Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Bookworms

Welcome to another lovely Thursday here at Persephone. We’re past the hump and the weekend is close enough to touch. And somehow it became February when I wasn’t paying attention.

I asked this question last month and I think we’ll make it a regular, first Thursday of the month poll: Whatcha reading P-Maggers?

I just finished reading Tana French’s In The Woods, which is a tight murder mystery set in contemporary Ireland. I’m devouring the new Rachel Morgan book, Ever After, and I’ve hit an impasse inĀ Gone Girl. I just flat out lost interest past the half-way mark, which may or may not be related to the fact I got impatient and spoiled the ending for myself.

Animated gif from Pushing Daisies of Chuck sitting sideways in a chair reading while the bookshelves behind her fill with books

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20 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: Bookworms”

I just read The Girl of Fire and Thorns and The Crown of Embers back to back, and then I finished Under the Never Sky today. I’ll probably break down and buy Through the Ever Night since I’ve apparently decided to torture myself by starting incomplete trilogies. I also got a Julia Quinn romance from the library today (e-books are awesome!) and I’ve also been working on the new Jared Diamond.

I think it suffered from being read with In The Woods, which is also a literary murder mystery, and I think the stronger of the two. I don’t know that I hate it so much as… am.. not… super.. interested.. in ..getting … to .. the ..end. All those ellipses are to show that the book is dragging.

I’m currently reading “The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don’t” by Nate Silver, the god of fact-based political commentary. Before that it was “Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements from Arsenic to Zinc” by Hugh Aldersey-Williams, the man with the most English-sounding name ever — even more than Benedict Cumberbatch, which is saying something.

And yes, I’m a science geek. Just in case you were wondering!

I hear you on “Gone Girl.” I got about halfway through and didn’t care enough about any of the characters to finish it. I’ve heard snippets about the ending, but I don’t care enough to actually seek it out.

I just finished “My Life in France” by Julia and Alex Prudhomme. It was awesome; she was such an amazing woman who lead an interesting life.

I’m currently reading “Fallen Skies” by Philippa Gregory which is the first novel I’ve read by here to be set in the 20th Century. It’s an “easy” read and very entertaining, even more so than her Tudor and Cousins’ War series because you don’t have to remember so many historical characters while you’re reading. :)

I’m trying to listen to The Great Gatsby on audio book before the movie comes out. Is it worth it? I’m only a few minutes in, but the narrator just sounds very boorish and self centered. Does it get better?

Oh, freckle, didn’t you ever want to read while you shower, brush your teeth, drive, etc? You CAN! Just borrow an audiobook from the library. The right reader actually adds to the experience. The Harry Potter series and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series were made even more amazing by the narrator’s voice. Seriously fell in love with Davinia Porter’s 1700s Scottish male voice in Outlander. :)

I’m a huge Gatsby fan, so I’d say stick it out. However, both my daughter and my husband loath the book, largely for the reason you point out. Its only about 150 pages. I don’t know what that translates to in listening time, but its not a huge investment if you want to give it a chance.

I found a copy of Olive Kittredge at the used bookstore across the street a couple weeks ago. It’s one of the many books I read a review of, hear other people talk about, think “oh, I should keep an eye out for that”, and then given enough time it appears across the street. I read that over the weekend while I was sick and laid up on the couch– it was just what I needed.

Now I’m debating between picking up “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” and a book of nature essays my mom got me for Christmas. This is of course between the various academic things I am otherwise reading for my dissertation work, but there’s a snowstorm a’coming, so it’s another good excuse for fun-reading times.

“The Gentle Art of Making Enemies” (Whistler) cut by “The Mule Bone” (Z N Hurston) side tracked by “Jacob’s Room” (Virginia Woolf) and not enough time on the train to make a study of it all before Amsterdam arrives, every time cool and grey.

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