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1Jenson_AKA_DL
Mayo 21, 2007, 9:58am

I'm picking up on Kayaalder's suggestion of keeping track of where we are with our Go Review that Book! reads. I thought anyone could drop in and post their progress on this thread if they wanted.

I'm a little over half-way through The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove. At the beginning I wasn't so sure I would like it. As I've been reading on I've been liking it more. Yesterday I was reading at my parent's house and sharing parts of the book with my mom. I came to a part which put me in to absolute hysterics, not able to breath and eyes watering! I tried to read it to my mom and wound up having to hand the book over, putting her into hysterics also. Even if I were to hate the rest of the book (which I'm sure I won't), it was worth reading it just for that part.

2adamallen
Mayo 29, 2007, 1:40pm

As I mentioned before Lolita was selected for me, I'm in the middle of This is Your Brain on Music which I'm roughly half way through and loving it. For anyone who plays an instrument or has more than a passing interest in music, I'd already recommend it.

Problem is...we recently bought a Wii. Now, I'm not much of a gamer but this thing is new and well...it's pretty cool. I'm enjoying playing tennis and baseball with my son on it or even moreso putting him to bed and pretending to be the Godfather. Rest assured, my interest in video games is fleeting and I'll be on Lolita (boy if that wasn't a double entendre, I don't know what is) in no time.

Just and update and sorry for the delay.

adamallen

3Jenson_AKA_DL
Mayo 30, 2007, 7:05pm

The Wii looks pretty interesting. I like the idea of a video game that gets you off the couch. The only game I play on our family's playstation is The Junglebook which uses a dance mat.

4marysargent
Jun 1, 2007, 11:23pm

I waited too long to tell Reading Fox on the Game Thread that I've accepted Gorillas in the Mist for reading/review, so I'll just post a progress report here.

I've read about a third of it and find it very interesting. I wasn't so sure in the beginning because Fossey isn't a gifted writer, but the material takes over after a bit.

It raises one big question though: who is this woman and why is she doing this? (Spending years in Africa by herself watching gorillas.) She doesn't reveal much about herself. I feel like I need to find a book about her to read next.

5Jenson_AKA_DL
Jun 3, 2007, 4:37pm

I'm looking forward to reading The Losers as my next GRTB book and will start reading it during the upcoming week. I have a couple library books I need to get through first.

6reading_fox
Jun 4, 2007, 3:04am

I've just started C J Cherryh's hugo award winning Cyteen and that will keep me completely occupied for a week or so. I'll get onto The Mayor of Casterbridge after that.

7reading_fox
Jul 8, 2007, 4:24pm

Several books later!

Bookwormteri - thanks I'll get onto the Novice probably sometime later this week or early next, I've my current read to finish - To Ride Hell's Chasm and I'll probably want a switch between sucessive fantasies.

8Jenson_AKA_DL
Jul 9, 2007, 4:47pm

I got very carried away about a month ago requesting library books and am still working through my pile. I will be reading my pick of Fang and Fur, Blood and Bone once I've gotten things under control with that pile. I've been very good about controlling my requests lately so hopefully I won't get so far behind again!

9marysargent
Editado: Jul 10, 2007, 11:41am

Thanks bookwormteri for Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. I've been thinking I'd like to reread it to see if I like it as much as I did 18 years ago, especially since I haven't liked her newer work as much. I'll be able to start tomorrow.

edited for typo.

10Shortride
Jul 12, 2007, 4:55pm

I finished Marching through Peachtree; all I need to do now is write the review.

11reading_fox
Jul 13, 2007, 4:26pm

the novice Is of course the 2nd of the Magician's guild series. I had tagged it incorrectly as the first, which from the name one might suppose it to be. So a bonus for Bookwormteri - I'll review the whole series in order.

12adamallen
Jul 23, 2007, 7:09am

I finally finished Lolita (I know...believe it or not). I've been awfully busy the last couple of months with other priorities. I'll post the review later today.

I went camping this weekend so I also made it about halfway through Then We Came to the End. Once I write my review of Lolita, I'll post on the main board and take another assignment.

13llamagirl
Editado: Jul 24, 2007, 2:26am

I should be starting God is an Englishman later tonight or tomorrow, as I'm just about to finish Tom Robbins's Another Roadside Attraction. (I'll probably post a review of that tomorrow if anyone's interested.)

I have to say, though, I'm a bit terrified of it. It came to me from 2 bags worth of "street books" my boyfriend picked up near his office, so I didn't choose it. I actually only kept it for title value alone. The back describes it as an "epic saga" which is so not my usual kinda genre.

Also it might take me a while as its 800+ pages are far more than my attention span prefers. But I'm not one to give up a challenge.

14adamallen
Ago 4, 2007, 10:56am

I finished Oak Mot. Wow. I don't know what else to say. I'll do my best to get the review posted tonight. I'm behind as I still need to finish my review of The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More (can't get touchstone to work) and I need to write one for The We Came to the End also.

Tonight - hopefully.

15Jenson_AKA_DL
Ago 6, 2007, 7:30am

adamallen-Thanks for the Lolita review! I'm still on the fence as to whether I want to read the book or not, although I'm leaning more towards at least giving it a try.

Currently I'm about 1/3rd of the way through Fang and Fur Blood and Bone A Primal Guide to Animal Magic which has been very good so far. I've been reading it interspersed with trying to keep up with my library reading and my new interest in a manga series. I've never been the kind of person to read more than one book at a time but it hasn't been too bad. Probably because the content is so different between the books.

16elbakerone
Ago 13, 2007, 5:13pm

I had to take a little pause before my assigned book Night because it's on hold at the library and I haven't gotten it yet. Meanwhile I read the very amazing and highly recommended A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. If anyone's interested, my review of it is here.

17Jenson_AKA_DL
Ago 14, 2007, 7:39am

I'm over halfway now on my GRTB! book. I would have had it done over this past weekend except I had two books that I have been waiting on for months come in from Amazon and had a few books due back at the library that I couldn't put off any more. I should be finished by this weekend.

18woodbear
Ago 14, 2007, 5:36pm

The book picked for me Sovereign Ladies isn't even available until 9/4/07. Our library system has 4 copies on order and I'm fifth in line so it may be a while before I get to read my selection.

19alexbook
Ago 14, 2007, 5:57pm

>18 woodbear:

Sorry about that! Should I pick something different from your list?

20woodbear
Ago 14, 2007, 8:40pm

#19 - No!. I'm looking forward to reading it, just might take awhile. :-) I didn't want anyone to think I wasn't "playing". I didn't realize the release date was September when I selected it from one of my LT friends' libraries. I reading another english historical fiction just to keep in the mood.

Duchess by Susan Holloway Scott.
*touchestones might not be working correctly*

21elbakerone
Ago 16, 2007, 11:03am

I promise Night is next. I just got it out of the library and it should only take me a few days to finish. Expect my review forthwith (uh...early next week?). In the meantime *again*, someone lent me Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott and I had too much to say about it so that review is here if anyone is interested. And I'm starting Night this afternoon. Really. I am. :)

22lilisin
Ago 21, 2007, 11:57am

I just moved to Colorado (graduate school, omg!) so I'm still on my book. While moving though, I did get to finish After the Quake by Haruki Murakami and will have to post a review soon. I have been without internet for a week and half so it has been hard to keep in touch.

So yes, halfway through my book and I'll ask for another one soon. :)

23reading_fox
Ago 23, 2007, 3:55am

Perdido Street Station - I'll start it in a while, I've just picked up some brand new reads which will keep me occupied for a week or two. Station will be on the stack after them.

24Jenson_AKA_DL
Ago 24, 2007, 9:42am

I'll be starting my next pick, Sorcerer's Legacy hopefully next week. I have two book group books for August that I need to get through first.

BTW-Reading_Fox, I mooched Sorcerer's Legacy right after reading your review! Looking forward to it!

