Finished Sycamore Row. I had not read a Grisham novel in years, but I enjoyed this one. He brought back characters from A Time to Kill. Now I'm reading The Aviator's Wife, novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh's marriage to Lucky Lindy. It's good so far. I don't know how accurate the portrayals are, but I'm seeing him in a whole new light. Have just finished the heartbreaking section about the kidnapping and murder of the baby.
I really enjoyed Sycamore Row too - and kinda fun to be able to picture the characters from the movie
"Revolutionary Road" just gets better and better. I can't believe how a novel from 1961 speaks so accurately and acutely about pple in *today's* society. Don't we ever advance? Don't we ever learn? Don't we ever change? Reckon not....
PLUSHENKO YOU ARE ALWAYS THE BEST
I finished Up The Down Staircase earlier this week. Amazing how much of it is still so relevant in my career, despite the differences in technology.
Partway through The Kite Runner, and also partway through The Poisoned Pilgrim. It's the latest in the Hangman's Daughter series. I still don't know if I would actually recommend this series to anyone, but I just keep reading them The author tends to remind you of things repeatedly, and it never lets up across all of the books, which can get irritating - I never need to read again that a hangman was a dishonorable person in Bavaria in the 1600s, I am now inexorably aware of that fact - but other things keep me reading, apparently I'm not sure if it's that relentless in the original German or if it's a translation issue. Definitely the translator has thrown some weird anachronistic language in at times, which can be jarring. I doubt that the author would use the equivalent modern jargon, but I could be wrong.
ETA: With one major exception.
SpoilerMost people think Anne never knew about the multiple families. If she did know, she doesn't seem to have said anything about it to anyone.
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Charter member of the "We Always Believed in Ashley" Club and the "We Believe in Ricky" Club
Charles Lindbergh was a very strange man.
I just finished Cockroach the book Samantha Bee is championing for Canada Reads. I couldn't put it down. It's unsettling and uncomfortable on so many levels but also completely engrossing. I'm looking forward to see how it does.
“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength” - St. Francis de Sales
I thought that was kind of funny, because my reaction has always been the opposite--people have always been like this, but we lurch on. I find it comforting to think that we haven't changed, because that means that people aren't getting worse. I don't know why anyone would like to think that, but apparently a lot of people do.
Trolling dates all the way back to 397 B.C. - People began following Plato around and would make fart noises after everything he said.
On What Maisie Knew by Henry James. Your typical James who tells rather than shows you 90% of the time. I am about a 3rd in and am still waiting for more dimensional characters rather than caricatures. Maisie's parents are completely, irredeemably insufferable. I suppose a lot of divorces battles bring out the worst in parents but I expected some complexity in these people. Usually, James is good with nuance but so far I see very little.
"Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."
from Speedy Death
I'm reading fluff right now - Julian Symons's The Blackheath Poisonings. Very entertaining so far.
"...some people are moulded by their admiration, others by their hostilities.”
― Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of the Heart
Didn't start Hild on Friday, I did a Walking Dead Season 4 marathon instead.
Read Already Gone by John Rector yesterday - very implausible, but a fun popcorn type read (not brain food).
Now on Scarlet, the sequel to Hood. Started off slow, but I'm liking it now that we're back in the forest with Robin, er, Bran (set in Wales, not Sherwood Forest).
OK, what am I missing about Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch? I'm reading it for a book club assignment, and I can't stand it. I do not understand how it could make even one 10 Best List for 2013, let alone so many. Biggest snark: I'm the one who suggested this book in the first place. GAH! Book club meeting is this Wednesday and then I never have to look at this thing again, thank you/
Almost through Harry Potter, one book left to go! I had to take a break to get in one for book club, Orange is the New Black, the memoir that inspired the series. I haven't seen the series at all, although I will assume that it bears no relation to the book. I was a little leery of the book after reading some of the reviews about the author being a massive narcissist, but I actually found she came across as fairly relatable. She was clearly a fairly priveleged prisoner and new it, but made it fairly clear that if prison sucked that much for her, how it must be that much worse for most people. She also was clearly repentant for her crime. Can't say whether I would really like her all that much in real life but definitely not the narcisst that some reviews made her out to be.
I had a similar response when reading MWF Seeking BFF last month for a different book club, which also had some reviews hating on the author. I, OTOH, loved the book and found it very similar to my experience trying to make friends in a new city. I would have loved to have read it before I moved here, actually, although there are still a few new ideas that I'm willing to try.
I had to stop after 18 pages into This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers to say that the narrator is an idiot. I get that not everyone will react in cool headed manner when the zombie apocalypse starts, but if they act like the narrator, they don't survive seven days, either.
But I'll finish it. Because zombies.
Our story begins where countless stories have ended in the past twenty six years: with an idiot - in this case, my brother Shawn, -- deciding it would be a good idea to go out and poke a zombie with a stick to see what happens. As if we didn't already know what happens when you mess with a zombie: the zombie turns around and bites you, and you become the thing you poked. This isn't a surprise. It hasn't been a surprise for more than twenty years, and if you want to get technical, it wasn't a surprise then.