Monday, April 17, 2017

Library Books Mid-April 2017

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
Brand New Ancients by Kate Tempest
Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest
Judas by Amos Oz
Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti
Midwinter by Fiona Melrose
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

This was a smaller library month, probably because I still had so many that I had checked out in previous months. In fact, I was really able to clear out some of those piles in the first few weeks of April.

The two Tempest volumes are for National Poetry month, Crispin and Valenti accompany my ongoing feminism reading, Melrose and Tremain are from the Bailey's Prize longlist, and Barnes is just... because.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Reading Envy 084: A Worthy Tangent

Bryan Alexander stops by the Reading Envy Pub to talk about three books, but we end up talking about many other worthy topics as well.

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Books featured:

 
We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change by Myles Horton and Paolo Freire
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Passage Through Armageddon: The Russians in War and Revolution, 1914-1918 by W. Bruce Lincoln
The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Memory by Linda Nagata
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Other mentions:

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire
Blog-based discussion of We Make the Road by Walking on Bryan's blog
Antigonish Movement
Antigonish Movement 2.0
Tournament of Books 2017
Interview with Brit Bennett
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Undertaking by Audrey Magee
City of Thieves by David Benioff
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson
Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann
The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross
The Memory of Whiteness: A Scientific Romance by Kim Stanley Robinson
Napoleon Symphony by Anthony Burgess
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess
Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age by Modris Eksteins
American Visionary Art Museum
Red Emma's Bookstore
Vast by Linda Nagata
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald
God's War by Kameron Hurley
Hugo Awards
Nebula Awards
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
Luke's review of Ninefox Gambit on the SFBRP Podcast
Everfair by Nisi Shawl
The Mahabarata

Related Episodes:

Episode 002 - Return of the Euthanized Book with guest Bryan Alexander
Episode 011 - People of the Book with guest Bryan Alexander
Episode 030 - Bring Back the Guillotine! with guests Bryan Alexander and Steen Hansen
Episode 065 - Creeping through the Uncanny Valley with guest Bryan Alexander

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

New Books In, March 2017

When I travel to a new place for the first time, I usually look for interesting bookstores and libraries. When I knew I would be heading to Baltimore for a conference, that translated to Red Emma's and the George Peabody Library. (links go to my photos in Instagram) Some of the preparation for the trip, and some of the purchases made on the trip are represented in this pile of new books added in March 2017.


A Small Key Can Open a Large Door: The Rojava Revolution
Suite for Barbara Loden by Nathalie Leger
The Outrun by Amy Liptrot
After Delores by Sarah Schulman
In Memoriam to Identity by Kathy Acker
The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn
The Protester Has Been Released by Janet Sarbanes
The Waking Comes Late by Steven Heighton
Whereas: Poems by Layli Long Soldier
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
The Experiment of West Kurdistan by Zaher Baher

Audio purchases (not pictured):
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan
Christadora by Tim Murphy
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Deliverance by James Dickey
Stormy Cove by Bernadette Calonego
The Idiot by Elif Batuman

When I went to Red Emma's, and spent hours there along with a Goodreads friend, I decided to only buy books I'd never heard of. I was also hoping to find books that fit my borders reading project. Win/win! That's where the unnamed "small key" book comes from, along with Schulman, Acker, Sarbanes, and Baher.

I received my monthly subscriptions - Hamid and Warner from Book of the Month, and the Leger from Malaprops. I already had the Leger due to a previous purchase of all the Dorothy Project titles.

Soldier and Heighton were purchased for National Poetry Month, Gay since she was speaking at ACRL, and the Liptrot because I read a review copy and wanted it in my collection.

The Desmond was a gift from another reader in a book swap group, because she finished it and saw it on my tbr list. I won the Ahlborn from a Goodreads Giveaway.

For the audio list, the Finnegan, Murphy, Dickey, and Calonego were purchased during an Audible BOGO credit sale (and I had credits to spend!) I bought the Vowell to listen to on the way home from DC with my husband, and the Ness as a quick listen I initially thought I could discuss on the podcast. The Batuman is a review copy from Penguin Random House Audio.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Books 57-83 of 2017 (March)


(pictured are 5-star reads)

