[DWJ] What are you reading?

rohina rohinax at gmail.com
Tue Nov 3 00:03:57 EST 2009

Beware, I live!


I am reading the Children's Book by A. S. Byatt, which is so fabulous, I am
reading it really slowly so it won't be over. In an act of pure altruism, I
just bought Unseen Academicals for my husband, and I am kindly not twitching
it out of his hands to read it first.


On Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 9:19 PM, Melissa Proffitt <Melissa at proffitt.com>wrote:

> On Mon, 2 Nov 2009 14:16:25 -0500 (EST), deborah.dwj at suberic.net wrote:
> >I'm curious what people are reading. Me, mostly I'm caught up
> >with the materials I'm reading for class, but it's been so long
> >since we had a good general book discussion that I'm not sure
> >what we've talked about. I'm pretty sure we have never talked
> >about Jellicoe Road, and I'd really love to know if other people
> >read that one.
> I am reading--nothing, actually.  I go through these phases where I am
> positively afraid to begin reading anything with profound emotional impact
> for fear it will take over my whole life.  It happens.  So I had _Jellicoe
> Road_ on my shelf for a bit before it went back to the library, and neither
> _Fire_ nor _Catching Fire_ has been read, ditto the third Alcatraz book...I
> blame October and a five-week period of doing nothing but costumes.
> Mostly, I've been re-reading things with an eye to a new experience.  In
> particular I enjoyed _The Barsoom Project_, book two of the Dream Park
> novels by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes.  It is mainly a murder mystery,
> but
> the primary subplot is about weight: how we feel about it, how we gain or
> lose it, etc.  I like that all the different characters have different body
> types and different attitudes towards their bodies.  Plus, it's always fun
> to imagine a place where you could LARP in a fully immersive and reactive
> environment.
> I started a blog as an extension of my reading journal; it's much easier
> for
> me to type than handwrite, so I don't feel the need to shorten an entry for
> the sake of my poor aching hands.  Of course, then I didn't keep up with it
> for, that's right, all of October.  If anyone is interested, it's at
> www.janessafari.com (it's there if you're not interested, too).  :)
> I hope your course is going well, Deborah.  I read _The Shadow Speaker_
> based on your class list and liked it very much.  That reminds me that the
> other thing I'm doing for the new year (aside from keeping up my blog) is
> starting to read from a list of Classic Books I've Never Read But Probably
> Should Have.  The idea is based on a reading group an acquaintance of mine
> is in; they read English (I think just English, might be English-language)
> novels that are commonly regarded as classics that the group members never
> actually read in school.  I don't think you can really create a definitive
> list of must-reads, and the idea is *definitely* not that one cannot be
> well-read without having experienced these books, but there are plenty of
> novels I've never read and it would be nice to have some sort of guideline
> for choosing them.  (My list is probably going to be packed with Dickens,
> for whom I developed an early distaste that intellectually I know is
> ridiculous, but the feeling is still strong.)  So if anyone's interested in
> posting, say, a list of ten classic novels that changed your life, I'd be
> glad of the input.
> Melissa Proffitt
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