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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What are you reading?

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I found a copy of Michael Cunningham's "By Nightfall" at my favorite secondhand bookstore the other day. I loved The Hours, so I'm looking forward to starting Cunningham's new book tonight!

What are you reading?

(Very clever photo, above, from here.)



Blogger Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Just finished Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker.
A delight.

January 19, 2011 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Hope said...

I immensely prefer the Hours over By Nightfall. I think in the case of Nightfall Cunningham really missed the mark creating real characters. I was also slightly annoyed to how many literary references he made, and how he describes New York.

January 19, 2011 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Abby said...

Just finished The Art Instinct by Denis Dutton, in which he argues that art was created by evolutionary forces. Quite interesting.

But, oh, I have to be frank with my opinion: Cunningham is a talentless hack. Read the real stuff! Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, etc. Much, much better than anything Cunningham could eke out.

January 19, 2011 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

I just finished Sideways, the novel from which the film is based. It was really quite funny and entertaining. I recommend!

I've now just started Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra.

January 19, 2011 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I just finished Solar, by Ian McEwan. I was entertained by it, and it kept me reading, but at the end I wasn't sure it was worth it. A bit disappointing, especially compared to some of his other books.

I adored The Hours too, and Nightfall is on my nightstand. I've heard it's not nearly as good, but I'll be giving it a shot soon. Interested to know if you enjoy it...

January 19, 2011 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

I'm reading the magic mountain, it's intense

January 19, 2011 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Krissy said...

You'll have to let us know how you like By Nightfall. The Hours is one of my favourite books, and I've always been curious about Cunningham's other works.

January 19, 2011 at 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that picture. :D Do let us know what you think of that book - I didn't really like The Hours too much but the film is one of my favourites.

I'm just about to finish off "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" by Aron Ralston - the guy who the film "127 Hours" was based on. Loving it. :D



January 19, 2011 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger kirst said...

ooooh I'll have to nab a copy of The Hours its being so highly recommended, I'm reading Jon McGregor's "If Nobody Speaks of Unbearable Things" and really enjoying it...

January 19, 2011 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger I have a lot of nicknames, my favorite is Megs. said...

I just finished reading a YA novel called "Because I Am Furniture" I don't remember the author. It was written entirely in poetry. Next up is "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac.

January 19, 2011 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Hannah B. said...

Oddly enough, I just finished "Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn" yesterday! I *love* that image!

January 19, 2011 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger CrowNology said...

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. I am enjoying it very much.
I liked The Hours too...

January 19, 2011 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Wait for Me! The memoirs of Deborah Mitford (now the Dowager of Devonshire), by Deborah Mitford. I'm just a few pages in but am greatly enjoying her writing and her stories.

January 19, 2011 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

God I love second hand book shops. We have the best one a couple of villages away from me. It is called the Book Shed and it has so many cheap books and mags. Last week I staggered out of there and excitedly placed my 'new' books in my new bookshelves. I am reading'choosing eden' by adrianne langman. Inspiring book about a couple who move to the country to be self sufficient after freaking out about the peak oil situation. Love that marilyn book photo!

January 19, 2011 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger The above fore-mentioned. said...

A.S Byatt's "The Children's Book", it is an intriguing Edwardian world that you are drawn into, with a wonderfully idealistic family, but you know something under the surface is going to complicate things... A good read thus far.

January 19, 2011 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Maria S. said...

Great House by Nicole Krauss. Like, don't love. As a fellow Angeleno, I'm curious: what is your second favorite used bookstore?

January 19, 2011 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Giulia said...

Donna Leon's Friends in High Places. I'm feeling icky & need a Venice mystery. Perfetto.


January 19, 2011 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Casee Marie said...

I loved the film version of The Hours and bought the book, but I haven't had the chance to read it yet. I'm currently reading Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro, but I've been working on it since the beginning of the month and I'm not very into it - keeping a blog takes up so much time, it's hard to find some proper reading moments that aren't at three o'clock in the morning! I miss reading.

January 19, 2011 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger Steve Gravano said...

A Charles Bukowski collection of short stories... don't ask me why.

January 19, 2011 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

It's called Read Books in Eagle's the link:

January 19, 2011 at 6:59 PM  
Blogger Alina said...

i'm reading the catcher in the rye, i've never read it before and i'm really enjoying it : )


January 19, 2011 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger Hausfrau said...

