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What Are You Reading: October 01, 2012: 10/01/12

What Are You Reading?

My favorite book last week was Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat by Caroline W. Smith. It's a new biography of Ted Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) and it focuses on his "midnight paintings." These were paintings, drawings and sculptures he did for his own enjoyment — rather than ones created for books or ad campaigns. The book is full of full color versions of his pieces. For that reason alone, I'm considering purchasing a copy. I read an egalley from NetGalley.

My daughter read to me her newest book, Red Cat, Blue Cat by Jenni Desmond. Red Cat and Blue Cat's squabbles reminds us both of our two cats, Caligula and Tortuga. Caligula, the elder, is slow and crafty, while Tortuga is young and bouncy. Sometimes, though, they try to act like each other — just as the cats do in the book.

Actually all the books I finished this week were excellent. Not a stinker in the lot!

This week I'd like to finish Crunch by Leslie Connor, another near future energy crunch book. i'm not going to call it dystopian yet because society seems to be holding up pretty well, even with the petroleum reserves all dried up. Instead of focusing on how bad things can get, it's exploring just how important the bicycle would be become.

I also want to finish Comfort & Joy by Jim Grimsley. After that I still want to start Serpent of Shadows by Rick Riordan. How many weeks in a row have I said that?! I also plan to start If Books Could Kill by Kate Carlisle and American Rust by Philipp Meyer.

What about you?


  1. Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol (library book)
  2. Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat by Caroline W. Smith (review copy)
  3. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (library book)
  4. My Favorite Band Does Not Exist by Robert T. Jeschonek (library book)
  5. Nnnnn (audio) by Carl Reiner (personal collection)
  6. Red Cat, Blue Cat by Jenni Desmond (personal collection)

Currently Reading:

  1. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (personal collection)
  2. Comfort & Joy by Jim Grimsley (library book)
  3. Crunch by Leslie Connor (library book)
  4. The First Eagle (audio) by Tony Hillerman (library book)
  5. How to Dine on Killer Wine by Penny Warner (personal collection)
  6. Killer Pancake by Diane Mott Davidson (personal collection)
  7. Packing for Mars by Mary Roach (personal collection)
  8. Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore (personal collection)
  9. Twenties Girl (audio) by Sophie Kinsella (library book)

Reviews Posted:

  1. The Damned Highway by Nick Mamatas and Brian Keene (review copy)
  2. The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente (review copy)
  3. Inside Out by Maria V Snyder (library book)
  4. The Phantom Limb by William Sleator and Ann Monticone (review copy)
  5. There Are Cats in This Book by Viviane Schwarz (library book)
  6. Yesterday by CK Kelly Martin (review copy)
  7. Zen Ties by Jon J. Muth (personal collection)

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Comment #1: Monday, October 01, 2012 at 07:16:40

Erin @ Quixotic Magpie

I love the Jon Muth books! They are so beautifully done. Have a great week!

Comment #2: Monday, October 01, 2012 at 14:16:11


They are in deed beautiful.

Comment #3: Monday, October 01, 2012 at 08:26:54

Laurel-Rain Snow

I'm curious about Yesterday. Enjoy your reads, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Comment #4: Monday, October 01, 2012 at 14:32:22


It's a YA time travel mystery. My full review is here.

Comment #5: Monday, October 01, 2012 at 10:46:28


That is quite a list. Happy Reading!

Comment #6: Monday, October 01, 2012 at 14:36:04


Thank you. Same to you.

Comment #7: Monday, October 01, 2012 at 11:47:15


I think I need to purchase the Dr. Suess book, both me and my grown kids would love it!

Have a great week!

Comment #8: Monday, October 01, 2012 at 15:01:14


I think you should too! It comes out in November.

Comment #9: Monday, October 01, 2012 at 11:51:19


Not only did I do a Dr. Seuss reading challenge earlier this year, I also got to see some of his more obscure artwork in exhibit a few months ago. He was definitely a multi talented man.

Comment #10: Monday, October 01, 2012 at 15:03:15


So did I! I saw the traveling Seuss exhibit when it was at Turtle Bay in Redding, California. That must have been back in February.

Comment #11: Monday, October 01, 2012 at 12:20:35


What a wonderful week when you loved everything you read! I hope to have one of those weeks soon. :)

Comment #12: Monday, October 01, 2012 at 15:06:22


I hope you do too. They are wonderful when they happen.

Comment #13: Monday, October 01, 2012 at 23:35:09

Myra (GatheringBooks)

I didn't know about this Dr. Seuss biography! I am a huge fan of picture book biographies (or even the illustrated-novel ones), so I'd definitely look for this one. I also noted that you read Miss Rumphius - it is a lovely picture book, isn't it? My daughter enjoyed Anya's Ghost - but I didn't have a chance to really read through it yet. How are you finding 1Q84 so far?

Comment #14: Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 19:54:33


1Q84 is very good so far. Things are coming together now and I really want to see how it all turns out.

Comment #15: Tuesday, October 02, 2012 at 00:24:23


Love the Cat in the Hat books, and your cats have great names, my four are all pretty much on a level in the insanity stakes :O) Your reading list is impressive, I used to read much more than I do now (had to for my Lit BA and MA), now it's a case of a few pages between work, cooking dinner and bed!

Comment #16: Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 19:57:02


I'm relying more and more on audios to fill out my weekly reading. My boss encourages listening to something while cataloging, plus I have a book going in my car.

Comment #17: Tuesday, October 02, 2012 at 00:49:45


As usual your list boggles me! So many! Sounds like some fun reads with your daughter too. :-)
The Dr. S bio sounds quite interesting.
So glad you liked Inside Out!
Have a great week.

Comment #18: Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 20:00:04


Now that my kids are back in school, I'm listening to my daughter read more. She has to read one picture book a day for homework.

Comment #19: Tuesday, October 02, 2012 at 05:15:07


How are you liking 1Q84? I'm glad you listed that, because I had completely forgotten about wanting to read this; it sounded quirky different.

Until I read My Many Colored Days, I never thought of Dr Seuss as particularly "arty" other than creating books. But of course, all those pictures in all those wonderful books were his art. And he always had such fantastically trippy animals and beings in his books. I always loved the pictures as much as the text. But as a reader, I took it all for granted, just reading the books, enjoying the illustrations and not really thinking about the artist. :) I need to read this book - The Cat behind the Hat.

Comment #20: Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 20:02:20


I need to focus on finishing 1Q84 because I want to see how things work out! The Cat Behind the Hat is really interesting and it has so many wonderful examples of his artwork. I think you'll like it.

Comment #21: Tuesday, October, 2, 2012 at 08:43:40

Kate @ Kates Book Life

Wow that's a lot of books read/reading! Hope you enjoy them all :)

Comment #22: Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 20:04:00


I am. Thanks!

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