Thursday, January 24, 2008

Reading Update

Well, I feel like I'm on track with my reading goals for this year. Yes, I realize that it's still just January. That aside, I'm progressing nicely with Great Expectations. I'm on Chapter 38 and will try to finish it in the next couple of days. I haven't had an evening at home this week, but I don't have anything planned for tonight. So, I will hopefully get in a good deal of reading. I'm not sure what I expected with this book. I think that's one of the problems with reading a classic at this point. Everyone else has pretty much read it and given their opinion on it. It seems that people either love it or hate it. So far, I'm really enjoying it. I'm reading the B&N classics edition, which is really nice. It has footnotes, which explain some of the more obscure words. There is also a nice introduction. But, enough about that. I don't want to get into too much more until I finish it.

Reading Challenge
I'm also reading Nocturnes by John Connolly as a part of the Short Story Challenge. I'm not going to do any reviews at this point, but I'll just say for now that I'm enjoying them. I've been reading these at night right before I go to sleep, and I've actually scared myself a few times to the point of scooting over closer to hubby. They aren't that scary, but they are disturbing in a fun sort of way (and yes, I am a big scaredy cat).

Early Reviewer
I was disappointed yesterday when I got a notice from LibraryThing saying that I didn't get an Early Reviewer book this time around. I figured I wouldn't since I've gotten three in the past, but I was still disappointed. So, imagine my delight when I got a message today that I had gotten one of the bonus batch books. The Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari (Random House) is obviously non-fiction, which will be a nice change of pace for me. Here's the blurb from LibraryThing:

"I am the translator who has taken journalists into dangerous Darfur. It is my intention now to take you there in this book, if you have the courage to come with me.

The young life of Daoud Hari—his friends call him David—has been one of bravery and mesmerizing adventure. He is a living witness to the brutal genocide under way in Darfur."

Book Lusting
Finally, I have several books that I'm dying to get my hands on. But the one I want the most is The Serpent's Tale by Ariana Franklin. This is the second installment in the Mistress of the Art of Death series. This was one of my top picks from 2007, and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was going to be a series. So, thanks Jenclair for alerting me to this one! I've also ordered They Came Like Swallows by William Maxwell through ILL (thanks, Lara!) for the Cornflower Book Group.

That's all for now, but I'll have some book reviews and an update on my class soon.


Jill said...

Guess what? I am getting The Translator too! But are you really surprised by that? LOL!

=) Jill

Lisa said...

Jill, that is too funny! I'll be anxious to hear what you think about it.

Andi said...

Glad you're still progressing with GE! I'm trucking right along but haven't had time to read for the last few nights. I'm about to barricade myself in the bedroom with no TV or internet and read a huge chunk.

Tara said...

I am also getting The Translator - there were 200 copies available! I've been VERY lucky with the ER program lately - to the point I'm feeling guilty about it.

Lisa said...

andi, I know what you mean about finding time lately. I didn't have anything pressing last night, but wouldn't you know I got a terrible sinus headache and went to bed at 9:00.

tara, yeah I've felt a little guilty as well. I know there's been a lot of discussion regarding how they distribute the books, but I don't really know how it works. From what I gather, it is mostly to do with matching the books to your library. For me, I don't really have a lot of nonfiction so I'm not sure that's working. Oh well, I'm just happy to get a free book!

Iliana said...

I'm also reading the B&N classic edition of GE. I finished but still need to do a summary post on it. I enjoyed it quite a bit especially the first part.
Hadn't heard of Noctures but I do love a good scary book so I will have to check that out :)

Anonymous said...

I'm going to be very interested in what you have to say about the translator's book. I was talking about the work of translators with the professor from our translation department the other day and she was saying just what a dangerous job it is. In Iraq more than one translator a day is killed. We hear about the troops, but not about the people who work along side them.

Lisa said...

iliana, So far, I enjoyed the first part of GE the best, as well. I think you'll enjoy Nocturnes, but just remember I'm a big chicken so you may not think it's that scary.

Lisa said...

tabletalk, I agree that's something we don't hear about very often -- those not part of the military who lose their lives, including innocent children. I'll be sure and post my thoughts on the book.

Susan said...

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Stefanie said...

So glad you are enjoying Great Expectations. It's one of my favorite books so it make me happy to hear other people say happy things about it. Looking forward to hearing how your class is going.

Nymeth said...

Nocturnes sounds really good. I LOVED Connolly's The Book of Lost Things, and I've been meaning to read more of his work. I need to pick it up! Plus, the cover is just so beautiful.

Lisa said...

Susan, thanks so much for commenting. I've been reading your blog and really enjoying it, as well. This is exciting. This is the first time that I've been tagged!

Stephanie,I finished GE yesterday and didn't want it to end. I enjoyed it so much. Hopefully, I'll be posting a couple reviews and an update on the class in the next day or two. I have class tomorrow and have a big reading assignment for it.

Nymeth, I absolutely agree about the lovely art work on the covers of Connolly's books. I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but it's definitely an added bonus for me when the cover is beautiful.

ravenous reader said...

Lisa, thanks for visiting my blog :)

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only less than graceful reader who manages to spill things on their books!

I'm also participating in the short story challenge, but the Nocturnes sound a bit too scary for me :) I just read Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri, which was marvelous. Haven't decided what to read next.

Lisa said...

I don't know if it's really that scary or not. Remember, I'm a self-professed scaredy cat. So, don't go by me on this one.