Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

What Are You Reading at the Moment?

Thanks for all of the well wishes, I've been laid low by the flu and so responses to queries and things are going to be a little delayed.

In the meantime, every now and then I like to get a snapshot of what people are reading to get a sense of the pulse of the book world.

So. What are you reading at the moment?






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Brian F. said...

Mr. Toppit by Charles Elton

alex said...

I'm deep in The Somnambulist, and my wife is wading through Emma.

Erin said...

Rereading The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce.

Lisa said...

I'm cheating -- getting an early start reading INFINITE JEST by David Foster Wallace. An online group has started a project called Infinite Summer -- not really supposed to start until June 21st. So far it's great.

John Quirk said...

Review copy of The Collaborator, Gerald Seymour's new one, and Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Anonymous said...

Of Vicars and Tarts by Sonja Bigg
"A shining beacon in a sea of chick-lit mediocrity"....review.

Becky said...

Nonfiction: Gideon's Spies, by Gordon Thomas
Fiction: The Eight, Katherine Neville

Both good, if very different.

Madam said...

Just finished Unwind by Neal Shusterman last night and started Fade by Lisa McMann. I'm on a YA kick.

Madeline said...

I just finished Michael Connelly's newest one, THE SCARECROW - a great thriller!

Now, I'm reading (and enjoying!) Lauren Groff's collection of short stories, DELICATE EDIBLE BIRDS, and Katherine Howe's THE PHYSICK BOOK OF DELIVERANCE DANE.

CindieLou said...

The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman

Charlee Vale said...

Since I'm a YA author, I'm reading several YA books at the moment. (working my way through them one at a time would be a more accurate description) Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Wings by Aprilynne Pike, Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr, and Looking for Alaska by John Green.

I've got my reading for the next month cut out. Haha

CoreyBlake said...

Reading Joe Scarborough's Last Best Hope. I watch him every morning and love Morning Joe, but without Mike and the gang, I'm finding him hard to get through!

Alan Orloff said...

Playing With Matches by Brian Katcher

Natalie said...

Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr.

I have Paper Towns by John Green and Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter waiting. Not sure which will come first.

Anonymous said...

Under the Black Flag by David Cordingly.

After the string of pirate attacks off the Somali coast, I realized the only thing I really knew about pirates was from Hollywood and children's books.

mary beth said...

Little Dorrit, then Fragile Eternity.

heavenlyangelarms said...

I'm reading "Obsidian Butterfly" by Laurell K Hamilton and "You Are Psychic!" by Pete A Sanders.

Corey said...

Things of Remembrances Past (Vol. 2), Peter Ackroy'd Thames, the Biograhy, the zine "We'll Never Have Paris," cookbook on Mediterranean food by Elizabeth David, and my editor's revision notes....

Chaff said...

American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

Terri Nixon said...

I'm reading "The Hour I First Believed" by Wally Lamb. Stunning.

Melissa said...

After This by Alice McDermott

ryan field said...

An e-book by Dan Stone titled, THE REST OF OUR LIVES, pubbed by Lethe Press.

Don't know what it's like out there, but back here when you hear flu you run to get tested for swine. Hope you saw a doc.

Terese said...

Sending along good vibes in hopes you get better soon. Just finished Into the Wild, (I skipped Krakauer's personal experiences). Started Playing With Boys (Valdes-Rodriguez) but couldn't get past page 3. Picked up about several Stephen King books at tag sales - decided to give them a go. Probably start with Cell.

Scott said...

Lots of books about Bohemian Paris at the turn of the 20th century. I'm doing research for a spooky historical thriller I'm writing that takes place around that time.

Ink said...

Well, I'm reading two things right now. One, I'm re-reading The Lord of the Rings, because I'm Blogging the Rings - blogging about the novel chapter by chapter, trying to break it down from a writer's point of view. One chapter a day is the goal (Sundays off - rest is needed). Currently on chapter six of Fellowship.

Secondly, I'm reading Kobo Abe's The Woman in the Dunes, which is quite strange and wonderful so far. Gotta love those Japanese magical realists.

Oh, and I'm listening to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on audiobook each day, driving to and from work. Does that count as reading?

bryngreenwood said...

