Saturday, October 29, 2011

That's Me, Now You

For the past few weeks I've found ways to spend a chunk of time each weekend reading. I do the lion's share of my reading on the subway. It's nice but there's something awesome about reading in bed so I've committed to it.

Just finished Bill Bryson's At Home. That was a slog but with huge bright spots that I'm so glad I got to learn about. Then I had a young adult book I've been hearing about for years, City of Ember. Read that in about two and a half days. Good. Not great but a great plot. Sort of a milder, lateral move from Hunger Games.

Oh, and I'm about to go on a music buying binge. I saw Susan Werner in concert last night and I am in love with everything she is. I will be signing up for Spotify then buying all the music I can get my hands on.

What I really want to know, though, now that I'm going to join Spotify and I know how to use the library's hold system, is what you're reading and listening to. Tell me everything. It's snowing outside, beautiful weather for curling up with a good book.


  1. oh man.

    here's what i've read lately:
    One Salt Sea (and the rest of the Toby Daye series)
    Patriots (currently reading the sequel, Survivors)
    i was a BIG fan of The Giver back in my teens, and when i discovered there were two sequels, i immediately bought and devoured them.
    i loved Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series, so i recently finished the most recent addition, Naamah's Blessing. these are a bit of an acquired taste, but i liked'em. the original trilogy (Kushiel's Dart/Chosen/Avatar) should be available in the library.
    The Five Tibetans is something i really want to actually focus on reading. i started it back in July and got through maybe 15 pages before a novel caught my attention.
    a dear friend of mine has Cerebral Palsy, and recommended this to anyone who wants to know what it's like to be an adult with CP. it was enlightening, and i recommend it.
    if you're into epic fantasy/scifi, A Song of Ice and Fire is a great choice. don't bother with the last book, though - it was a bit difficult to finish.
    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep was odd, but decent.
    i've also loved the Sevenwaters series. it's a little historic fiction and a little fantasy rolled in with a little mythology.
    Dies the Fire addressed the hypothetical future if all modern technology were rendered useless, and the world were tossed back almost to the Bronze Age. no electricity, no gunpowder, nothing works...and the world is forced to adapt. it was kindof interesting to see how people handled it.
    this might hit kindof close to home for you. it's next on my list once i finish Survivors.
    after that, Anna Karenina is on tap.

    that's from the last 2 months of reading, aside from Tibetans. whee?

  2. utterly in love with bill bryson's A short Story of Nearly Everything, finding it beyond fascinating, probably the homeschool geek belatedly coming out in me. recently read Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter (Robinette Moss) and found it incredible also. Not a light read, but good. Just borrowed The Help so that's next on deck.

  3. I answered this on facebook, but I'll do it here, too.

    I'm reading The Help with my seniors. We're about halfway through it. I loved it the first time, and I'm finding I'm loving it a bit more this time around because I'm talking about it and thinking about it in different ways.

    I'm about to start My Name is Asher Lev with my juniors. I loved the book when I read it by myself, and I loved it again when I read it with last year's juniors. I fully expect the trend to continue.

    I'm reading To Kill a Mockingbird with my freshmen. That shit just never gets old.

    Finally, I'm reading Contact with my Aliens and Vampires in Literature class. I read it years ago and loved it (the film is one of my go-to favorites), and I'm finding that I'm enjoying the re-read immensely.

  4. We didn't get the snow you did- it changed to good old rain which was good because I really didn't want to have start shovelling as early as Hallowe'en this year. However, it was torrential rain all day Sunday with a bit of a wind storm, plus C was under the weather, having a bad reaction to the flu shot from Friday so was already in bed. I recently read Jennifer Weiner's latest, Then Came You. Not deep, and an easy read, what my Grade 7 teacher would call a "pop and chips" book. She was adamant that if you read a "pop and chips" book (I guess south of the border you would phrase it as "soda and chips" book) you had to follow it with something that has more substance. So now I'm reading Elizabeth Hay's Alone in the Classroom which has just been nominated for a big prize here, the Giller Prize. This book also fits into my mandate of reading some Can content every few months- I'm a really sucker for the Brits in the particular. Alone in the Classroom is a seven day loan from the public library (where I get 99% of my books- the public library is the greatest gift EVER) and is due back on Friday and I'm about half way through, so I've got to pick up the pace a bit... maybe after my audition tomorrow a.m.