Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Clearing My Reading Shelves

Sometimes I'm such a waffler. I've had several books going, and I don't seem to be making any headway! This is usually a symptom of my reading cravings not being met. In the past I might've endured a book that just doesn't blow my skirt up, but in the spirit of keeping my reading fresh and myself happy in 2011, I've cleared out! I'm laying aside The Sugar Mother and will come back to it later. I'm also suspending my Harry Potter re-read. I will continue chipping away at The Woman in White.

My main read of the moment is now Atonement by Ian McEwan. I've had this book on my shelves for years and all of a sudden it started calling to me. I haven't walked past the shelves. I haven't read up on McEwan. For some reason, though, it popped into my head and won't go away.

My only experience with McEwan has been On Chesil Beach. I listened to it on audio in 2008 and instantly fell in love with it. You can read my Bibliobuffet review of it here. His language was rich, his atmosphere thick and clingy. Awesome, awesome book. And somehow I've never had more than a passing interest to read Atonement.

Today is an ice day here in Texas, so I'm home watching movies with the kids. I also finally indulged Atonement and picked it up from the shelves. I'm only on page 13, but I'm almost certain this one will grab me and suck me right on in. For all the years that I've read reviews of this book, I've managed to sidestep spoilers, and maybe my luck will hold out for a few more days.

I can't wait to see what all the hooplah (and occasional outrage) has been about.

What's been calling to you lately?

26 comments:

  1. I have wanted to read Atonement for some time. Let me know how it is.

    Mostly, I'm reading books set in slave history. Pretty good but hard reading.

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  2. I can't wait to hear what you think of Atonement! I only read it last year after also meaning to for YEARS, and I loved it.

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  3. I usually really dislike ian mcewan,but I have to say I loved Atonement! At the moment,I'm having one of those really lazy moments where I'm pretty much rereading childhood favourites,and fairytale retellings..

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  4. Like you, I absolutely loved On Chesil Beach -- it was one of my favorite reads last year! McEwan is definitely a talented author but has proved hit-or-miss for me. I hated last year's Solar, for instance, and have Atonement sitting in my bookcase, too. Loved, loved, loved the film (and James McAvoy!) and really must read the book soon. Perhaps I'll be inspired! Enjoy!

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  5. I loved Atonement - right up until the ending.

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  6. I've just put the audio of On Chesil Beach on hold at the library. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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  7. I loved Atonement! Part I was a bit easygoing overall but Parts II & III will get you hooked in no time :) Hope you enjoy it & will check back to hear what you think. Here's my review which also got some discussion going in the comments if you're interested in some further thoughts on the book.

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  8. I hope you love it. I tried to read Atonement but I bought it for a plane flight and my concentration sucks when I travel, so I didn't get far. I've seen the movie and still want to read it.

    BTW, are you still publishing ER? I haven't seen any links to the newsletter, but then I've been avoiding most social networks, lately. I'm so out of touch.

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  9. Atonement has been on my shelves for quite awhile too and I recently pulled it off to read it soon!

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  10. I need to hope on that Ian McEwan bandwagon. He's on my goal list for the year. I have Atonement, but think I'm going to start with On Chesil Beach. I've wanted to read it ever since you were raving about it (so long ago...).

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  11. I LOVED Atonement and even thought the movie (which I just watched last week) was pretty true to the book! Happy reading!
    Stephanie @ www.stephanieswrittenword.com

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  12. Atonement is very good, so enjoy! I am in the middle of several books at the moment, myself, and I think I need to officially set two of them aside for later. I'm just not getting into them right now.

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  13. I tried reading Saturday and just couldn't get into it. I am hoping that Atonement proves to be a better start for me with McEwen because I really would like to finish something of his.

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  14. The CS adored Atonement as book and as movie. I haven't gotten to it yet, so I'll be curious to read your reaction.

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  15. Andi, so far, so good. The first part of the book is starting to drag a bit (not toooo much), but it's my understanding parts 2 and 3 are super-fab.

    Thanks, Ana!!! I'm really excited to finally be getting to it.

    Collect Dreams, I do love a great fairytale retelling! I got a bit burned out on them in graduate school because I wrote my thesis over them, but one day I'll revisit, I'm sure.

    Meg, I'm determined to read the book before I see the film. The first McEwan I ever tried was Saturday, and while it didn't thrill me, I'll probably try it again after I finish Atonement.

    Kathy, I can't WAIT to find out why everyone says that! lol

    LifetimeReader, it's truly one of the best books I've ever read, and it's by far one of the best e-books I've listened to. It is REALLY atmospheric, claustrophobic, awkward, and touching. Good, good stuff.

    Teacher/Learner, I will most definitely check out your post when I'm done reading. So far, so good!

    Nancy, no ER lately. Since my promotion to program chair I haven't had as much time as I would've liked to work on it. That doesn't mean it's dead. I'm sure Heather is ready to bludgeon me for it. lol

    Good luck, Ash! I really like it so far.

    Heather, I hope you love it as much as I did. I was just amazed at the sense of awkwardness and tension McEwan could create between the characters.

    Thanks, Stephanie! I really like it so far!

    Christy, I know the feeling. And I hate it when I'm in the middle of too many books and just stop moving forward. Sort of like being mired in mud!

    Nicole, Saturday was the first McEwan I tried and I didn't have good luck with it at all. On Chesil Beach was the winner for me.

    I'll keep you posted, ds!

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  16. I really liked Atonement, but haven't read On Chesil Beach. I almost picked it up in October, then remembered I was getting married in October, and decided I could find more appropriate pre-wedding reading. And by the way, I didn't know you wrote for BiblioBuffet! Love it.

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  17. Thanks for the reply, Andiloo. I was just curious, since I hadn't seen any comment about it, lately. :)

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  18. I found Atonement difficult in the beginning but then you get wrapped up in it and it becomes a great read. The movie is very good also, so you should try and see it after you finish the book. I did not like Chesil Beach as much as I did Atonement. Enjoy!

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  19. I plan to read this book but have put it off in the hope that I will forget the movie, which I fear has spoiled the book for me!

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  20. Kerry, I did! I really miss writing for them, but once I had a family and started this job I have now, the time for additional writing went out the window! So sad.

    On Chesil Beach--definitely not good pre-wedding reading. Do pick it up when you get a chance, though!

    Nancyroo, I definitely want to get back into it. I think it's going to be my perpetual project. lol

    Elisabeth, I didn't get to read any of it last night. Stayed up embarrassingly late playing a game on my iPhone. Hopefully I'll have better luck tonight.

    LOL, Kathleen! I'm the same way. I would have to wait a good long while to forget the movie. Will definitely see it when I'm done!

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  22. Isn't it funny when one book all of a sudden demands our attention? Hope you are enjoying Atonement. I sort of loved it and then was sort of bothered by it. Books like that though tend to stay with me for a long while.

    And, bundle up! I can't believe how crazy it is in Dallas with the weather! One of my friends lives in Plano and she said they've been homebound now for 4 days! Insane.

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  23. This is one of the very few books I've read which actually made me want to slap a character. That Briony, if she were here now I'd give her a piece of my mind. Although everyone else I know says she was an innocent child not a maniuplative brat. Innocent, my ass.

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  24. "Blow my skirt up" -- tee hee hee :) I love it!

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  25. I have to admit that Atonement is the only book by McEwan I have enjoyed so far and I have read most of them at this point..

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  26. I haven't read any McEwan but I did see the movie and I liked it. I have heard so many great things about his writing but I wasn't sure if I wanted Atonement to be the first book of his I wrote. Still not sure. I'm glad that you're following your reading appetite. You never know where it might lead you. Enjoy!

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