Trail of the Serpent--surprisingly modern Victorian mystery.

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan.

Terese said...

My 12- & 14-year-old daughters are reading: James Patterson's MAXIMUM RIDE series & VAMPIRE ACADEMY.

WindyA said...

Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott; The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson; Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr

Shykia Bell said...

I just started reading Lord of Misrule, The Autobiography of (Sir) Christopher Lee. It has a terrific introduction by Peter Jackson! I'm looking forward to reading more about this brilliant actor.

Get well soon, Nathan.

Belynda said...

Currently:
"The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga. Fabulous so far!

"The Tale of Genji" by Murasaki Shikibu. Just started but good of course. World History class sparked my interest.

On deck is "Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace for the Infinite Summer challege!

Anonymous said...

Between Silk and Cyanide, a Codemaker's War 1941-45 by Leo Marks. Riveting!

JohnO said...

"Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems" by Randall Maggs.

Denied the leap and dash up the ice,
what goalies know is side to side, an inwardness of monk
and cell. They scrape. They sweep. Their eyes are elsewhere
as they contemplate their narrow place. Like saints, they pray for nothing,
which brings grace. Off-days, what they want is space. They sit apart
in bars. They know the length of streets in twenty cities.
But it’s their saving sense of irony that further
isolates them as it saves.
– from "One of You"

Anna said...

And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts.

glad you're feeling better!

debra said...

Shadow's Edge by Brent Weeks.

Nonstop action, great story. This is the second one in the trilogy.

Highly recommend it.

Lisa said...

Review copy of Rachel Caine's CARPE CORPUS.

Tracey said...

"Minders of Make Believe" by Leonard Marcus. About the history of children's book publishing.

R F Long said...

The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan.

JenB said...

Emily Giffin - Love The One You're With. To be followed by Aprilynne Pike's Wings. Super excited for that one. :)

Ieva said...

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (rounding up), with Magic Bites and Poison Study to choose from after I finish it.

Annalee said...

Fiction: Holly Phillips's THE ENGINE'S CHILD, which is a dark fantasy.

Nonfiction: various histories of Washington, DC and the US capitol. I'm on a local history kick.

Lupina said...

JUST finished Darwinia; A Novel of a Very Different Twentieth Century, by Robert Charles Wilson.
Will bend your mind like one of those twisty loop straws!

james said...

Having fun reading The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Next up: Infinite Jest

Sara said...

THE GATECRASHER by Madeleine Wickham (a.k.a) Sophie Kinsella.

Thoroughly enjoying it.

Anonymous said...

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout... I'm really enjoying it!

Lupina said...

Also re-reading Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles thanks to the other week's blog on which characters influenced us most (with Tess it was her profound honesty). I realized it had been a while and dug into it again. He is such a great storyteller.

Also gearing up for Michael Perry's latest memoir, Coop.

K.C. Shaw said...

Foundling by D.M. Cornish. I picked it up in my last Amazon order and meant to read it this weekend. I brought it with me to read over lunch at work today (and instead, here I am reading blogs).

Leona said...

I'm reading Rebellion on Piza 7. It's my book, recently released. It's different in book form, and I need a reminder of the flow for the next in the series. Plus, I have book signing coming up and it wouldn't do for the reader to know more than I remember about my characters! lol

Don said...

Just finished Catch-22 (Heller) and currently reading Can You Forgive Her? (Trollope). Next up is Saturday (McEwan).

Bane of Anubis said...

Widow's Kiss - BOT - Bryan, that's about all I do, anymore, is listen; rarely read. Even w/ books, my wife's usually there reading to me (several WIPs there - some that we've been "reading" for years: Ghost by Maguire, another one by Maguire - after Wicked, it was all fast downhill - The House of God, Enslaved by Ducks, The Road)

Violet said...

Right now I'm in the middle of Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville.

TamiJean said...

Bad to the bone, by Jeri Smith-Ready

Annette Lyon said...

The Source, by James Michener. My first taste of his work. And WOW.

Mrs. Myers said...

Last night, I finished Love in the Time of Cholera by Marquez. WONDERFUL novel. I just started The General's Daughter by Demille. My book club picked it. So far, I'm not impressed with the writing at all, but we'll see.