25elbakerone
Ago 27, 2007, 11:50am

I'm a little slow on getting to Watership Down. Got some other stuff to finish first but I guess from the previos posts that's commonplace about now. Hope everyone's enjoying their picks, I think we've had some really great reviews coming out of this group!

26adamallen
Ago 27, 2007, 4:51pm

Started The Cave (sorry touchstone problems) last night. I hope to finish it this week.

27CarlosMcRey
Sep 4, 2007, 7:59pm

I'll be starting Fishboy tomorrow. It's not too long so I hope to have it finished by next week.

28lilisin
Sep 4, 2007, 8:34pm

Working on The Waiting Years right now. Love the book so far (although I feel like I've already read it before) and will hopefully get it done by the end of the week. It's an easy fast read but with me starting my first year of graduate school as both a student and a TA, time management is proving to be devoted to those two things plus cooking and laundry, etc... But it shall be done!

29adamallen
Sep 4, 2007, 9:31pm

About halfway through The Cave but I have a lot going on at work. I still hope to finish it in the next few days.

30elbakerone
Sep 5, 2007, 4:01pm

Just past the halfway mark on Watership Down. I always thought it was a children's or YA book but it's a pretty hefty 400+ pages long and it's a great read although quite a bit darker than I was anticipating. Hope to have a review on it for y'all soon.

31llamagirl
Sep 10, 2007, 1:58pm

elbakerone, I'm super excited that you came up with a biography for me to read next. I love the genre and it's been a while, despite the several unread ones I have lying around. (here llamagirl pauses in terror at the thought of getting nothing but bios selected for her due to prior statement...)

Anyhow, I'll get started on the Audrey soon, but at the moment I'm about halfway through The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu and I want to finish that up before embarking on a new read...

32Jenson_AKA_DL
Sep 10, 2007, 2:56pm

>30 elbakerone: Glad to hear you're enjoying the book!

I will be starting my chosen book, The Seduction, next week.

33elbakerone
Sep 11, 2007, 10:08am

Hey Llamagirl - I know you've got lots in your catalog but if you're looking for any other interesting bios/autobios I have some unique (and excellent!) ones in my catalog as well (Tagged quite obviously "biography" and "autobiography"). Looking forward to your review of Audrey. :)

34elbakerone
Sep 14, 2007, 4:44pm

And just to set out the warning it could be a good few weeks before I get to my next assignment, Saving Fish From Drowning. I'm in the middle of another long read and I also got a bunch of books for my birthday that are jumping to the front of my TBR pile since people keep asking if I read/liked the books they gave me.

35CarlosMcRey
Sep 17, 2007, 6:25pm

Well, I won't be starting on The Name of the Rose for a few days, since I'm about halfway through The Modern Weird Tale. Since Name of the Rose is somewhat dense, I think it'll be a couple weeks before I have a review up.

36lilisin
Sep 17, 2007, 6:53pm

I still need to write out a review to The Waiting Years and start reading Seeing by Jose Saramago (which I'll be reading in Spanish actually). Unfortunately graduate school is kicking my ass and right now I really need to start kicking back.

Hopefully things will get better to the point that I can start reading again.

37Jenson_AKA_DL
Sep 18, 2007, 5:00pm

I've finally started my GRTB! book, The Seduction by Marilyn Wallace. Hope to have it finished by the end of this weekend.

38Shortride
Sep 23, 2007, 3:56pm

I finished Till We Have Faces. I'll have a review up shortly.

39Caramellunacy
Sep 23, 2007, 6:07pm

I'm in the middle of a stack of library books (I finally got around to getting a library card), so it may be a bit before I manage to get around to Congo. I'm interested in reading it, though, so it might take precedent as soon as I finish Innocent Traitor - which I'm loving.

Does anybody know how fast a read Congo is?

40llamagirl
Editado: Sep 24, 2007, 11:10pm

So I started Audrey Hepburn but I recently went on a comic-book-buying date and picked up the 2nd Fables TPB as well as a collection of Vault of Horror EC comics (which I'm completely enthralled in, so the Audrey's kind of taken a backseat. So far I am enjoying the Audrey, although it is a wee bit on the flattering side. On a different note, why is that biographies are also ultra-flattering or highlight every seedy aspect of their subject? Is there, like, no middle ground in bio-land?

41CarlosMcRey
Sep 24, 2007, 12:41pm

#40 Maybe it depends on how famous/iconic the person in question is. Last year I read biographies of Borges, Astor Piazzolla, Phillip K. Dick, and Syd Barrett; none of which seemed to fall into the trap of lacking middle ground. All of them were sympathetic to their subjects, but still willing to deal with the darker aspects.

For example, the Dick and Barrett biographies weren't afraid with addressing their subjects' drug abuse and mental problems while still grappling with what made them interesting/important as artists. Similarly, Borges was hardly a saint when it came to his political leanings, and his bio attempts to deal with those failings in a non-judgemental manner.

Of course, compared with Audrey Hepburn, those all qualify as "cult" figures so there may be less interest, from a marketing perspective, in pushing either uplift or titillation.

42ElizaJane
Sep 24, 2007, 11:20pm

I'm also working on some library books at the moment so it may be a little while till I get to my book. But I'm looking forward to my chosen book, The Tin Flute, and have it on my table to start as soon as I can.

43geneg
Sep 25, 2007, 12:01pm

Caramellunacy, I read Congo on vacation ten or twelve years ago and found it to take about as long as any other Crichton. If you are a slow reader like I am, maybe eight hours, a faster reader can knock it out in two to five, depending.

44adamallen
Sep 25, 2007, 5:59pm

Believe it or not, I finally finished Saramago's The Cave. I should have my review online tonight or tomorrow.

45Shortride
Sep 25, 2007, 7:28pm

Review for Till We Have Faces posted.

46woodbear
Sep 25, 2007, 8:18pm

Wow! My book is finally on it's way to local library from my hold list. I should have it by the end of the week. August seems so long ago when it was selected for me. That will teach me to have others select "wishlist" books instead of TBRs. :-)

47Caramellunacy
Sep 26, 2007, 10:07am

Finished Congo, y'all were right, it was a very quick read. I'll have the review up soon (stupid school gets in the way of me taking care of these things ;-) ).

48CarlosMcRey
Sep 26, 2007, 11:45am

Well, it took me longer to finish The Modern Weird Tale than I expected, so I'll be starting The Name of the Rose today. I suspect, unlike Congo, it will not be a fast read. (Based on my previous Eco fiction experiences.)

49Caramellunacy
Sep 26, 2007, 11:53am

Yeah The Name of the Rose took quite some time for me to read, too. Hope you enjoy it!

50elbakerone
Sep 26, 2007, 12:40pm

I just started Saving Fish From Drowning. I got a little sidetracked cause I managed to score an Early Reviewers book. Back in the game now though and should have my "assignment" finished and reviewed within the week. :)

51CarlosMcRey
Sep 26, 2007, 5:12pm

I finally cracked open Name of the Rose. So far, I've only read the introduction in which Eco claims that the book is a translation of a translation of a first-hand account. I originally read Rose years ago, before I discovered Borges, and thought that the intro was just to provide some versimilitude to the story. However, I was thrilled to see how incredibly Borgesian the intro is: invented/lost books, labrynthine quests, translations of translations, mirrors, chess, Buenos Aires! (It does however lack a knife fight.)

52woodbear
Oct 2, 2007, 8:58pm

WOW!! Finally able to pick up my book from the library. I'm reading Sovereign Ladies: Sex, Sacrifice, and Power. The Six Reigning Queens of England by Maureen Waller. It looks very promising. It covers the reigns of Mary I from 1553-1558; Elizabeth I from 1558-1603; Mary II from 1689-1694; Anne from 1702-1714; Victoria from 1837-1901 and Elizabeth II from 1952 to current.

53Jenson_AKA_DL
Oct 3, 2007, 10:20am

I didn't finish The Seduction as fast as I thought I would but am moving along with it. I'm a bit over halfway and am determined to have it finished this week.

