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books, of late

I’m on a reading binge again.

I have no idea what order I read these in, as I entered them into GoodReads.com all at once in some cases, but here’s the list:

7. Halting State by Charles Stross

This was really interesting, but took me forever, it seemed, to get through because of the multiple viewpoints.  I wasn’t really emotionally invested in any of them, which may have been part of the point.

8. Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks

Surprisingly, I was unable to finish this book.  In part because it’s listed at “New Fiction” at my public library and I’d had it out, then renewed it once, then tried to recheck it out the day I returned it (but they don’t let you do that).  But really it was because all the case studies sounded freakishly the same after a while and I was tired of hearing about people with perfect pitch whining about no longer having it.

9. The Bible: A Biography by Karen Armstrong

Another book I didn’t finish, but by choice.  It just went on and on and I found that I wasn’t really that interested.

10. Atonement by Ian McEwan

I loved it up to the last section and then I loathed it.  Read it, you’ll see why.

11. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

The usual, pretty muchly.

12.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Omnibus 2

More yummy extra stories to my favorite vampire series.

13. Magic’s Child by Justine Larbalestier

You know what?  While I loved this book, I was still disappointed by the lack of tying things up at the end.

14. Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen

Lovely.

16. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

I’d seen all the movie versions (and loved them all in their differentness), but never read the book.  Wow.  This was sooo boring.

17. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Yum.

18. The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards

The movie was coming on in 24 hours, so I sped through this one.  It was readable, but not as outstanding as the recommendations would have had me believe.

19.  Devilish by Maureen Johnson

This was so good & cute and I wanted so much more.

20. Mozart’s Sister by Rita Charbonnier

Umm, I was once again thwarted by our library’s weird check-out rules (although I guess since I’d had it a month and hadn’t finished it, I can see their point a bit), so I didn’t finish it, but by about half-way through I was annoyed with the “And so yet again, while I was more talented, my brother got all the credit/attention/women/etc.”

21. The Forgetting Room by Nick Bantock

Either his books are A)getting predictable or B)lost they’re magic or C) I’ve just read too many of them now.  (I’m thinking the answer is A.)

22. A Year Without ‘Made In China’ by Sara Bongiorni

This was an interesting look at one family’s decision to stand up for what they believed in.  I learned a lot about where a bunch of products come from.  It was entertaining, too.

23. Sky Coyote by Kage Baker

Steph warned me that this one would be harder to get through than the first one and it was, sort of.  Technically I got through it faster than the first book in The Company series, but it wasn’t as interesting.  I felt like they just made up the tribe and location (though they didn’t) and the language versus the setting was a bit weird.  Still I’ll read the next book (the worldview it’s set in is very interesting to me)

I’m currently reading: 1) The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and 2) The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

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This week at the library…

Books we checked out this week:

For the kids:

Ellsworth’s extraordinary electric ears and other amazing alphabet anecdotes  by Fisher, Valorie.

Izzy and Skunk  by Fitzpatrick, Marie-Louise. *

Grandpa takes me to the moon  by Gaffney, Timothy R.

Dinner at Magritte’s  by Garland, Michael,

The stupids take off  by Allard, Harry.

There’s something at the mail slot  by Alborough, Jez.

Ida and the wool smugglers  by Alderson, Sue Ann.

Miss Nelson has a field day  by Allard, Harry.

Henrietta the clumsy hippo  by Greaves, John.  *

Basil Brush builds a house  by Firmin, Peter

For me: 

The monsters of Templeton  by Groff, Lauren.

The *’s are for books we’ve checked out more than once.  Here’s our method of choosing books.  It happens one of three ways; either a) Ben or David has a subject in mind.  We spend forever finding books in this category that are actually on the shelves.  This does not work often.  b) Ben &/or Greg go through the shelves and drag things out at random. c) I get fed up, pull off anything I can find in either New Kids Fiction or in the Awards Kids section.  My own method of choosing books is either a) looking endlessly in the catalogue & find something I want & then search fruitlessly through the shelves, where the book is never at or b) go to “New Fiction” or “New Non-Fiction” and laugh maniacally when I find things from 1998 or 1993, then check them out, because really, it could be worse.