Eric Berlin said...

Home Game, the new book by Michael Lewis.

Audrianna said...

At the moment, I am reading The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen, and I just finished What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman - both of which are turning (or turned) out to be excellent books. Next up is Six Seconds by Rick Mofina.

Get well soon, Nathan!

emmycee said...

Red Seas Under Red Skies, by Scott Lynch. Loves me some Locke Lamora!

Kristan said...

1984, although I just finished My Sister's Keeper.

Kaa said...

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, The Watchmen, Infected by Scott Sigler, and Personal Effects: Dark Art by J. C. Hutchins.

Rose said...

Acacia by David Anthony Durham

brian_ said...

Spook Country by William Gibson!

Courtney said...

I just finished CURSOR'S FURY by Jim Butcher and I've been working on THE GLORIOUS CAUSE by Jeff Shaara.

I recommend both authors. Although their works are vastly different (Historical fiction v. Sci-fi/fantasy) both are incredible writers.

Right now I'm casting about for a good mystery/suspense novel featuring an amateur sleuth. Any suggestions anyone?

Horserider said...

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Alex S said...

david foster wallace - infinite jest and 'consider the lobster' for lighter moments.

plus george saunders' first collection of essays: 'the braindead megaphone'.

Dutch said...

Jayber Crow - by Wedell Berry

And just finished - A Thief of Time - by - Tony Hillerman

Get well quick -

Ina said...

"The People of Sparks" by Jeanne DuPrau. It's the wonderfully written sequel to "The City of Ember".

kristin-briana said...

The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers.

MA Fat Woman said...

Pretty in Plaid by Jen Lancaster. She's laugh out loud funny!

Keren David said...

Just read two YA books - The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan and The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks. Reading two from the shortlist for the Melissa Nathan award for romantic comedy - Recipe for Disaster by Miriam Morrison and the eventual winner The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama.

Scott said...

Just started The Road by Cormac. Just finished Columbine by Dave Cullen. Great, great work by Mr. Cullen.

Lunatic said...

Lady Killer
Lisa Scottoline

Excellent book. Love her voice on the page

Rick Daley said...

1. Your blog. But that's probably taking "at the moment" too literally.

2. Just finished THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE.

3. About to dig into Michael Crichton's NEXT.

Alexis Grant said...

Three Cups of Tea. And The House at Sugar Beach.

And a Penelope Trunk blog post on abortion, which is one of the most honest, raw posts I've read in a long time. (http://tinyurl.com/lrzn6b)

A Fortnight of Mustard said...

Madeleine L'engle's "Walking On Water" among other things.

Anonymous said...

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

90daysinParis said...

The Snow Tourist by Charlie English

writeidea said...

The Price by Alexandra Sokoloff and Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

Dorset Girl said...

Oooh, John Quirk, I've just finished my ARC of The Collaborator. It was excellent - Gerald Seymour is a brilliant thriller writer. Interesting moral dilemmas, intriguing characters and fast-paced plot. I met Gerald at the London Book Fair (we have the same publisher) and he was such a gentleman, offering sage and numerous advice.

Mason Dixon said...

Gustav Flaubert's Sentimental Education

Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish

St. Augustine's Confessions

Dorset Girl said...

Err. That was supposed to say 'humorous' advice. Dammit.

JuLo said...

I'm reading the behemoth that is Dragonfly in Amber, the second book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I thought Outlander was eh, but I was curious where she went with the series (and I don't mind reading about a sexy Scot). I'm only 200 pages in and it's due back at the library this weekend and there are already 3 more holds against it. Apparently it's a very popular series...

jill said...

Today: The latest chapter in a SF work for my crit group. Also one chapter into To Say Nothing of the Dog and between Suzanne Brockman novels.

Aimless Writer said...

Stealing Shadows by Kay Hooper
Her Sanctuary by Toni Anderson
Velocity by Dean Koontz
Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass

Summer said...

I'm reading Freeze Frame. It's a YA book. Forgot the author, too lazy to look.

David de Beer said...

Japan: Its history and culture, by W. Scott Morton.

Fiction-wise, I've got Sherwood Smith's Once a Princess still in progress as well.

