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Weekend Update: October 2, 2011

>> Sunday, October 2, 2011

Weekend Update
This week: I finished The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen this week. It was an interesting mix of light science fiction and contemporary suspense story. I also finished my current short story collection, Dear Mr. Holmes by Steve Hockensmith. I had a great time getting to know the Amlingmeyer brothers through these stories and will definitely be reading the novels that feature them. I haven’t decided which short stories I’ll read next. I’ve got a couple collections and a few individual stories in my stash to choose from.

I started reading A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard. In all honesty I nearly put it aside yesterday because the things she was forced to endure are horrifying enough but then to consider that she was only eleven years old makes it even more difficult to read. Her simple raw telling of her story is punctuated by sections where she reflects back on what she’s just written. It’s definitely tough to read but her brutal honesty and strength to survive is powerful.

I am thoroughly enjoying the audiobook version of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. One good thing about having errands to do this afternoon is that I get the chance to listen to some more of this. The dark humor and totally unbelievable premise manage to work in ways that make me laugh out loud and the author’s perfectly sarcastic voice is what makes the audio a winner.

Where and When did I read in September

Domestic Violets – Present Day Washington DC and New York

You Don’t Sweat Much for a Fat Girl – Present Day (mostly) Wilmington, North Carolina

The Revisionists – Time undetermined but could be close to Present Day Washington DC – and also an unknown location in an unnamed time in the future.

Polar Shift – Present Day various locations on land and sea (also occasionally in sea)

Dear Mr. Holmes – Mid 1880’s various locations in the western United States.

Other than books and reading:

I’ve been making slow progress on the throw I’m crocheting for myself, but I’m waiting until it’s done to take pictures so you’ll just have to wait for the finished project.

Shadows always seem to catch my eye when they make interesting patterns or images. I took this with my phone the other day on the way back to my office with my morning coffee.

Added to my TBR List (To Be Read) this week:

Moab is my Washpot and The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry
Moab is My Washpot by Stephen FryThe Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry

I’ve enjoyed Stephen Fry in various formats over the years. This review of The Fry Chronicles at SassyMonkey Reads is what made me decide to hunt these down.

The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill
The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill
I’d seen this one an considered it before but Jenclair’s review convince me to add it to the list.

Purchased this week:

I didn’t buy anything again this week.

No change in the library stack either.
library stack

Hope you're having a great weekend!!


Bookfool 10/02/2011 5:33 PM  

LOVE the photo!!!

I'm a little afraid of Jaycee Dugard's book. For a time, many years ago, I wanted to be a mystery writer and read up on criminal behavior, psychology, etc. It was so upsetting my husband finally told me I had to stop, just stop. He kept coming home to a sobbing wife. I think it's amazing that anyone can survive what she endured and go on.

I must have missed your review of Polar Shift. I'll have to go look for that one. I like the sound of it. I just put The Revisionists on my wish list, too.

SuziQoregon 10/11/2011 8:35 AM  

Bookfool: thanks - I was pleasantly surprised at how that turned out. I'm not sure why but shadows fascinate me. I think you're right to not read Jaycee Dugard's book - you wouldn't be able to get through some parts. I almost set it aside.

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