Monday, August 08, 2011

It's Monday, what are you reading?

The first week and a bit of August has been a pretty good one for me reading-wise. As a carry over from my July book travels, I'm still making my way slowly through The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo. It's interesting to read about the history and importance of tea to Japanese culture, moreso as it was written specifically for a western audience. I always seem to take longer when reading non-fiction though and part of the problem is that I keep getting distracted by other books. Ah, the allure of fiction.

I picked up Sylvester or the Wicked Uncle by Georgette Heyer last week and simply devoured it. It was my first Heyer, if you can imagine, but it will definitely not be my last. Such an fun read! I have another Heyer book on my stack for this month, and I keep eyeing it, but I really must read a couple other books first.

After my Heyer interlude, I went back to Smuggled by Christine Shea, which also got temporarily set aside by the Heyer. It took me a while to properly get into it, but the last 100 or so pages went very quickly. The story focuses on the situation in Hungary and Romania during, and after, WWII, and it was a perspective on the war that I hadn't read before, so I found that quite interesting.

Then yesterday I spent a couple of enjoyable hours reading Stone in a Landslide by Maria Barbal. It's the story of a family in a small village in the Pyrenees. I don't think I've read anything translated from Catalan before. I guess it ended up being a week of various firsts.

Now I'm just about to start The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson. It is a modern gothic tale that has been compared to Rebecca and The Thirteenth Tale, plus it is set in Provence and I do so have a thing for France. It sounds like a perfect escape from the hot, muggy weather here that just won't let up.

What are you reading this week?

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  1. I just read my first Heyer, too, last month and absolutely loved it. I now want to read everything she ever wrote.

    Have a great reading week!

  2. I just finished reading The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell and started Kokuhaku (Confessions) by Kanae Minato.

  3. Isn't Heyer fun? I recently read my second Heyer and was reminded what fun books they are.

    I also read The Lantern - over the weekend, actually, and I really enjoyed it. Have fun reading it!

  4. I just started The Lantern yesterday and am really enjoying it. It certainly is escapist, and I long for a cozy, rainy day to just sit and read it!

  5. I have Sylvester and The Lantern here to read. I am looking forward to them both.

  6. I have The Lantern on my list too.
    Now reading a book by an Aussie author - Disco Boy by Dominic Knight. It's very funny.

  7. Want to read the tea book!!!

    Wonder if it's public domain yet...

  8. I'm reading a bit of fluff right now -- Sea Escape by Lynne Griffin. It's ok, but I'm not loving it. I'll probably finish on my next flight.

    I've had my eye on The Lantern, in spite of the fact that I didn't love The Thirteenth Tale.

    I really need to try something by Heyer. She's quite popular.

  9. Reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Muakami's After the Quake.

  10. oh stones in ... I loved that book when I read it such a sheltered world ,also purge is such a powerful tale everyone should read it ,all the best stu

  11. great list, at the moment I'm reading Elias Khoury's Gate of the Sun & "Spread the Word, 10 new Poets".

  12. I read my first Georgette Heyer ever this month, too! It was A Quiet Gentleman, and I enjoyed it...when I'm in the mood for Regency Romance instead of Japanese literature. ;) I have a post up tomorrow, August 15th, of all of Heyer's ebooks on sale for $1.99 in case you want to add to your collection.


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