Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: 10/12/11

Today’s LTP is simple.  Or maybe complex if you are a reader of multiple books at one time.  What are you reading right now?  This is, after all, a blog for bookish women.  Also, would you recommend the book you are reading?

I am currently reading 10-10-10 by Suzy Welch, which is a self-help book about decision making.  I am finding it interesting and helpful and I think I want to incorporate the 10-10-10 strategy of decision making into my life.  I plan on writing a post about it when I finish, so check back soon!

I am simultaneously reading Live From New York which is pretty much the Saturday Night Live Bible. It’s big enough to be, that’s for sure.  I checked it out from the library on recommendation after I was wondering why everyone thinks Chevy Chase is such a jerk and I’d never heard about it.  In short, it’s because he’s a jerk all the time to everyone.  I love drama and gossip and this book has it in spades, so I am finding it pretty fascinating.  I kind of skim over some of the business-type aspects of constructing SNL because I don’t really care. Give me more drugs and sexual drama!

So what about you? What’s on your nightstand (or in your bag, or on your end table) right now?

By Luci Furious

There are no bad times, only good stories.

19 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: 10/12/11”

I am reading The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean. It’s a collection of stories about the periodic table’s development and how many of the elements were discovered or have played a role in history. I consider it a kind of therapy to revive my love of science after grad school killed it. So far it’s working.  :-)

I kind of went crazy at bookstores last week, so once I’m done with that I have a book on the Medici family and Queens Consort, which is about twenty medieval English queens. Plus some G.K. Chesterton and Howl’s Moving Castle, which I have seen the film of but never read.

I am currently in the middle of but haven’t actually read in a while four short story collections. All of them are great in their own way, but I haven’t been doing much reading lately.

The Mister and I take turns reading aloud from Fables For The Nuclear Age before bed when we’re feeling up for it. I picked the book up for like 50 cents at a used book fair, and it has been comedy gold so far.

I’m a couple of stories in to the complete collection of Sherlock Holmes vol. 1.

Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things That Aren’t as Scary, Maybe, Depending on How You Feel About Lost Lands, Stray Cellphones, Creatures from the Sky, Parents Who Disappear in Peru, a Man Named Lars Farf, and One Other Story We Couldn’t Quite Finish, So Maybe You Could Help Us Out (with an Introduction by Lemony Snicket) by various comedy writers is hilarious, but I need to be in the right mood to read it, and I’ve been feeling kind of down lately.

And Brave New Worlds is a collection of dystopian short stories that I was reading before bed but started getting (even weirder) nightmares, so I set it aside for a while.

I’m a multi-book juggler. I sometimes wonder if getting a Nook/e-reader would streamline me into a more focused reader or if it would make things worse.

Currently, I’ve got going on:

The Twisted Thread by Charlotte Bacon
No Plot, No Problem by Chris Batty (a re-skimming)
The Shining by Stephen King (October book club selection, re-read)
Brand New Cherry Flavor by Todd Grimson
Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein

And I just finished:

Swamplandia by Karen Russell
The Unwritten book 1 by Mike Carey
The Woman on Black by Susan Hill

I have a giant pile of books right now and I’m having trouble settling down into just one.  I am bouncing between Ten Second Staircase by Christopher Fowler, Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer, Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A.J. Hartley, AND I just got the new Terry Pratchett book, Snuff.  I am spoiled for choice.

OBB has some great tactics for dealing with folks trying to impose their (often “traditional”) vision on your wedding. I’ve also really liked A Practical Wedding (website) for their cool-headed approach to wedding stuff. Plus, while I don’t think of myself as super traditional, I’m not as visibly or demonstrably “offbeat” as many of the folks on OBB, so APW has been essential for me finding a nice middle ground.

Very slowly reading The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life by Alison Gopnik. Very interesting look at how baby and toddler brains work, and how our childhood affects how we think as adults. I definitely recommend it to other parents or people who work with small kids.

Currently (concurrently):

A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
Dead Witch Walking – Kim Harrison
Ragnar and Juliet – Lucy Woodhull

A book I would recommend that maybe is not as well known in these parts (ie: outside of Canada) is “The Cure for Death by Lightning” by Gail Anderson-Dargatz. I thought it was phenomenal.

Reading aloud: Gunn’s Golden Rules by the inimicable Tim Gunn, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by Ms. J.K. Moneybags herself. Reading both to my beau. I recommend both.

Reading by myself: Juliet by Anne Fortier. Not my usual vein of book: sort of a light, candy-snack Romeo & Juliet + The Da Vinci Code + B-level chick lit. Not great writing, and I rolled my eyes hard when the author tried to sell me on how “offbeat” and “not-the-pretty-one” one of the twin sisters was because she was thin and blond and dressed in vintage clothes rather than curvy and made up and into couture. Give me a break, Fortier. But the story’s readable, and since I’m a Shakespeare fan and just finished getting through Crime and Punishment and a handful of other “serious” books, I felt like I had earned the right to indulge in some tacky characterization and bad writing for the sake of a forward moving plot for once. I’m enjoying it (about 25% through).

I’m one of those people who’s usually reading multiple books. So at the moment it’s American Gods (morning commute), A Feast for Crows (evening commute), and Slaughterhouse Five (before bed). I’m also about halfway through The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, but I’m not in the midst of a story and I haven’t picked it up for a few weeks now, so maybe that one doesn’t count.

I’m reading Among Women by J.M. Cornwell.  It’s not necessarily a book I would normally pick up, but I won it in a giveaway and am very happy I did. It goes through the stories of inmates in an Orleans Parish jail. I’m only about 65% through it, but it’s super good. I like the protagonist more than I thought I would.  At the beginning of the book she felt kind of pathetic to me, but as the story continues, she develops and becomes a rather strong, intelligent woman.

I’m really excited to finish and pass it on to my friends so we can talk about it. :)

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