54elbakerone
Oct 8, 2007, 4:19pm

Hey Jenson - Thanks for picking Twilight for me and thanks from all the people that have been bugging me to read it! I'll be getting to it as soon as I finish The Book Thief (GREAT book by the way).

The hardest part will be ignoring all that I've heard and reading the book with a clean slate frame of mind but I look forward to checking out Stephanie Meyers.

:)

55Caramellunacy
Editado: Oct 8, 2007, 5:15pm

It'll take me a while to get around to my selection. I'm really looking forward to it, but we recently had a family member pass away. And sadly exams, schoolwork, and job don't take a break just because I need one to grieve...

56lilisin
Oct 8, 2007, 6:38pm

Sorry to hear about the bad news Caramel. A death in the family is never easy to get over but perhaps reading will help you escape a bit. Who knows?

I myself have been busy with school as well and have yet to pick up the book chosen for me. It's been sitting by my bed for a while but alas, slowly collecting dust.

Soon enough I hope to start it but graduate school is just so hard. ^^;;

57elbakerone
Oct 9, 2007, 11:59am

So sorry for your loss Caramel. :( Hope things are okay as you get back into the swing of "normal" life.

And good luck with schoolwork to you and lilisin. Hope things aren't too crazy for either of you!

58fyrefly98
Oct 9, 2007, 1:54pm

>56 lilisin: Lilisin - If I didn't have pleasure reading to distract me from graduate school, I'd go crazy (-ier, yeah, yeah, ha ha.)

I only finally got around to starting Lions of Al-Rassan yesterday afternoon - had to finish the book I was reading while I waited for someone to pick, and then one from the library that couldn't be ignored. I'm only ~50 pages in, but so far so good.

59elbakerone
Oct 10, 2007, 10:39am

I started Twilight this morning. I'm already 100+ pages into it so it should go pretty fast. Expect my review within the week!

60erelsi183
Oct 10, 2007, 6:46pm

I'm so excited to be doing this! However, with books for school (about one a week), two jobs (one in a bookstore, so it's okay!), and library books (stupid deadlines!), it'll be slow going...especially since Foundation Trilogy, which was chosen for me (I've been meaning to read it forever, so that's a good thing!) is over 500 pages and, technically, three books, even though they're in one volume. But I'm slowly but surely working on it!

61adamallen
Oct 10, 2007, 6:46pm

I'm finishing The Shadow of the Wind (I have about 150 pages left) before starting my assigned The Age of Reason. I hope to start on it by Monday.

62ElizaJane
Oct 11, 2007, 3:33pm

Less than 100 pages left of The Tine Flute so I should be ready to review it tomorrow.

63Jenson_AKA_DL
Oct 11, 2007, 3:53pm

>55 Caramellunacy: Caramel, you have my condolences as well :(

>54 elbakerone: & 59 Elbakerone, you're very welcome! I hope you're enjoying the story. It is one of those books I wish I could go back and read over new again. Hopefully that makes sense!

I did start Love in the Time of Cohlera (I've probably mangled the spelling of that!) but am facing deadlines on a couple library books I really wanted to read and have already renewed. I'm hoping to get back to it soon!

64woodbear
Oct 13, 2007, 3:34pm

I'm just starting my 2nd book for this group :-) Should have a review in about 2 weeks.

The Courts of Love by Jean Plaidy.

65CarlosMcRey
Oct 16, 2007, 7:52pm

Down to the last 100 pages of The Name of the Rose, so I should be done by tomorrow and reviewing it either then or Thursday.

66elbakerone
Oct 18, 2007, 11:27am

Uh yeah....don't expect my review of Death By Suburb anytime soon. I've got a mega TBR list right now AND I'm attempting NaNoWriMo in November so my reading time per day will be drastically depleted. Don't think that I've forgotten though. I will get to it.....eventually. :)

67carlym
Oct 18, 2007, 11:45pm

I have about a book and a half to finish before starting The Evolutionists, so I'm not making any predictions on time, but it shouldn't be that long.

68woodbear
Editado: Oct 29, 2007, 1:20pm

Just finished Innocent Traitor by Alision Weir so I'll be starting my book, City of Dreams by Beverly Swerling, for this group today.

10.29.07 - Within 100 pages of being done so a review should be posted by this weekend.

69reading_fox
Oct 24, 2007, 1:44pm

I've read a few other things inbetween but I've now started ploughing through Deadhouse gates it'll be finished sometime over the weekend I guess.

70carlym
Oct 31, 2007, 10:31am

I've started The Evolutionists, and it's not a difficult read, but it's not that great, either, so I'm dawdling.

71erelsi183
Oct 31, 2007, 10:44am

I still have every intention of reading The Foundation Trilogy (I started it and like it so far!). However, I got hit with lots of reading for class, more hours at work, and several library holds, so I haven't made much progress. I haven't given up, though, and don't intend to!

72fyrefly98
Oct 31, 2007, 11:46am

I'm having problems with Dracula - it's not bad, but I saw the movie for the first time a few weeks ago and now the entire book is being narrated in my head by Keanu. *shudder*

73Shortride
Nov 2, 2007, 3:35am

Finally starting The Golden Apples tonight.

74Jenson_AKA_DL
Nov 2, 2007, 10:08am

I'm almost halfway through Love in the Time of Cholera. I had the hardest time getting through the first chapter but the further I get the better the reading gets which is good.

75twomoredays
Nov 3, 2007, 2:47pm

So I thought Einstein's Dreams was in Denver, but I was organizing a stack of to-be-reads and realized that it's right here with me. It's a tiny little book too, almost a novella, so as soon as I finish my non-fiction book I'm sure I'll be done with it in a flash.

76llamagirl
Editado: Nov 4, 2007, 1:39am

75 -> yea, I finished it in a couple days. It's one of those a-lot going on, but still quick reads. (and I'm a notoriously slow reader).

Speaking of slow reading, I've started Tex and Molly but I'm having trouble getting into it. I read it way back in high school (back when I was very into the whole hippy thing). I feel like I'll get more into it later, and it kind of reminds me of a poor-man's Tom Robbins (can't decide if that's good or not), but I can't seem to focus on it yet.

Oh, well, I'll persevere. Just might be a while till the review is up.

77nancyewhite
Nov 4, 2007, 9:25am

Almost done with Mallory's Oracle. Review in the next few days!

78dbolahood
Nov 5, 2007, 9:21am

I'm about halfway through The Other Boleyn Girl so hopefully I will have it finished and a review up by the end of the week.

Danielle

79carlym
Nov 13, 2007, 10:57pm

I'm about halfway through The Secret Life of Dust. It's well-written, but my interest in dust is, apparently, somewhat limited. I may stop reading this for a few days and then come back to it.

80woodbear
Nov 17, 2007, 12:25pm

Struggling with Mary, called Magdalene. I like the writing style of the author, just not much interested in the subject matter. I'm going to give it the weekend and then I may give up.

81kiwiflowa
Nov 17, 2007, 6:44pm

I just started Billie's Kiss by Elizabeth Knox which was picked for me weeks ago but I've just finished a book that took me a month to read hence my tardiness.

82Thalia
Nov 19, 2007, 6:02am

I'm about halfway through The Book of Flying which I enjoy a lot. It's taking me so long to read it because I'm also reading books for school and still writing my two papers... I hope I can finish it by the end of this week.

83dbolahood
Nov 19, 2007, 11:33am

I'm struggling with A Plague of Frogs the writing is good but it's really repetative baisically the same thing over and over. It may not be grabbing my attention though because were in the middle of finishing the work on our new house and moving in this weekend so it's been really busy. Hopefully, when the hubub has died down I'll be able to get into it.

Danielle

84CarlosMcRey
Nov 19, 2007, 11:40am

I'm about halfway through All Quiet on the Western Front and have been enjoying it, but I have a whole bunch of library books coming due so I may take a little longer to finish it than I expected.

