Monday, February 13, 2012

It's Monday and I'm a Reading Fool!

Or maybe just a fool. I'll let you decide.

SO, this past week I finished reading and reviewed two books. WHOA NELLY! I was only sort of wowed by Ann Patchett's much-typed-about State of Wonder. However, I was surprisingly bowled over by Nathacha Appanah's The Last Brother. And if you haven't started reading that book yet, you need to get on the stick. Do it! Do it!

Right now I'm about 70% (Goodreads influence) done with Karen Russell's weird novel, Swamplandia!. I like it, but it's not without its own issues. I'll discuss that in my review this week.

The library continues to be a source of avalanchery (yes, it's a word now). I have a digital copy of The Tiger's Wife waiting in the wings via my library's Overdrive service, and I picked up my hold copy of Teju Cole's Open City on Friday. AND--yes there's an AND--I expect the e-book of Michael Ondaatje's The Cat's Table to drop anytime. Oh, and The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst is the next one I'll receive from my physical holds list. Then will come 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, and that might spell the end of my reading mojo.



SERIOUSLY! These are all Tournament of Books books. I have to say, I'm kicking some serious arse in the Tournament of Books (personal) Challenge, but I'm also kinda ready to read whatever I want with reckless abandon. Cinder is staring at me from my stacks and oddly enough, I'm already feeling the pull of Son of a Witch after my successful romp through Wicked earlier in the year.

Tournament of Books aside, I got quagmired in The Norton Anthology of American Literature this weekend. I mentioned the online classes I inherited in my previous post. One of them is Early American Lit (blah), so it looks like I'll be re-reading some Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, and Washington Irving in the coming weeks. I'm OK with Irving, but Paine and Franklin make me vomit in my mouth a little.

And that's it! Only one book in the mail this week, and unsolicited copy of Five Bells by Gail Jones. It doesn't really look like my kind of thing, but we'll see. I have hopefoolery. Full of new words today.

If you don't already know, It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by the ever-lovely Sheila over at BookJourney. Get thee there!

20 comments:

  1. American Lit is my favorite, BUT only if I get to choose the authors...the canon tends to honor the white male and there's soooo much other good stuff out there. Anne Bradstreet is one of my all time favorites in this genre...I was a poetry hater until I was introduced to her work :) Good stuff :)

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  2. I'm interested to see what you think about The Tiger's Wife and can't wait to hear your thoughts on Swamplandia which I own. You should totally slip in Cinder somewhere along the way - I'm tempted to do that myself because it looks so freakin' awesome.

    Also, early founding fathers type literature sounds torturous - I avoided it in college and have no regrets.

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  3. It's been fun following along on your ToB journey! I've yet to read any of the challenge books but as I write this, The Last Brother is winging its way to my library branch (from another branch), and I'm definitely looking forward to that.

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  4. Patti, I love American Lit, too, but I definitely have a preference for post-1865. Bradstreet is most definitely one of my faves before 1865. Was bummed that the previous professor had already covered her work. Boo!

    Brooke, Swamplandia is FREAKIN' WEIRD but not without merit! I like it. I think. lol Definitely sneaking Cinder in soon. And yes, I tried to get around the founding fathers as much as possible. Once was enough.

    Olduvai, I hope you enjoy The Last Brother as much as I did! It's really a touching little book.

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  5. I'm just finishing The Tiger's Wife and I luuurve it. Hope you enjoy it too :D

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  6. You are kicking some serious book boot :-) I don't think I'll get to any/ many of the books from the tourney so I'm looking forward to seeing whether you agree/ disagree with the winners when it starts.

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  7. You and I are having reading synergy, as a lot of the books that you have out from the library are ones that I have just gotten too! I will be excited to see what you think of Son of A Witch, because it was so different from Wicked, and I had held high hopes for that one that were only marginally recognized. Lots of great reads here today. You are going to have an awesome few weeks! Enjoy them all!

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  8. Andi, you are just amazing! Look at all you're reading! I can't wait to read your thoughts on Open City. I've read great things about it but haven't felt the need to put a hold on it at the library.

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  9. I've had a lot of avalanchery from the library lately too. It seems like every book I'm waiting for is coming in... and I have no time to read them! Well, no, I have time, I just keep wasting it on other things. Boo.

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  10. I should be banned for the library for a few weeks, maybe then I would get some of my TBR books read!

    I think you should be reckless and read whatever you want, whenever you want. Reading should be fun and no pressure :)

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  11. You are rocking your ToB reading! I had some issues with Swamplandia! too, so I'll be eager to hear what your thoughts are. The Last Brother is at the top of my pile once I finish pending review obligations. I'm even more excited now because you loved it so much!

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  12. :-D Love your post. Very fun. No idea what you're reading, but it sounds creative, different and a lot of fun. enjoy!! :-)

    Here's Mine: Colorimetry

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  13. You have my sympathies on early American Lit. The only thing worse I can think of is 17th/18th century British lit. GAG.

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  14. When I was using the library, I swear all my holds came in at the same time and I could never get them read in time and would have to return half of them unread.

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  15. I bow to your superior reading skillz. I'm slogging through 100 Years of Solitude and not really having the time of my life.

    The Last Brother was awesome! Kind of like the story about pajamas (you know the one I'm talking about, right? It was a book and then a movie about a little boy who makes a friend on the other side of a barbed wire fence, and he goes to visit him...), only 100 times better.

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  16. You really have been a reading fool - and what a lot of interesting books they are. I'm sorry to hear that you're going to have to do some reading, however, that will make you vomit in your mouth. Ick!

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  17. I just read Cinder last week and really enjoyed it. :)

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  18. Avalanchery. I love it.

    I have been stumped on what the cover of Swamplandia reminds me of but I finally got it--at the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland--it reminds me of the expanding room and the pictures that expand with it. You know what I'm talking about?!

    Anyway...Send some of that reading fool mojo my way. Like Jill I'm still slogging through Marquez.

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  19. The library is providing me with book "avalanchry" as well. It sounds like you are reading lots of good books though which is always a good thing! Enjoy :)

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  20. I've only finished one for the Tournaments of Books (The Marriage Plot), but Friday I glanced at The Tiger's Wife and after reading the first chapter (or maybe it's the prologue), I was hooked. Didn't buy it (yet), but I know this is one I'll read before the year's out! I have Patchett's State of Wonder in my stack for Hawaii, but I keep vascillating. I need books that will grab me from the get-go, so I'm toying with the idea of sticking with my favorite mystery writers. I have 1Q84 on my iPad, but haven't read any of it since last October! At this point, I could walk away from it without a backward glance. We'll see.

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