Jen said...

"On Beauty" by Zadie Smith

Thermocline said...

I’m checking out some recent Young Adult and Middle Grade books right now. Finished “Be More Chill” by Ned Vizzini last night and started “Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree” by Lauren Tarshis over lunch today.

WV: musig – a singular musing. “My hour of daydreaming only generated one worthwhile musig.”

Eric J. Krause said...

Finally getting around to reading The Watchmen graphic novel. I'm really enjoying it. I avoided much of the hype about the movie because I wanted to read it first, so it's a real treat.

Christine said...

FRAGILE ETERNITY by Melissa Marr ... can't decide if I should read GRACELING or HUNGER GAMES next.

MJFredrick said...

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Ulysses said...

Duplicate Effort, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Melanie Avila said...

Feel better soon, Nathan!

I'm reading THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO for the first time. I've seen the movie a bazillion times, and I'm loving the book so far.

abc said...

Still working on House of Leaves as well as Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray. Just finished Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects and can't wait to devour her newest novel. Starting Infinite Jest in 4 days!

Get lots and lots of sleep, Nathan!

cavanaugh said...

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Ogawa and The Time Traveler's Wife by Niffenegger

Anonymous said...

Two non-fiction books: "The First Responders: The Untold story of the NYPD & 9/11" by Anthea Appel, and "Chasing the Monsoon" by Alexander Frater

Kimber An said...

AMAZON INK by Lori Devoti

It's Urban Fantasy. These days I won't touch UF or Paranormal Romance, because I'm sick of stereotypical Kick-Butt Heroines. I wouldn't have touched this one either, because the cover art screams stereotype. But, I read a blurb about it at

fantasydebut.blogspot.com

and learned it isn't stereotypical at all. The Heroine is even a mommy.

I'll be reviewing it at Enduring Romance too.

Heed the power of the Blog!

Anonymous said...

Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. But it's for my philosophy class, so I suppose that's cheating.

Michelle said...

When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro. Also just finished the new YA When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton.

PurpleClover said...

Well I hope you got your Tamiflu in time!! lol

I was hoping that wasn't what it was. I'm sorry. :(

I'm reading Middlemarch (yes, still) by George Eliot. I wouldn't really call it "the pulse of the book world". Lol.

But I did finish Black Order by James Rollins and gave it 3 out of 5 stars. I'd say it was 4.5 stars until the ending. :/

Anonymous said...

just finished The Book Thief by Zusak; now reading Everything is Illuminated by Foer

Anonymous said...

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp and Hit and Run by R.L. Stine (research)

Beatrice M said...

Short Stories by Elizabeht Bishop: heard recently on the radio a reading of "One Art" and got stuned and stung by it... So went out and bought the short stories and the poems. Incredible read for writing...
Feel better, rest and read a good book!

Beatrice M said...

Short Stories by Elizabeht Bishop: heard recently on the radio a reading of "One Art" and got stuned and stung by it... So went out and bought the short stories and the poems. Incredible read for writing...
Feel better, rest and read a good book!

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Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

A proof copy of Killing God by Kevin Brooks - controversial, gritty, thought-provoking, brilliantly written YA novel with a compelling voice - just totally awesome.

Hope you're better soon!

Suzanne said...

I'm reading:

- Renegade : inside the Obama campaign. I followed the campaign daily last year, it's interesting to see it through the eyes of an insider.

- Wicked : the first in the Maguire Oz series. I saw book 3 at the library and decided I want to read the series, so starting with book 1. I read Baum's original Oz series as a child, am interested to see what Maguire's take is like.

lauren said...

I'm reading CRISS CROSS by Lynne Rae Perkins and I am IN LOVE.

I'm also rereading ULYSSES. Happy belated Bloomsday!

Next up I have Beth Kephart's HOUSE OF DANCE.

Beth said...

I'm reading Highway 99: A Literary Journey through California's Great Central Valley.

Kyle said...

I'm reading "The Sociology of Philosophies" at the moment, but that's just to kill time until my John Crowley books get here.

conjurator said...

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies...engrossing.

RW said...

-Persepolis
-Reading Lolita in Tehran
-The Yiddish Policeman's Union
-The Artful Edit by Susan Bell

And a ----load of blogs and twitter feeds.

