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June Feels So Far Away

I read ten books in June and I don’t feel guilty at all that it is now September when I finally update y’all on that fact.

If you were at all curious, you would be checking my BOOKS READ page and seeing what is up. I do seem to keep that current. I also am quite up-to-date on goodreads. I also enjoy posting on Litsy, if you like that book + photo app. Oh, I haven’t gone away entirely. I’m on Twitter quite often. It’s just that blogging requires more technical accessibility than I usually have – I prefer to write posts on my laptop which requires WiFi and that is truly a pain in the ass to “make right”. WiFi access is spotty at best. I don’t even want to go into it.

Here’s my June list:

June 2017 (10)
The Atomic Weight of Love / Elizabeth Church eB (2016,320) **** 49
Lab Girl / Hope Jahren Tb (2016,290) ***** 48
Dark Matter / Blake Crouch eB (2016,342) **** 47
Case Histories / Kate Atkinson eB (2005,389) **** 46
Blindness / Jose Saramago Tb (1999,326) **** 45
Being God eB (2013,222) *** 44
Being Mortal HB (2014,282) **** 43
Godspeed eB *** (2012,406) 42
Everything I Never Told You A  (2014,10′) *** 41
Kitchens of the Great Midwest eB (2015,310) **** 40 apple pie

Lifted copy/paste from my Books Read page (see menu above), I realize I haven’t even yet provided the minimal info I usually do! Uh oh. I will, I suppose, probably, eventually, go back and fill that stuff in. But let’s just randomly chat about what this list provokes thought-wise in my head. Here goes.

I liked Atomic Weight of Love. It was… odd, in some ways, very mature and almost bitter in some ways. Not quite chick lit, weighty even, if you don’t mind. Feministish history, I might say. Read it if the synopsis appeals. I won’t tell more. Go to gr and decide for yourself. It did feel like a debut of a smart woman who has seen some things who wanted to write a book. I would read more by this author. I really don’t know if I’m right about that and should probably shut up.

Segue… AWoL featured an ambitious female scientist: see next book:

LAB GIRL!  I loved it, the geek in me loved it. Not quite what I expected but that is OK. I don’t mind surprises. It is one of those surprises that makes me curious of what I *DID* expect. A wonderment, really. Every time I see a tree chopped down, I think of this book.

Dark Matter is my kind of thriller! geeky for sure. Time travel awesome. I thought I read that a movie was in the works but I could find NO EVIDENCE of such on IMDB. #shrug

Case Histories for the WIN. I do think I have a crush on author Kate Atkinson. I think/hope this is a standalone but first in the series. I can get behind a series that is standalone with same characters so I just might (probably) seek out book #2 of the Brodie guy.

Blindness was disturbing. This is one of these oddly punctuated books (I think?) Did I not read that somewhere? I already gave away my copy and don’t recall what I did with it… Anyway, I NEVER, repeat RARELY notice punctuation oddities in a book if the story is gripping. I can only shudder… this is one helluva disturbing tale. I don’t think I want to see the movie.

Being God just wasn’t my kind of book. Pretty sure I skimmed/skipped my way through it. Middle school coming of age stuff.

Three months later I don’t even remember what Being Mortal was about. OH! Nonfiction about medicine and our not-great response to aging and attempting to prolong life far beyond when we should. By Atul Guwande. It was OK, not as great as I expected. Not sure why or what I expected but I didn’t find any advice in this like I had hoped.

And now I’m blanking on Godspeed. Something about clocks. Something about a kid being upset about a few missing seconds on a world clock reset? I might be thinking about an entirely different book. Due diligence should make me go clarify so someone isn’t steered astray… Yea, maybe later. Do your own research on this book!!!  [Correct, confusing with something else. This is a steampunk romance. Enjoyable but not memorable.]

