books

I'm always in the middle of half a dozen books. I love inexpensive used books (garage sales and library sales are big events for me), and I have a lot of them. The blog has occasional entries about books I'm reading.

On Writing

Author: 
Stephen King
Started: 
August 17, 2009

I've been putting off reading this, thinking it would get me all inspired to write ... which is not a good frame of mind to be in at bedtime. Having skimmed it, though, I think I can read it for enjoyment and give it a quick second pass, taking notes and inspiration, later, during daylight hours.

Then She Found Me

Author: 
Elinor Lipman
Started: 
August 16, 2009
Finished: 
August 17, 2009

Well, that was one of my fastest reads in a while. It's nice to be able to sit and read for hours at a time. It's a luxury I hope to indulge in more often.

I enjoyed this book more as it went along. At the start, I didn't like Bernice, and I started longing for a book with likable characters. By the end, though, I liked nearly everybody.

The Shell Seekers

Author: 
Rosamunde Pilcher
Started: 
July 5, 2009

I'm enjoying this immensely - I suspected I would.

I especially love the sabbatical year in Ibiza. A house filled with books, and an enormous garden, and no responsibilities - I would love that.

Accelerando

Author: 
Charles Stross
Started: 
July 5, 2009

I couldn't finish this book because it was too exciting.

Lately, a lot of my reading has been bedtime reading, and I'm looking for pleasant, relaxing stories that will give me a few moments of pleasure before I turn out the light.

Accelerando is non-stop dazzling verbal and conceptual pyrotechnics. The protagonist lives amid a constant bombardment of incoming information ... and that was hardly relaxing bedtime reading.

I really enjoyed what I read, and I'm looking forward to picking it up again sometime and plowing through it at the quick pace it deserves.

Abandoned: 
October 5, 2009

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Author: 
Winifred Watson
Started: 
June 15, 2009
Finished: 
June 29, 2009

I really enjoyed this book.

This was one of my lighter reading picks, something I could pick up for a few minutes before bed.

I really enjoyed Miss Pettygrew's episodes of feeling confident and capable. I also loved the period illustrations.

This was a very successful light reading pick - it was fun, suspenseful, and full of happy surprises.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Author: 
Haruki Murakami
Started: 
July 1, 2009
Finished: 
July 15, 2009

I picked this up at the library on a whim; I'd been intrigued flipping through it at the bookstore.

It's the first book of Murakami's I've read; I have a copy of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and I'm looking forward to reading that. But I came to this book with no knowledge of Murakami's themes or style.

Living in a Library

I love cheap books. I go to thrift stores and library book sales and come home with boxes full of books I have no room for. Half my books (honestly, well over half my books) are in storage, waiting for me to bring them back home where I can read them.

And yet, I'm surrounded by books.

I daydream about reading all these wonderful books. I take small paperbacks to the bus stop with me - Teach Yourself French, A Brief History of Japan, The Portable Greek Historians.

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