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What Are You Reading: June 13, 2011: 06/13/11

What Are You Reading?

I'm finished with my first week of summer session. Class though wasn't what kept me from reading. My daughter and I came down with a bug and I was first busy taking care of her and then I was too feverish to want to read. I mostly slept for the first couple days of the week.

In the middle of my fever, I celebrated my 24th year of keeping a book diary. I wrote a post about it and included some nifty graphs to show how my rate of reading has increased over the years and what the breakdown by genre was for 2010-11.

In all of that though, I did manage to finish six books which is significantly fewer from the two dozen I was reading during the height of spring session. Most of these books were short. All Blacked Out and Nowhere to Go is a poetry collection that celebrates sex, drugs and punk music in the Bay Area. Expletive Deleted is a look at swearing from an Australian perspective. Mio, My Son is a lovely children's fantasy by the woman who wrote the Pippi Longstocking books. Secret Letters From 0 to 10 by Susie Morgenstern is a delightful middle grade French book; I feel in love with it from the first page. Finally, I finished two xxxHolic volumes.

I lost interest in Treasure Hunt by John Lescroart. I loved his descriptions of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area towns but the murder mystery just left me bored. There were just too many characters and too much emphasis on the struggling private investigation firm.

This week I want to finish The Glimmering by Elizabeth Hand. I also want to finally get started on 13 Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson. Maybe I'll finish Arcanum. If I don't, then I'll finish City of Bones instead.

Gave Up On:

  1. Treasure Hunt by John Lescroart (library book)

Finished Last Week:

  1. All Blacked Out and Nowhere to Go by Bucky Sinister (library book)
  2. Expletive Deleted by Ruth Wajnryb (personal collection)
  3. Mio, My Son by Astrid Lindgren (library book)
  4. Secret Letters From 0 To 10 by Susie Morgenstern (library book)
  5. XXXHolic, Volume 8 by CLAMP
  6. XXXHolic, Volume 9 by CLAMP

Currently Reading:

  1. The Arcanum by Thomas Wheeler (personal collection)
  2. Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello (review copy)
  3. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (personal collection)
  4. The Glimmering by Elizabeth Hand (library book)
  5. Navajo Made Easier: A Course in Conversational Navajo by Irvy W. Goossen (library book)
  6. The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan (personal collection)

Reviews Posted:

  1. Alone on a Wide Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo
  2. Bite Me by Christopher Moore
  3. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
  4. Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 3 by Hiromu Arakawa
  5. The Green Ripper by John D. MacDonald
  6. Queer Phenomology by Sara Ahmed
  7. Writers of the Future by Charles Oberndorf

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Comment #1: Monday, June, 13, 2011 at 12:44:02

Jan von Harz

Wow summer session and a bug and you still managed all those reads. I am very impressed. Hope you and your daughter are feeling better and have a great week!

Comment #2: Monday, June 13, 2011 at 16:52:24


Summer session started off pretty easily. I'm sure as things get rolling I'll have less time to read. My daughter and I are well now. Thanks!

Comment #3: Monday, June, 13, 2011 at 14:26:29

Bev @ My Readers Block

24 years! That's great! I've been keeping a list of my books and books read from other sources for about that long--but not in near the detail that I have in the last five years or so. I wish I had more information from the early years

Comment #4: Monday, June 13, 2011 at 16:53:42


My list only has title, author, genre and an approximate date when I read it. There are many books on the list that I've forgotten reading.

Comment #5: Monday, June, 13, 2011 at 14:53:16


You had a huge week again! Wow. I love that you also read a wide variety of word - I don't have that control, I usually stick to urban fantasy (lazy-brained) Happy reading next week!

Comment #6: Monday, June 13, 2011 at 16:55:45


I do sometimes go through times when I only want to read one genre or one author.

Comment #7: Monday, June, 13, 2011 at 15:24:46

Leeswammes (Judith)

Such a pity you weren't feeling well this week. It looks like you've got some good books going - some of those I want to read!

Hope you have a (much) better week this week.

Comment #8: Monday, June 13, 2011 at 16:56:52


Being sick was no fun.

Comment #9: Monday, June, 13, 2011 at 15:33:31

Helen Murdoch

The Alfred Hitchcock book sounds interesting; I like hearing about the stories behind movies/TV shows. Have a great week and I am glad you're feeling better

Comment #10: Monday, June 13, 2011 at 16:59:53


The book turns out to be a reissue of a book I read excerpts from when I was in film school. It's very well written.

