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by DaniGirl on March 14, 2006 · 28 comments

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Blog has become so central to my life that not only is it an ongoing memoir and baby book, but it’s an appointment calendar and daybook, too. I tell you, it’s a helluva lot easier than keeping track of all those bits of paper all the time!

And while I’ve been enjoying keeping a record of some of the books I’ve been reading with my 10-pages-in book reviews (stay tuned, I should have a fresh one some time this week), I don’t review all the books I’ve read. And I can’t add them all to Library Thing, because I’ve been getting most of my material from the public library these days. And I didn’t have any other ideas on what to blog today.

I wanted this thread to be an ongoing list of books I’ve read, mostly for my own reference – but if you want to ask me about any book I’ve read, feel free to do so!

Coming soon

Beauty Tips from Moosejaw, Will Ferguson
On Beauty, Zadie Smith (queue #202)
The Historian: A Novel, Elizabeth Kostova (queue #102)
Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, Anne Rice (queue #26)

March 2006

Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Kate Atkinson (review pending)
White Teeth, Zadie Smith (returned to library unfinished and re-requested)
A Certain Justice, John Lescroart
Naked Conversations, Robert Scobles and Shel Israel

February 2006

How to Be Good, Nick Hornby
The Broker, John Grisham
High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
State of Fear, Michael Crichton
The Motive, John Lescroart

I’d go back further than February if I could remember that long ago… and ya gotta draw the line somewhere.

What are you reading right now?


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1 Beanie Baby March 14, 2006 at 12:52 pm

13 ways of looking at the novel–Jane Smiley. Good.
The Tent–Margaret Atwood. Also good, but I like her novels better. These feel a bit heavy-handed to me.
Those are the only ones I can remember from the top of my pile at home–I think I’m partway into The Death of Nature (as cheery as it sounds–non-fiction again).

2 Beanie Baby March 14, 2006 at 12:52 pm

13 ways of looking at the novel–Jane Smiley. Good.
The Tent–Margaret Atwood. Also good, but I like her novels better. These feel a bit heavy-handed to me.
Those are the only ones I can remember from the top of my pile at home–I think I’m partway into The Death of Nature (as cheery as it sounds–non-fiction again).

3 M-A March 14, 2006 at 1:04 pm
4 M-A March 14, 2006 at 1:04 pm
5 nancy March 14, 2006 at 1:31 pm

Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Scholastic book order forms…you know, all the real deep intellectual stuff.

6 nancy March 14, 2006 at 1:31 pm

Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Scholastic book order forms…you know, all the real deep intellectual stuff.

7 Anonymous March 14, 2006 at 1:43 pm

The Forest by Edward Rutherford. I’m quite enjoying this. A freind of mine loaned it to me and it;s been sitting here forever, with me thinking it’s gonna be boring but as I got 20 pgs in I was hooked.
I also just read the Summer Sisters byt Judy Bloom Loved it.
Rule of Four by Ian Cadwell…Pretty good!
And I have Memories of a Geshia sitting and waiting for me. Thanks Twinmom!

8 Anonymous March 14, 2006 at 1:43 pm

The Forest by Edward Rutherford. I’m quite enjoying this. A freind of mine loaned it to me and it;s been sitting here forever, with me thinking it’s gonna be boring but as I got 20 pgs in I was hooked.
I also just read the Summer Sisters byt Judy Bloom Loved it.
Rule of Four by Ian Cadwell…Pretty good!
And I have Memories of a Geshia sitting and waiting for me. Thanks Twinmom!

9 JoJo March 14, 2006 at 3:07 pm

Runner’s World. Or at least I am carrying it around with me every where I go. I figure if I carry it around and sleep with it under my pillow I will eventually become a runner again. Or I should at least get the caloric burning benefits. Isn’t that the way it works?

10 JoJo March 14, 2006 at 3:07 pm

Runner’s World. Or at least I am carrying it around with me every where I go. I figure if I carry it around and sleep with it under my pillow I will eventually become a runner again. Or I should at least get the caloric burning benefits. Isn’t that the way it works?

11 Suzanne March 14, 2006 at 5:54 pm

Just finished a big honking biography of The Beatles (800+ pages! Too bad it’s not a topic that I didn’t already know by heart…). Right now I’m finally, after having received the book 2 years ago, Eats, Shoots & Leaves.
I loved Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and I’m looking forward to your review. Also LOVED White Teeth — definitely worth renewing at the library.

12 Suzanne March 14, 2006 at 5:54 pm

Just finished a big honking biography of The Beatles (800+ pages! Too bad it’s not a topic that I didn’t already know by heart…). Right now I’m finally, after having received the book 2 years ago, Eats, Shoots & Leaves.
I loved Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and I’m looking forward to your review. Also LOVED White Teeth — definitely worth renewing at the library.

13 Phantom Scribbler March 14, 2006 at 7:47 pm

You could add the library books to your Library Thing to help you remember them. Just tag them in such a way as to make it clear to you that they’re not books you own.
I’m thinking of doing that myself, assuming I ever get out of the children’s section of the library again.

