TSS – 30 August 2009

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Good morning Sunday Saloners and regular readers!  It’s Sunday and I’m up bright and early to start a day of nothing but reading.   I don’t have any other plans (well, besides eating) today, so I’m pretty pumped up about that.  This is the last hurrah of the summer, because I still don’t have any homework obligations.  Pretty soon, reading will feel a little bit guilty when I know there is 16th century Spanish lit to be reading.

My week outside of the reading world has been pretty hectic.  I worked a lot and had my graduate school orientation.  It was… a little underwhelming I guess.  Not a lot of people were there and I really wanted to meet the professors I would be having for class this semester.  I met two professors in the department, but neither of them were my professors.  Oh well.  We talked a lot and it was good to know that I can still speak Spanish after a few months of practically abandoning it.  Remember my lofty goals of reading all my texts before school started?  We all saw how that one was going to end ;).  I’ll let you know how my first week of classes goes next Sunday.  It should definitely be interesting.

So, my roommates finally made me do it.  They convinced me that the books I’ve had checked out from the library since February probably weren’t going to get read any time soon and I should probably take them back.  As my roommate reminded me: you can always check them out again.  So I took two or three stacks and emptied out my car.  It was liberating!  And it means I don’t have to feel quite so guilty next time I go to check out more books.

rip4secondAs most of you know, it is RIP IV time.  I posted last week asking for recommendations, and here is my final, official pool for RIP IV!  I’ve only committed to read two books this time around, but I will hopefully get to read more than that.

  • The Curse of the Blue Figurine, The Lamp of the Warlock’s Tomb, The Trolley to Yesterday by John Bellairs. John Bellairs was a suggestion from Nymeth and after looking him up, I realized that I read most of his books when I was in the 4th and 5th grade.  My library had the entire collection of editions that were illustrated by Edward Gorey.  I took a nice trip down memory lane looking at Edward Gorey’s art and remembering just how addicted I was to scary stories when I was that age.

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Edward Gorey’s art is really something else.  And I remember absolutely loving these books when I was younger.  I’m really looking forward to diving into the nostalgia with these two.

  • Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.  Recommended by just about everyone who commented, this is a book that seems like a must-read.   I requested it from the library immediately!
  • Waking Lazarus by TL Hines.  Author recommendation by Guatami Tripathy of Everything Distils into Reading.  It sounds like an interesting read, that’s for sure.
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Another author that comes highly recommended.

I have a few more that I might add to this list, but these are the ones I plan on reading first!

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I’m more than halfway through the fourth section of 2666 and I’m pretty sure it’s a section that would qualify for RIP IV.  It’s at once disturbing and moving and I have so much to say about it.  It has really elevated the book to another level for me, and I know people are going to be surprised by that given my reaction to the last section.  But I have several very valid reasons for my change of heart.

One thing about me as a reader that has changed since I began book blogging is that I went from being a one-book-at-a-time kind of person to an as-many-books-as-are-interesting-to-you-at-the-moment kind of reader.  Currently I am reading:

2666 by Roberto Bolaño
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Safe Area Gorzade by Joe Sacco
Only Twice I’ve Wished for Heaven by Dawn Turner Trice
On Borrowed Words by Ilan Slavans
One Day the Soldiers Came by Charles London

I hope to have a review up of at least two of those books this week!  Happy reading everyone!

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8 thoughts on “TSS – 30 August 2009

  1. Need to get my hands on those Bellair titles! Thanks for bringing them to our attention. They appeal to me on every level.

    Glad to hear 2666 is going well for you this time around. I am having some problems with the violence but plugging along (hopefully done by tomorrow).

    And big congrats on your library liberation trip! Too Funny! Happy reading!

  2. …up bright and early because a “this is my lithuanian friend” rang the doorbell. urrghhh.

    i am so proud of you for returning some library books. you’re down to what… 34908530485r0934890384 now? don’t worry, i am slowly but surely catching up to you. ; p

  3. Not really sure 2666 is for me. I hear such wonderful things, but the story doesn’t sound like it would be my kind of book. Still thinking about it….

  4. Hey Lu! Isn’t it a great feeling to bring books back to the library? LOL…it’s like a big weight off your back. I hadn’t even heard of that John Bellairs series!! It looks fantastic!! I read another one of his series that was illustrated by Gorey, but I’ll have to look for this one now!

  5. On Nov. 21, 2008, the Harris and Klebold parents were sent the same letter requesting cooperation. “Your stories have yet to be fully told, and I view your help as an issue of historical significance,” it said. “In 10 years, there have been no major, mainstream books on Columbine. This will be the first, and it may be the only one.” The letter came not from Mr. Cullen but from Jeff Kass, whose Columbine: A True Crime Story, published by the small Ghost Road Press, preceded Columbine by a couple of weeks.

    “Mr. Kass, whose tough account is made even sadder by the demise of The Rocky Mountain News in which his Columbine coverage appeared, has also delivered an intensive Columbine overview. Some of the issues he raises and information he digs up go unnoticed by Mr. Cullen.” –Janet Maslin, New York Times

    “A decade after the most dramatic school massacre in American history, Jeff Kass applies his considerable reporting talents to exploring the mystery of how two teens could have planned and carried out such gruesome acts without their own family and best friends knowing about it. Actually, there were important clues, but they were missed or downgraded both by those who knew the boys best and by public officials who came in contact with them. An engrossing and cautionary tale for everyone who cares about how to prevent kids from going bad.” —–Ted Gest, President, Criminal Justice Journalists

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