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Monday, December 21, 2009

Question of the holiday season: what are you reading?

Hope all's well out there readers. It's been busy times here at EBC headquarters trying to maximize snow-frolicking, finish all work in time to PLAY with my family and friends, and get my end-of-year reading done too.

I finished "March" and a new Sue Miller novel for review later this year, and now am making my way through Chabon's "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay," which is hilarious so far but dense and may take me through New Year's.

What tomes are you cozying up with?


  1. I'm reading the Meaning of Night by Michael Cox. Loved Kavalier and Clay, of course. Lucky you to be reading it for the first time. What a pleasure!

  2. Uncharacteristically, though not simultaneously, I'm reading 3 books at the moment: Middlemarch by George Eliot, The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson and Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers.

  3. I'm working my way to your inner circle by way of Pride and Prejudice :-) The 3rd person dialog (pseudo-dialog?) is very well done. Knowing all the meanings would sure to be very engrossing. As it is, I'm reading as much annotation as text. Miss Elizabeth has just rebuffed Mr. Collins...

  4. Cranford, Mansfield Park and The Romance org by Franco Moretti (in Portuguese). The last one I'll need more than a year to read, for sure!

  5. Reading "A Proper Education for Girls" by Elaine DiRollo. So far, the description is brilliant.
    200 pages left to "Anna Karenina." I love it, so I don't want it to end but yet, I must know the ending!
    Working on "Tracks" too, by Louise Erdrich. It's been far too long since I read anything by her.
    And now that so much of my holiday madness is done, it's time to settle into these snow days and read!
    Oh yes and if I complete all of those, I'm dying to read "The Daisy Chain" by Charlotte Younge. Popular-in-the-day Victorian lit. Nommy.

  6. I am halfway through Jonathan Lethem's Chronic City -- a dense, disorienting read. Not sure I love it, but totally immersed nonetheless.

  7. PS- scratch "Proper Education". I'm not reading continual graphic sex with hookers be they Victorian or not over my holidays. Just so you know...:D
    On a happier note- replacing it with random birthday book "Her Majesty's Dragons". Horatio Hornblower meets...dragons. hrrruuuhhh?? I know!

  8. I'm using the holiday break to catch up on Vampire lit a la Sookie Stackhouse, The Historian, Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block and, against my will, Twilight. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved Dead Until Dark, the first Sookie Stackhouse novel. I could really sink my teeth into it.

    On a lighter note, I'm also reading Italian cooking authority Marcella Hazan's memoir, Amarcord, and I just got a new cozy mystery that self-consciously adapts and adopts the characters and plot of Pride and Prejudice. It's called Murder at Longbourn. I'm saving it for some light New Year's Day reading.