14 Phantom Scribbler March 14, 2006 at 7:47 pm

You could add the library books to your Library Thing to help you remember them. Just tag them in such a way as to make it clear to you that they’re not books you own.
I’m thinking of doing that myself, assuming I ever get out of the children’s section of the library again.

15 Kristina March 14, 2006 at 8:02 pm

I’ve got a few on the go too, but I admire the fact that you’ve actually completed multiple novels: lately it’s been easier to get through shorter forms given my schedule. In the past month I’ve managed to finish reading Michael Redhill’s “Fidelity,” a collection of short stories that all explore the concept of truth, and I’ve been reading (in spurts) the poetry of Leonard Cohen, Jill Scott and Pablo Neruda. I’ve also just begun to re-read Dickens’ “Great Expectations.” There are a couple of other books waiting for my attention (rather forlornly, I think) but I can’t remember what they are just now.
Will Ferguson makes me laugh, I smiled to see that on your list.

16 Kristina March 14, 2006 at 8:02 pm

I’ve got a few on the go too, but I admire the fact that you’ve actually completed multiple novels: lately it’s been easier to get through shorter forms given my schedule. In the past month I’ve managed to finish reading Michael Redhill’s “Fidelity,” a collection of short stories that all explore the concept of truth, and I’ve been reading (in spurts) the poetry of Leonard Cohen, Jill Scott and Pablo Neruda. I’ve also just begun to re-read Dickens’ “Great Expectations.” There are a couple of other books waiting for my attention (rather forlornly, I think) but I can’t remember what they are just now.
Will Ferguson makes me laugh, I smiled to see that on your list.

17 James March 14, 2006 at 10:04 pm

I’m reading The Burma Road by Donovan Webster.
I too use my blog as an external memory device as it were, though I’m trying to review all the books I read. Sadly it makes me feel like I’m not reading enough…
This week I decided to do the same with movies, but as a sort of short weekly roundup. I was forgetting what I’d seen.
I loved High Fidelity and About a Boy. How was How to Be Good?

18 James March 14, 2006 at 10:04 pm

I’m reading The Burma Road by Donovan Webster.
I too use my blog as an external memory device as it were, though I’m trying to review all the books I read. Sadly it makes me feel like I’m not reading enough…
This week I decided to do the same with movies, but as a sort of short weekly roundup. I was forgetting what I’d seen.
I loved High Fidelity and About a Boy. How was How to Be Good?

19 Melinda March 14, 2006 at 11:36 pm

I just finished reading The Da Vinci Code. It’s AMAZING! I ended up feeling sorry for Silas, though… Heh.

20 Melinda March 14, 2006 at 11:36 pm

I just finished reading The Da Vinci Code. It’s AMAZING! I ended up feeling sorry for Silas, though… Heh.

21 DaniGirl March 15, 2006 at 12:45 am

James – it took me a while to warm up to How To Be Good, but I ended up liking it a lot. Not as much as A Long Way Down, more than High Fidelity. I loved the idea he was examining, what it means to be a ‘good’ person and how we are willing to be good only to the extent that it doesn’t terribly inconvenience us. Definitely worth reading!
Jojo – your theory may explain why I can’t loose any weight, falling asleep with the Christmas cookie issue of Chatelaine on my bedside table for the last two months!

22 DaniGirl March 15, 2006 at 12:45 am

James – it took me a while to warm up to How To Be Good, but I ended up liking it a lot. Not as much as A Long Way Down, more than High Fidelity. I loved the idea he was examining, what it means to be a ‘good’ person and how we are willing to be good only to the extent that it doesn’t terribly inconvenience us. Definitely worth reading!
Jojo – your theory may explain why I can’t loose any weight, falling asleep with the Christmas cookie issue of Chatelaine on my bedside table for the last two months!

23 Marla March 15, 2006 at 2:34 pm

What is this thing you call reading? Pages? When does this occur in your life?

24 Marla March 15, 2006 at 2:34 pm

What is this thing you call reading? Pages? When does this occur in your life?

25 DaniGirl March 15, 2006 at 6:02 pm

Marla – the 30 minute bus ride home and another 30 minutes before bedtime are sacred reading times. Sometimes I have to do actual work on the bus, but I’m as cranky if I don’t get reading time as when I don’t get enough sleep.

26 DaniGirl March 15, 2006 at 6:02 pm

Marla – the 30 minute bus ride home and another 30 minutes before bedtime are sacred reading times. Sometimes I have to do actual work on the bus, but I’m as cranky if I don’t get reading time as when I don’t get enough sleep.

27 Kate March 17, 2006 at 12:22 am

I like your list! I am trying to get through my own. One I totally recommend THE GLASS CASTLE which I just read (but have not yet written about on my own blog). By Jeannette Walls. (sp?) Another memoir – very very good.

28 Kate March 17, 2006 at 12:22 am

I like your list! I am trying to get through my own. One I totally recommend THE GLASS CASTLE which I just read (but have not yet written about on my own blog). By Jeannette Walls. (sp?) Another memoir – very very good.

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