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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pondering the State of Stacks

I've got several books in progress at the moment, but some of them are the kind you can pick up, read a little, and return to them later.  I've mentioned them before and all are rereads-- Kaminoff's Yoga Anatomy, Gary Kraftsow's Yoga for Wellness, and Sharon Lovejoy's Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell needs more continuity because it is fiction and therefore, a continuing narrative that compels me to return to it for longer periods.

Mitchell's Black Swan Green was one of my favorite books in 2006, and I'm enjoying this one very much.  I haven't read The Cloud Atlas, but tried and abandoned  Ghostwritten.

I just finished Except the Queen by Midori Snyder and Jane Yolen and very much enjoyed it; I'll be reviewing that one soon. 

Books in the Mail:

My copy of The Vigorous Mind arrived on Saturday, and I'm going to be slowly rereading this one and taking note of authors and books that I want to pursue. 

The Film Club:  A Memoir -David Gilmour (rec. by Beauty Is a Sleeping Cat)-  Canadian film critic and tv host, David Gilmour allows his 15-year-old son to drop out of school if he will watch 3 movies a week with his father.  From Publishers Weekly:  "... a unique blend of film history and personal memoir."

A Time to Keep Silence - Patrick Lee Fermor (can't remember where I saw this reviewed), but it sounded good, and when perusing my Amazon Wish List, I saw it and ordered it. From the product review: More than a history or travel journal, however, this beautiful short book is a meditation on the meaning of silence and solitude for modern life.   

All That's True - Jackie Lee Miles.  A recent ARC.  A coming-of-age story.

State of Mind - Sven Michael Davison.  Another recent ARC.  Science Fiction--your thoughts are not your own.

Added to the above are my recent library acquisitions, of which Except the Queen and The Thousand Autumns are two.

Have you read any of these? 


  1. Nope, haven't read any of those. State of Mind sounds awfully fun, but I think anything sci-fi that doesn't sound like it's specifically geared to men (war series between distant planets and such) seems to catch my eye.

    You might not have seen my reply to your comment about The Ingram Interview. Do you want my copy? If so, just send an email with your mailing address to me at bookfoolery at gmail dot com and I'll pop it in the mail. I didn't like it but I do love the author's knack for throwing in little jewels of wisdom, even in the midst of a so-so read.

  2. Interesting that you didn't like Ghostwritten. I haven't read it yet but always thought it might be his best. I got A Time for Silence here as well. It does sound good. (The Tomorrow review is due on Friday btw.) Hope you will like Gilmour. I'll have to explore The Vigurous Mind...

  3. Nancy - I'm not sure that I'm going to like State of Mind. I skimmed over some pages at the beginning that didn't really grab me.

    Thanks for the offer of your copy of The Ingram Interview. I'll send my address!

    Caroline - I thought I'd like Ghostwritten, but it may have been a matter of timing. I'm looking forward to the Gilmour book, which I will then pass it on to my daughter who loves movies!

  4. Great! I haven't received your address, yet, so if you already sent, try again. If not, I'll just try to be patient. It's not like I'm going to jump in the car this moment, anyway. LOL

  5. I sent my address of into the ether as you are a nonreply blogger. Went to your blog and found your email addy and have sent a reply. Thanks for your patience, Nancy; I'm looking forward to the book!