Mary's Library

Saturday, August 05, 2006

What I'm Reading

I'm Currently Reading:

Apex Hides the Hurt (2006) by Colson Whithead. This thin novel seems to be about a guy who works at an advertising agency. His eponymous slogan for Apex bandages seems to be the apex of his life’s work. I’ll let you know about this one when I’ve finished reading it.

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (2005) by Lauren Willig. More English spies are saving the day in the manner of the Scarlet Pimpernel, this time during the Napoleonic period.

Walden (1854) by Henry David Thoreau (re-reading.) It’s just as good as I remembered.

Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter (2006) by Blaize Clement. Here we go again. This is a cat-themed mystery about a former police officer who is now a cat-sitter in an upscale key off the coast of Sarasota. How can you resist a mystery in which the corpse is found face-down in the cat’s water dish?

I’m Still Reading:

The Prime Minister (re-reading)



I’ve Recently Finished Reading:

***** Death at La Fenice

**** The Din in the Head, essays by Cynthia Ozick. She is at her ascerbic best in these musings on 20th century novelists and why we read them.

**** Sweet Poison (2001) by David Roberts. This is a real find. It’s the first in a series of mysteries that take place in the 1930s, starring Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne. I got started with these because I was so attracted to the covers.

** The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal It’s not great literature but the temperature was 105 and it was perfect for that sort of day.

I’ve Abandoned:

* Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life (2005) by Michael Dirda

-* A Love Affair (1984) by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Waiting To Be Read:

The Ladies' Paradise (1883) by Emile Zola. We are considering this for future reading on the not-trollope group.

Shadows at the Fair by Lea Wait (2002) I picked this up at the library yesterday because it’s the first in a series. It’s about an antique dealer.

The Butcher of Beverly Hills (2005) by Jennifer Colt. The attraction of this book is the hot pink, fuchsia, and orange cover. And it’s the first in a mystery series.

The Bronte Project (2005) by Jennifer Vandever. This book appeals because it has “Bronte” in the title.


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