Monday, May 18, 2015

It's Monday! Reading!

Monday, Monday, and I'm glad to report that I've been reading some books.


Yesterday I finished Giovanni's Room, by James Baldwin, and it was just as amazing as everyone said it would be. It's funny to me, reading moods. I've long admitted that I'm a fickle mood reader, and if it's not a book's "time" with me, then it's just not. I've started and stopped this book at least four times, and with it only being 160 pages, you'd think I'd just get on with it already. But reading a book when I'm not in the mood really isn't doing the book any favors. I'm glad I waited for this one to really grab me. I loved the language, the complexity of it, the atmosphere, the anguish and struggle. I loved it all. It was vivid. 


Now I'm reading Lost on Planet China: One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation, by J. Maarten Troost. I love Troost. I've devoured The Sex Lives of Cannibals and Getting Stoned with Savages in the past. I've held off on this one, waiting for just the moment that I really need one of his books to engross me, and voila! That moment is here. I read the sample from Amazon yesterday and immediately downloaded it when I finished Giovanni's Room. 


Finally, I have Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship, by Robert Kurson waiting on the TBR. This one is Heather's recommendation since it helped her de-slump, and I love what I've read so far. Non-fiction is so often a slump buster for me, so I'm looking forward to keeping the good times rolling with this. 

What are you reading? 



25 comments:

  1. Good to hear Giovanni's Room lived up to expectations for you.

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    1. Absolutely! I can't wait to read more of his work now. I've had ANOTHER COUNTRY on my shelves for months (from the university library). They've finally given up on me and extended the due date to August! lol

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  2. Glad to see you've found some books that are working for you (and you know when to set aside a book for a better time!). Hope the streak continues!

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    1. Amen sister! If it's tripping me up, it goes. I have to be brutal to keep the good mojo rolling.

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  3. Nonfiction is a slump-buster for me, too... all of these titles look great!

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    1. Thanks, JoAnn! I've been browsing Scribd for more goodies this morning, too.

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  4. Just finished E. Lockhart's We Were Liars, and picked up an old Margery Allingham mystery to get me through a few days of appointments/waiting rooms with other people. Looking forward to picking up something a little thicker later in the week.

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    1. Oohh, I liked that one a lot. I'd be interested in your thoughts on it (We Were Liars). Good luck picking a thicker book!

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  5. Sounds like I need to read Giovanni's Room.

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    1. You do! Can't wait to hear your thoughts if you get around to it.

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  6. I love nonfiction as a slump buster! I think I tend to look towards YA or a shorter novel, but that sounds like a great idea. I hope you love your adventures in China and hunting for pirates! :)

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    1. I've been reading lots of the shorter novels lately, and those do work, but when they stop working I go straight for the non-fic. It's a little bump out of the ordinary.

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  7. I have the Troost book and loved his previous books but haven't picked this one up. Can't wait to see what you think! I love the sound of Pirate Hunter's! Enjoy your reading.

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    1. So far, so good! I'm highly entertained. :)

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  8. Oh, yes, yes, yes, I need to read Giovanni's Room! I keep putting it off -- I crazy love James Baldwin's essays, and the one novel of his I tried, Go Tell It on the Mountain, was not a hit with me. So I've been leery of Giovanni's Room. But okay! Yes! I will read it!

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    1. I need to check out his essays. I'm sorry to hear that Go Tell It On the Mountain wasn't a hit for you. I've heard wonderful things about Another Country, so it's hanging out on my TBR at the mo'.

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  9. I've been reading a lot of Baldwin lately, and his writing is absolutely brilliant. I haven't read Giovanni's room yet though. I loved Go Tell It on the Mountain, but Another Country is by far my favorite book of Baldwin's. I've been reading Going to Meet the Man this week (stories) a little at a time. Now you're inspiring me to pick up Giovanni's Room!

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    1. Yay! Another Country! I have it out from the university library until August. Plenty of time to get in the mood, right? I'm always up for stories, so I'm going to check out Going to Meet the Man!

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  10. Great variety you've got there Andi! I read Giovanni's Room ages ago. It was wonderful. But like you, I also have to be in the mood for certain reads otherwise I feel like I"m not going to really give the book a chance.

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    1. Thanks, Iliana! The books deserve better than my fickle moods...I'll tell you that. But we adapt, right? :)

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  11. I've been reading more non-fiction than ever this year - close to 50%! I've always read a lot of memoirs & bios, but branching out into more history and nature writing which I'm enjoying a lot.

    I've been curious about The Sex Lives of Cannibals - it sounds like I need to read it!

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    1. Wow! That's an amazing percentage! I'm a big sucker for food writing, so that's always a nice back up to travel writing and memoir for me. Cannibals is SO FUN! Definitely give it a try!

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  12. Hooray for James Baldwin! He brings such PASSION to his writing, doesn't he? I admit that's kind of why I am scared to try him again. He had so much religion and fire and brimstone in the book I read that I just think I need a little time away. But such rich writing - I just know I'll love it when I give him another go.

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  13. Oh yay! I'm glad to hear that you're getting of your slump and I'm very excited to hear about Pirate Hunters! That sounds like such a fun book.

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  14. Baldwin wrote this wonderful book that I seldom hear about called If Beale Street Could Talk. It's about two young people in love with a bit of Romeo and Juliet tension as I recall. It's been years since I read it, and I rarely see it in stores, but it's wonderful. It's probably the best love story I've read. If you're looking for fiction his book The Fire Next Time is terrific. He's really an unsung American Treasure.

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