Adventures in Reading

The (Belated) Stack (It’s Getting Bigger!)
September 30, 2008, 11:27 am
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Shimmering Images by Lisa Dale Norton
The Critical Heart by Allan Gurganus
A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar
The Dark Frigate by C.B. Hawes
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
In the Land of Invisible Women by Qanta Ahmed
A Dirty Job by Christpher Moore
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
What I Talk About What I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami *
Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk
My Sister, My Love by Joyce Carol Oates *
The Assassin’s Accomplice by Larson *
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

* Some of these titles have been on the stack for what seems like forever, but they are usually books that were due at the library and by the time I check them out again they just go to the bottom. Here’s hoping I finally get to them.


Bookends: School Days

Did I ever get around to mentioning that classes started? I have another round of Spanish (and have been appreciating Out of the Blue’s posts on Spanish learning tools) and am also taking a course on writing center theory into practice. Both courses are keeping me quite busy, which unfortunately distracts me from reading. Every now and then I walk by my growing TBR stack (now with two new ARCs) and I cringe. I’m tempted to dismember it, but there are so many books on it that I want to read!

I’ve also started a second job, which was interesting (and rather amusing) because during the application process I had to sign a terrorist exclusion page to ensure my future employers that I am not a terrorist. So readers be assured that I checked “no” in all of the appropriate boxes and Adventures in Reading continues to be ran by a terrorist-free personage.

P.S. I am waiting with great anticipation for the 2008 Best American Short Stories edited by Salman Rushdie.

TBR Stack & One Request
September 1, 2008, 11:52 am
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Mexican High by Liza Monroy
Demian by Herman Hesse
Resistance, Rebellion, and Death by Albert Camus
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
A Mercy (ARC) by Toni Morrison
The Gone-Away World (ARC) by Nick Harkaway
Juniper by Monica Furlong
Colman by Monica Furlong
Cunt by Inga Muscio

At the end of October, for Halloween weekend, I will be in Las Vegas. While not my first trip to Nevada it is my first trip to Vegas and my interest was immediately peaked in getting some books from fiction to travel writing to true crime on that fabulous desert city. But what I’m finding is not a lot. Sure there’s Erin McCarthy’s vampires in Vegas romance series and roughly a dozen books that I found in mystery but I’m having trouble finding a seriously tempting read. (Not that I’m entire adverse to romance or mystery.)

So dear readers, as the tags at LibraryThing and Amazon have done me little good, what do you suggest? Please comment with some titles and recommendations if you’re familiar with some good books that take place in Las Vegas.