Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday Snippets

Saturdays are for small bits and pieces that I love. No children's books today, but instead it's the books I'm reading, attempting to read, or planning to read.
Books I'm Reading:
  • Centennial by James Michener - I started this during my last visit to Colorado, and just added an "in it for the long haul" shelf to Goodreads, specifically for this book. It is interesting and worth reading, but at more than 900 pages, it's definitely a book that requires a long-term commitment. 
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving - Another epic novel. It's very good so far, but I'm easily distracted by new and shiny books. Monogamy may be required here, or at least giving this book the attention it deserves. 
  • A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler - This is the new, shiny book that has distracted me. Anne Tyler has said this will be her final novel, and that along with a cover I love made me want to read it immediately. Luckily, an advance copy came my way so now I've started reading it in earnest. It's good enough so far that I've chosen to read this instead of knitting in the evening, and that's saying something.

Books I'm Attempting to Read:
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman - I read this in 2010, and then forgot about the rest of the series. I've heard wonderful things about books #2 and #3, so I reread this as a refresher. I gave it four stars, but there were definitely things that I didn't thrill me, like the main character's whining and constant unhappiness.
  • The Magician King by Lev Grossman - I recently started the second book in the series, but Quentin bothered me so much that I had to put it away for a while. I still plan to give it a fair chance because I'm assured that this book is even better than the first, and Quentin may even grow up a bit.  
  • The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman - Some readers whose opinion I value have told me his is the best book in the whole series, so we'll see if my attempts to read the first two carry me through to this one.

Books I'm Looking Forward to Reading:
  • Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz - I can't wait until December 9th when this book will be available in audio format. This one may push The Magicians series farther back in the queue.
  • Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder - I've been anxiously awaiting this annotated autobiography since August. I've thought about rereading the Little House series, but I think this will be a much better book for me to read as an adult.
What books are you reading, attempting to read, or looking forward to reading?
 I'd love to hear about them!


  1. A Prayer for Owen Meany is one of my Favorite Books of All Time! (I love that book.) Now, I'm excited to read Anne Tyler's new/last book, too! I'm reading We are All Completely Beside Ourselves right now -- and also finding it pulls me away from the knitting. (My in-it-for-the-long-haul book right now is Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven. Very good. But I'll be there for a very long time.)

  2. I, too, loved A Prayer for Owen Meany. I'm looking forward to A Spool of Blue Thread and I'm jealous that you have an advanced copy. I finished a book yesterday and haven't started a new one yet but I'm thinking Tinkers will be the one. I have Station Eleven, too, but I don't think it's for me.

  3. I have yet to read A Prayer for Owen Meany, but it is in my queue and on my iPod. I've enjoyed so many of Anne Tyler's books that I must read her new one as soon as I can!

  4. I'm still making my way through Rebecca, but am enjoying it! I bought Dan Centennial for Christmas based on your recommendation. I've not read A Prayer for Owen Meany either, but I will someday. It's a big favorite of my brother's. Happy Saturday!

  5. I read A Prayer for Owen Meany with my book club, but it was not a favorite. I read Rebecca at least once every 5 years. It energizes me to write - if only for myself. I'm reading the new JK Rowling Series written under the name Robert Galbraith and it's fabulous. Nothing like Harry Potter, but she is a great writer and I'm glad she's still writing.

  6. this is really weird to type, but I'm not reading anything right now! I finished the third Outlander last weekend and needed a break. (and I'm doing a good bit of knitting, so my next book is going to be audio, no matter what). That said, I want to read the Anne Tyler, so I guess it's a good thing it's not out yet. Thank you for all the thoughtful recommendations!

  7. Pioneer Girl is on my Christmas wish list and I think someone has already acquired it. Now I just have to wait for it.

    Did you know about the LIW MOOC? Part 1 is over, but Part 2 starts in April.

  8. Slowly and enjoyably re-reading my way through all the John Sandford Prey novels.

  9. That Anne Tyler book appeals to me, too! And I must put Pioneer Girl on my wish list... Thanks for the reminder! :)


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