06 July 2009

June Book Report

OK, here is my latest attempt at giving you my thoughts on books I have read in the past month. This time kids, I'm going to direct you to a link on Goodreads, and see how that goes.

Let me know what you think. Do you like: a) two-part reports (like the ones for April 2009), b) one long post with all books listed (a la May 2009), c) links to Goodreads, d) none of the above, or e) who cares please just leave me alone? I would appreciate your thoughts.

Now, on to those books!

Where Are You Now, by Mary Higgins Clark.

Sister Age, by M.F.K. Fisher.**

A Passionate Man, by Joanna Trollope.**

The Piano Tuner, by Daniel Mason.

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe.** (ARE)

Paula, by Isabel Allende.

Miss Brill, by Katherine Mansfield.

The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold.

Lesley Castle, by Jane Austen.

The Last Days of Dogtown, by Anita Diamant.

Knitting: A Novel, by Anne Bartlett.

In the Kitchen, by Monica Ali.** (ARE)

Grace [Eventually]: Thoughts on Faith, by Anne Lamott.

Cranford, by Elizabeth Gaskell.

Casting Off, by Nicole R. Dickson.** (ARE)

The Case of the Missing Servant: Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator, by Tarquin Hall. ** [ARE]

Any titles marked with double asterisks (**) are ones that I would be happy to pass along to anyone who is interested, just leave a comment and let me know which title(s) you would like. As usual, if there are several people interested in a book, I'll do a random drawing. (Please note that some of them are Advanced Reader's Editions [marked ARE], if that makes a difference to you.)

I'll choose names/let people know on Friday, July 10.

And that's it for tonight!


teabird said...

I'm almost to the end of Deliverance Dane, and I'm impressed by the research and the dual storylines - but I'm afraid that I might have guessed the ending way too soon... Ah well.. Casting Off sounds interesting, if no one else would like it...

Knitterary said...

How funny -- I had the same resistance to The Lovely Bones, and started reading it about a week ago. I find it disturbing, but I'm not far into it. But I can't decide whether to keep reading.

Poor Martha in Knitting: A Novel. When we finally learned the contents of her bags, I just wanted to hug her.

Lynn said...

You read all of that in June?!?! OMG that is fantastic! Which ones were your favorite?

Carrie K said...

I like the one long post with all the reviews listed but GoodReads works. And I get to check in & update.

I couldn't finish Lovely Bones. And you read Lesley Castle! I really must hie me to the library for that one.

If you could put me in the hat for Deliverance Dane, I'd be much obliged.

Brigitte said...

I'm glad to see a review of Isabel Allende's book. I haven't picked it up yet, and she probably ranks as one of my favourite authors.

Carol said...

Holy crap -- that's a lot of books!
If you haven't seen the BBC adaptation of Cranford -- rent it ASAP. It's lovely and charming. Netflix has it.

Tracy said...

Such great variety of reading here... I also very much enjoy the works M.F.K. Fisher, Elizabeth Gaskell, Joanna Trollope, Katherine Mansfield and most others here on your list. The only one I've not read yet is In the Kitchen by Monica Ali. You are a fast reader, Bridget! Happy Days :o)

sprite said...

Personally, I prefer A or B, but am content with C.

KSD said...

Not asking for anything, just telling you that Briton (20-year-old male) loved "The Lovely Bones." This face astounds me.

Channon said...

Sigh. You need to tell me how to balance knitting and reading. I used to read if I wasn't working or sleeping, and now, I knit or am on Ravelry looking at what I might knit next.

Marie said...

Bridget -- I vote for A or B. My, you read a lot. Way to go!

Carrie K said...

Pull me out of the hat for Deliverance Dane, I just picked up a copy today. Good luck to the rest of you! :)

Bridget said...

Knitterary, I agree with your about Martha! I had not in any way guessed the contents of her bags, so I was also surprised.

Carol, thanks for the info, but I saw the BBC version of "Cranford" before I read the book and loved it! The book is different, but keeps the same tone and characters.

And for those of you who think I must read so much, well, I do. True, I'm a fast reader, but in my current job, when it's not busy and not a weekend, we're allowed to read. Believe it or not, there are days I get sick of reading - I never thought that would happen!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

I enjoy reading your thoughts here on the blog. That's a long list of books for one post, though. Maybe do a few at a time as you finish them.

I have the BBC production of Cranford which is a bit silly but nevertheless enjoyable :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Bridget... I loved your July 4th blog! But I needed to respond to this entry to thank you for the review of Casting Off, particulary since it is not the sort of book you would normally choose. I enjoyed researching and writing the novel so much and it is an incredible experience, especially since this is my first novel, to hear that someone enjoyed it even though it was not a natural read for them.
Thanks again for reading it, for the review, and for offering to pass the story on.

Nicole R. Dickson