HWPetty said...

I'm just finishing AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman. And I'm about to start A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Libba Bray.

Carla Burke said...

The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea

Bonnie said...

Fairfield Porter, Art on Its Own Terms. It's a compilation of the artist's articles and essays about art; my art teacher suggested it to me.

I haven't read anything this analytical and academic since I left grad school, but at least it hasn't talked about deconstruction or dialectics yet...

MeganRebekah said...

- The ABCs of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro
- Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
- Dull Boy by Sarah Cross (maybe)

Model1911a1 said...

Pegasus Bridge by Stephen Ambrose

Without Remorse by Tom Clancy

Vacuum Queen said...

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson although it took me many nights of falling asleep after 3 pages at a time to get into it. I'm a s-l-o-w reader.

Gamer Girl said...

Since I'm a biblioslut this is only a partial list:

Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures by Bill Schutt

Pieces of my Heart by Robert Wagner

Twinkie Deconstructed by Steve Ettlinger

The Salmon of Doubt by Douglas Adams

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

And about 20 or so others that are in various stages of being read.

Erastes said...

Miracle of the Rose by Jean Genet

blooker said...

Ten Ring by Joseph L Cooke for about the tenth time.

It gets better with each reading.

Justus M. Bowman said...

Nothing, but possibly "Anna Karenina" soon.

writtenwyrdd said...

"Pride, Prejudice & Zombies," slow going and really not that good. Slogging along and it's a chore.

"Something Missing," of which I have an ARC and which is interesting but overly bogged down in minutae so it's also slow going although I am enjoying that book.

"Possession," by Jennifer Armintrout. Just barely finished it, and it was pure torture to get through.

Not sure if it's me and my mood or the books that are the problem...

Author Guy said...

A Most Ingenious Paradox: The Art of Gilbert & Sullivan, by Gayden Wren.

Kristi said...

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is my book club's next pick and I'll be starting that tomorrow.

As I'm writing YA, I just finished Graceling and Vampire Academy, and as I'm also working on a MG ms, I'm in the middle of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Oh, and this weekend I bought On Writing by Stephen King since so many on this blog recommended it, and I finished it the next day (loved it!)I'm so glad I wasn't an adverb person to begin with or I would have had much more fixing to do.

Nathan - hope you're feeling better.

Dawn said...

I'm reading two books: Palace of the Varieties by James Lear and On Writing by Stephen King. Loving them both. :)

Jim said...

How is this for a pairing. The Catholic Church, a short history by Hans Kung: Swan Lake by James Lee Burke. If that isn't a twosome I don't know what is...ha ha

Holly in Dubai said...

The Spider's House by Paul Bowles.
Setting: Morocco in the 1950s

Kia said...

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.

Vacuum Queen said...

Oh, and my son just finished the second Mysterious Benedict Society and said he's SOOOO bummed that there's not another one waiting for him. He's 11 and loves to read, but it's hard to find good mysteries or comedies or sports books for a highish level. It's all dragons and vampires and teen love and magic weirdo stuff that doesn't interest him in the least. He reads in bed so he doesn't want to have nightmares...scaredy cat kid I guess. :) Anyways, kudos to that author and the agent who pulled him in.

Etiquette Bitch said...

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, by David Foster Wallace and
I Sailed With Magellan by Stuart Dybek. Damn! Gotta get some lady authors on my nightstand.

John said...

Who Talks Funny, a non-fiction book about linguistics and the world's languages, by Brenda Cox. It's intended for young readers, but it's interesting reading even for adults. She does a good job of making complex ideas accessible and fun.

Anonymous said...

Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Langston Hughes' The Ways of White Folks, William T Vollmann's You Bright and Risen Angels, Oakley Hall's Warlock, Robert Bennett's Mr. Shivers (advance copy). Also slowly and randomly working through Shakespeare's plays.

Bolano's 2666 and (finishing) Pynchon's Against the Day are up next, and then I'm waiting for Vollmann's Imperial and Pynchon's Inherent Vice.

Happy said...