Comment #11: Monday, June, 13, 2011 at 15:56:20


Hi, this is my first time participating in the Monday Reading Challenge. I am excited to see what is on everyone's list.

Wow, your reading log is impressive! I just started mine about 5 years ago and although I read nowhere near the amount of books you do, I do love logging the book in my journal and making personal notes and observations about the books. I wish I had started doing this many, many years ago, as I know there are more books out there that I have read but just don't recall right now.

Thanks for sharing!

Comment #12: Monday, June 13, 2011 at 17:01:55


Welcome to this highly addictive meme.

My reading wasn't anywhere the levels it is now when I first started. The list I keep is just that, a list. I don't take notes; I save the longer thoughts for the blog posts I do if I decide to review the book.

Comment #13: Monday, June, 13, 2011 at 17:20:10


Mio, My Son is such a beautiful book. It was one of my favourites when I was a kid. I love Astrid Lindgren (curiously the Pippi Longstocking books are my least favourite of her work). Have you read The Brothers Lionheart? Another wonderful story by her.

Great job keeping a reading journal for so long! I wish I had started keeping track much earlier than I did. Now I can't remember half of the books I read when I was younger.

Comment #14: Monday, June 13, 2011 at 17:01:55


Until Mio My Son, I'd only read her Pippi books and those I've read three or four times each. I do plan to read more of her books as I can find them.

Comment #15: Monday, June, 13, 2011 at 18:24:20

Kathy Martin

A book about learning Navaho? Isn't that the incredibly difficult language that was used for code in World War 2? I'm impressed.

Comment #16: Monday, June 13, 2011 at 17:06:22


Yes but I'm not learning Code Talking. The language is interesting. It has a wide range of difficult phones, one that's similar to Japanese (the funny l/r) and the breathy gutterals of Yiddish and the tones of Mandarin. On top of that, it's primarily descriptive. So a computer isn't a computer, it's a metal box that thinks. Sometimes though the language borrows (but transliterates) words from other nearby languges (namely Spanish and English). So the word for dollar is peso but pronounced besso. And then there's the grammar where compound verbs get split and sent to the end (like German) and double negatives are a must and sometimes adjectives or prepositions get appended to words instead of coming as separate words. I'm not expecting to actually learn it, just have a healthy appreciation of it when I'm done reading the book.

Comment #17: Monday, June, 13, 2011 at 18:34:46

Laurel-Rain Snow

Interesting sounding books. Hope you have a great summer reading "program" of your own.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Comment #18: Monday, June 13, 2011 at 17:14:23


My "program" of reading consists mainly of request book from library from wishlist. Pick up book from library. Read book. Repeat.

Comment #19: Monday, June, 13, 2011 at 20:21:02

Kah Woei

You're still reading a lot for a sick person. I'd be sleeping myself away :-)

Comment #20: Monday, June 13, 2011 at 22:42:02


Manga is short and easy on the feverished brain. Plus my son was nagging me to read them so we could talk about them. Mio, My Son and Secret Letters from 0 to 10 are both middle grade fiction. So they're short (and delightful). Then there's a poetry collection about being drunk and high ... so being delerious while reading them is probably a bonus. And Expletive Deleted is mostly swear words.

Comment #21: Monday, June, 13, 2011 at 20:27:30

Lisa Almeda Sumner

You read a good variety of books. I loved your post about your book diary. I've never done that in an organized way, although I do keep a list of the books I read. Loved Pippi Longstocking-Astrid Lundgren is a genius! How was Mio?

Comment #22: Monday, June 13, 2011 at 22:48:02


Mio was absolutely charming. My book diary isn't a diary in the sense that I write about each book I read. It's a list of books written in small books designed to be pocket diaries.

Comment #23: Monday, June, 13, 2011 at 21:50:25

Audrey (Bibliosaurus Text)

Mio, My Son looks really cool. I've heard of the author, but don't know anything other than Pippi Longstocking. Enjoy your week and I hope you and your daughter feel better!

Comment #24: Monday, June 13, 2011 at 22:51:15


Mio My Son was lovely. It was the first non-Pippi book by the author that I've read. My daughter and I are well. Thanks for asking.

Comment #25: Monday, June, 13, 2011 at 22:23:21


Hope you are feeling better! Congrats on keeping a book diary so faithfully! I slacked off during my child rearing years.

Comment #26:


I'm in the middle of my child rearing years. The book diary and book blog helps me remember what I've read to and with my children.

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