I did not like Everything I Never Told You and I like the author. I follow and admire the author on Twitter. I did not or sadly could not find an emotional appreciation/connection to this book. I gave it three stars because of pie mentions.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest was terrific! I really enjoyed it. I was saddened to followup with reviews to find many friends did NOT like this or read a review that convinced them they would not like it so are crossing off lists! I REALLY liked this book and found much that appealed to my reading emotional self. It’s all just crazy. That’s OK. Too each their own. But I would LOVE to make J____ read this and change her mind and then sit and discuss over wine….  (Wow – I don’t usually try twist peoples arms to read a book but it somehow keeps poppin up in my recall that she is thinking this won’t appeal to her…  I think that what one reviewer found annoying, I found tongue-in-cheek amusing, so it made me chuckle where the other person reacted with DNF and/or chucking the book across the room. Funny, huh.

Maybe I will post soon about the 6 books I read in July and/or the 6 books I read in August!

Here’s the photo of the sky on one of our recent boat rides:

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New Books In the House

The Witch of Hebron by James Howard Kunstler – Thank you Alix!

Virginia Woolf bio by Hermione Lee – for Women Unbound Challenge – #fridayreads prize!

Neon Vernacular by Yusef Komunyakaa – Thank you, Lu, for a convincing BBAW Forgotten Treasures post) – #fridayreads prize!

D.V. autobio by Diana Vreeland – #fridayreads prize!

Bob Dylan’s CHRONICLES Volume One – for the  John Cusack Challenge (bookmooched)

How To Grill by Steven Raichlen – with encouragement from BermudaOnion, gift for my husband #fridayreads prize!

I want to especially thank @thebookmaven for giving out prizes to the Twitter “Friday Reads” participants!    If you are on Twitter on Fridays, just use the hashtag #fridayreads (and/or #fridaylistens for audio books) and you just might win a prize!   I did!!    With my Amazon gift certificate plus only a few dollars of my own, I purchased the Raichlen Grilling book, D.V., the Woolf bio and the poetry book.

Read all about Twitter’s #fridayreads here as explained at The Book Maven’s blog.

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Book Choosing: Unscientific…

You’re at this cool party full of wonderfully geeky book lovers that you admire…    Someone starts talking about a particular book and you casually mention, “I’ve never read that one. ”     EVERYONE GASPS!

What book title was it?

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So… I un-participated myself from the goodreads.com group of the 1001 Books Before You Die.    HOWEVER, while there? I noticed that one thread of the forum was to volunteer your top ten.   So, in a totally unscientific way to see if I should change my choices and continue with this challenge to attempt 1% (by when? February 2009?), I am proposing to MY SELF, a few of the following:

[I copied the few entries into excel; counted and sorted and bolded what I’ve already read, the red ones are what I WANT to read and the green ones are the few I actually have in the house.]

EDITED LATER to STAR those suggested in the comments! and fixed a counting error…

To Kill A Mocking Bird 7
Pride & Prejudice 5

Lord of the Rings 5
A Tale of Two Cities 4
The Great Gatsby 4

All Quiet On The Western Front 3
Frankenstein 3
Great Expectations 3
*** Hitchhiker’s Guide 3
Les Miserables 3
Little Women 3
The Hobbit 3
The Scarlet Letter 3

*** The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 3
Catch 22 2
Crime and Punishment 2
Don Quixote 2
Gone with the Wind 2
Grapes of Wrath – I attempted this once    2
In Cold Blood 2
Jane Eyre 2
Life of Pi 2
Never Let Me Go – Ishiguru 2
Of Mice and Men 2

The Bell Jar 2
*** The Blind Assassin 2
*** The Maltese Falcon 2
The Poisonwood Bible 2

*** The Watchmen 2

Wuthering Heights 2
*** Count of Monte Cristo 2
1984
A Fine Balance

*** A Handful of Dust
*** A Prayer For Owen Meany
*** Absolom, Absolom
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Animal Farm
Atonement

Black Water
Blood Meridian
*** Brave New World
Brother’s Karamazov
Cloud Atlas
Cold Comfort Farm
Dracula
Enduring Love
House of Leaves
I, Robot
If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler
Invisible Cities
Invisible Man – Ralph Elison
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Journey to the End of the Night
Labyrinths
Lady Chatterly’s Love – Lawrence
Lolita
******** Love in the Time of Cholera
Love Medicine
Madame Bovary – Flaubert
Middlemarch
Middlesex
Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf

Namesake
Neuromancer
Nightwood
Northanger Abbey
On the Road
*** One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
***** One Hundred Years of Solitude
Picture of Dorian Gray
Pilgrim’s Progress
Rebecca
Sense and Sensibility

Sexing the Cherry
Sherlock Holmes
Shipping News
Solaris
*** Song of Solomon
Stephenwolf – Herman Hesse
*** The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
The Big Sleep
The Catcher in the Rye
The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan
The Color Purple
The Country Girls
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
The God of Small things

The House on the Borderland
The Master & Margarita
The Secret History
The Sun Also Rises
*** The Watchmen 2
The World According to Garp
Thousand and One Nights
Titus Groan
To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
Uncle Tom’s Cabin

My question for you, my lovely readers, is this:   Are there any on this list that is a MUST read?   I’m thinking MUST as in:  if I were at a party, which of these would most people be amazed I have not read? (no, I really don’t go to any parties like this, but sounds like fun.)    I’m thinking Huck Finn since it’s a Mark Twain and I can’t truly feel confident that I’ve read any of his work.    (big confession, huh?)

Can anyone recommend the ones with the fewest pages?  🙂

To sum up my want-tos, The Bell Jar, The Namesake, A Fine Balance, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Maltese Falcon.   There are more on the list that I am interested in, but these more than others…

I’m impressed that I’ve read 1/3 of these!       And to return the favor, my top ten from this list:

In Cold Blood
Rebecca
Pride and Prejudice
To Kill A Mockingbird
Mrs. Dalloway
A Tale of Two Cities (I wrote a HUGE paper on this in Jr High so I have big soft spot for it.   I wish I could find that paper – what a hoot, it would be!)
Les Miserables
The Lord of the Rings
Catch 22
Little Women
With Honorable Mention to Middlesex, Atonement and Gone With the Wind

(and if you ask me tomorrow, the titles might be different.   Things like “favorites” are fickle.)

Whoops, I Did It Again

Well, I think I just bit off more than I intended to.  I signed up for another challenge.   What with Weekly Geeks, my In Their Own Shoes Challenge, keeping up with my favorite blogs (and finding more every day!) and actually spending time reading books just so I can review them here, I really think I might be in over my head.

But then again, I don’t want to get complacent, now DO I?

Besides, this one is ONLY asking for me to give a little more, only 1% more!   No, not quite.   It’s requesting we commit to reading 1% of the currently hot and debated 1001 Books List between May 1st and …    October?  or was it the end of the year?    

Yep, that’s what I did.  Signed up before I really knew what I was in for.

If you want to print the list, follow this link.    I did, I had to see it on paper.  On 20 pieces of paper.  I even printed it on green paper and had mad/crazy thoughts about transcribing the list into my tbr sug book!   I’m excited to see that I’ve read a few, heard of a few authors, etc.    Golly Ian McEwan is all over it.

If you want to be in the challenge, go here.

And, if you want to gently exhort me to “GET BACK TO YOUR BOOK(s) AND READ SOMETHING, SILLY!”   Well, that would be appreciated, too.

At first glance, I want to read these ten:

 1. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro (I have been wanting to try Ishiguro)

 2. Fury – Salman Rushdie (I have never read any Rushdie)

 3. American Pastoral – Philip Roth (I am compelled to read another Roth book.)

 4. Whatever – Michel Houellebecq (gotta love the title.   Maybe not)

 5. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh (isn’t this a movie?!)

 6. Get Shorty – Elmore Leonard (I can always cheat and see the movies?) 

 7. Like Life – Lorrie Moore (I need to include a female writers, I think)

 8. Nights at the Circus (ooo, I like Angela Carter!)

 9. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark (has been on the list for awhile, might as well get to it.)

10.  Anna Karenina – Tolstoy (one of my 2008 must, gotta, absolutely want to finish this!)

alternates:   Ormond, The Absentee, or Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth because I’ve never heard of her. 

If any of these are too long and thus intimidating, I’ll replace with a novella – there HAS to be a novella on this list somewhere!

 

PS – I spent a good ten minutes perusing Google Images to my search for ‘slap upside the head’ but didn’t find anything I wanted to bring back here.   Saw a few whale pics…