Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Reading Envy 069: Evil Librarian SFBRP Crossover Episode

Luke and Juliane drop by the Reading Envy pub with Icelandic air still in their lungs. Close to the end, you will discover why Jenny might not be saying much. We talk sports, science fiction, art, and even one from the Man Booker Prize shortlist.

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Luke and Juliane always post pictures with their books, so we did that for this episode!

 

Books discussed:



Digging Up Mother: A Love Story by Doug Stanhope
The Dying Earth by Jack Vance
Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
The Greatest Tennis Matches of All Time by Steve Flink
Just Kids by Patti Smith

Other mentions:

Luke and Juliane's video blogs of Iceland
SFBRP Episode 301: The Dying Earth
The Eyes of the Overworld by Jack Vance
Cugel's Saga by Jack Vance
Rhialto the Marvelous by Jack Vance
Doug Stanhope podcast
Man Booker Prize
Jeanette Winterson
The Martian by Andy Weir
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger
My Sergei: A Love Story by Ekaterina Gordaeva
The Real All Americans by Sally Jenkins
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
The Long Way to a Small and Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
The Sympathizer by Viet Thahn Nguyen
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge

Related episodes:

Episode 017 - Homeric Radiation at Lake Inverness with guest Luke Burrage
Episode 032 - Her Smoke Rose Up Forever with Luke Burrage, crosspost with SFBRP podcast
Episode 037 - Breakdancing to Bach with Juliane Kunzendorf
Episode 044 - Of Survival and Memory with Luke Burrage
Episode 052 - The Man with the Eyebrows with Philip and Scott

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Reading Envy 068: Minisode for Banned Books Week

I kept talking everyone's ear off about Banned Books Week, so I decided to record a little miniature podcast about it. Let me know which banned or challenged books you are reading, and what you think about little minisodes like this one!

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Books discussed:



Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence edited by Marion Dane Bauer
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kiklin
Into the River by Ted Dawe
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (read by Claire Danes!)
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Allison Bechdel
Out Loud: the Best of Rainbow Radio edited by Ed Madden and Candace Chellew-Hodge

(The rest of the books can be found in the links below.) 

Links:
ALA: Banned & Challenged Books - Diverse Content
We Need Diverse Books (aka #weneediversebooks) 
Slate Magazine: Banned Books Week is a Crock (2015)
LA Times: Alan Moore Graphic Novel Banned from South Carolina Library
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund statement on Necronomicon Banning
New Zealand Bans Young Adult Novel
ALA: Banned & Challenged Books - Classics

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Library Books Mid-September 2016

It is prize long list season, which has definitely had an impact on the books I get from the library. But there are other reasons for some of the books in these piles.

The Many by Wyl Menmuir
A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Janna Levin
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
Ethan Frome, etc.by Edith Wharton
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin
How We Die: Reflections of Life's Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland
I Fired God: My Life Inside - and Escape from - the Secret World of the Independent Fundamental Baptist Cult by Jocelyn Zichterman
Not pictured: The North Water by Ian McGuire
Not pictured: My Antonia by Willa Cather

The Strout, Levy, Beatty, McGuire, and Menmuir were all on the Man Booker Prize Long List, and so far I've read three of the four. The Beatty is on the shortlist but it is going to take something to get me back to it. Vinge is the Sword and Laser pick for September. I requested the Zichterman, Nuland, and Russo based on reviews by others (usually Litsy). The Wharton, Laskin, Cather, and Levin are required readings for some of the classes I'm librarianing for. I don't really need to read them, but find that knowing what they are starting from makes me more helpful with their research. I want to read the rest of the Neapolitan novels by Ferrante but so far all I have done is bring book two home.

The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson
Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War by Viet Tranh Nguyen
Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War by Susan Southard

A few days after taking the initial photo so I could return some of my books, I checked more out. The National Book Award long list was announced between then and now. I am currently reading The Sympathizer for my in-person book club, and the same author wrote the memoir Nothing Ever Dies, which was named to the longlist. With so many titles about politics, I was happy to see a memoir! I'm hoping to finish both by book club to contribute even better to the discussion. I saw the Southard mentioned somewhere, maybe Instagram, and thought it would be a nice additional read to the book club discussion I'll lead in 2017, for The Dictionary of Mutual Understanding. The Winterson is on the shortlist of Winterson books I have yet to read, and I thought it sounded spooky in the right way for October. I'll stick it in a pile until then... not difficult to do.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Reading Envy 067: Rain and Readability

Ruth returns to the book-lined room of the Reading Envy pub, and we settle in to talk about books. We start off with some discussion of the titles we have read from the Man Booker Prize long list, and go from there.

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Books discussed:



PopCo by Scarlet Thomas
Memories from Moscow to the Black Sea by Teffi
Old Filth by Jane Gardam
Lady Susan by Jane Austen
Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye
The 6:41 to Paris by Jean-Philippe Blondel

Other mentions:

Man Booker Prize 2016
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeline Thien
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Hystopia by David Means
Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves
The Many by Wyl Menmuir
His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet 
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The Siege of Krishnapur by J. G. Farrell
The End of Mr. Y by Scarlet Thomas
Our Tragic Universe by Scarlet Thomas
Podcast discussing Teffi with the same passage - Open Book from BBC4
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Serial Reader app
Mathilda by Mary Shelley
The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish
Love and Friendship (film)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Readers podcast
The Warden by Anthony Trollope
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
A Good Man is Hard to Find and other Stories by Flannery O'Connor
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
24 in 48 readathon
An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Powells (Portland)
The Last Bookstore (Los Angeles)


