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01 February 2010


I'm sorry about the bad reading weekend. I'm reading The Lost Art of Walking and am thoroughly enjoying it although it takes some getting used to the British sense of humor. I also picked up the The Best American Crime Reporting 2009 from the library. Very much looking forward to getting into that baby.

An instructor borrowed Nobodies from me a couple of weeks ago. She "enjoyed" it so much she bought her own copy. She's using parts of it in her class.

nice. i can't wait to read nobodies...

Sorry your reading weekend was cruddy, too. What is it about Sunday nights? I started In the Sanctuary of Outcasts last night, and am enjoying it so far.

Sorry to hear about the bad run. I find my bad reading experience becomes self-reinforcing. I have a bad experience with one or two books and it takes quite the book to pull me out of the funk. Depending on your reading mood, Game Change may be what you are seeking.

Hey Venta!
Isn't "The Lost Art of Walking" the best? I really enjoyed that guy (Nicholson) but tried some novels of his later and they are, to say the least, surreal. Here's a surprise: I LOVE that British sense of humor. You know that a book about walking couldn't be written by an American. :)
I hope you enjoy your new Crime Reporting book! I was in Half Price Books the other day, and thought of you in the True Crime and law section.
And kudos on passing on "Nobodies." That is great service you are providing! I'm so glad you're getting it some attention.

I'll really want to know what you think of it when you do read "Nobodies."

I take it you had a cruddy weekend reading too? Sad! I am not familiar with "Sanctuary of Outcasts," but am glad you found something you liked, even if it was on Sunday night!

Sadly, I think I'm still on the anti-political books stance I adopted after finally finishing the "Political Reporting" chapter in my book, "The Inside Scoop." Way too much of a good thing. I've enjoyed the big fight over "Game Change" at Amazon, although I think it's ridiculous Amazon gets to set the price for its e-books (which seems to be the way it is?), but I just don't know if I'll ever be able to read it. I read an article about John Edwards in New York magazine (maybe it was an excerpt?) and god, sad, that was more than enough. But thank you for trying with a suggestion to get me out of my funk!

I always want to like Alison Weir books but I always have the same reaction you just had -- they never draw me in the way I hope they will. I have given up on them.

Well, the problem with this Weir book is that, frankly, it's just more detail than I need about the trial and downfall of Anne Boleyn. Anne's never been one of the more compelling figures of the Tudor age for me, though, so that's to be expected.

I actually think Weir's books are better to listen to, especially if doing something else while listening. You don't have to worry about missing or forgetting the details, because there's so many, but that way you can still get the gist of the story. I liked her bio of Queen Isabella when I listened to it. At least I think that was a Weir title. I should double-check.

Sorry for the bad reading weekend - I hate when that happens! I'm really enjoying Skipping toward Gomorroh by Dan Savage (I also liked his The Kid: What Happened after My Boyfriend and I decided to Get Pregnant, even though I don't like kid memoirs generally). Also, if I haven't mentioned The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University by Kevin Roose, let me just say it's awesome! One of my favorite books from last year!

Anyway, hope you find your groove again!

Hey, Laura. I just requested The Unlikely Disciple from the library. Just from the title it sounds like a book I will enjoy. Thanks for the recommendation.

I read "The 6 Wives of Henry VIII" by Allison Weir and I liked it so much I went on to read her history of Elizabeth I, which was also very good. However, I did try to read Weir's history of Eleanor of Aquitaine and despite a couple of tries, I was not able to finish it (yet).

I'm glad you're liking Dan Savage; I know several other dedicated fans of his as well. Have you ever tried David Rakoff? If you like Savage he might appeal as well; they both share that razor-sharp and yet surprisingly sensitive cynicism. I'm not a huge Savage fan but his stuff is often quite funny.

I've eyeballed that "Unlikely Disciple" book, but for whatever reasons I haven't gotten it yet. Thanks for the suggestion. And Venta--do let me know what you think of it too! I love it when other readers find ideas in these comments. You all are so great.

Yes, I think I'm going to have to give up on the Anne Boleyn book. Just too detailed. I never did read her "Six Wives," so maybe I'll try that some day.

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