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This is a weekly bookish meme hosted by the sensational, MizB, at Should be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?
The audio book I’m listening to right now is Watership Down by Richard Adams. It’s widely considered a children’s classic, but I’ve never read it. Listening to it read in a great British accent is even better. It’s about a community of rabbits, and many people call it an allegory of society although the author denies that claim.
What did you recently finish reading?
Finally … finally, I’m finishing A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Considering I don’t like love stories or vampires, it wasn’t bad. The heroine could have/should have been stronger and not relied on her dark love interest so much in my opinion, so that lowered my opinion of it considerably. It would take too much energy to continue the series.
I also finished a book club pick, Moloka’i, by Alan Brennert. It was a much more enjoyable reading experience than I anticipated, although it based on a great historical American tragedy about how people were ostracized for illness and was very heartbreaking as a result.
What do you think you’ll read next?
My book club is reading Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer next, and I’m looking forward to it very much. It sounds like religious zealotry at its most horrible. This is by the author of Into the Wild, so I hope it’s all I’m cracking it up to be.
What are you reading? Join in and post your list at the original meme. Happy reading!
I loved the quote of the day from goodreads.com for this past Saturday. It was:
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
It takes many personalities wriggling back and forth between the frontal and temporal lobes to create a great book involving a myriad of character personas. Assuming a book’s sales hint at its “quality,” or at least its popularity, the author must be chocked full of dementia praecox.
Popularity is a funny thing. What makes one book seem to have universal appeal while another goes unnoticed? It’s a personal pet peeve to see so many women reading Shades of Grey like it’s the new Kama Sutra. Maybe it doesn’t indicate anything other than curiosity about all the hype. Maybe it doesn’t reflect an odd, in my opinion, taste in books.
Perhaps a friend suggested, “Oh, you’ll LOVE this book!” And I’ve never read it, so who am I to say? Thousands of women apparently do love it, at least in a dirty-little-secret sort of way, giggling at an inside joke.
It’s interesting to ponder what my update says to my goodreads “friends” about me, if anything. Does reviewing a children’s chapter book read with my son at bedtime in my collection imply I am stuck in childhood? What if they don’t know there’s a five-year old involved? So I wonder if the titles people choose kind of reflect who they are or just their whim of the day.
I must keep an open mind and not judge, even though I choose not to jump on that Grey bandwagon. It is simply not a title I would pick based on the seemingly misogynistic premise. I made that mistake once with Eat, Pray, Love. Never again.
Let’s hope my reading list doesn’t speak to my overall taste or reading abilities. I like to mix it up based on friends’ recommendations and even throw in an old children’s classic I missed along the way. But what would someone think of it taking me since February to only get 30% through The Laugh-A-Day Book of Bloopers, Quotes & Good Clean Jokes? It’s not exactly a spell-binder.
“What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren’t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”