Books read: 26

Male authors: 8
Female: 17
Various/other: 1

Print: 10
eBook: 12
Audio: 4

Translated: 3
Award nominees: 6
Review copies: 14

57. Once We Were Sisters: A Memoir by Sheila Kohler (personal copy from Malaprops subscription; my review) **
58. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (personal copy/review copy from Quarterly.co; my review) ****
59. Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet (eBook from Hoopla; my review) **
60. How to Be a Muslim: An American Story by Haroon Moghul (eARC from Edelweiss; my review) ****
61. The Mothers by Brit Bennett (personal copy/review copy from Quarterly.co; my review) *****
62. March: Vol. 1 by John Robert Lewis (eBook from Hoopla; my review) ****
63. On Reading, Writing, and Living with Books by various (eARC from Edelweiss; my review) ****
64. Cannibal: Poems by Safiya Sinclair (interlibrary loan; my review) ****
65. Island Home: A Landscape Memoir by Tim Winton (ARC from publisher; my review) *****
66. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (eARC from NetGalley; my review) ****
67. Light Box: Stories by K.J. Orr (library book; my review) ****
68. How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century by Louis "Two Shoes" Clark (eARC from Edelweiss; my review) **
69. Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson (eBook from Hoopla; my review) ****
70. Cain: Poems by Luke Kennard (library book; my review) ****
71. My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues by Pamela Paul (eARC from Edelweiss; my review) ****
72. Eve Out of Her Ruins by Ananda Devi (personal copy; my review) *****
73. The Temporary Bride: A Memoir of Love and Food in Iran by Jennifer Klinec (eARC from Edelweiss; my review) *****
74. Swimmer Among the Stars: Stories by Kanishk Tharoor (eARC from NetGalley; my review) ****
75. The Rules do not Apply by Ariel Levy (eARC from NetGalley; my review) ****
76. Daughter of a Thousand Years by Amalia Carosella (audiobook review copy; my review) ***
77. Difficult Women: Stories by Roxane Gay (personal copy; my review) ****
78. The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates (library book; my review) *****
79. Ernesto by Umberto Sala (eARC from Edelweiss; my review) ***
80. Seeing People Off by Jana Benova (eARC from Edelweiss; my review) ****
81. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Audible audiobook; my review) ****
82. Lafayette in these Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell (Audible audiobook; my review) ***
83. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (book swap; my review) ****

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Reading Envy 083: Slowing Down and Rereading

Julie Davis stops by the Reading Envy Pub, where we talk about rereading, slowing down to appreciate an author's craft, and the best spy adventure the Vatican has ever seen! We also talk about good books we've read lately.

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Books featured:



The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Eve Out of Her Ruins by Ananda Devi
Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey
The Temporary Bride: A Memoir of Love and Food in Iran by Jennifer Kinec
Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler by Mark Riebling
The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin


Also discussed:

The Tolkien Professor
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit by Corey Olsen
Les Enfantes des Troumarons (film)
Slumdog Millionaire (film)

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
Taste of Persia by Naomi Duguid
America, the Last Best Hope by William J. Bennett
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
The Book of Etta by Meg Elison


Related Episodes:

Episode 003 - 3 of 5 Stars with guest Julie Davis
Episode 055 - Too Late for an Autopsy with Julie Davis
Episode 071 - Bad Priest, Good Priest, No Priest with Scott (discussion of The Unnamed Midwife)


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Library Books Mid-March 2017

This month's library piles see the clear influence of award lists, because it is the season indeed!

The Mindfulness Diaries: How I Survived My First Nine-Day Silent Meditation Retreat by Jennifer Howd

Charm City: A Walk through Baltimore by Madison Smartt Bell
Light Box by K.J. Orr
Cain by Luke Kennard
The Beautiful Struggle by Ta Nehisi Coates
Everfair by Nisi Shawl
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion by Meghan Daum
The Iguana Tree by Michel Stone
Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair
The Barn at the End of the World by Mary Rose O'Reilly
Moonglow by Michael Chabon
One Child: the Story of China's Most Radical Experiment by Mei Fong
Version Control by Dexter Palmer
The Nix by Nathan Hill

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
Judas by Amos Oz
Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
Midwinter by Fiona Melrose

I'm going on my first silent retreat in April, so I wanted to read the Howd and O'Reilly in preparation. I'm headed to Baltimore soon and snagged the Bell and Coates for that purpose, but it turns out that the Chabon is also set there. I read the Orr for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, checked out the Kennard and Sinclair for the Dylan Thomas Prize list, the Barnhill and Shawl for the Nebula, the Chabon & Palmer & Hill for the Tournament of Books, the Melrose for the Baileys, and the Oz for the Man Booker International Prize.

The Fong is the April book for my in-person book club; the rest were just books I was interested in.

I review every book I read on Goodreads, and a hefty chunk of these are already done!

These piles are an eternal tribute to the library where I work, because all but one book comes from their collection or through the statewide consortium, or infrequently, an interlibrary loan.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Reading Envy 082: Reading Envy Envy

Scott and Jenny go back and read books mentioned by other people in previous episodes of Reading Envy, because of course we get reading envy too! This is not a repeat episode, but a new look at books that may have only been mentioned in passing on previous episodes. Jenny will link to the original episode mentions in case you want to hear another perspective after hearing this episode.

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Books discussed:



The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (originally mentioned episode 075)
The Iguana Tree by Michel Stone (originally mentioned episode 049)
Tenth of December by George Saunders (originally mentioned episode 026)
Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching by Mychal Denzel Smith (originally mentioned episode 070)
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (originally mentioned episode 004)
Plainsong by Kent Haruf (originally mentioned episode 075 and 078)

Other mentions:

Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? by Brother Guy Consolmagno
The Star by Arthur C. Clarke
Children of God by Mary Doria Russell
Doc by Mary Doria Russell
Gilead  and Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Geek's Guide to the Galaxy Podcast with George Saunders
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Killing Rage by bell hooks
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Half of a Yellow Song by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Eventide by Kent Haruf
Benediction by Kent Haruf
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
Version Control by Dexter Palmer
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Eve Out of Her Ruins by Ananda Devi

Related Episodes:
Episode 014 - Flannery O'Connor with Zombies with Jason and Scott
Episode 052 - The Man with the Eyebrows with Philip and Scott
Episode 058 - Wishing for a Sequel with Scott
Episode 071 - Bad Priest, Good Priest, No Priest with Scott
 
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