What are you reading?

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  1. I just finished Tintin in the New World by Frederic Tuten. I have a short review and and some thoughts on the Tintin enterprise here:

  2. i am reading The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf and it is getting me very fired up! it is an important read!

    check out my blog, i am always writing about books!

    xo
    sami

  3. The Bhagavad-Gita….the Signet Classic edition. This edition is actually easy to read and understand. And the forward is by Aldous Huxley!
    I'm trying to learn about the beliefs of other cultures in an effort to understand the world around me. It's getting smaller and smaller. :)

  4. Ohmygod you stole my cat! :)
    He's exactly the same, spooky!

    I am rereading "We were the Mulvaneys" by Joyce Carol Oates and it's still great…

  5. I'm plugging through Irene Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise. I've gotten a bit distracted by it though because I just got Kazou Ishiguro's Nocturnes in the mail the other day and I'm DYING to read it. I have to finish the other first though. I'm kind of crazy about not starting new books until I finish the old first. 😛 But the anticipation! Oh, the anticipation for Nocturnes!

  6. I'm reading the strain series. Love it!!! You might want to read my novel though, hint hint.

    Have a great day doll!

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  7. I"m reading Brooklyn. I'm trying to read it slowly to savor it.

    I love these posts to find out what other people are reading!

  8. Satori in Paris by Jack Kerouac, The Matchmaker of Perigord, and of course, Pride and Prejudice! A classic! 😀 xo

  9. I am reading Brad Meltzer's "The Inner Circle". Quick read and very interesting.

  10. Just finished "Snowflower and The Secret Fan" by Lisa See, the fascinating story of Lily's and Snowflower's friendship in nineteenth century rural China. I'm with Molly, and love seeing, what other people are reading. Thanks for your inspiring blog!

  11. Aww what an adorable photo
    Unfortunately not reading anything at the moment, can't wait for lazy summer days reading in the garden

  12. I read Just Kids last weekend, couldn't put it down. Patti Smith turns a beautiful phrase.

  13. I've recently finished Housekeeping, by Marilyn Robinson, and Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann. I'm going to review them tomorrow on my blog. I'm savoring the last few months of time to read for fun before starting a graduate English degree and doing critical reading all the time. I'm also in the middle of Julie and Julia, and haven't decided how I feel about it yet. Mostly good, but I'm not fully sure.
    Oh, and I just read Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro, but watch the movie first so you can actually enjoy it (that's my philosophy, anyway).

  14. Brooklyn is one of my recent favourites. I went on a Toibin kick in the fall and have Mothers and Sons in a stack by my bed waiting.

    Right now, I'm starting A Short Life of Trouble, a memoir by Marcia Tucker.

  15. I just read Family Album by Penelope Lively. It's not only a beautiful and melancholic novel, it also hosts one of Laura Letinsky's photographs on the cover (a favorite photographer of mine). I highly recommend any of her works. :)

  16. I just put the new Alexander McCall Smith novel (The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party) on my Kindle. Can't wait to start it–I love everything that man writes!

  17. The little white horse, by E. Goudge. Magic.
    Also Remarkable creatures, by Tracy Chevalier

  18. The intimidatingly big Caravaggio by Andrew Graham-Dixon and a recent surprise return to Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Possibly just to give my wrists a break every now and then!

  19. Last minute add: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain…Hemingway's first wife! I'm fascinated by that whole group of people and that period in time!

  20. Argh…3rd comment under the same post and was reading The Paris Wife and realized I mistyped. It's by Paula McLain…ABOUT Hemingway's first wife, not BY Hemingway's first wife. Although, that would be fantastic! 😉
    Anyway, just in case readers are considering the suggestions, I thought I should correct that.
    xox

  21. i am just starting the savage garden by mark mills.

    it's been sitting in my to-read stack for over a year. it was recommended to me as a very literary, historical, kind of creepy, mystery by my cousins who have a fab independent bookstore in montgomery, al–they always are on point in book recs..and so far, so good.

  22. Not anything at the moment, but i'm dying to read Audrey Niffeneger's newest novel and I've also wanted to read An American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

What are you reading??

I haven’t been doing much reading, or blogging or anything except settling into my new job….
I need to get back into my old routine…

Any book suggestions!?

PS: What did you think of Colin Firth winning the Oscar!?

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  1. I'm currently reading (and enjoying) "A Return to Modesty" by Wendy Shalit. It's nonfiction but it's a compelling examination of women's roles and how modesty can be a more powerful tool than sexuality.

    Oh yes, and I'm very happy that Colin Firth won the Oscar… about time =)

  2. High praises for Colin Firth's win! He is exceptional.

    I read constantly, and keep track of all my reading through this awesome website called Shelfari. Just google it, and if you'd like to find my profile, you can look up Melissa Kristine N. I've got a sunflower as my icon. Right now I'm reading 'Away' by Jane Urquhart, and Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Both are amazing.

  3. Thumbs up for Colin Firth. He was great. And I really enjoyed The King's Speech. It's a rare moment that I enjoy a movie. So much rubbish out there.
    I keep track of my reading at my blog. I'm currently reading 'Jasper Jones' by Craig Silvey. It's quoted to be an Australian 'To Kill A Mockingbird'. I'm loving it so far. I'm also trying to get through David Mitchell's 'Cloud Atlas' but it's been torture.

  4. I'm so happy Colin Firth won, The King's Speech was my favourite film of the year. I was lucky enough to be in London when it came out at the Film Festival, it was such a beautiful movie.

