I've seen a few forum threads/questions about reading lately - asking what types of books you like to read, or how many you've read in the past year, etc....but none have simply asked: what book are you reading right now?
So c'mon, bookworms, tell us what you got. I'll start:
Currently: A Biography of Led Zeppelin: When Giants Walked the Earth by Mick Wall
"The Dragon Reborn", by Robert Jordan. It's the third book in his Wheel of Time fantasy series. I've always got more than one book on the go at any one time; the other one I'm reading is "Infernal Devices", by K. W. Jeter (he's the chap that coined the term "Steampunk", and this is one of the first books on that genre).
I am presently reading 'A Separate Peace' by John Knowles... Woops just finished it. And the last book I read was 'Suite Française' by Irène Némirovsky... the book on which the very recent film, 'Suite Française' was based.
I have never read this author before, in fact never heard of him - but he is good ! I can barely put the book down. It is about twin brothers. The older twin is the narrator of the book. All the characters in the story are so clearly portrayed that I feel I know them personally.
"Prey" by Michael Crichton. The back cover says: "In the Nevada desert, a handful of scientists are battling to retrieve a swarm of rogue micro-robot that have escaped from the lab. The swarm is self-sustaining, self-reproducing and capable of learning from experience.....etc." I am only a couple of chapters in but it reads well so far.
I have read the novel, 'To Kill A Mockingbird' several times and I think it is one of the most beautiful, harrowing and uplifting book i have ever experienced. Did you know that Harper lee's first novel 's manuscript has rfecently been found and that it will be published very shortly?
I loved 'Catcher in the Rye'. If you like that, perhaps I could recommend 'The Perks of being a Wallflower' by Stephen Chbosky. Its an amazing book, and has been made into a film which is really very close to the book, and well scripted. Have you seen 'To Kill Mockingbird' the film made in 1962? it's in black and white, but if that doesn't put you off, Gregory Peck as Aticus is magnificent and it really captures the whole ethos of the book. The girl who plays Scout is excellent too.
Voyage to Venus, C.S.Lewis... thought it would be old and irrelevant, not so at all. Stuffed full of fascinating ideas. In fact, sci-fi details of Out of the Silent Planet and Voyage to Venus, have obviously been used in films like Sunshine and more lately Interstellar (the rolling waves bit).. unless it was wild coincidence...
I am reading a book of C.S. Lewis, some of his essays on various religious topics. Lewis was a British scholar and close friend of J.R.R. Tolkien, the authors of the trilogy, The Lord Of The Rings. Lewis' book is The Weight of Glory. A somewhat challenging read but excellent prose.
I'm reading Zealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan. I knew from the beginning that I wouldn't agree with his point of view, but I read a lot of books with points of view that I disagree with. Life is boring, otherwise.
Morning rebekahELLE. I noticed that you are reading "The Stone and the Flute" - Hans Bemmann, and while I am married and living in Germany I get a chance to see and read many books in German. If you can get hold of a very compelling read by Wolfgang Hohlbein called "Flut" (translated means Flood), it will be well worth it. It may have a different title in English but the authur is still the same. Ghaelach
I'm reading Family Secrets: Living with Shame from the Victorians to the Present Day by Deborah Cohen. It's an eye opener, I can thoroughly recommend it for those interested in Social Construction of Reality, and anyone who doesn't quite fit in with social morays.
Right now I am reading 'Scaramouche' by Rafael Sabatini. A bit of swashing and some buckling, but thoroughly enjoyable because I studied the "Causes of the French Revolution of 1789" (How many were there?), so it brings me back in time/ Loving it.
Just finished Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. While the critics have been disappointed that it isn't the blockbuster that To Kill a Mocking Bird was and still is, Watchman was her first effort in 1959, and doubts remain as to whether or not Harper ever intended that it should be published.
I've read that Go Set a Watchman was the first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird, and was so awful no publisher would touch it, until it was rewritten as Scout's (Jean Louise's) POV. There are also rumors that Truman Capote wrote a lot of the book, he was a friend of Harper Lee's and never spoke to her again after the book won the Pulitzer Prize. I decided not to read it, since I loved TKAM so much.
I just finished To Kill a Mockingbird, and can't believe it wasn't on the required reading list when I was back in H.S. I cried at the end.
Now I am trying out the Game of Thrones series, having recently finished the most current book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I like Historical fiction. I am also going to read a book about John Lennon written by his ex wife Cynthia, I've read most biographies of him.
I read two or three books a week, and recently got a new Kindle, my old one was acting strangely, and I was afraid I'd lose my books. I know they are in the Cloud, but I love my books.
Conversation with God by Neale Donald Walsh, the best selling in 1996 in the United States. The author explained how he himself and led the readers how to understand the common life and social issues on the level of God looking at the world and with plain and simple sentences.
H Is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald - painfully and beautifully written. One of the best non-fiction books I've read. There are passages from this book that are so deep and so elegantly written that it feels like I can walk into the pages and touch the trees, the hawk, her desperation at times.
I've also started All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I'm having a hard time getting into the flow of this one. It may be because the other book I'm reading is written in an entirely different style. I don't like the very short 'chapters' in this one. It seems too choppy. But once I'm done with the first book, it may be easier to absorb. I've read nothing but great reviews about this book.
As much as I love Stephen King, The Shining has never been on my list of favorite books. Yet I'm completely loving this sequel. I don't know (in my effort to have avoided spoilers until I got around to reading Doctor Sleep) whether the sequel has been well received or not with his fans. I'm only about 150 pages in, but: I'm intrigued, there have been a few genuinely creep scenes, and Dan is far more sympathetic than Jack ever was which makes it easier to relate to the ongoing drama.
By Howard Frank Mosher , several of his great storytelling novels are just great , He is a gifted Vermont Author who writes novels , with a few "made for television and movies " A Stranger in the Kingdom" with Martin Sheen for one , "Northern Borders ", actore , Bruce Dern for another , check him out !
Over the weekend I started one called "Boffo! How Hollywood Learned to Love the Blockbuster and Fear the Bomb." I forget the author's name (and I don't have the book handy at the moment to look it up) but I believe he is a former editor of Variety magazine.
I'm about halfway through 3 books and alternating them. I don't know why I do this to myself.
1. A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin. Taking me freaking forever to get through this series.
2. American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Has been on my "to read" list forever. Finally got around to it, yay.
3. Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer. Last book in the Southern Reach trilogy. Loved the first book, didn't care for the second one... really finding it hard to delve into the third because I'm afraid it will be more of the second book.
I got (!) all excited when 'Go Set A Watchman' came out, but there was all that muddle about the last pages not being printed - good old Amazon!! I read on Kindle, so it didn't affect me. but I have yet to meet anyone who has read it. Of course I loved 'To Kill A Mockingbird'; but who doesn't.? I can't imagine how many times I have read it... and see the wonderful adaptation for the film,with Gregory Peck playing Atticus.
So what's everyone reading this summer?Some months ago, I picked up Patricia Cornwell's The Scarpetta Factor and am finally getting around to reading it. You?Another question: Do you read via a Kindle or Nook device, or...
I'm reading Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky. The story follows a number of families and individuals as they evacuate Paris in 1940 following German invasion. I am a huge fan of historical drama novels, which is why...
So, we've been living 2010 now for almost 6 months.I'm a considerable book-a-holic and find it always interesting to see what I've read throughout a year.---------------------------------Anyway, what books have you read...