of those texts that I always feel like I should have read, so I'm going to plump for it this month. I'll let you know what I think of them both :)


message 47: by Greg (new)

Greg | 7684 comments Mod
Pink wrote: "Alice, I've been meaning to read The Golden Notebook for a couple of years, since we had a buddy read here of another Lessing novel, but I always put it off due to the length. I'm a bi..."

The length has delayed it for me too, though I hope to read it one day.

I've read several others by Lessing, and I quite liked some of the "literary" ones such as The Grass is Singing. Some of the science fiction ones such as The Memoirs of a Survivor are odd but interesting. Her book Briefing for a Descent Into Hell was hands down the weirdest book I've ever read (and not altogether in a good way but still fascinating). Her book The Fifth Child read almost like a thriller, though it had a bit more philosophical and psychological depth than the average thriller. She's one of those very varied authors like Graham Greene in my opinion - all of her books seem to be so different!

The two of hers I have a lot of curiosity to read (but haven't yet) are The Golden Notebook and The Good Terrorist.


message 48: by B the BookAddict (last edited Jun 30, 2016 02:25PM) (new)

B the BookAddict (bthebookaddict) | 8315 comments So far, I have Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen,
If I Forget You by Thomas Christopher Greene
and An Italian Wife by Ann Hood sitting on my coffee table for July.

The Girls by Emma Cline,
The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia by C.W. Gortner,
The Dinner by Herman Koch
and The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson are on reserve at the library. I've got a selection of differing genres in my books this month.


message 49: by Pink (new)

Pink Greg, the only Lessing I've read was The Grass is Singing, which I really liked. I'm now intrigued by Briefing for a descent into Hell. I know she has a reputation for various styles, so I'm looking forward to trying another.


message 50: by Beth (new)

Beth | 405 comments Esther wrote: "My plans for July:
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell


Esther, this is one of my favorite books! It's not everyone's cup of tea but I really loved it. Enjoy!


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