Monday, June 14, 2010

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This meme is now hosted by Sheila at One Persons Journey Through a World of Books.

Books completed last week:
Nothing. Bleh.

Books I gave up on:
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
This book has been holding me back. For the last month every time I'd want to start a new book, I'd think "But you're in the middle of Hedgehog and you really ought to pick that back up." The guilt was getting to me, but it also wasn't working. I wouldn't pick Hedgehog back up, but I felt like I shouldn't be starting another new book. On the plus side, I totally caught up on my back issues of Newsweek that had piled up a bit while I was not starting a new book, but I have to give this one up if I'm going to move forward with my reading.

Books I am currently reading/listening to:
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Novel by Dai Sijie (listening to)
Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

Up Next:
An excellent independent publisher of great literature is W. W. Norton. Here are a few of their books on my TBR pile:
Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman by Richard P.Feynman


Jan von Harz said...

I know the feeling I have started books I just felt I had to get done, but I really wanted to read another one. I usually feel guilty about abandoning them, but then elated when the decision is done and I am once again reading something that has my total attention.

Enjoy this weeks reading guilt free

Jennifer said...

I own and have read and e-read Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman. I have read everything by him. His Lectures are fabulous and mke for excellent reading. He was and still remains my all time favourite physicist. Happy Reading. My Monday: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/06/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-14-june.html

Michelle Santiago said...

i loved reading the talented mr. ripley! and guns, germs and steel was highly recommended by a teacher i worked with (though i couldn't read it after a couple pages because i'm not a non-fiction reader... unless i'm reading a memoir). enjoy your books this week and happy reading :)

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Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I had several books like that laying around. Not because they were bad books, my mind just drifted and I picked up something else. I do that... its annoying :)

I cleaned up a lot of those half reads this past weekend so woo hoo on that!

Have a super week - and you can win the battle of the hedgehog! :D

Carin said...

Make sure you give yourself a good amount of time for Guns, Germs, and Steel. It's really good, but pretty dense. The plant section especially is wow....really boring, but probably the most important part of the book. Persevere and you'll never look at a plant the same way again! I can't wait to see what you think of it!