Finished "The Little Stranger" by Sarah Waters (terrific) yesterday at the last little league game of the season--yea! Planning on starting "On Sledge and Horseback to Outcast Siberian Lepers" by Kate Marsden (what can I say? I was influenced by Ben Hur at an early age.) at tonight's last softball game of the season.

Anonymous said...

Just finished (in a day) Bone Dance by Emma Bull, next up Cats Have No Lord by Will Shetterly, then one of the three Josephine Tey mysteries sitting on my nightstand.

Sarah Heacox said...

Evolution's Shore, by Ian McDonald. And rereading The Once And Future King, for a book club.

jjdebenedictis said...

Bright Lights, Big City by...by...

*Google-fu*

Ah, right. By Jay McInerney.

And that, folks, is why you shouldn't write novels to become famous.

Dominique said...

Night World No. 1 by L.J. Smith.

Paranormal romance. I highly recommend it.

Jim King said...

"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett.

lotusgirl said...

Just finished: THE NAMESAKE by Jhumpa Lahiri

Currently reading: THE PRINCESS AND THE BEAR by Mette Ivie Harrison and ONE-EYED CAT by Paula Fox

Next up: I AM THE MESSENGER by Markus Zuzak

burger_eater said...

The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker, for research purposes.

Sheila said...

The Book Of Lost Things, by John Connolly. Fairy tale re-interpretation goes dark. Really dark.

What about you? Read any good books lately?

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Stay warm and drink tea!
On my nightstand and underway:
"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," Sherman Alexie
"The Hunger Games," Suzanne Collins
"The Forest of Hands and Teeth," Carrie Ryan

Kristin Laughtin said...

Almost done with MAINSPRING by Jay Lake. It's pretty interesting so far!

NotJana said...

Hope you feel better soon!

I'm mainly reading The Gun Seller (Hugh Laurie) with a side dish of Terry Pratchett, Nora Roberts (in Dutch - easy enough to understand as a beginner, language-wise, that is) and Di Morrissey (in German - family present (just so they can read it too!)).

Leigh Lyons said...

Right now? Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King.

Bob Day said...

1984. The Holy Qu'ran.

camelama said...

"Gaudy Night" by Dorothy L. Sayers
"Ukridge" by P.G. Wodehouse
"Lumby Lines" by Gail R. Fraser

Anonymous said...

In the past three weeks, I read:

-The Twilight Saga - Myer
(all four) (twice) GREAT story!
(second read the repeats stood out, but I learned from that and STILL GREAT STORY)

-Wings - Pike (no plot or characters)

-On Writing - Stephen King (loved it)

I am in the middle of -but put down:

Brisinger -Paolini
(too much world building - lost interest -will probably pick up again later)

I just started reading:

The Ghost Orchid - Carol Goodman

I am slowly reading:

Writing The Breakout Novel workbook - Donald Mass

Writers Market 2008

How To Write Science Fiction & Fantasy - Orson Scott Card

The Elements of Storytelling - Peter Rubie

And my husband is reading

Mason & Dixon - Thomas Pynchon
to me on Sundays
(and helping me understand it by deciphering it for me as we go -he already read it and loved it, but it's a bit thick for me so far.)

Cathryn said...

"Cat's Eye" by Margaret Atwood
"One Across, Two Down" by Ruth Rendell

T.Wolfe said...

Currently I am reading The zombie survival guide.

Marsha Sigman said...

Skin Trade-Laurel K. Hamilton (Anita Blake Series)

Was anyone else completing jonesing for Nathan's post the last few days? I am hopelessly addicted. Glad your feeling better!

mrswishmaster said...

I'm currently slogging through "Wizard and Glass," the fourth entry in The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

Novice Writer Anonymous said...

I just finished, on Monday, "A Countess Below Stairs."

Next I can't decide. When life calms down I will.

Margaret Yang said...

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. It's taking me a long time to get into it.

ericanaone said...

I just finished "Tetraktys" by Ari Juels and "Carmen Dog" by Carol Emshwiller. I'm now reading "The White Road and Other Stories" by Tania Hershman. My husband is rereading Harry Potter.

Eric said...

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Feel better.

Mary said...

