Monday, August 27, 2012

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Share what you (are, have been, are about to, hope to be) reading or reviewing this week. Sign Mr Linky at Book Journey and visit other Monday reading roundups.

Between the heat, daily posts and the fact that this month I'm participating in both Camp NaNoWriMo and Write Fifteen Minutes a Day I'm afraid what there is of my writing mojo isn't being directed at reviews.

At least the triple digit heatwave broke a week ago leaving us in the mid 80s to mid 90s with only an hour or two of mild discomfort in the late afternoon.  Haven't even used the frozen rags and water bottles since last Monday and haven't needed to sleep during the afternoons either.

I hope to be starting Ann Pattchet's Bel Canto this week for the September 13 Read-a-Long party at Bookjourney.

The bulk of my reading happened online this week as part of the work I'm doing with my fiction files for the ROW80 challenge.  I've been reading, notating and cleaning up my notes and that includes following the links I dropped in them to remind myself what they were there for and verify their usefulness.  Many are reference resources like, searchable Shakespeare and various dictionaries and encyclopedia but soome of them are to articles and books that can be read online and I went ahead and read some of the shorter pieces and dipped into some books.
One of the books I read entire online Aryan Sun Myths the Origin of Religions by Sarah Elizabeth Titcomb.  It wasn't that long.  More of a long essay actually.  Well under 200 pages discounting footnotes and front and end sections. Published in 1890, it is a comparative mythology study of the similar motifs in the myths of Europe, Africa, India, Persia, China, and the Americas.

I have continued reading the ebook I was reading aloud to my Mom while staying there in March and April: At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon.  The short little chapters are almost like stand-alone short stories with beloved characters.

The heat has slowed me down on the list of NF I've been plugging away at for weeks or months now.  I'm creeping through most of them tho for a couple I'm closing on the finish line.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Go by Les Edgerton
Get Your Loved One Sober by Robert Meyers
Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Leher.   This is the one I spent the most time with this week.
What to Do When There's Too Much to Do by Laura Stack

All of those are research for the writing side of my life.  The third one for a character tho I won't deny there are potential real life application for the info.

I am taking all five slow as that is my preferred way to read non-fic.  It sticks with me longer.

These two NF which I began last winter and have posted a kind of reading journal for but need to get back to before I have to start over:

And So It Goes by Charles J. Sheilds a bio of Kurt Vonnegut.  Part of the fun I'm having reading this is in stopping to read the stories he wrote as the narrative reaches the point where he writes them.

This Mobius Strip of Ifs by Mathias Freese a collection of personal essays

And these nine ARC novels some of which I've had for weeks and in a few cases months:

The Land of Decoration by Grace McClean  I actually read this once already, months ago, but am in the midst of a careful reread.

The Variations by John Donatich

The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith

The Hunger Angel by Herta Muller  Nobel winner!!

Skios by Michael Frayn

How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti

The Sadness of the Samurai by Victor del Arbo

Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World by Sabina Berman

Winter Journal by Paul Auster a memoir from an American literary figure that really excites me.  This one arrived earlier this month or late in July

We Sinners by Hanna Pylvaine.  This one arrived about ten days ago.  It's another story exploring the impact on family life of a fundamentalist religion.  One of the themes I'm drawn to like Pooh to honey.

If anyone reading this states a preference I may let it weigh my decision as to what I begin next from the above list.

Then there are four blog tour books in the pipes:

Sulan a Cyberpunk YA which I've finished but the blog tour isn't until September when I'll be posting my review.

Primal by Deborah Serra  A thriller about a mother defending the lives of her children from escaped convicts who invaded their camping site.  I'm doing a review for the tour in October

What Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know by Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson.  I'll be doing a review with giveaway in September.

My copy is signed by both authors!  I've dipped into it several times since it arrived by snail mail and find it hilarious.  Did you know dogs actually love the leash because it makes it safe for them to bark and growl and pasture at the other dog on a leash in the comfort of knowing there can't really be any consequences such as having their throat ripped out or ear bitten off.

Hellfire & Damnation II by Connie Corcoran Wilson  a collection of short stories in the horror genre.  I'll be doing a review and giveaway with author interview for this one in October

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