85Jenson_AKA_DL
Nov 19, 2007, 11:50am

I'm now a little over halfway through Love in the Time of Cholera. I have to concentrate much harder on understanding what is going on in this story than I usually like to and it is taking me quite a while to get through it. I can only seem to read a bit at a time.

The majority of what I read is fluffy entertainment type romances and young adult lit so this is a bit of a departure from my norm.

86ElizaJane
Nov 19, 2007, 10:10pm

I had a lot of library books that I had to get read before they were due but I have finally settled in to read my book Salem's Lot .

87Shortride
Nov 23, 2007, 1:33am

I'm reading The Golden Apples now, but it's not a quick read.

88dbolahood
Dic 5, 2007, 10:50am

I finally dug out Sick as a Parrotfrom my 26 boxes of books (we just moved) but then my first early reviewers book arrived yesterday so I'm going to read that first and start Sick as a Parrot right after.

Danielle

89CarlosMcRey
Dic 5, 2007, 12:01pm

I've managed to finish some of those library books, so I'm back to All Quiet on the Western Front and hope to be done by the end of the week. (Review late this week or early next week.)

90ElizaJane
Dic 5, 2007, 1:47pm

I have a few books lined up before I get to mine but I just pulled out my paperback copy of Lirael and it has over 700 pages, soooo it may be a while before I'm heard from again!

91kiwiflowa
Dic 5, 2007, 1:49pm

I'm reading A prayer for Owen Meany it's going to take a while to finish. I just finished the third chapter and I've figured out how the book is written (if there are no surprises) and really like it. It's not a quick read tho, I have to pace myself because I don't think it would do the book any justice if I rushed through it.

92Irisheyz77
Dic 5, 2007, 7:16pm

ElizaJane - should we send out a search party if months pass with no sign of you?

93elbakerone
Dic 5, 2007, 10:50pm

I've been away from things for a while with NaNoWriMo and holiday prepwork taking up every ounce of my spare time. I still have Avoid Boring People (my assignment) on my next-up list. I'll got to it eventually and be back around here more often in the next few months. In the meantime though, I've still been keeping up with all the reviews this group has been chugging out. Thanks for the great work everyone!

94Irisheyz77
Dic 12, 2007, 10:05am

I'm about 1/2 way through Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell but a bunch of library books just came in so I'm going to have to put it down for a bit so that I can attend to them. Its a long book and its not moving as fast as I would like. It had a slow start but has picked up as I've moved on....and once I get these library books out of the way then I'll get right back to it. =)

95fyrefly98
Dic 12, 2007, 10:09am

>94 Irisheyz77: Irisheyz77 - I wound up liking Jonathan Strange, but it took me *forever* to read, so don't feel bad about a slow start.

I was recently assigned Island of the Sequined Love Nun, but I still have to finish my current book, and then my Early Reviewer book came in the mail, and it's 700 pages long... so that gets priority. I'll look forward to reading all of y'all's reviews in the meantime, and I'll get back on track eventually.

96woodbear
Dic 12, 2007, 11:06pm

Back of our winter vacation and finally have the house and pets under control. Tonight I'll be starting The Forget Me Not Sonata by Santa Montefiore that was chosen right before we left town. I need to get cracking on this one as my Early Reviewer's book is here and awaiting.

97reading_fox
Dic 14, 2007, 9:23am

I'm not sure how to review How to Fossilise Your Hamster it's not something that I'll read through it's like a science textbook for adults. Only I havn't tried any of the experiments yet. Maybe I'll give one or two a go during the christmas break and review it on the basis of those.

98ireed110
Dic 14, 2007, 8:20pm

->91 kiwiflowa: Kiwiflowa I'm glad you're liking Owen Meany. Hope you continue to do so.

I'm a little over halfway done with Norwegian Wood, and while it's not grabbing me hard like some books do, I'm starting to care more about what happens. I'm thinking this is going to be one of those books that you need to read all of before you really get it.

99carlym
Dic 18, 2007, 10:12pm

I should finish The Semi-Attached Couple tonight or tomorrow and post the review shortly thereafter. I'm loving it!

100chilirlw
Dic 18, 2007, 10:49pm

Yay! I'm so glad you're enjoying it, carlym!

101chilirlw
Dic 19, 2007, 1:29pm

Oh, I'm having a hard time with Making Love: A Conspiracy of the Heart; and I really wanted to like it--the premise sounded so cool. Maybe it will catch fire soon--I trudge onward.

102Thalia
Dic 20, 2007, 9:43am

Oh, I hope it'll get better! I picked it for you because I loved the title!

103dbolahood
Dic 20, 2007, 10:49am

I'm finally finished my early reviewers book and will be starting Sick as a Parrot shortly.

Danielle

104nancyewhite
Dic 20, 2007, 12:44pm

I stopped reading The Patron Saint of Red Chevys for a while to read my Early Reviewer book the memoirs of a beautiful boy. I have to say I wasn't enjoying it. Oddly though both it and the memoir are centered around larger than life southern mothers. Perhaps that is an archetype that I just don't like.

105Irisheyz77
Dic 21, 2007, 9:11am

Jonanthan Strange and Mr Norell is still on hold for me. I promise I'll get back to it after the new year. I still have three library books to get through and I picked up another book today because it was short and fit easily into my bag. Sometimes commuting sucks because space for books is limited. However, that book kiosk in south station is beyond dangerous so I always try to carry two books on me at a time...so I have something on me already if I finish one while in transit. I have a real hard time buying just one book in a book store (even one as small as the book kiosk!) and I have WAY too many unread books at home already. lol

106chilirlw
Dic 21, 2007, 9:23am

Don't worry, Thalia--you actually picked the book I was hoping someone would pick! I don't hold its duddedness against you! 8^)

107carlym
Ene 3, 2008, 10:23pm

The Singapore Grip is taking a while--I read some other books first, and although I like it so far, it's not the sort of book that I can't put down. I will post a review eventually, though.

108fyrefly98
Ene 8, 2008, 12:13pm

I'm *finally* getting around to A Natural History of Sex, which was selected for me before Christmas! Part of the problem was that I keep it in my office, so I didn't get my hands on it before I left for holiday travel, and after 2 weeks or so had passed, I forgot I was supposed to be reading it for another few days!

The good news is that it's related-enough to what I do that I can read it at my desk and it still looks like I'm working. :)

109frithuswith
Ene 11, 2008, 8:55am

I'm being *really* slow reading Jorge Luis Borges' Fictions - partly because I've been a bit distracted by other books but also because there's so much to think about! I'm enjoying it though. But given how skinny it is!

110Irisheyz77
Ene 18, 2008, 7:12pm

I'm still in a holding pattern with Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell. The book is just so heavy....and its been so cold outside that I haven't wanted to carry it with me on the train. I need to see if maybe I can exchange my hardcover copy for a paperback. I'll have to check out the BPL catalog this weekend.

111nancyewhite
Ene 24, 2008, 8:45am

After getting held up by a couple of quick reads and a book for my book group, I am finally getting started with The God of Small Things. So far, which is admittedly only 30 or so pages in, I am really finding it beautiful.

112Shortride
Ene 28, 2008, 5:11pm

Finally finished The Golden Apples. I'll get a review up shortly.

113carlym
Ene 31, 2008, 4:34pm

I'm almost finished with The Color Purple, but it will be a few days, probably, before I get a review up--I like it, but I'm not quite sure what to say about it in a review.

114chilirlw
Ene 31, 2008, 5:14pm

I'm the same way, carlym--sometimes a book has to "percolate" for a few days before I have anything useful to say about it.

115fyrefly98
Ene 31, 2008, 10:11pm

It's going to be at least a few weeks before I even get started on The Summer Tree. I'm really looking forward to it, but a bunch of library holds all came up at the same time, plus my Early Reviewer books need to get read sooner rather than later.... but I'll get there, I swear!