Nathan,

Hope you're feeling better! :-)

I'm fighting bronchitis, drinking ginger ale and I hate to say it... halfway through my second People magazine. Trashy magazines always helps when I'm sick and Melissa Joan Hart really does look pretty cute in her bikini. ;-)

WendyCinNYC said...

RAGTIME by E.L. Doctorow, just finished OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout.

Javier R. said...

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.

A daunting task for a 15 year old, perhaps?

annathepiper said...

Just finished the eighth Aubrey-Maturin novel, The Ionian Mission, and have just started Phaedra Weldon's Wraith.

Pat Lafferty said...

Just finished slogging through Mody Dick (wow, was that one tough!) and the last few Fables comic book TPBs. Now it's on to Michael Connelly's The Brass Verdict.

Mira said...

Right now, I'm reading Jessica's blog and giving her a hard time.

I figured it was overdue, and only fair.

At home, I'm reading Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, and enjoying it alot.

Patrick Rodgers said...

I am reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by JK Rowling and 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King currently.

Cheryl Barker said...

I'm trying to follow the "read widely" advice and am currently reading Charles Dickens' David Copperfield. I haven't read Dickens since my college days & have had to pull out the dictionary a couple of times :)

Janet said...

Just finished The Pearl by John Steinbeck, The Unbreakable Child, a memoir by Kim Michele Richardson, and Latter-Day Cipher by Latayne C. Scott. About to start Anathem by Neal Stephenson. How's that for eclectic?

JM Reinbold said...

Just finished the Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes and now reading The Collected Stories of Flannery O'Connor.

Kim Stagliano said...

The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern, an early Lilian Jackson Braun book. She's had 40 year career. Wow.

Calli said...

Slowly working through Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. It's not holding my interest the way Elantris did, and the prose...just doesn't feel like it holds together as well. Maybe I was more forgiving with Elantris since it was his first book -- I don't know.

I also have Guns, Germs, and Steel out from the library for worldbuilding research, but I haven't started reading yet.

And the pile of books waiting in the wings is too staggering for me to contemplate.

Anonymous said...

On a whin, Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time. This was published in 1975 and is a little preachy, but surprisingly still resonates.

Ink said...

Nathan,

A future You Tell Me suggestion: Is listening to an audiobook "reading"?

Just because I'm curious.

Ink said...

Bane,

Can you believe Mira didn't respond to all those new 'On Writing' readers?

Emily J. Griffin said...

Re-reading 'Harry Potter' series, in prep for 6th movie in July.

As a break b/w HP 2 & 3, I'm reading 'Impossible' by Nancy Werlin.

I'm really conducting a study of 3rd person narratives and comtemplating a rewrite of all existing ch's in my current 1st person WIP. Yuck, but seems to be necessary.

Ink said...

Mira,

When I saw that post by Jessica I thought of you. :)

Nikki Hootman said...

CHINDI, by Jack McDevitt. Honestly not the best-written book in the world, but I have a soft spot for alien archaeology and I am totally digging the "Hutch" series.

Also, it's good, fun reading whilst being pregnant and hormonal. Currently, anything more depressing than fluffy bunnies sends me right over the edge.

Eric said...

Wow, we have alot of readers. I happen to be reading Devil's Gold by Julie Korzenko. So far, it's a really good book.

Stephen Parrish said...

Miles Harvey's Painter in a Savage Land: The Strange Saga of the First European Artist in North America. It's good.

Anonymous said...

Glass Bead Game.

Just finished reread of For Whom the Bell Tolls.

I am one of these who relies on the filter of time (dead authors only). Not worth much to agents, i guess - not even to my agent.

Nicky said...

Last week I read Closing Time by Joe Queenan, I'm Down by Mishna Wolff, and Love Child by Allegra Huston. Right now I'm reading Devil in the White City. Also re-reading Jitterbug Perfume.

Tracy said...

Ophelia by Lisa Klein and the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull.

Rebecca said...

i'm reading the anthropology of turquoise by ellen meloy. it's beautiful.

i have a question and am not sure who else to ask...
i was picked-up very quickly (a very unconventional try) by a lit agent six months ago. at first she was quick to reply to my emails. lately, not so much. how do i get a feel for where we are in the process without bugging her?

hope you're feeling better.

Scott Parker said...

