Monday, January 23, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Well, I slowed down a bit last week. After a pretty fast take-off earlier in January, last week I only managed to finish one book -- The Shakespeare Thefts, by Eric Rasmussen. I did read a portion of another (A Man of Parts, by David Lodge), but after the 50-page test, decided it's not for me. So -- one book finished and one book abandoned.

This week, I've got several books going (as usual). But the ones I'm concentrating on are Liberty by Garrison Keillor (one of his Lake Wobegon novels), and another nonfiction Early Reviewer book from Library Thing, Republic of Words: The Atlantic Monthly and Its Writers 1857-1925, by Susan Goodman. I'm about halfway through the Garrison Keillor book and enjoying it, though with reservations. Haven't actually started the Goodman book, so I can't say anything about it yet -- looks fairly scholarly, with over fifty pages of notes and index.

And I'm also still reading two chunksters -- Kate Morton's The House At Riverton, and A.S. Byatt's The Children's Book -- although I've put them on hold until I finish up the other two. So I've got plenty to keep me bookishly busy this week.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. If you want to let the world know what books you're going to be reading this week, head on over to her blog and leave your link. It's also a great way to discover new books and new blogs.


  1. I've got The House of Riverton and The Children's Book on my shelves. I did start The Children's Book, but put it down and never got back. Have a great reading week.

  2. The House of Riverton looks good...and someday, I want to read something by Garrison Keillor....

    As for my Diana book, I agree...and I've had it on my stacks for a few years...ouch!

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. Really interesting choices!

    Have an awesome week!!

  4. Wow, you're doing some ambitious reading right now. I guess chunksters are good for cold winter days.

  5. Great books - they all seem so smart! I've been on a mystery kick. And by mystery, I mean breazey beach reads that take a few hours to read. Need to get out of the rut!

    Enjoy your books!!!

  6. All the books sound really good. Enjoy!

  7. I like the 50 page test....I had one DNF this year too. Looks like you will have plenty to keep your busy this week!

  8. A 50 page test - hmmm...may have to incorporate that into my reading, 'cause I've had some real stinkers lately! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  9. I give an iffy book the age test (my age = 65 pages and it better shape up)


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