I'm finally about to start The Happiness Project, and I've also just bought The Slippery Year on my (new!) Kindle.

January 20, 2011 at 2:05 AM  
Blogger REread said...

I'm spending some quality time with Jay Gatsby ... second time round. First time I was 14, I think I have a better grasp on the story now.

January 20, 2011 at 3:47 AM  
Blogger Pink Princess said...

HI! Currently reading the Cello Suites and its really good! How are you liking your Cunningham book so far?

January 20, 2011 at 4:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such a great picture! Love the neat camera.

January 20, 2011 at 6:22 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Reading Ayn Rand's 1,000,000-page "The Fountainhead." I'm half-way through and it's only now becoming mildly amusing. Teaching it to 17-year-olds in May. We'll see how that goes. I recommend: "Half-Broke Horses," or "The Help."

January 20, 2011 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger veronica isabelle said...

"vente, blinke" by Gunhild Øyehaug (fantastic and norwegian) and "Les amants de Spoutnik" by Haruki Murakami. Love them!

January 20, 2011 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger Suse said...

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant

January 20, 2011 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger Oli said...

i want this book !!!

January 20, 2011 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger SAMI. said...

um- that's nuts! I just started reading the hours and i LOVE it! i am a huge v. woolf fan. i don't know why i didn't read this sooner!


January 20, 2011 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger J. Christina Huh said...

In the midst of "Apollo's Angels." It's a detailed history of ballet. Leave it to the French to use ballet as a power mechanism!

January 20, 2011 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Molly McGonigle said...

I'm reading Brooklyn. I love it a lot. I wish I had more hours in the day to read.

January 20, 2011 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger Avid Reader said...

I loved The Hours as well. At the moment I'm reading I'd Know You Anywhere, which is good so far. I just finished David Copperfield and loved it.

January 20, 2011 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger Swiss said...

I'm in the middle of a marathon on Russian Classics. I cant believe i've waited this long. the best reading i've ever done!

January 20, 2011 at 1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished The Kite Runner and I'm looking for something new to read--I might have to check out The Hours--of course, graduate school might get in the way.

January 20, 2011 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Her name was Lola said...

Read David Nicholl's ONE DAY.

Could. not. put. it. down. xo Lola

January 20, 2011 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Breenuh said...

I'm nearing the end of The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson. It's a lot better than the first book in his series.

January 20, 2011 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

I'm reading 'The inheritance of loss' by Keiran Desai, it's beautiful!

January 21, 2011 at 12:27 AM  
Blogger B. Inspired. said...

Im reading magazines... Im a children's clothing designer, so constantly reading Vogue Bambini, MILK maagazine... hopefully, I will have time for a book soon;)

January 21, 2011 at 5:27 AM  
Blogger Alexandra Steinmetz - Champagne and Chiffon said...

Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman. I love his pop culture based non-fiction. I find he often writes everything I have been telling my friends about the current state of pop culture :)

January 21, 2011 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger TheBeautyFile said...

Once again, I am going to copy, cut and paste this list into an email so I may refer back to it when I need a good read! Right now, just reading baby books because the little one is so interesting to learn about....did you ever find any good books written about children (fiction?)

Also, T: I submitted my blog for refinery29's next style blogger contest and I wanted to see if you could vote for me {and/or possibly get the word out somehow?} I would be so incredibly appreciative...You have to click on the heart below my name and sign into Facebook.



January 21, 2011 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger marywithgarden said...

I am reading blogs! Since I am in school most of my reading is textbooks and trade mags. I am reading Environmental Science by Daniel Charis. And trying not to be too jealous of people reading other things....but books on CD I can do when I am working on graphic projects!

January 21, 2011 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger NRC said...

Hamlet for my English Literature and Language Alevel love it

January 22, 2011 at 4:12 AM  
Blogger Yvonne Anderson said...

Return To The Sacred by Jonathan Ellerby

January 22, 2011 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Maureen said...

ooooh I remember The Hours being so good when I read it.

February 1, 2011 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger free google sms said...

LOve these and I'm going through the same kind of awe with our second time around!!! so exciting!
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February 4, 2011 at 12:05 AM  

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