For the first time, Treasure Island.

Just finished: The Lies of Locke Lamora

Up next: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Andrea Cremer said...

Get well soon, Nathan.

I'm reading The Lottery and Other Short Stories, Shirley Jackson. Incredible spare prose and creepy plots!

wordver = facti - plural of "fact" for those attempting to sound more erudite than they are

Bane of Anubis said...

Bryan - I figure she's given up the ghost on the whole issue (despite the fact that even her toenails are turning red with bottled fury). Either that or she's mapping her attack lines to annihilate all acolytes of the King.

Best not to feed the beast, though.

Alina said...

Sounds like it's time for some Tamiflu! Hope you feel better soon.

I went to a $1 book sale put on by a Hatchette warehouse and picked up a bunch of books. The one I'm currently reading is a middle-grade novel called "The Secret of Castle Cant". I'm really enjoying it, and so I looked up the author just today to learn more about him. Turns out he's currently being prosecuted for trafficking child pornography. :( I've always said that writers for children are the nicest folks around but it looks like in his case it may not be so. I almost don't want to read the rest of the book though I'm normally a big believer in separating book from author. Ugh. Why couldn't he have been arrested for robbing a bank or something less disturbing? Bleh.

PatriciaW said...

Matthew Aaron Goodman's Hold Love Strong. It would be a great "I'm-sick-and-not-getting-up-for-awhile" book.

Feel better.

Mira said...

Ink -

Oh, please don't bait me, I'm trying to be good.

Also, I'm having problems typing because my head exploded when I read that Kristi bought On Writing because it was recommended here.

Why oh why must this book torment me so?

llt said...

Feel better soon:) Right now I have piled on my night stand Avi's Murder at Midnight (uncorrected proof); Swoon by Nina Malkin; King of the Screwups by Kelly Going and Kim Harrison's first YA. i alternate depending upon my mood. I read the genres I write in:)

Tina said...

I just finished reading Rhett's people. I'm thinking of reading Gone with the Wind once more...

Mystery Robin said...

Ragtime in Simla by Barbara Cleverly

T.L. Byford said...

I try to throw in a classic every couple of books or so. Right now it is Catcher in the Rye, and i must say I am pleasantly surprised with Salinger's voice.

Matilda McCloud said...

For work (proofreading paperback), I just finished SWEETHEART by Chelsea Cain about a screwed up (mentally) detective and a female serial killer he's sort of in love with. I don't ordinarily read serial killer novels, but this one was well written and I recommend it for the author's great characterizations and perfect details...

Erika Robuck said...

The Time Traveler's Wife.

It's one of those books that's been haunting me through recommendations, sightings in stores, and online reviews.

I'm halfway through, and I love it so far.

suelder said...

I just finished The Patriot Witch by C.C. Finlay (good read) and am about to start reading A Spell for the Revolution (2nd book in the trilogy).

and huggs on the flue - I just broke a fever of 102F :P

Diana said...

Fool by Christopher Moore, even though I know it won't be as good as Lamb.

fairyhedgehog said...

I just wanted to say that I hope you feel better soon.

Anatole said...

Just finished "Something, Maybe" by Elizabeth Scott. It wasn't that good, but her others were better.
Also, I'm thinking of rereading The Phantom of the Opera, just because . . . well, I want to.

Dawn Herring said...

I'm reading Parched by Heather King with Redeemed by same author on the shelf. I'm also working on Grace (Eventually): thoughts on faith by Anne Lamott. Plus I'm reading Get Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz, the topical book on platform for writers.
I just finished Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass.

Jason Crawford said...

Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony, by Eoin Colfer

and

Magic Thief, by Sarah Prineas

Nonfiction: Liberal Fascism, by Jonah Goldberg

Cara said...

Just finished Peace Like a River, currently reading The Painted Veil, and about to start The Strain.

Dan said...

Personal Effects: Dark Art by JC Hutchins;

Legend by David Gemmel;

Firestorm by Iris Johansen;

Also listening to three Audiobooks:

Ancestor by Scott Sigler;

This is Life by Seth Harwood;

Billibub Baddings by Tee Morris.

Peter said...

Redemption Ark by Alastair Reynolds

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