116reading_fox
Feb 1, 2008, 7:18am

Hmmm. I still haven't tried any of the exeriments in How to Fosilise Your Hamster: ... and I cna't really review it until I've tried some. I'll get there someday.

117ElizaJane
Feb 1, 2008, 12:51pm

reading_fox, sorry to have chosen that book for you!

fyrefly, I'm in the same position before I start my book A Great Deliverance which I'm really looking forward to. I have a couple of ARCs that need to be read (one from ER) and a stack of library books.

If all goes according to plan I should still get to it this month.

118aviddiva
Feb 1, 2008, 4:38pm

I'll get to Ellis Island and other Stories as soon as I can find it. It moved when I entered it into LT, and my physical books aren't QUITE as organized as my virtual ones.... My vague memory of it is so-so, but I'm willing to give it another look.

119weener
Feb 20, 2008, 10:57pm

I'm making progress with Roadshow: landscape with drums by Neil Peart. It's weird reading about someone talk matter-of-factly about their yacht, but interesting hearing about how Rush, a band I really like, goes on tour.

120carlym
Feb 27, 2008, 11:20am

I'm about a third of the way through Tibet, Tibet, but it's not as interesting as I had hope. I just moved, so anything that's not totally gripping has gotten put to the side.

121llamagirl
Feb 29, 2008, 11:36pm

I've been out of the loop for a while. I am actually enjoying Pale Fire quite a bit, but I've fallen into a fluffy-reading kind of mood and put it down for a bit. All I seem to want to handle lately are comic books and political humor. I do plan to pick it up again this weekend but will probably start over since it's not so fresh in my noodle, so it may be a while til I finish...

Really great book though!

122Thalia
Mar 6, 2008, 6:38am

It's taking me forever to read Outlander, but I enjoy it quite a bit. I started it in January, but school and real life kept me from finishing it. I'll hopefully finish it this weekend though.

123kaelirenee
Mar 17, 2008, 9:47am

I finally went to the public library this weekend to grab the book that was chosen for me to review-looked high and low, asked for a bit of help (sure I have Library of Congress memorized-I don't know Dewey at all!), even checked juvenile, YA and reference to make sure it wasn't misshelved. There is no way that book was stolen and it can't be in very high circulation-I have a feeling I might be the first person to ask for it in a long time. But it is officially in their black hole-I have it on reserve if it ever shows up, but I think I might have to give up on it. It was only in my list for my Library of Congress challenge, anyways...

124aviddiva
Mar 17, 2008, 12:05pm

I've started Ellis Island, and so far the writing is wonderful, but I have a problem continuing reading books of short stories -- I'll read one story, then move on to something else... Eventually I'll finish it, but even unfinished, it's a good read.

125CarlosMcRey
Editado: Mar 17, 2008, 6:13pm

I'm still working on Cien años de soledad/A Hundred Years of Solitude. I read more slowly in Spanish than I do in English, plus my edition has a series of essays about the novel. And though I know I could just skip them, it would feel like a bit of a cheat (at least to me) not to read them. So, it'll be a while longer before my review is up.

Just a quick note. It irks me a little how touchstones on this book don't work when it's spelled with the ñ. I guess I'd feel rather silly posting about A Hundred Anuses of Solitude.

126geneg
Mar 20, 2008, 5:57pm

A Hundred Years of Solitude seems to work fine.

127nancyewhite
Mar 20, 2008, 7:17pm

Inkheart is killing me. I keep putting it down and feeling very reluctant to pick it back up.

128Jenson_AKA_DL
Mar 20, 2008, 7:23pm

I just finished Inkheart about a week ago. I agree, it was a bit of a slow moving story but I ultimately did enjoy it.

I have to dig Who Are You People? out of my upstairs book case and am looking forward to starting it over the weekend. I'm reading a couple other books right now as well, but since I can't seem to stick with any one thing this will add a nice contrast to the mix.

129fyrefly98
Mar 20, 2008, 7:31pm

Between vacation last week and a bunch of stuff coming in at the library and family visiting, I don't know when I'm going to get around to In the Name of the Rose. Eventually, I swear!

130JacInABook
Mar 21, 2008, 7:03pm

I'm finding it difficult to finish Brave New World, I'm two thirds of the way through but I've hit a very steep concentration hill, not because of the book but because of time issues, family stuff and study. I'll get there though.

131ireed110
Mar 21, 2008, 7:51pm

I've been very busy with a mom in the hospital and a daughter giving birth to my second grandson. Wouldn't you know that the day I forget to stick The Pillars of the Earth into my purse is the day I spend 7 hours sitting next to mom in the PACU, spend the night with dad, and then spend a whole bunch of hours the next day at a sleeping mom's bedside (she's doing better today, thanks). So many lost reading hours! Luckily I had the mp3 player with me and could get in a few chapters of Pompeii (not a GRTB book though) during the quiet times. So the going is S L O W right now, hopefully soon I will have some spare time to read with. 8-)

132Caramellunacy
Mar 21, 2008, 9:20pm

>ireed110
I hope your mother gets well soon. My best wishes are sent y'all's way. And I hope you have spare time to read soon, too. :-)

133carlym
Mar 24, 2008, 10:45pm

I've just started The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, and I'm liking it so far. It should be a quick read. Although I didn't plan this, a book I just read, The Great Cat Massacre, has turned out to be relevant to this book. In The Great Cat Massacre, the author talks about the changing way readers related to writers in the late 18th century, specifically to Rousseau. I'm seeing some of the same things in Franklin--things I would not have picked up on otherwise. It's nice when things work out like that :)

134Jenson_AKA_DL
Mar 31, 2008, 2:43pm

I'm about four chapters into Who Are You People? and do like it. So far we've covered Barbie, Ice Fishing and Pigeon Racing :-) I always have trouble sticking with non-fiction books so I've set a goal for myself to do at least 2 chapters per week.

135frithuswith
Abr 6, 2008, 5:46pm

nooo! I feel like I've put everyone off with my huge list of unread books! *sighs* Ah well. War and Peace it is. My wrists will take it ;-)

136carlym
Abr 7, 2008, 10:15pm

I'm working through (and enjoying) It Must've Been Something I Ate. I'm a little over halfway through.

137tjsjohanna
Abr 7, 2008, 11:10pm

Njal's Saga - shouldn't be taking me so long, but I'm not quite half way through it. All the Icelandic names are making it hard for me to read, but otherwise this is a totally readable edition. I'm glad I'm having the chance to re-read this. I wish I knew more about this culture, etc. The introduction just hints at all there is to know!

138Caramellunacy
Abr 8, 2008, 8:31am

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead finally got here from Netflix! I should have the review up soon. I didn't want to review a play without having seen a performance of it (particularly since this gives me an excuse to spend some time with Tim Roth and Gary Oldman).

139CarlosMcRey
Abr 8, 2008, 4:27pm

Caramellunacy, that was one of my favorite movies in high school, and I always associated Tim Roth with Gary Oldman even though they've gone on to do, I believe, absolutely zero movies together. Hope you enjoy it!

140Jenson_AKA_DL
Abr 17, 2008, 11:00am

I'm now a little over halfway through Who Are You People? and am enjoying it! Great bits of trivia, like when I was at the Y working out and reading I found out that Montana has a "Testicle Festival" to celebrate cattle ranching and bulls who give up their manhood (bullhood?). I'm hoping to finish the book by the end of this weekend. Right now I'm reading about Josh Grobin devotees.

141kaelirenee
Editado: Abr 20, 2008, 9:33am

I'm reading The Importance of Being Lazy during lunch breaks, so it might take a little while to get through. I'm on the second chapter and resiting every single implus in my body to go through and fact-check his numbers. That would not be in keeping with the laziness theme. :)

Edit-Jenson, I just read your review of Who are you people?-sounds like an interesting book. I almost want to read it so I can get the line you quoted in full context. :)

142InigoMontoya
Abr 21, 2008, 1:15pm

I was last here an embarrassingly long time ago. I finished my last assigned book The Bafut Beagles an embarrassingly long time ago. I will write a review, I will, I will, I will.