    I'm currently reading 'Dangerous Liasons' by Pierre Choderlos De Laclos. I'm not sure if you've read it, but you may be familiar with the play based on it, like I was. Its an absolutely beautiful, sordid, morally challenging book which has been an absolute delight to read. The characters are so vibrant and well constructed, its already risen to one of my favourites and I would love more people to appreciate it.

    I've recently come back to blogging and re-discovered your blog, which I'm putting on my link list of my new one. I love finding evidence of people who love literature as much as I do. :)
    xx

  5. I'm so glad that Colin Firth has won a heap of awards for Best Actor. He plays great characters and is always exceptional in his roles.

    I'm reading A Fortunate Life by A.B.Facey. I'm embarrassed that it's taken me so long to get around to reading it, because it is set in Western Australia and that's where I live! It is the story of hard work in harsh conditions, including making railway tracks, droving, farming, and being a World War I soldier.
    It makes you realise how lucky we are in this century with all our luxuries! xx

  6. Finished Mr Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt – extremely witty and heart-warming, just waiting for my copy of Andrew Graham-Dixon's Caravaggio and then I'll be out of the 21st century for a good few weeks!
    Huzzah for Colin Firth: about flipping time!

  7. Just finished 'Room' by Emma O'Donoghue – amazing -stays with you for ages after you've finished it. You must read it! x

  8. Obsessed with Colin winning the Oscar and was totally thinking about how happy you must be!! Reading "Water for Elephants."

  9. i am reading lacuna by barbara kingsolver – so very good! but it is taking me a long time to get through it. if only i could just stay home and read all day… :-)

  10. I was sooo happy Colin Firth won!

    seeing the movie also inspired my current reading: "The Reluctant King" about the life of King George VI :)

  11. Good luck with the new job!!! I'm looking for something else to read too. I just finished "Eat Pray Love". It was good hearing about the culture of all the different places!! =)

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  12. Loved Colin Firth in the King's Speech, was very happy to see him take home the award.

    Reading "Confessions of an English Opium Eater" and just finished "Lady Chatterly's Lover."

  13. Luv Colin~ He'll always be my Mr. Darcy!
    reading 'Crazy Love' by Francis Chan…quite a yawn though! I think I'll stick to books w pics! haha…

    xo*

  14. Who doesn't adore Colin Firth? I swear I love him more every time I hear him speak.

    I recently finished Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro. I loved it. Watched the movie this weekend and loved that too, but definitely read the book first.

  15. Colin Firth OWNS me. That man is so graceful, he and his speech can have me. That's what I think of him. :)

    I'm reading Room. It's really good, nothing like I've ever read before. Mary's suggestion (above) is great too. Never Let Me Go was so haunting. I thought about it for weeks afterwards, which is probably the affect Room will have on me, too.

  16. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush and Helen Bonham Carter are all incredibly fabulous in The Kings Speech.

    Currently I am reading "Poser, my life in 23 Yoga Poses" by Claire Dederer – fantastic, so real and rich in discovery.
    Also I am reading and going through Julia Cameron

    "The Artist's Way" every creative should do this on an annual basis – amazing!

  17. "I Wrote This All for You" by Elizabeth Castlereagh… and I also read one Winnie-the-Pooh story before bed at night!

  18. I just finished "Blood, Bones & Butter" by Gabrielle Hamilton. I enjoyed her memoir very much. She was very honest about her life, both professional (as a NY chef owner!) and personal.

  19. Books I've enjoyed so far this year:

    Pink by Lili Wilkinson
    Unwind by Neal Shusterman
    Everlost by Neal Shusterman
    Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick
    Rose Sees Red by Cecil Castellucci
    No and Me by Delphine de Vigan
    Fated by S.G. Browne

  20. Tina, I'm so glad you are settling into the new job. I am thrilled Colin Firth won he's always been a favorite of mine and "The King's Speech" was just such a magical story.

    I'm currently reading The Monster of Florence and its crazy but completely riveting.

  21. I recently read "Invisible" by Paul Auster and "The Gate at the Stairs" by Lorrie Moore. Both were excellent. Am currently reading "The Imperfectionists" by Tom Rachman. And have just rediscovered "Excellent Women" by Barbara Pym, a real treasure.
    Loved Colin Firth in "The King's Speech," so happy he won the Oscar!

  22. I hope you are settling into the new job lovely. been thinking of you.
    I love that Colin Firth won the Oscar!! and that Natalie Portman did too.

    Im not reading at the moment either, but I need to find something to read.

  23. I'm finishing Radical Homemakers, by Shannon Hayes (fascinating!) and reading the classic travel memoir The Way of the World, by Nicolas Bouvier.

    Yay for Colin Firth!

  24. i am reading Down and Out in Paris and London by Orwell on the tube and under the covers I am reading Keith Richards autobiog.. and last week I finished Freedom by Franzen. I love your blog!
    Allison Reynolds

  25. i love colin firth! well deserved. as for the books i'm currently reading storyteller, the authorized biography of roald dahl. i've always admired him and am enjoying the book so far.

  26. I just picked up The Paris Wife. I can't wait to start it.

    Colin Firth is amazing. So glad he won.

  27. Same here! I actually took the time to make a weekly schedule in order to fit all of the things I want to do :)

    I recommend "The Fountainhead" if you haven't read it, it's one of my all time favourite books.

    As for the Oscars – I am very happy both with Colin Firth and Natalie Portman winning :)

  28. I'm currently obsessing over Dracula by Bram Stoker. No wonder it's a classic! Plus, the eBook is available for free all over the place, and a paperback will run you around a dollar.

    As for Colin, I'm very pleased. Both he and the film were superb.

  29. Have you read Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro? I have a very short review of it at my site. I also just finished the Still Point by Amy Sackville, which is excellent and makes me want to visit the Arctic.

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