Related episodes:
Episode 033 - An Undulating Thrum with guests Ruth and Elizabeth
Episode 023 - The Patron Saint of the Misfit Readers with guests Marco V. Morelli and Averi Dylan
Episode 061 - Never Do That to a Book with Elizabeth


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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Books I Read in August 2016 (197 - 222)





Pictured: 5-star reads in August

197. Falling by Jane Green (review copy audiobook; my review)
198. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (library book; my review)*
199. Watching Edie by Camilla Way (review copy audiobook; my review)
200. Xala by Ousmane Sembene (interlibrary loan; my review)
201. Meat by Opal Carew (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
202. The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)*
203. The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Sambach (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
204. Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves (library book; my review)
205. Indelible by Adelia Saunders (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
206. Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle (library book; my review)
207. Mathilda by Mary Shelley (Serial Reader; my review)
208. Angel Catbird Vol. 1 by Margaret Atwood (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
209. The Girls by Emma Cline (own from BOTM; my review)
210. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (library book; my review)
211. The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester (own; my review)
212. The Seventh Elephant by Alexis Stamatis (own; my review)
213. The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian (own in audio; my review)
214. My Own Cape Cod by Gladys Taber (interlibrary loan; my review)
215. My Antonia by Willa Cather (interlibrary loan; my review)
216. The Last Wish by Andrzei Sapkowski (own; my review)
217. Indiana by George Sand (own on Kindle; my review)
218. A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
219. The Rain in Portugal: New Poems (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
220. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (interlibrary loan; my review)
221. Lady Susan by Jane Austen (Serial Reader; my review)
222. The Many by Wyl Menmuir (library book; my review)


Abandoned:
The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish
Hystopia by David Means
Eileen by Ottesa Moshfegh
Storm Rose by Corina Bomann




Tuesday, August 30, 2016

New Books In, August 2016

I brought home SO MAN BOOKS in August that they will have to be represented by three photos of book stacks.  Bear with, bear with.

Much of the fault goes to The Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale put on every summer by the Greenville Literacy Association. This year I volunteered as a book sorter, pulling a few shifts throughout the month of July to sort donations that came in. I haven't heard yet how many books were sold, but I know we sorted over 126,000 books, if you can imagine. I was a minor player compared to some people who seemed to be full-time volunteers.

Child of All Nations by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Footsteps by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
House of Glass by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2 by Annie Proulx
A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L'Engle
Time and Again by Jack Finney
Your Face Tomorrow: Fever and Spear by Javier MarĂ­as
Old Filth by Jane Gardam
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

I read the first book of the Toer (This Earth of Mankind) and was pleased to find books 2-4 for $1 each.  I have meant to read some of L'Engle's adult fiction, and the others were all authors I had on my list. Yes, I do bring a list. It helps keep me focused. The Finney was an earlier pick this year for the Sword and Laser book club, one I didn't get to, but hey, for $1, I might still.


I went to that book sale twice - once on the Saturday, where you pay per book, and once on the Sunday, where you pay $10 for every grocery bag. I went earlier on the Saturday than I usually do, so there were more people. This meant I didn't get to look deeply at the non-fiction, which is where I headed on the Sunday! Richardson-Moore is a minister in my town, Nahmad wrote the book I wish I'd lived, and the Kabat-Zinn was to give away!

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
The Weight of Mercy by Deb Richardson-Moore
Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Pilgrimage to Iona by Claire Nahmad
My Sergei: A Love Story by Ekaterina Gordeeva
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith


Otherwise, I had birthday money that I of course spent on books. Many of the books I ended up with in August are in preparation for my in-person book club. (You can hear more about this book club on Episode 049 of the Reading Envy Podcast.) There are some other random books in this pile - one from a Misfit Reader which I purchased in a weak moment, one Goodreads Giveaway win (the McInerney) and two audiobook review copies from Brilliance Audio.

Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar
The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs
The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton
The Registrar's Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages by Sophie Hardach
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Skylark Farm by Antonia Arslan
The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman
The Seventh Elephant by Alexis Stamatis
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

Now that I have finally taken photos of these piles, I can try to find space for them on my shelves.

Reading Envy 066: When Time Stops

Karen returns to Reading Envy to talk about summer reading, just in time for the craziness of the academic year to overtake us both. We had some interesting crossovers, like finishing series, traveling without taking a trip, and starting something new.

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Books discussed:




French Milk by Lucy Knisley
Displacement: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
An Age of License by Lucy Knisley
Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett
Just So Happens by Fumio Obata
Walking with Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah by Anna Badhken
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Other mentions:

Saga series by Brian K. Vaughan
Record series by K.A. Linde (starts with Off the Record)
Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction
Apex by Ramez Naam
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor
Changeless by Gail Carriger
Waistcoasts & Weaponry by Gail Carriger
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
Relish by Lucy Knisley
The World is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village by Anna Badhken
The Cruelest Journey by Kira Salak
Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon
Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
My Own Cape Cod by Gladys Taber

Man Booker Prize Long List 2016
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre

Related episodes:

Episode 004 - Home, Frightening and Banned with guest Karen Acosta
Episode 015 - The Time for Exclaiming Over Costumes with Jean and Karen
Episode 051 - Dreaming in Books with Karen
Episode 052 - The Man with the Eyebrows with Philip and Scott

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