Sorry, guys. If you want to hit me with your abandonment issues, I'm braced.

143Samantha_kathy
Abr 22, 2008, 3:26am

I'm just finishing Death in the Clouds, then I'll read Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception and when I've finished that one I'll go and read the book I'm meant to review for the group. I should get to it bij the end of the week, and hope to have the review up before Sunday.

Ambitious, no?

144Jenson_AKA_DL
Abr 23, 2008, 11:10am

>141 kaelirenee: The line was kind of a surprise, which is why it cracked me up so much. I think she was surprised by her own enthusiasm for participation LOL!

Eragon is going pretty quickly and I'm enjoying it.

145Samantha_kathy
Abr 24, 2008, 12:50am

>144 Jenson_AKA_DL: I've read Eragon too, and it's great. I can't wait to read your review and see what you thought.

Alright, I've started The Blessing Stone, so I should be able to review it before Sunday.

146Ryes
Abr 29, 2008, 9:46pm

It's been about 2 months since my last review for this group, so I feel a little guilty. I've been swamped with life and reviews I was supposed to do for official review sites, so I didn't have time to go back and re-read.

Pscindy chose Details of the Hunt for me and I'm getting around to re-reading it. I don't think anyone was that desperate for it though :) It's coming along.

147Thalia
Abr 30, 2008, 1:41am

I started Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe on Monday and I'm more than half way through already. I think this will be my fastest read here so far.
I'm absolutely loving it and I already don't want it to end. But I guess I will finish it tomorrow. So thanks to Caramellunacy for picking it for me!

148ireed110
Abr 30, 2008, 6:11am

I'm STILL reading Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Lot's going on in my life - I finished only one book in the month of April, and it was audio, and I didn't like it. Dang. I'm thinking another 2 weeks and this one should be done though. I like it, it's Michneresque (did I just make up a word?).

149Jenson_AKA_DL
Abr 30, 2008, 9:42am

>146 Ryes: Ryes - Details of the Hunt is actually on my Amazon wishlist. I'm not sure if I'll ever buy it because it is so expensive, but I would be really interested in reading what you think of it.

I'm almost halfway through Candide and it is so much better than I ever expected. I was really nervous that I wouldn't be able to get through the first couple pages. It is kind of horrifying in a "must watch the car accident" sort of way, but compelling nevertheless.

150InigoMontoya
Abr 30, 2008, 10:08am

Jenson, I felt the same way! My first copy was pushed on me by a friend. I felt obliged to read it and return. I approached it as a chore and was most surprised.

151ElizaJane
Abr 30, 2008, 12:51pm

I still haven't started my assignment Alias Grace but I am looking forward to reading it! I've just had a pile of arcs to read recently and it kept moving farther down the pile but it is getting closer to the top again so I'll start sometime soon. I'm expecting it to be an easy read.

152frithuswith
Abr 30, 2008, 5:47pm

I'm making my way through War and Peace, not hugely quickly because of the perils of the PhD but I'm loving it! I will get there eventually...

153CarlosMcRey
Abr 30, 2008, 10:28pm

I have a confession to make, and confession is good for the soul (or is that Chicken Soup?). I have not yet started Hollow Man. I actually own it, but my copy is in storage so I was going to check it out from the library but when I finally got there after much procrastination, I found it had been checked out.

154ElizaJane
Mayo 19, 2008, 4:59pm

I've finally started my assignment! I started Alias Grace today and can already tell it's going to be an enjoyable read.

155llamagirl
Mayo 20, 2008, 11:00pm

I've put Revolt of the Angels on hold to read my early review book (which is coming along quite nicely, thank you). I'll get back to the other one as soon as possible. I haven't gotten a chance to start it, but I think it's going to be right up my alley. Thanks for choosing it.

156Samantha_kathy
Mayo 22, 2008, 7:05am

I'm working on Pompei, but it's slow going, because I'm also reading The Sorrow of Belgium, and that's reserved so I only have three weeks to read it completely, and I don't have much reading time at the moment.

157carlym
Mayo 22, 2008, 9:28am

I have started Birds' Nests in Their Beards, but it may be a while before I finish--I just started studying for the Texas bar exam, and that requires tons of reading.

158Jenson_AKA_DL
Mayo 27, 2008, 2:09pm

I'm about halfway through Other Lives The Story of Reincarnation which has been interesting in that so far it has quoted many philosophers and talked about many ancient nationalities whom I've heard of but never really studied before. This might lead to further investigation for me in the future.

159sjmccreary
Mayo 27, 2008, 4:33pm

I'm really bogging down on Welcome to Your Brain - it's a library book and is probably past due, so I must either get busy or dump it. I'm more than half in, so I've probably got enough for a review. I don't dislike it, I'm just not finding it to be a good cover-to-cover read - more appealing just to graze.

160muzzie
Mayo 27, 2008, 4:43pm

Winter Fire is temporarily on hold while I finish reading some rentals. I expect to have them in the mailbox tomorrow and begin my first assignment.

161Jenson_AKA_DL
Jun 20, 2008, 10:14am

I'm looking forward to my assignment of the Robin McKinley Collection but have about 6 books in que ahead of it, 4 library books, one I'm reading for an author for review purposes and Shadow's Return due out Tuesday that I must read as soon as I get my hands on it!

After all that it will probably still take a while since the "collection" is a box set of three separate books. From what I've heard, they're all very good so it should be enjoyable. So far I've read two books by McKinley, one I didn't care for and one that I really liked a lot so it will be interesting to get into these. I certainly have my reading cut out for me!

162klarusu
Jun 20, 2008, 10:27am

I've been temporarily derailed from The Double Helix by catching up with Middlemarch for Group Reads - Literature Group. Nearly at the end of it now and so will be back to The Double Helix next. So many books, so little time!

163RachelfromSarasota
Jun 20, 2008, 12:45pm

Hey there! I posted an assignment on the Game thread yesterday, and am holding my breath (just metaphorically) hoping someone gets on that thread and assigns me a book to read and review!

164bell7
Jun 20, 2008, 2:40pm

I started reading Of Mice and Men yesterday. I'm reading another book at the same time (I always do), but I would have chosen to go slowly anyways because even though it's a short book it's laden with description and I feel like I'll miss something if I read it in a day.

165muzzie
Jun 20, 2008, 3:25pm

Going slow, about a third through Winter Fire. Recieved and reviewed my Early Review book, and next thing I knew four more rentals came in the mail on turn-a-round. Should have them read and in the mail first of the week. I can then get back to reading my assignment and working on my library. I keep thinking about canceling the rentals but I enjoy them so much, I can't bring myself to do it.

166Samantha_kathy
Jun 22, 2008, 9:25am

I'm almost finished with The Archimedes Codex, which is turning out to be really interesting. A review should be up either today or tomorrow, as I plan on finishing it today.

167ElizaJane
Jun 22, 2008, 8:37pm

It seems I've always got a pile of ARCs and library books that push my assignment books down the pile BUT my assignment Pig Island is next after the one I'm reading now (a library book due back in the next few days) which is a quickie YA vampire tale Vampire Mountain. So I'll be starting my assigned book in the next day or two!

168whitewavedarling
Jul 6, 2008, 4:34am

Well, I thought I'd get to The Last Temptation by Neil Gaiman--touchstone not working on title--before moving...but apparently not. I like to read graphic novels in just one or two long sittings rather than stopping and starting, and just haven't had the time yet with packing and trying to see all my friends before I move off. It should happen soon though--I move next week, and then I'll be in a strange city, boyfriend elsewhere, for about a month before my new schoolyear starts up. So yep, I'll have a full month of nothing but unpacking/organizing and reading--you guys will hear back from me then :) In the meantime, wish me luck....

