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What We Are Reading

As the summer days start to fade I begin to read nonfiction again. In the heat of August (and, yes, this was a mild August in Portland) I want good, fast fiction. I don't want a novel of ideas; I want to be entertained. Now, as the nights get cooler, I crave books that enlighten.

It seems I'm not alone. I recently checked in with my coworkers here in the contact center and it's about even between those reading Genre and those reading nonfiction. It's really a match up between the Gold Room and the Red Room.

A couple of people are reading Graham Joyce. His is a particularly literary style of horror that goes very well in the fall, if you can wait that long. The Tooth Fairy and The Limits of Enchantment are both great.

Skulduggery Pleasant was a delightful weekend read. Light and fun, you could pick it up as a sort of anti-Harry Potter with shades of Dorothy Sayers. Someone else just picked up The Invention of Hugo Cabret which looks really cool. If vampires are your bag, how about Twilight? Several people have been trying to get me to read the series. You read it and tell me how it is.

The more high-brow in my department (the ones whose higher brain functions seem immune to the heat) are reading some interesting books. Cuba and Its Music is an exhaustive history of Cuban music. The World without Us by Alan Weisman gives an engaging look at what the planet would be like without humans. It's actually not as depressing as you might imagine, but if it does get you down, try Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands.

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5 Responses to "What We Are Reading"

  1.  
    dot dot dot September 7th, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    Oh, Skulduggery Pleasant...I love you so much, but your cover! Oh, your cover, with the gaudy neon and the shinyness! Why couldn't you be printed in a nice docile cover, maybe a matte finish with a more subdued graphic? Something classy, like Skulduggery himself?

  2.  
    Beth September 8th, 2007 at 8:55 am

    I agree, Dot! What the heck were they thinking? I was intrigued by "Hugo Cabret" and I'm about 1/2 way through it. What did you think?

  3.  
    Carla September 10th, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    "Skulduggery Pleasant" is just a blast.. Kinda like Christopher Moore meets Rowling..

  4.  
    lynnrg (aka “the viper”) September 11th, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    Carla - Moore meets Rowling? and you haven't told me about his one yet? For shame!

    Beth - Heidi handed me Twilight and I decided to pick it up in between catching up my Harry Potter (starting # 6 tomorrow and will have 7 done by next week so then we can all discuss out loud!). I didn't expect it to be so good - very inventive; it's teen angst set amidst the vampire legend - but shrewdly reinvented by the author. It's a fun read so far.

    FYI - I hit 100 books this week. Just in case any of you want to knock my "crown" off...tee hee, can't help myself. Adrienne tells me the Mayan calendar ends in 2012 which some are interpretting as the end of the world, so that means I only have four plus years to read all the books on my list! In fact, I don't have time to write this, I have to go read some more...

  5.  
    Mindy ( I’m BA-AAAAACK! October 9th, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    Lynn! Mom may not've, but I did tell you about Skulduggery at least once. I told everybody, although i got a stronger hit of Doctor Who?ism than Christopher Moore.

    Is Twilight the first in that series? I guess Ill have to capitulate and have mom send that set up to me in the care package that I desparately need, and that i know all of you are hard at work compiling for me...Nothing too brainy. I might xplowd!

    I miss you guys!...

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