169elbakerone
Jul 7, 2008, 12:52pm

Best of luck, whitewave!

As for my most recent assignment (Animal Farm), I am looking forward to reading it but right now I'm happily swimming in a sea of ARCs and feel compelled to place them at the top of my TBR mountain. Hopefully I'll get to Animal Farm by early August. :)

170Samantha_kathy
Jul 7, 2008, 3:24pm

I'm planning on reading my assigned book at the end of the month, because I've got a pile of other must reads before that, and I want to read the two previous parts of the trilogy before I start the last one.

171Jenson_AKA_DL
Jul 12, 2008, 5:25pm

I've finished The Blue Sword, which is the first of my three book assignment, A Robin McKinley Collection. Now that I've read it I think I probably should have read The Hero and the Crown first, as the main character in there shows up as a long deceased spirit in this one. I liked The Blue Sword but think I will be taking breaks between the three books, so it will be a bit of time before the next one.

172nancyewhite
Jul 14, 2008, 4:19pm

I started The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett, but put it down when my mother was diagnosed with an illness and came to my house for an extended stay. I heard so many good things about the book, and I wasn't finding it funny. I wanted to wait until that was at least a possibility.
So, hopefully, I'll pick it up again soon and finish it off.

173carlym
Jul 23, 2008, 11:41pm

I started Birds' Nests in Their Beards ages ago, but it's been slow going as I've been studying for the bar exam. The exam is next week, so I'll be back to normal reading soon!

174elbakerone
Editado: Ago 6, 2008, 12:01pm

Well, I had grand plans to start the month with Animal Farm but I forgot that Breaking Dawn was coming out and that had to take priority on my TBR list (reviewed here). I'll try to get to AF soon though but I just got another ARC in the mail so I guess it's getting put off....again....

p.s. hope the exam went well carlym!!!

175fyrefly98
Ago 6, 2008, 1:01pm

Dirt, Undress, and Difference is going veeeeeeeeery slowly. It's very academic, not really intended for the layperson, and it's been long enough since I took those anthropology classes that the introduction alone almost killed me. The actual case studies have been better, but it's still going to be a while. I'll have to ask for something lighter for my next assignment.

176bell7
Ago 14, 2008, 11:38am

The Solitary Envoy took me over a month. I feel kind of bad for giving negative reviews to both books I've reviewed so far....To the people who've given me the books, I'm still glad I read them so please don't take it personally!

177klarusu
Ago 14, 2008, 11:42am

The Double Helix is plodding at the moment. I remember whipping through it the first time ... ho hum! For a short book, it's taking a lo-oo-oo-o-ng time!

178Fourpawz2
Ago 15, 2008, 2:31pm

The Promise of the New South is going, albeit a little slowly. But that is probably because I am reading Bleak House at the same time. They are both quite dense.

179carlym
Ago 15, 2008, 5:14pm

178: I know I picked a slower read for you, but I really am interested in it, and it doesn't have any reviews yet. I hope it's worth the time!

180Fourpawz2
Ago 16, 2008, 2:06pm

It's worth it, carlym - I'm just not breezing through. Passed the halfway mark about an hour ago. Hope to be done before next weekend - or sooner if possible. You just never know what the week's going to bring.

181lilisin
Editado: Ago 29, 2008, 5:09pm

I've been bad and have been reading other books not chosen for me via this thread. Oops!

Still need to review The Waiting Years.
Still need to read Notre Dame de Paris.
Still need to read Ensayo sobre la lucidez seeing as how I requested a book after that forgetting I already had one.

Plus I still haven't finished La Reine du Sud which is why I was behind in the first place.

Goodness me I've been bad!

On another note, I read Don Quixote this summer and I'm now quite entranced with Crime and Punishment. Perhaps I should write reviews for those two to make up for my lack of reviews in this department.

182Caspettee
Sep 8, 2008, 4:18am

Im still waiting on Sophie Kinsella's Remember Me? I have a sneaky suspicion it will come in while I am away and I will loose my place in the que grrrr.

183Jenson_AKA_DL
Sep 16, 2008, 7:30am

I've started again on The Hero and the Crown which is the second book of The Robin McKinley Collection that was assigned to me a few months ago. I think this time I'll make a go of it, I just wasn't in the mood the last time I started it. After this I'll be reading Spindle's End to finish up.

184Kirconnell
Sep 30, 2008, 1:25am

I am still slogging through The Story of the Irish Race. Although it is very informative it is proving to be a difficult read. I will succeed though. *smile*

185bell7
Sep 30, 2008, 9:11am

I haven't yet started Airframe which was recently assigned to me because I need to finish up some library books first. But I'm looking forward to it and I'm sure it will be a quick read.

186Jenson_AKA_DL
Oct 17, 2008, 2:44pm

Like bell7, I'm looking forward to reading Staying Dead but have a bunch of library books out right now. Many have just come in from requests I've made over the last few months. Kind of curious they all decided to come in at once!

187sjmccreary
Oct 17, 2008, 6:43pm

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society had to go back to the library before I got very far into it. "No problem" I thought, "I'll just re-order it". No problem, indeed. There were about 215 people ahead of me in line. That was over a week ago, and now I'm up to #198. It will probably be a while before you hear from me again! However, I will keep checking in here regularly, as I really enjoy reading everyone's reviews, and "found" several good books as a result. (I need something to read until Guernsey is available!)

188lilisin
Nov 4, 2008, 10:04pm

Notre-Dame de Paris was assigned to me April 27th and I finally read it this past October. I updated my review onto the list (number 275) and it can be seen from my profile. :)

5 stars! :)

189whitewavedarling
Nov 8, 2008, 8:46pm

I'm afraid my assignment from last month hasn't been touched (Next by Michael Crichton)---right around the time it got assigned, I got two ER books in and my semester as a new PhD student went insane. I'm keeping up with the message board when I procrastinate as I too enjoy reading the reviews, but it'll probably be Christmastime before you guys see another review from me (aside from the stuff I'm reading in my program and reviewing as I go if you're curious).

190Jenson_AKA_DL
Nov 19, 2008, 10:15am

I managed to read a bit more of Fire by Sebastian Junger last night. The problem I'm having is that this first essay seems to be written like my science textbooks from high school, the ones that made my eyes cross and my mind wander. I know that this first essay is one of the writer's earliest ones and I do plan on sticking with it because I see the potential for his writing becoming more interesting.

191Jenson_AKA_DL
Dic 27, 2008, 10:37am

I'm waiting until after the first of the year to start my latest pick, Wuthering Heights as it is also on my 999 Challenge. I'm a little nervous about reading it because sometimes I have problems with older prose.

192Fourpawz2
Ene 17, 2009, 5:47pm

Still chipping away at Dickens by Peter Ackroyd. My, it is a giant book, isn't it? Wish I liked Dickens better. (The man, not the novels.)

193EmScape
Editado: Ene 18, 2009, 3:14pm

I have been waiting almost a week for my next pick...What's up everybody? How're you doing? :)

194bell7
Ene 18, 2009, 1:49pm

hi, lilyfyrestorm. :-) I'm afraid I'll be no help, as I haven't even started my last pick, 68 Knots, yet. I've been whittling down my library book pile instead.

195PortiaLong
Ene 18, 2009, 10:18pm

>193 EmScape:
got you covered!

196EmScape
Ene 20, 2009, 1:29pm

>195 PortiaLong: Thank you so much!!!

197Jenson_AKA_DL
Ene 26, 2009, 7:43am

After putting it off for months I finally started Wuthering Heights yesterday and, to my surprise, am actually enjoying it! I was able to get about halfway and hope to have it done by tomorrow or the day after.

198reading_fox
Mar 27, 2009, 6:54pm

I've been reading new books and an ER that arrived, and now that I'm ready to read why call them back form heaven the DIY in the front room - ripping up floorboars replacing joists etc - means I don't have easy access to bookcases at the moment. Hopefully within a week or two my house will be back to normal and I can get down to this one.

199jimroberts
Editado: Mar 27, 2009, 7:03pm

#198: reading_fox " I'm ready to read why call them back form heaven ... [h]opefully within a week or two my house will be back to normal and I can get down to this one."

Great! Still looking forward to it.

200Jenson_AKA_DL
Jul 28, 2009, 9:33am

I just had to share...while looking over my books read this month I discovered I read three Go Review That Book! picks which is certainly a record for me! I'll be starting my next one today although it is doubtful I'll finish it before August.

Thanks to everyone for helping me work through my tbr pile!

201reading_fox
Mar 23, 2010, 8:08am

Somewhat close to a year later, I'm back on the case with St Cuthbert's Swallet, review in thenext few days hopefully.

202Fourpawz2
Mar 25, 2010, 3:58pm

Glad to hear that I am not the only one lagging way, way, waaaaay behind. Finished my assignment from last August this last weekend and hope to pull my brain cells together enough to write the review this coming weekend.

203jimroberts
Mar 29, 2010, 2:38pm

I'm way behind with my review of Innumeracy. Other books or interests keep pushing it down my rather imprecise to-do list, but it isn't forgotten.

204Samantha_kathy
Dic 4, 2010, 8:08am

I gave up on trying to read Mansfield Park, my assigned book, and have asked for another one. I got assigned The Elements of Mystery Fiction and I'm speeding through this. I've had it for a while now, but can't remember actually reading it, although it wasn't on my TBR stack, so I'm very happy with the assignment. I'll probably have a review up sometime next week, if I keep up this pace!

205crazy4reading
Dic 4, 2010, 11:06am

I haven't had a chance to pick up my book that was assigned, which I believe is Good Cop, Bad Cop by Barbara D'Amato. I have won ER books and have been busy reading them to finish them in time. I hope to pick up the book over the Christmas Holiday.

206bell7
Dic 4, 2010, 1:34pm

I forgot that I had one unowned book in my "To Read" collection, and it was the one that got picked for me! But now that I have The Ring of Solomon out from the library, I'm reading it and hoping to finish it sometime next week.

207Samantha_kathy
Ene 5, 2011, 5:03am

I've started The Life and Times of Cleopatra. So far, it's pretty interesting and well researched.

208crazy4reading
Ene 5, 2011, 8:19am

I will start Good Cop, Bad Cop this year. I first need to finish reading my current books. One for book club and one I have started but haven't had a chance to sit down and read.

209Samantha_kathy
Mar 25, 2011, 4:33pm

I've got four books and a short play on my TBR stack to get through before I'll allow myself to read my assigned Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex, but I'll get there!

210ShadowKissed
Oct 16, 2011, 6:41pm

Hey everyone. Im new to this site and I pretty much dont know what Im doing. Its nothing like goodreads but I feel like it has more information about books. I also started a blog for book reviews and giveaways so if you want you can check it out http://shadowkissedcassie.blogspot.com/

Thanks

211isabelx
Editado: Oct 26, 2011, 7:50am

Land of the Golden Apple has just been chosen for me by lilyfyrestorm. I picked it up at the BookCrossing Unconvention last month after hearing the author speak. I'm about 40% of the way through The Lunar Men at the moment, and I wiant to get that finished before starting another book.

212Samantha_kathy
Oct 28, 2011, 10:23am

I'm almost done with Prehistoric Cookery. It's really not a very big book (in fact, it's rather tiny) but every time something else took priority.

213fdholt
Oct 28, 2011, 12:33pm

I am reading The gadfly by E. L. Voynich. Slow going and at times in conversations, I cannot figure out who is doing the talking. Put down for a while but will pick up again later.

214isabelx
Editado: Nov 15, 2011, 8:11am

> 211 - Since my last post I have not done very well. I haven't finished The Lunar Men let alone started Land of the Golden Apple and it's all the fault of podcasts. I foolishly subscribed to both Starship Sofa and the Science Fiction Book Review podcast and have a large backlog of science fiction stories and reviews to listen to, and haven't picked up a book for a couple of weeks.

215crazy4reading
Nov 15, 2011, 9:39am

Since my last post I did finish the book Good Cop, Bad Cop and some other books requested. I am supposed to be reading Kennywood: Roller coaster capital of the world I just need to find the book. I had read it before I joined LT but never wrote a review. Hopefully I will find my book and be able to start reading it soon.

216Samantha_kathy
Nov 30, 2011, 1:35pm

I have plans to read A Wrinkle in Time before the year is out. I'm very curious about this book. I know it's considered a classic by many, but it's science fiction which I don't normally read and it's pretty dated science fiction at that. So, going into it with an open mind, I'm very, very curious!

217Samantha_kathy
Dic 11, 2011, 8:42am

I've started A Wrinkle in Time, but to my shame I have to admit I am reading a library copy, as I have misplaced my own copy and cannot find it. *grumbles* Anyway, I'm still on the fence about this book, but I do not hate it after one chapter, which is more than I can say for most science fiction books I pick up.

218EmScape
Dic 16, 2011, 5:26pm

I've been waiting for a book to be assigned to me since November 19! Does everybody hate me and not want to pick a book for me or just too busy with Christmas? ;)

219NielsenGW
Dic 19, 2011, 8:53am

>218 EmScape: -- Not busy here!

But... (risking the derision of the group, here), I have not read the book that was assigned to me four-and-a-half years ago. While I have gotten through 180 books since then, I have neglected my duties to you great folks. :)

To make amends, I am due to finish and review the book in the next 12-24 hours. Hopefully, by then, no one has assigned you a book and I will both repair my reputation and quench your thirst for random reading.

Cheers!

220isabelx
Editado: Dic 19, 2011, 8:58am

I have finished my latest assigned book, but not got round to reviewing it yet. Knowing that all you lot may well read the review seems to make me a lot more self-conscious and critical of my own review than I usually am.

221NielsenGW
Ene 11, 2012, 12:59pm

Started Between Silk and Cyanide as requested, but an Early Reviewer (Rise of the American Circus) landed on my doorstep, and I'm trying to finish Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene by Bart Ehrman (very dense, but infinitely informative). Should've remembered the old adage about eating an elephant--you have to do it one bite at a time...

222fdholt
Ene 11, 2012, 4:35pm

Back in 213 (late October) I reported that I put down my book, The gadfly. Reread Part one several times and now it is easier going. Should finish soon.

223rabbitprincess
Ene 11, 2012, 5:34pm

I've been alternating between two fairly meaty books: Spycatcher (my Go Review That Book! book) and New York. It's taking me a while to get through them but they both also read smoothly, if that makes any sense.

224isabelx
Editado: Feb 28, 2012, 8:45am

I finally started reading Gulliver's Travels after way too long. I think that one of the reasons I didn't get round to it soomner is because I had only added it to my To Reads a couple of days before it was chosen for me to review.

The introduction by Gulliver's cousin is followed by a letter from Gulliver which makes him sound as it he is totally crazy and obsessed by horses! So I am doubting whether he actually made the journeys at all : )

225isabelx
Mar 9, 2012, 8:49am

I finally finished reading Gulliver's Travels and will be reviewing it tonight or over the weekend.

226isabelx
Mar 29, 2012, 6:05pm

In the last couple of days, I've read the first three chapters of An Intimate History of Humanity. Rather interesting so far.

227Bidwell-Glaze
Mar 29, 2012, 10:11pm

I've been getting a book in Early Reviewers about every other month, and a new book in Game 4 about the same. It is fun and I am glad this group is here. It gets me back to re-reading books it has been way too long since I first read them. Re-reading the Epic of Gilgamesh has me wanting to read a newer edition.

228isabelx
Mar 30, 2012, 8:04am

>227 Bidwell-Glaze: - I think that's a very good idea to use this group to select re-reads. I should set up a tag for books I would like to re-read soon, and get people to choose from that tag, rather than from my To Read collection.
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